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Our homage to the car god has a bloody price

WE read a great deal about the need for a new political party in the Republic.

There is no doubt we have been failed by those at the top of Irish society, politicians, bankers, property developers and, in some instances, educationists. May I suggest government by the letter-writers of The Irish Examiner? They speak sense where little sense is made by politicians, and especially in your issue of July 17 on the question of the savage price paid by us for the deification of the car.

Come within the walls of Trinity College in Dublin on any day of the week and you will find our hallowed precincts ruined by vehicles of one kind or another (and by the ludicrous ‘road signs’ put up to accommodate them on a site where pedestrians have the right of way).

Praise then, where praise is due, to:

1. John Fitzgerald, Kilmacow, Co Kilkenny on ‘Cars reach a dead end’.

2. Michael Job, Glengarriff, Co Cork on the ‘Road to Ruin’ (motorways an invention of Nazi Germany).

3. PJ McElhone, Clontarf, Dublin, on ‘Killers at the wheel’.

Travel by rail, as is obvious to everyone, is safer for all and more environmentally friendly.

It is time for politicians to get off their bikes (Gormley and Ryan in Dublin and Cameron and Johnson in London) and make a real difference to the quality of life.

Gerald Morgan

School of English

Trinity College

Dublin 2


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