If you would like to submit a contribution to our Readers Blog section then follow this link. Be sure to include your full name, address and contact number otherwise your submission will not be considered for publication. We will contact you prior to publication.

Hitting rock bottom

What has happened to a once proud country?

As a pensioner living in a rural area, I now live in fear as more and more Garda stations are closing down. Robberies and assaults against older people in their own homes continue to rise. Our hospitals’ A&E departments are at breaking point, as I discovered to my cost only 3 weeks ago, spending 59 hours on a trolley in Limerick’ Regional Hospital.

My heating allowance has been cut and heating oil has now reached 87 cent per litre from some suppliers. Now I discover that the Irish Army is flying around trying to catch me cutting turf to keep myself warm. Have we hit rock bottom as a compassionate race of people or have we further to fall? Does anyone in Leinster House care any more? If not, then heaven help us all.

Pat Ryan


Co. Tipperary


Another week, another fiendishly fun test of your arts and showbiz knowledge from Irish Examiner Arts Editor Des O'Driscoll.Scene & Heard: Fun culture quiz

More From The Irish Examiner