The tragic accident in Donegal showed us that we are victims of accidents and injuries every day. Please hug your loved ones as often as you can.
Reeslough, we are with you as you grieve.
Unity will help mourners through their darkest hours
The people of Donegal will come together and get through the terrible tragedy that has befallen them. Safety with gas must now be of paramount importance in the forthcoming investigation. Creeslough’s victims will never be forgotten.
London, United Kingdom
In tough times, look to frugal examples from the past
In the war years, before television, central heating, etc., people had to be economical with their money.
Shopping was mainly done using a shopping list, and people only bought what was on the list. Anyone who had a garden, no matter how small, made use of it by planting vegetables. We had a choice of butter or jam on our bread.
Extras such as desserts or cream cakes were available for special occasions. Many children were dependent on old clothes.
So perhaps today we could learn a lesson from the phrase “do not want to waste”.
Dundalk, Co. Louth
The bishops’ plea for help will not be a priority for the government
On Friday we were informed that the Bishops Conference in Maynooth issued a statement saying churches may have to close this winter due to costs (“Churches will close this winter unless government pays energy subsidies” , Irish Independent7 October)
The problem is that the hierarchy has lost all credibility with the government and much of its flock.
They blame Covid for the drop in attendance at masses and other religious services, but attendance at funerals is as great as ever. Covid is not the problem for couples who choose to celebrate their weddings in hotels rather than church.
The cold never stopped their ancestors from attending mass before central heating came along, or even further back in the penal period.
Cleggan, County Galway
An act of goodwill could spark unity talks
Cultural mutual understanding will be required to reach an amicable solution in the quest for a united Ireland. As an act of goodwill, perhaps everyone in the Republic could convert to Protestantism, while those in the North who only spoke Irish could declare themselves atheists.
In the event of a fair referendum on unity, the vote must also decide whether residents of the 26 counties want both British and Irish passports. Imagine – two pensions!
Firehouse, Dublin 24
Ireland’s qualifying group is far from doomed
There’s more to Ireland’s football team than just winning games – they also provide great social events.
In France, the Netherlands and Greece we will see three of Europe’s best teams at Lansdowne Road. We will travel to the best away venues where we have always been well received, although we may not be overly popular in Gibraltar.
It will do wonders for our young players and we have nothing to lose. Start saving!
Rathmines, Dublin 6
We must go beyond words and take action to heal our planet
Alfred Nobel’s vision of peace is urgently needed today. Our world is struggling with challenges such as climate change, environmental degradation, pollution, terrorism, religious and cultural animosity, hatred, intolerance, racism, discrimination, social upheaval, armed conflicts and transnational pandemics.
The Nobel Peace Prize is an example of the pinnacle of human achievement. However, we must go beyond words and prices and strive to build a fairer, better and fairer world.
dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob
London, United Kingdom
Soaring energy bills make for sobering reading
I look at my electric bill.
Beaumont, Dublin 9
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/sad-reminder-that-we-should-live-every-day-likes-its-the-last-42052913.html Sad reminder that we should live each day as if it were the last