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Dear Sir... Readers' Views (21/09/16)

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Dubs lost and Mayo may actually win

The big question is: what happened the Dubs, who were clear favourites to win the Sam Maguire? How come they didn’t score for over half an hour in the first half? There is much discussion, analysis and debate on this vexed topic.

Is it not a coincidence that their main dam buster, Kevin McManamon, was yellow carded at the beginning of the match? The referee was laying down a marker right from the beginning and, maybe, this was not lost on the Dub forwards. Added to that, of course, was the nonstop tenacity of the Mayo men. They, in turn, must have seen how the under rated Tipperary team had snuffed out the Kilkenny favourites in the hurling final and decided attack was the best form of defence. The fact that they gave away two goals and numerous passes must really rub salt in the wounds of the men in blue. If the Mayo men aren’t as charitable next time round, the Dubs will find it very difficult to prevent the Sam crossing the Shannon.

Ted O’Keeffe


My school days were far from the best days of my life

In the late 1950s, I made my First Communion in a well-established boarding school in Dublin under ruthless and frustrated nuns who made my life hell. I then went to another private boarding school in Dublin in the 1960s, where physical and mental abuse was rampant. Fear was the chief motivator from dawn to dusk, and permeated the walls, the classrooms and study hall. One priest at the time was a tyrant who ruled with fear and a leather strap.

I do not remember one happy day of my long school life. Afterwards it was extremely difficult to survive outside the walls.

Brian McDevitt

Co Donegal

Nama’s runaway gravy train lunacy

While the madness that was Nama is once again a hot topic, I feel it would be remiss of me not to highlight the following. In 2011, it was discovered the bosses in Nama namely Brendan McDonagh and Frank Daly were earning €500,000 and €250,000a year respectively. Admittedly, Mr McDonagh had taken a pay cut so that he was earning only twice what the Taoiseach was earning, a mere €375,000.

A further16 members of the Nama team were earning in excess of €200,000, 22 members were earning between €150,000 and €200,000, 65 members were earning between €100,000 and €150,000 — all of this while ensuring the best deal for the Irish taxpayer. Now that’s a special kind of madness.

Dan McSweeney

Co Cork

Bring back some ground hurling

I would like to comment on the apparent disappearance of the art of “ground hurling”, a skill and practice particular to the Munster counties, whereas Kilkenny and others tended to rise and strike, or carry the ball.

I observed in the recent All-Ireland hurling finals, both Senior and Minor, there was a complete absence of ground hurling. Instead, we had melees of players all furtively striving to rise the ball and get it into their hands.

Oh for the long lost days of the Christian Brothers, who might have flaked the backsides off us, but thought us to pull first time on the ball and keep it travelling. This avoided the pile-up of players all trying to rise the ball.

Let us go back to basics, ground hurling is every bit as effective as aerial striking. Besides giving us more play through greater player involvement, it also speeds up the game, especially now that sliotars are lighter and more water resistant. It also reduces the possibility of delays due to fouling.

Michael Leahy

Ballynoe House
Co Cork

Automatic medical card for prisoners?

I just read with disbelief the article in today’s Examiner (Sept 16) regarding prisoners getting medical cards automatically upon release.

What is Ireland coming to? Seriously ill children and adults cannot get a medical card but a criminal can? No questions asked?!

This cannot be true! How could the Government allow such a thing? My son requires 24-hour care and is both severely physically and intellectually disabled, he is tube fed around-the-clock and requires 18 different meds daily which involves 35-40 syringes of medication throughout a single day. He also requires nebulisers/ inhalers and injections and occasional oxygen therapy. He doesn’t get a medical card automatically so why should a criminal?

Ireland have shown themselves to be sympathetic to criminals and indeed some prisons are more comfortable than many of our hospitals and residential care homes. What does that say about us?

Aisling McNiffe

Co Kildare

A fine gesture for brave Caitríona

A fine gesture by the coastguard helicopter hovering over brave Caitríona Lucas’s grave... People like Caitríona who lay their lives on the line to save others from the treacherous seas are very courageous and special every time they go on a mission. They are selfless and risk all every time they go on a mission.

Noel Harrington

Co Cork

Give licence fee payers a say on ads

It’s the law’, we are told, you must buy a TV licence; I wish it was also the law too that RTÉ should offer those of us who have paid our license fee the option to register online to vote on what ads we would wish to have removed. An ad that springs to mind at present is one in which a gentleman keeps telling me when a special offer is “gone, it’s definitely gone” and he goes on and on.

Tony Moriarty

Shanid Road
Harold’s Cross
Dublin 6w

Trump to get taste of own medicine

The Trump campaign has spent so much time digging up a minutiae of ‘evidence’ on Hillary Clinton’s wrongdoings, they might get a taste of their own medicine. Neither candidate belongs in this presidential race because of their “excess baggage”. It’s pitiful and embarrassing for this great nation and I am of the opinion Congress shares responsibility for this catastrophic election race. Whoever is elected, voters should hold their feet to the fire for unfulfilled promises.

Herbert W Stark

Carriage Club Dr
NC 28117

Unacceptably low standards

Watching the Pride of Ireland Awards 2016, it was wonderful to see those remarkable people this country has produced and who were acknowledged by these awards.

One recipient was Adi Roche, a lady (with her wide band of supporters/ volunteers) who has achieved so much over the past 30 years with the children of Chernobyl.

My mind then went to another Irish lady in the news last week because she felt “discriminated” against because she had not been supplied with tickets to the All-Ireland football final. This same lady, who a few years ago felt it was appropriate to spend thousands of taxpayers euros phoning a “friend” in Africa. Having lost her seat in the Dáil she was appointed to the Seanad by the Taoiseach.

I wondered why somebody like Adi Roche is not appointed to the Seanad.

Perhaps qualities of decency, honesty, integrity might not be acceptable or cause embarrassment?

Michael A Moriarty


Why is this animal torture legal?

Reading once more a great well- written article by that good campaigner John Fitzgerald, Letters Page (Sept 12) Re the cruel practice of live hare coursing, in Ireland. He mentioned the cowardly action of 114 TD´s last June in voting to allow live hare coursing in our country, I stress .. our country... Hares are caught and kept in cages, and used as live bait for greyhounds to chase and maul, toss them around like ragdolls at so-called sporting venues. How can any reasonable right thinking person attend one of these meetings and watch such barbarity with their own eyes. Why is this inhumane cruel practice allowed to flourish in our civilised country.

How is it possible that a small minority of heartless almost human people are allowed to indulge in this vile hideous practice? Wildfowl and wild animals belong to us, the people of Ireland.

We should protect, cherish and respect them, not torture them or shoot them.

The hare was at one time a symbol of dear ol’ Ireland, and was etched on our silver coins, obviously that means nothing as also in Spain one of their most famous symbols is the proud Bull, and look what they do to him.

Holly Barrett

Waters Place


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