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.

Personality politics are concealing real issues

Politicians are only doing what is in their best interest in looking for votes.

During the boom, the narrative was that we were awash with cash, everything was getting better and better, and there was no downside to the spending spree.

The fact that the spending spree involved a tripling of bank lending and a tripling of government spending was pretty well ignored, and went unchallenged.

During the consequent bust, and right up to the present election campaign, the anti-austerity narrative has taken over. This amounts to every vested interest being given the freedom to demand more and more of taxpayers’ money.

The fact that this election is taking place after the biggest calamity to ever hit this country is being ignored.

The personality-based coverage of the boom-time elections, which distracted us from the reality, is being repeated.

For example, that the Irish government deficit in 2010 was far worse than it was in Greece has been forgotten.

We have just to look at Greece, now, to see what could have happened to us.

As the world situation is not great, there is a lot more at stake for this country than personality politics and placating vested interests.

You would never know that looking at much of the media coverage of the election campaign so far.

A. Leavy

Shielmartin Drive

Sutton

Dublin 13


Lifestyle

A new RTÉ series takes viewers behind the scenes at Ireland’s finest eateries – including Restaurant Chestnut, a Michelin award-winner within six months of opening. Vickie Maye meets the chef behind it, Rob KrawczykGoing beyond the menu: RTÉ series goes behind the scenes at some of Ireland's finest restaurants

Whether you’re into a ‘no make-up make-up’ look or jet black lipstick, LFW had it all.These are the biggest beauty looks from a vampy London Fashion Week

It will take you out of your beauty comfort zone, but is remarkably easy to pull off.London Fashion Week: This top make-up artist wants you to ditch your cat-eye for a ‘blue fade’

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine advises a 20-something man who isn’t having any luck meeting women in bars and clubs.Ask a counsellor: ‘Neither me or my mates have had a date for years – what are we doing wrong?’

More From The Irish Examiner