LETTERS

Garda discretion can build a link between communities and police

The Garda Síochána is on its knees. Almost regularly we hear about abuses of power, penalty points being knocked off, and summonses disappearing. But why are we only hearing this now? This kind of bullshit has been going on for years. Has anyone ever tried doing something about it?

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‘Happy’ prison sentences smack of the bad days of Nazi Germany

The imposition of savage sentences on six young people in Iran for making a video of themselves singing and dancing is another example of the regime’s horrifying attitude to human rights and freedom of expression.

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EU fish farming findings not relevant to Ireland

I refer to Ann Cahill’s article (Irish Examiner, September 17) concerning a report from the European Court of Auditors entitled ‘EU has ‘wasted’ €500m on fish farms’.

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Bank shows bad faith

News that the State-owned Permanent TSB has presided over the eviction of 25 families is disturbing. Back in 2008, government went out on a €400bn limb for bank bondholders. 

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European family not the real friend we need

We believe that we have a lot of friends around the world and we like to think that we are a valued and popular member of the European family. But when you look at what happened in Scotland and within Ireland during the economic crash, does it not make you think a little deeper about what makes a friend?

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Serious questions need to be asked about IT budget at Cork hospital

It is with great interest I have been following the recent IT crash at CUH. Was their IT infrastructure tested to cope with  additional workload as the hospital expanded? 

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Sinn Fein are close to resurrecting the old Stormont

I am sure no-one, and not least the Deputy First Minister, wants to go down in history as the organ grinder’s monkey and, for that reason, I found it astonishing that Martin McGuinness reversed Sinn Fein policy and announced without consultation of any kind that he would agree to shrinking the structures of the Northern Assembly.

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Home rule alone would never have brought independence

John Bruton’s assertion that the Home Rule Act of 1914 would have ultimately led peacefully to national independence is mere speculation. 

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Archbishop suggests that sinners can receive Holy Communions

I was always taught that one should not receive Holy Communion unless one was in a state of grace and I still believe that the sacrament of confession is the jewel in the crown of Catholic sacraments. For that reason I usually receive Communion at Easter & Christmas, preceded by a good confession of sins.

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We need to know why boys do less well in tests

Last week’s publication of this year’s Junior Cert results again draws attention to how well girls do relative to boys in this exam (and, of course, the same is true in respect of the Leaving Cert).

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