Why is Bren­dan so sur­prised by this?

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Letters -

Sir — What has hap­pened to Bren­dan O’Con­nor who gives us the weekly hu­mor­ous and en­ter­tain­ing front-page pieces?

He has gone all dis­mayed with the shock of dis­cov­er­ing that our govern­ment leader and his se­nior min­is­ters have been bulls***ing us all along (Sun­day In­de­pen­dent, Novem­ber 25).

What a dis­cov­ery af­ter seven years of to­tal ne­glect by Govern­ment of its pri­mary func­tions — pro­vi­sion of shel­ter, food, health­care and safety of body and pos­ses­sions of its ci­ti­zens.

Bren­dan is an­noyed at the Govern­ment’s view of fa­thers. He al­lies with John Wal­ters in ad­vo­cat­ing for the true role of fa­thers. He writes: “The ev­i­dence shows that when fa­thers take a more sig­nif­i­cant and mean­ing­ful share in par­ent­ing of their chil­dren, the in­di­vid­ual fam­ily ben­e­fits, and so does so­ci­ety” — an earth-shat­ter­ing dis­cov­ery, as he might say him­self.

Bren­dan also ac­knowl­edges the joint and com­ple­men­tary role of the fa­ther and mother. He says: “Work­ing fa­thers in those early days… cram in work and ev­ery­thing else to sup­port the pri­mary carer and the new baby.” But “we all know there is some­thing bro­ken here, when par­ents are queu­ing out­side the creche at seven in the morn­ing to drop the kids off, and back in the evening, both par­ent and child ex­hausted”.

He adds: “We know that we and they are miss­ing out on pre­cious time, and that it will be all gone in the blink of an eye.”

The govern­ment so­lu­tion is a First5 launch with colour­ful photo op. But I think Bren­dan might put a span­ner in the works of its ob­ses­sion with lib­eral ide­ol­ogy. Per­haps then ur­gent mat­ters for so­ci­ety will be ad­dressed — sounds fa­mil­iar.

Sean Far­rell, Manorhamil­ton

Co Leitrim

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.