What’s the hu­man cost of cut-price uni­forms?

Irish Daily Mail - - Letters -

I FIND it very dis­turb­ing that su­per­mar­kets are sell­ing school uni­forms so cheaply.

It raises a num­ber of is­sues for me: are the work­ers be­ing ex­ploited to pro­duce a uni­form for such low cost? What are they be­ing paid and un­der what con­di­tions are they work­ing?

With our gen­er­ous ben­e­fit sys­tem and our school uni­form al­lowance, I find it hard to be­lieve that there are fam­i­lies here who are so poor that they have to avail of these of­fers.

As a rel­a­tively wealthy coun­try how can we be al­lowed be drawn into such ex­ploita­tion?

J.M. SMITH, Kil­mac­thomas, Co. Water­ford.

Mur­phy’s lawless

I AM amazed that a charge of un­law­ful im­pris­on­ment was brought against Paul Mur­phy and his Job­stown co-demon­stra­tors/ bul­lies. This clearly wasn’t a case of false im­pris­on­ment, al­though there might have been a case for hi­jack­ing.

What­ever it was, the le­gal case that fol­lowed was a shock­ing waste of money. The way the gar­daí came out of it was very dis­con­cert­ing.

I re­ally wish that the gar­daí did not get them­selves in­volved in these con­tro­ver­sies – it only gives these demon­stra­tors fu­ture am­mu­ni­tion.

What I can’t un­der­stand is why, and es­pe­cially with all the me­dia at­ten­tion given to bul­ly­ing these days, was there not more made of the troll-like re­marks made on the day. If Joan Bur­ton was sub­jected to this kind of abuse on Face­book there would be an out­cry, but yet it seems to be per­fectly ac­cept­able in pub­lic.

It’s amaz­ing to me that a mem­ber of Dáil Éire­ann can lead a bunch of highly ex­citable acolytes, let them sub­ject a fel­low TD to a un­mer­ci­ful tor­rent of abuse, and af­ter all this emerge as the vic­tor.

Not only is this amaz­ing, but af­ter a ex­pen­sive court case he wants to fur­ther un­der­mine the po­lice force of this coun­try by hav­ing an en­quiry into them.

The Paul Mur­phy fac­tion seem to want to bring down the gar­daí, for what rea­sons I do not know, as ev­ery coun­try needs law en­force­ment.

I am sure that it would make their hand­i­work at the likes of Job­stown a lot eas­ier if the gar­daí weren’t around.

The strange thing is that, af­ter all this demon­strat­ing, Paul Mur­phy and his min­ions haven’t made Ir­ish Wa­ter any bet­ter, or any more sta­ble.

All they’ve done is got rid of a charge, and the true im­pli­ca­tions of their ac­tion will not be seen for years.

In the mean­time Paul Mur­phy’s ca­reer will go from strength to strength. CHAR­LIE JOHNS, Car­low.

The panto scrap

THERE was a time not so long ago, when Conor McGre­gor re­ally ‘got my goat’ for want of a bet­ter say­ing.

His brash­ness, his shameful deroga­tory re­marks that be­lit­tled his op­po­nents and their places of birth, and worst of all, hav­ing the cheek to go into a box­ing ring – or oc­tagon as its re­ferred to among fol­low­ers of that par­tic­u­lar sport – wear­ing them wee tight yokes.

How­ever, in light of re­cent times and the route he has taken, I have to say that his flam­boy­ance has grown on me, de­spite my ob­jec­tions to his ut­terly out­ra­geous an­tics.

I must give him a de­gree of re­spect for chal­leng­ing Floyd May­weather, an­other lit­tle man who earned an aw­ful lot of money through the use of his as-yet-un­equalled tal­ents at com­pet­ing in the box­ing ring.

What an­noys me about May­weather’s ca­reer is the fact that, hav­ing earned $340mil­lion – what amounts to a colos­sal amount of money in any man’s lan­guage – he’s now scrap­ing the change from the bot­tom of the bar­rel, and has come out of re­tire­ment to fight an op­po­nent who epit­o­mises the wealth that bling, bluff and show­boat­ing brings to the ta­ble.

If he is guilty of wast­ing that amount of money on high liv­ing, then Floyd de­serves a good hid­ing out­side the ring – never mind in­side it.

As far as I’m con­cerned May­weather is over the hill, but whether McGre­gor is crafty enough to walk the walk, and beat a man with both feet on a down­ward slope is any­one’s guess.

Be­cause box­ing and sport are only side is­sues; it’s the mil­lions that both are go­ing to bank af­ter pum­melling the pub­lic with trash talk that’s guar­an­teed to pay big div­i­dends, when or­di­nary Joe Soap dips his hand into his pocket and ex­tracts his hard-earned dosh to pay for the priv­i­lege of watch­ing what may turn out to be the best pan­tomime of 2017.

JAMES WOODS, Gort an Choirce, Dún na nGall.

Heart­break­ing choice

SHOULD the par­ents of baby Char­lie Gard be care­ful what they wish for?

I shed a tear lis­ten­ing to a caller to BBC Ra­dio 4’s Any An­swers re­late how she bat­tled for the life of her se­verely dis­abled baby boy to be saved.

Her son is now a teenager, no longer on life sup­port, and so she can­not let him go, de­spite him be­ing con­scious of noth­ing but re­lent­less pain.

Re­flect­ing on her de­ci­sion to keep her son alive, she ad­mits: ‘We did it for us, not for him.’ KEN WAR­REN,


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