Building bike lanes instead of taking care of children’s health is shameful

Once again we are witnessing a vulnerable segment of society being abandoned by stupid and ill-conceived government policies regarding the children whose life-changing scoliosis/spina bifida surgery was canceled at short notice.

Recently we were treated to a great deal of fanfare over the meager €19m the Government has allocated to orthopedic surgeries for children, while €65m is wasted upgrading an existing cycle lane in Dublin for fair-weather cyclists.

Everyone on the government benches must hang their heads in embarrassment.

Let’s not forget that last week Transport Secretary Eamon Ryan ordered councils to spend their unclaimed €129m on cycle lanes, which didn’t even feature in their plans. I think the vast majority of people in this country would prefer to see that €129 million reinvested in healthcare/police/housing/education – anything but bike lanes.

And Taoiseach Micheál Martin, contrary to what you believe, the vast majority of people in this country would rather see elections sooner than later. So we can thank Eamon and his party, and by extension you and Leo, for the carbon tax, and don’t forget the two peat plants you closed at the behest of the Greens. I’m sure the national grid would be only too happy this winter if they burned domestic fuel in their system.

Still, it must be cold comfort to parents of children awaiting this life-changing surgery that millions are pouring towards bike lanes for Eamon Ryan.

Antoin O’Ceallaigh

Malahide, Co Dublin

Pleasant memories of living in a great city like Bray

Reading Roslyn Dee’s reminiscences of her hometown of Coleraine and her account of the number of shops and places of entertainment that are now closed brought back memories of my childhood in Bray, Co. Wicklow.

When I’m in town now, I usually stroll past three “pillars” of my youth that are no longer there. Two of those three pillars were the Royal and Roxy cinemas, where I saw some really classic films, e.g. High Noon, Bridge on the River Kwaiand for me the best Titanic movie, A night to remember. In fact, I remember wearing long pants for the first time the night I saw this film! The other “pillar” was the Arcadia Ballroom
where many spend the night, my gallant request to a girl for dancing was fulfilled: “Ask me, friend, I’m sweating”!

What was the Lee Marvin quote? “My hair was darker then, my heart was lighter then.” Pleasant memories of a great city to grow up in.

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont, Dublin 9

Welcome to Ireland folks… but only if you’re a Democrat

It is surprising that there has been no response from Fáilte Ireland to the news from our media and government that only supporters of the American Democratic Party are welcome here. It seems like a pretty short-sighted policy, doesn’t it? After all, we aim to have a “céad míle fáilte” for all visitors. We can hardly be that picky, because so many jobs are provided by American companies.

Oh, well, I suppose it’s more important to be politically correct and stick with the biased media and incompetent politicians than to welcome those we disagree with, even at the cost of a loss of revenue and reputation will lead. “Ireland of Welcomes” indeed!

Mary Steward

Ardeskin, City of Donegal

Principal landlords are treated unfairly

I would like to comment on the plight of a small group of landlords who are being treated unfairly and inappropriately by statutory tenancy law authorities.

My property is in a rental pressure zone (RPZ). In the past I have always treated tenants with respect and fairness. In December 2016, the RPZ concept was introduced by the government. I accept that such legislation was needed to deal with exorbitant rent increases by unscrupulous landlords.

The problem is that principled landlords who acted responsibly in dealing with their tenants were now trapped in an inflexible and biased act of law.

The cost of materials and services has risen astronomically but in some cases we are expected to maintain our properties to the required standard despite receiving rents well below market.

Recent political events have highlighted the inequality that persists between the privileged few and the rest.

Thank god for the media. Without his involvement we would never know what is happening behind it
closed doors.

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