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No qualms about squandering money

I am presently a patient in Cork University Hospital. I have received excellent care and treatment from an overworked staff which is mostly the result of absenteeism.

It is a pity because at times the good work of the aforementioned is ruined by the introduction of half-trained people.

I consider the make-up of the present government to be a bunch of fools who have no qualms about squandering public money. I hear they are shifting millions out of the road programme to supplement the fiasco of Irish Water. The quality of the roads is bad enough without adding more pressure on the harassed motorist. Along with this, why do we force gardaí to write their prosecution both in Gaelic and English? When I listen to some of the Gaelic programmes on the radio, the Gaelic is a mixture of English and Gaelic. The size of our population is swollen by a high intake of immigrants who speak many languages. According to records, only about 12,000 people speak Gaelic fluently here. We have over 60,000 speaking Polish and very high numbers of other nationalities.

We are all members of the EU. Is there not a possibility that those other nationals would expect the policemen to prosecute them using their own language? Our politicians are opening the gates to prosecutions being overturned and claim for damages when it would have been much cheaper to use interpreters.

Please let us go forward and not backward.

Richard Prendergast



Co Cork


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