‘Derry Girls’ a pound shop ‘St. Trinians’ in The Troubles


Saoirse-Monica Jackson claims a privatized Channel 4 would never have made Derry Girls, the show that made her a star. I don’t think that’s really the argument against privatization that she thinks it is.

Channel 4 has a chilling reputation for female objectification coated with a thin veneer of social commentary.

A school run by Irish nuns and allowing skirts well above the knee has less to do with reality than being a cheap excuse for having adult women in school uniforms tickle. Derry girls is just a pound store St. Trinians In trouble.

Much of it romanticizes events,’Hello ‘Hello-Style, to a degree that goes beyond offense. A catholic schoolgirl who was flirted with
British troops once – let alone regularly – found themselves quick to find themselves at the end of a punishment slapped by local Republicans as a reminder to stick to their “own way”.

But no wonder Northern Ireland’s political classes love it: this ‘dark comedy’ whitewashes the province for global consumption, encouraging investment and the continuation of a society that lies to itself and the world, ‘but we’re different now’ if their main export remains precisely the youth, their lives Derry girls idealized.

Mark Boyle

Johnstone, Renfrewshire

The Church’s position on same-sex love is a denial of the Word of God

Christy Galligan (“UN Human Rights Council Must Reject Totalitarian Leaders and Their Supporters,” Letters, April) and Dr. Munjed Farid Al Quotob (“The Tragedy of War Must Be at the Forefront of Our Minds,” Letters, April 12) illustrate the fragility of the world today.

Read your account of respected priest Father Paddy Byrne (“Priest praises Kellie as he attacks Church for same-sex attitudes”, Irish IndependentApril 11), noting the “sad” fact that he can bless tractors but not same-sex couples.

A Roman Catholic priest can “bless” a soulless mechanic with holy water; Apparatus while being “commanded” by the Bishop of Rome NOT to bless two of God’s greatest creations: two humans.

We are now in Holy Week, practically on the eve of Good Friday, the most significant celebration of the symbolic teaching of the Christian Churches: the Resurrection of Christ. So, in order to avoid “war tragedies,” aren’t we morally obligated to reject totalitarianism—whether religious or secular—by making the symbolism of the risen Christ real? Pure and sincere love from the heart and mind for all humanity and nature will create the universal peace that human beings long for. This is never achieved through materialistic greed: for power of any kind on earth, nor through blessing of material things. Rather, it will be necessary to recognize each individual as a child of God.

To deny or even question this is a denial of the Word of God.

Declan Foley

Melbourne, Australia

The sooner we cut all ties with Russia, the better

IT HAS BEEN argued that Ireland, as a neutral state and probably the most respected nation in the world, could hold peace talks to end Russia’s war on Ukraine. Pigs can fly! To their credit, Ukraine would not cede an acre of land to Putin, and there is no compromise on that. The only end to this brutal conflict can be Russia’s total defeat and withdrawal from the occupied territories. And that’s a job for NATO. Moreover, it is too great a slander to our peaceful republic to keep the Russian ambassador in Dublin. The sooner we cut all ties with Russia, the better.

If we go ahead here, other EU countries will follow and also cut ties – like brave Lithuania. Only when the war in Ukraine is over, when reparations are paid and the homes and livelihoods of the survivors restored, and the cruel Russian regime is replaced, only then can we host an ambassador we trust and respect.

Our first step towards peace is the eviction of the residents of 186 Orwell Road – and a good liberation of Putin’s chosen representatives on Irish soil.

joe neal

Castlebridge, Wexford

O a return to the cozy bliss we knew long ago

HAVING heard the news today of the banning of even a neighborly act like giving away a few bags of peat to a friend, I am now wondering if the publication of this beautiful poem by Padraic Colum will also be banned.

Quote for Eamon Ryan to enjoy,

‘The heaped sods on the fire,

The peat heap on the wall.”

I grew up in south Leitrim where my father had his own peat bank, as it was called, and we had cozy bedrooms with a fire lit every winter. Sheer bliss!

Brid Fetton

Ferry Bank, Waterford ‘Derry Girls’ a pound shop ‘St. Trinians’ in The Troubles

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