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OPINION

Mid-West report - We ignore proposals at our peril

LAST February Environment Minister John Gormley asked businessman Denis Brosnan to chair the Limerick Local Government Committee to consider how local government might best serve the needs of the Mid-West.

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Children in jeopardy - Budget can't match crisis

WE already know of the epidemic of suicide sweeping the country – more than 10 a week – but figures just published reveal another manifestation of the terrible challenges facing individuals, families and communities.

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LETTERS

Hospital campaigners get a few valuable tips from a veteran

I SERVED for 12 years in a voluntary capacity as secretary of the Mallow Hospital Retention Committee under the chairmanship of the late Joe Sherlock TD who was at that time a socially committed member of Mallow Urban District Council.

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Iceland got to grips with its failed politicians – but we were not given the chance

CREDITORS of the Icelandic Landsbanki bank will get very little return on their investments after preferential shareholders are dealt with.

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TDs v MPs: the cost

IN response to your report headlined 'TDs v MPs: 33% less work for 20% more pay'(August 31), I'd like to make the point that it is only fair because, after all, the cost of living in Ireland is so much higher than in Britain – something I noticed particularly on my last visit to the Emerald Isle.

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Time to let prisoners earn their keep?

SO the Government is considering making some dole recipients work.

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Blair's peace role

ARE Edward Horgan and his colleagues of the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (Letters, August 31) so prejudiced as to forget the positive role played by Tony Blair in three other military/diplomatic ventures which resulted in ridding us of the scourge of Provo IRA violence in the North or helping to solve the Balkan war imbroglio, or dealing with the murderous gangster warlords in Sierra Leone.

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I'll take a job vetting politicians' expenses

IN response to Eamon O Cuiv's proposal to make social welfare recipients work for their entitlement, I've been unemployed for two years and I've written to him volunteering to work in the Standards in Public Office Commission.

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Our view of the HPV jab is based on facts – we are not scaremongering

ANDREW Doyle (Letters, August 30) criticises your for publishing a letter from Mothers Alliance Ireland (MAI) which, he says, tried to use "scare tactics against the HPV vaccine".

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Cervical vaccine: let's have an honest debate first

WHEN I was serving as an MEP on the committee responsible for public health, I received a great deal of glossy, well-produced literature, invitations to free lunches and dinners and even an offer of an all-expenses-paid trip to America to convince me to support the so-called cervical cancer vaccine.

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Religious conservatives play their trump card

IT IS not surprising that Fr Eamonn McCarthy of Coachford in Co Cork is unhappy about the HPV vaccine ('Priest urges chastity instead of cervical cancer jab', August 31).

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Manufacturers are more interested in profits than ill effects of their drugs

I WISH to congratulate you on your issue of August 30 – the warning about the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil is very important.

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