No won­der nurses are leav­ing in their droves

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - LETTERS -

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

So­ci­ety’s shame

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.

Poppy pride

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.

Soc­cer saga

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.

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