Letter to the Editor: Go further than flowers on lawn at Dáil Éireann

Elaine Loughlin reported “Fianna Fáil leader wants the Dáil to go wild” in the article ‘Green welcome for FF’s wild proposal’ (Irish Examiner, June 14).

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Letter to the Editor: More investment in prevention

For the first time in I don’t know how many decades, we are building a hospital. And a national children’s hospital at that.

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Letter to the Editor: Neutrality far from the simple issue that some would paint it

For the generations born in Ireland since the end of the Second World War it is understandably difficult for some of them to envisage the state of public opinion on the issue of Irish neutrality during WWII.

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Letter to the Editor: Interpreting laws of the game of football

Football does not have rules but instead laws which govern what is allowed on the field of play.

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Readers View: Navigation Square does little to chart the road ahead

I write to communicate the dismay of many regarding the “Navigation Square” development on lower Albert Quay, Cork City, that is now nearing completion.

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Readers View: Health warnings required around credibility of information on which MLK accusations are based

I was astonished reading Terry Prone's contribution on the very flawed David Garrow essay on Martin Luther King in which very serious accusations are made. Insufficient health-warnings accompany the piece regarding the credibility of the information on which accusations are based.

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Letter to the Editor: Green chorus are vocal but in the minority

Politicians of the main parties — including Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin — were quick to jump on the “green bandwagon”, even before the full results of the recent elections became known, by intimating that voters had unanimously signalled that they wanted carbon taxes raised and other green initiatives implemented asap.

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Letter to the Editor: A slower yet greener way to travel

A simple football floating downward like a bubble upon the surface of a descending mountain stream could well demonstrate a very green way to transport people and goods without any practical use at all of fossil fuels like coal, oil or gas.

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Letter to the Editor: More trees for Dublin City

In 1999 I decided to leave Saudi Arabia after spending a few years working in Riyadh learning all about how to make a clean label gelato.

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Letter to the Editor: Cork transport document is low on detail

The long-awaited Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS) document has arrived.

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Letter to the Editor: Vote yes to reduce conflict

Tomorrow, there will be a referendum to change the constitutional provisions regulating divorce in Ireland. The proposed changes are:

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Letter to the Editor: Moments matter when children are terminally ill

Losing a child is something that no parent should have to bear.

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Letter to the Editor: Testing the limits of freedom of expression

I was very interested in your editorial ‘Fundamentalist excluded — Ban on hate preacher is appropriate’ (Irish Examiner, May 14).

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Letter to the Editor: Redundant rhetoric of Fine Gael’s campaigning

I am 21 years old, this is my first time to vote in an election.

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Letter to the Editor: We should cherish our culture, not give it up

As there are certain characteristics belonging to each country that portrays its culture, I’m wondering if we are being subservient to owning our own cultural values as Irish people.

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Readers' View: 'Too many are being lost. We need to break the stigma and silence around suicide'

Suicide is not an easy subject to talk about but that’s all the more reason to do so.

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Readers Views: Conscientious objection is a right derived from the human right to freedom of conscience

In a resolution adopted in 2014, the European Parliament emphasised that 'the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion is a fundamental human right'.

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Letter to the Editor: Political stalemate cannot continue

The result from the local election in Northern Ireland on Friday was emphatic. It shows an electorate hungry for delivery, hungry for progress and hungry for change.

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Letter to the Editor: ‘Ambassador Spillane’ should be diplomatic

When former Kerry footballer Pat Spillane appeared on The Late Late Show on April 19, he informed the TV audience that his post as ambassador for rural Ireland had been terminated.

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Letter to Editor: Ban on wild animals in circus finally rolls up

Three cheers to the Government for finally introducing the long-awaited bill to ban wild animals in circuses.

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Reader's Blog: Russia not opposed to Ukraine-EU association

The article by Mr Carl Bildt ‘Ukraine has fended off Russia and the EU deserves credit’ (Irish Examiner, April 24) not only presents events in Ukraine in a misleading way, but contains a great number of factual errors as well.

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Reader's Blog: Fluoridation of water leads to immune deficiency

It is difficult not to notice growing attention regarding measles outbreaks and the recent call by Health Minister Simon Harris to introduce mandatory vaccinations. While vaccinations have clearly benefitted public health, the attention has focused solely on one factor; that is rates of immunisation. However, there has been no comment regarding other factors.

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Readers' Blog: Septic tank headlines just a way of seeking revenge

I’m 72 — born 1947 — grew up in the 50s. I wouldn’t be alive without the care of the Bons Secours sisters in Tralee.

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Reader's Blog: High rents, developers sucking soul out of Cork

I lived in Cork from 1999-2017 and I still have strong connections with the city, through music, work, and friends. I was 22 when I moved there, and though I didn’t intend to stay

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Reader's Blog: Disgraceful response to treatment of the innocent

It is opportune that the report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby homes should be published during Holy Week when another unjust crucifixion, that of innocent babies and children, occurred at these homes.

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Reader's Blog: Landlords targeted as institutions go tax-free

“It is important to recognise the positive effects that institutional investment can have,” according to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy, who fails to see any downside to international corporations buying swathes of property in the country.

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Reader's Blog: Drink driving figures are unsettling

The latest garda statistics again showing an increase in drink driving arrests — ‘Over 600 arrested for drink-driving in February’, (breakingnews.ie, April 4) — make for unsettling reading.

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Reader's Blog: May has taken Brexit back from the hardliners

British prime minister Theresa May has reached out to Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, to find a way out of the Brexit mess.

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Reader's Blog: What will become of our growing army of homeless children

The latest statistic on homelessness is enough to fill any right-minded citizen with fury and shame. The spectacle of 3,784 children in temporary accommodation is nothing short of barbaric.

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Reader's Blog: DUP seem unaware of Brexit risks to the North

Nigel Dodds, speaking in the UK parliament on March 25, emphasised the backstop as the problem.

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Reader's Blog: Trump shows his political skills against the Democrats

Trump shows his political skills against the Democrats

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Readers' Blog: Rediscovering life after the loss of a loved one

Six months ago I started out in a journey to train as a celebrant with one spirit, if I successfully complete the training I will be a celebrant doing weddings, funerals, end of life support, and all life ceremonies.

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Readers' Blog: Michael Jackson’s fame outdoes his actions

Never listening to Michael Jackson’s music again is like the Germans refusing to drive on the Autobahn.

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Readers' Blog: National pride sadly lacking in sports bodies

It was very disappointing and shameful to see just one of the Republic’s players singing our national anthem.

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Reader's Blog: Pining for a rural idyll to encourage countryside explorers

Pine trees grow quickly in our climate and can be profitable for some farmers but on the other hand they can prevent natural plants and wild life from thriving under their dense shade.

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Reader's Blog: March brings the dividing lines into focus

‘Leaving EU, Walking’ was a project that took place on March 13.

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Reader's Blog: We Irish are intoxicated by our own stereotype

The notion of ‘ah, yeah, we will just go for the one drink’ could not be any more of a lie than me telling my parents the report cards haven’t been sent out yet.

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Reader's Blog: Climate change activism will cool with age

After watching some young people interviewed on the Late Late Show, I discussed with my teenage granddaughter if she supported her peers in missing school classes to go on protest marches in preventing global warming.

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Reader's Blog: No supports for high functioning ASD child

As a parent of a “high functioning” and indeed, highly intelligent, teenager with autism (and dyspraxia) who is seemingly quite functional some of the time (depending on the day and the circumstances), I find the article by Victoria White both personally offensive and irresponsible to have published at all ‘High functioning idealism is of no benefit to disturbed autistic children’ (Irish Examiner, February 28).

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Reader's Blog: State must act to stop profiteering in housing

Many people are sleeping rough, and were it not for the good work of organisations such as Cork Simon Community, St Vincent de Paul and sheltered housing, many more would be left on our streets.

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Readers' Blog: Removing religious symbols is tantamount to religious suppression

As someone who has a greater affinity to Pagan Ireland than to Catholic Ireland, I find it bizarre that there is a new campaign coming from government quarters suggesting that Catholic hospitals in receipt of public funds should remove religious symbols if they are asked to by patients.

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Readers' Blog: Katherine Zappone should apologise to Scouting Ireland

“Disgraceful” is the most descriptive word I can think of to describe the attack by the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone on Scouting Ireland.

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Readers' Blog: Venezuelan crisis must be resolved by the UN

The use of force against Venezuela has gained much credence by the appointment by US president Donald Trump of Elliott Abrams as his Venezuelan envoy.

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Readers' Blog: Cork maritime history should have dedicated centre

We have one of the richest maritime histories in the world which should be highlighted and exploited. The city would be a very attractive destination if it had a world class attraction to complement the excellent existing attractions.

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Readers Blog: Students from Schull Community School, Co Cork, have their say

Today's readers' blogs are from students at Schull Community School, Co Cork

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Readers' Blog: Society duty bound to give shelter to refugees

Two recent fires at The Shannon Key West Hotel have caused significant upset to parishioners on both sides of the River Shannon in Rooskey.

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Readers' Blog: Unless issues with public procurement are addressed we will have more debacles like Children's Hospital

I read a recent Terry Prone article which dealt with aspects of Public Procurement with interest.

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Readers' Blog: Ireland complicit in deaths of Yemeni kids

There is supposed to be ceasefire in Yemen but each day children are still dying, by bombing, gunfire, disease and starvation.

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Readers' blog: My sister has been addicted to prescription pain medication for the last seven years

A recent contributor to your blog addressed her appeal around addiction to prescription drugs to "anyone who will listen".

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Readers' Blog: The actions of arsonist thugs shame us all

To the Irish people who wish to burn down buildings where refugees may be housed, I ask, do you not see yourselves as arsonist thugs?

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Readers' Blog; Hollywood in need of a history lesson

In light of the recent cinema-goers’ frenzy around Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots, I am frankly quite frightened and saddened that so many people will leave a theatre over the next few weeks forever believing the events played out on screen as the historical truth.

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Reader's Blog: Kent station parking can drive you around bend

Having recently travelled to Dublin by train, my first such journey in years, I couldn’t help but notice the article by Joe Leogue (Irish Examiner 16-1-19) concerning the recent sharp rise in car clamping at Cork’s Kent Station.

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Readers' Blog: Time to respect result of abortion vote

What are the anti-abortion agitators trying to prove now, given the verdict handed down by the electorate authorising this procedure?

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Readers' Blog: Irish Examiner reunited two old friends

Thank you to the staff at the Irish Examiner, for helping me locate my old friend, Gerald West, from Co Cork. I wrote to the Examiner because, when I lived in Cork, in 1972, the Examiner was our regular newspaper. That’s why I thought that if the Irish Examiner wrote about my quest, Gerry would read it. How happy I am to have made that decision, because a number of your readers showed Gerry the piece you printed.

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Readers' Blog: Literally paying the price of poor decisions

When the Government sold the National Lottery licence five years ago, for €405m, the justification was that the money was needed to construct the National Children’s Hospital, which, at that time, was estimated would cost €600m.

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Readers' Blog: After 50 years of charity, time for resurgence in humanity

It’s been 50 years since the horror of starvation in Biafra played nightly across black and white televisions in Ireland.

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Readers Blog: Don't lose sight of the real spirit of Christmas and just 'Delight in His Presence'

In a way I should not really be calling it a shock because I should have seen it coming.

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Readers' Blog: Climate change claptrap a waste of time

Is David Attenborough the new Al Gore, whose every word we are expected to take as gospel truth from the bible of codology?

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