LETTERS

Ukraine: why is use of force acceptable now

Why was the occupation of government buildings in Ukraine a good thing in January, but a bad thing in April?

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Harassment of McCabe must be stopped

Newspaper reports indicate continuing harassment/intimidation of Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

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We’re being driven out

As the summer approaches, I encourage readers to be ever-vigilant of the once migratory species, ‘The Yellow Reg’.

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There’s no free lunch

It was with great interest that I read about proposed ‘no-fry zones’, in which new fast-food outlets will not be permitted to open within a certain distance of a school.

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Public ignorant of Rehab accounts

Taxpayers have been informed for the first time that they are providing €80m to €90m of Rehab’s total annual funding. To put the scale and sacrifice associated with this State expenditure in context, an annual cut of €60m on special needs assistants in primary schools was prescribed by An Bord Snip Nua in 2009.

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Now improve relations with North’s Unionists

President Michael D Higgins’ successful State visit to Britain marks the normalising of relations between us and our near neighbours. That was the easy bit.

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Demise of papers as Gaeilge is bad news

An Irish-language online news site is not what we need to nourish the cúpla focal. We gather in countrywide weekly ciorcail cainte to chat, plan, discuss news of the Irish language, but, lately, we have had no ‘tools’ to further our cause in keeping it alive.

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New Titanic theme park will elevate Cobh’s status as a tourism centre

Last Friday, April 11, marked the opening of the Titanic theme park in Cobh, in remembrance of all those who lost their lives during the sinking of the Titanic on April 12, 1912.

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Only a ‘basket case’ would believe Minister Reilly

Health Minister James Reilly paints a rosy picture of the future of Irish healthcare (‘The Health Service Needs to Change and Now Is the Time’, Irish Examiner, April 10). It is interesting that his missive is juxtaposed with an article by Chris Goodey, who warns loudly of the crisis in general practice.

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Noonan blind to ‘housing bubble’

Finance Minister Michael Noonan’s statement that fears of a new housing bubble are ‘wildly exaggerated’ must not go unchallenged.

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