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.

Public sector and ministers immune from punishment for their mistakes

I agree with the teachers who object to assessing their own pupils. Apart from favouritism, there is the risk of a parent irate about a pupil’s low grade.

If the teacher fearfully awards the pupil a higher grade than is deserved, he is following in the footsteps of the public sector, where a job is for life and promotion is controlled by length of service. These people get promoted automatically and do not get punished for mistakes. What punishment was doled out to the minister who spent millions on dodgy voting machines?

Just look at the HSE, where the low standard of management is crippling, despite the good work performed at the coalface. Irish Water is being fashioned to follow in the same direction. There is not a thought being given to the cost to the taxpayers, nor to a credible plan for modernising water services quickly and cheaply.

In parts of Ireland, water is not fit to drink. Only after the leaks and lead pipes have been repaired, or removed, should Irish Water reconsider the installation of water metres.

Richard Prendergast



Co. Cork


This week we had a lockdown birthday party, too much TV and a reminder from Joe Wicks that I’m 53Learner Dad: What I learned from week two on lockdown

It’s amazing what you become thankful for when you go down with suspected coronavirus and enter self-isolation, says Ella Walker.10 things self-isolation makes you really appreciate

Suddenly those Facebook groups are a godsend…Social media can be a true support in isolation – here’s how

If isolation means your locks are already out of control, it might be time to take matters into your own hands, says Prudence Wade.Everything you need to know about cutting your hair at home

More From The Irish Examiner