REGARDING the 50% rise in road deaths so far this year, the RSA and the gardaí are quick to take credit for falls in traffic casualties, so shouldn’t they be accepting the blame for increases? To blame complacent parents is a calumny.
Sat, 19 Mar, 2011
THE electricity grid always copes with huge variations in demand, depending on time of day, weather and other factors, by keeping a proportion of generation as spinning reserve which can accept load in seconds and starting up additional plant as required.
Wed, 12 Jan, 2011
JERRY KIERSEY writes saying that the €23 million given by Ireland in foreign aid should have been used to subsidise rape (colza) for biofuel. One of the main reasons for famine in the Third World is the recent tripling in the price of cereals due to them being used for subsidised biofuels.
Wed, 29 Dec, 2010
ACCORDING to Eileen McCarthy of Arup (Irish Examiner, July 9), the Cork-Limerick motorway will save 70 lives over a 30-year period, based on 35 fatalities in 20 years on the roads which it would replace. But this simplistic calculation works out to 52.5 lives saved, not 70, and assumes no one will be killed on the motorway.
Sat, 17 Jul, 2010
MICHAEL Job complains about cyclists being mistreated by motorists (Letters, May 13). Pedestrians also have a complaint about cycling on footpaths. Some of these pedal fanatics race around as if they were in the Tour de France. Why don’t they walk if they want to exercise?
Fri, 28 May, 2010
IS Michael Job (Letters, April 19) suggesting pedestrians can walk willy-nilly on the roads with no responsibility for their own safety. I suggest Mr Job consult the Rules of the Road under the section Pedestrians and find out exactly what his responsibilites are.
Wed, 05 May, 2010
IT is outrageous that a lorry driver who killed a man on a pedestrian crossing and was convicted recently of dangerous driving was allowed to drive a lorry for a living when he was blind in one eye from birth; this would have restricted his angle of vision and made stereoscopic sight impossible.
Mon, 22 Mar, 2010
CLAIMS that trespassers are being protected by ridiculous laws is untrue. There is the valid defence of “lawful excuse” for anyone defending a person or property by the use of “reasonable force”, which means reasonable under the circumstances.
Fri, 02 Oct, 2009