No wonder nurses are leaving in their droves
I RECENTLY spoke with a young, newly qualified nurse who cannot afford accommodation in Dublin. As a result, she must drive 160km daily to get to and from work.
Being newly qualified, she is on a lower pay scale than more senior colleagues and, to add insult to injury, she is charged a parking fee by her employer.
An Taoiseach and the Health Minister now want her to surrender any holidays she may have planned over Christmas.
I would expect this nurse to emigrate when she has a little more experience.
Tom Burke, Clonsilla, Dublin 15
I WAS disgusted at the leniency of the 14-year sentence imposed on the perpetrator of multiple rapes of an 18-year-old Spanish student.
These rapes were accompanied by threats to kill and false imprisonment over a 21-hour period. The fact that gardaí failed to enforce bail conditions yet again brings into disrepute the standards and values which once embodied An Garda Síochána.
I object to the issuing of bail to those who clearly represent a danger to society. Most of us can only look on in helpless bewilderment at the inadequate sentencing and bizarre bail laws that leave violent serial criminals remaining at liberty to terrorise.
Irish society must live with the shame of knowing that this vile ordeal could and should have been prevented. Tom Cooper, Templeogue, Dublin 6w.
Grating Mary Lou
I AGREE with what Seán Doyle had to say about Mary Lou McDonald in last week’s issue (MoS prize letter, November 4). He hit the nail on the head when he referred to her as abrasive and clueless.
Recently in the Dáil she launched another attack on the Vatican and the Church when she said that the Vatican and the nuns involved in the Tuam baby controversy should pay the complete cost of the excavation of the graves.
Will Mary Lou please inform us how much has Sinn Féin paid towards the cost of the excavation of the graves of people murdered by the IRA terrorists who buried the bodies in bogs, fields and beaches all over Ireland, some of which have not as yet been found?
John Murray, by email.
THE wearing of a poppy has always caused problems such as verbal abuse in the Republic.
I had two relatives who served in the British army in the First World War, one to save Catholic Belgium following the atrocities committed there by the German army, who were regarded by the unelected leaders of 1916 as their gallant allies.
Regarding the Second World War, I grew up with many wonderful Jewish people who would have been deported by an Irish quisling government to die in gas chambers were it not for the UK’s stand against fascism. So I will be wearing my poppy with pride.
Tony Moriarty, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6w.
IT’S getting rather tiresome, the saga over footballer Declan Rice and will he, won’t he declare for Ireland. It was the same with Jack Grealish. Martin O’Neill was going back and forth to get Grealish. A player should not have to be begged to play for his country. O’Neill should move on and if Rice does declare for Ireland, well and good.
This constant, almost pleading with Rice is becoming boring. Rice should bear in mind that Grealish did not make the England squad yet.
J.McCourt, Dundalk, Co. Louth.