Letters to the Editor
I note in last week’s paper, that the Council is sending letters to former Allergan staff to assure them of their continued support and help. This is all very laudable and praiseworthy, of course, but why this special concern for Allergan workers?
What about the rest of Arklow’s unemployed of which I am one. Do we not count in Arklow Town Council’s eyes? There are many jobless people in this town at the moment. We may not have been laid off in the glare of widespread publicity, but our unfortunate lot is every bit as bad as those of the former Allergan workers, for whom, by the way I have the deepest sympathy.
Some companies such as the one I worked for are laying people off piecemeal and quietly without any fanfare. Indeed, these layoffs seem almost surreptitious and carried out in order to avoid hitting the headlines.
Unemployed people are everywhere so while the Council’s actions are right it is, I feel, grossly unfair to single out a certain group. All unemployed people need reassurance that the Council will utilise whatever limited powers are at their disposal on the behalf of the unemployed.
This will be my message to the councillors when they come looking for my vote. Yours sincerely, Michael Byrne. St. Michael’s Terrace, Arklow
I moved to Wicklow town last year so I suppose I’m a ‘blow-in’, but I love this town of character and history. Having lived in many different places, both small and large, I believe this corner of the world has many things going for it and I hope to be able to spend the rest of my days here.
But, and it’s a big BUT, why oh why is this lovely place quite literally going to the dogs? I am of course alluding to the disgusting spectacle of dog faeces. From the seafront to the river bank, the streets, open spaces, even bridges, no where is allowed to be free of this plague.
Is it permissible to shoot the perpetrators? Not the dogs but the owners. I might jest but this is a terrible blight on the good name of all who have lived here.
What about the old and infirm (and we all get that way don’t we?), the blind, half-blind and young mothers with buggies and toddlers?
One has to navigate (not walk) during the day, and at night forget it, unless one is of course on a carrot fruit diet. When was the last time anyone was named and shamed? When was anyone arrested for breaking this law and putting young children at risk? Is the only way to make this a public debate to make a citizens arrest?
To all those beautiful dog owners who clean up, don’t stop. Maybe your example will make others cop on.’ Yours sincerely, B. McKay, Leitrim Place, Wicklow town.