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.

Varadkar would be ‘brave’ if he tackled health crisis

It is tedious to see and hear media coverage of Health Minister Leo Varadaker’s personal life, and his “brave” decision to come out as gay.

I see nothing brave about it. Photos of broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan congratulating Varadkar make me want to be ill.

It would be better, and braver, if Varadkar did what the Irish Nurses’ Organisation asked him to do last year, and if he spent 12 hours in an emergency facility.

He refused then, with some meaningless excuse. My friends who are gay, of whom I have many, do their jobs and do not bleat about coming-out, much less think that coming-out qualifies them to lead this country.

So, do your job, Mr Varadaker. Sort out the emergency departments (ED) and hospital waiting lists. You are paid handsomely to do it.

Maria Andreucetti

Howth Road


Dublin 3


We’ll probably be seeing a particular royal in some of these dresses.Video: Temperley’s new collection is your dream holiday wardrobe

It's been a while since we last heard from Damien Rice - four years since his last shows in Ireland, five since his last studio album.Damien Rice is joined by special guests for a truly special show

Your guide to what's on this week.Gardening notes: Your guide to what's on

Timeless, the Irish Antique Dealers Fair, continues this weekend at the RDS in Dublin and is open from 11am to 6pm today and tomorrow.In Brief: Your guide to what's on in antiques

More From The Irish Examiner