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.

We have too many local authorities

LOOKING at the size of this country, what are we doing with so many local authorities?

Why can’t we have regional authorities, like a Munster council and so on? We live in a small country — how many managers and councillors would that reduce to just having a Munster manager/mayor and a couple of councillors per county?

Just think how much money it would save, with all the offices sold off and only needing the amount necessary to run one regional council instead of almost 20 per county.

It’s time to have a serious debate about this and stop this jobs for the boys culture, that’s costing the taxpayer.

Emmet Murphy


Co Cork


When the ferryman pulls away from the pier and the salty spray of the sea hits your face the feeling of release from the mainland is deeply pleasurable. Your island awaits. Whether for a day trip or a holiday, the lure of the islands is as magnetic as ever.The Islands of Ireland: The lure of the less-visited

From Tom Waits and Kurt Cobain, to Bertrand Russell and the Big Lebowski, singer Mick Flannery tells Richard Fitzpatrick about his cultural touchstones.Culture That Made Me: Mick Flannery

Esther N McCarthy is starry-eyed for prints, eager for elephants and jealous of a toaster this weekWe're all starry-eyed for prints, eager for elephants and jealous of a toaster this week

'Irish is my first language. I was almost five before I spoke English. One memory of my school years is the metre stick and being hit with that and the shock of it. But the most vivid memory is loving going to school.'School Daze with Eibhlín Ní Chonghaile: ‘Sky News was the best learning curve of my life’

More From The Irish Examiner