Soil dwellers with a narrow world horizon cannot dictate to a modern society on the brink

The robe of victimhood doesn’t spend much time on its hanger in an Irishman’s wardrobe.

urfgate has created a community of self-proclaimed victims – those for whom a simple explanation based on scientific evidence of the urgent need for clean air action is beyond their comprehension.

Once again, rural Ireland is under attack. Or is it?

The ban on the commercial sale of peat across the island of Ireland will only affect part of the population.

The use of the local lawn to heat the house continues while the day persists in the bog.

Rural Ireland is devoid of local and national politicians who can articulate the views of those of us who don’t live in the maw of agribusiness, who live in the countryside and understand and engage with modern thinking.

Ireland’s countryside doesn’t just rely on agricultural interests, backed by on-stage politicians, to function.

These low-world soil citizens seem to feel that they are owed a living regardless of external societal changes.

Removing turf from the home heating drop-down menu saves lives while improving air quality.

Shutting down lawnmowers while returning to local use of the sleán (two-sided spade) is a step to reduce the death toll of the true victims of climate injustice—those people who entered God’s acre long before their time on earth expired by date.

John Tierney, Ashtown, Fews, County Waterford

War rages on Irish soil – meanwhile in Ukraine…

Europe faces its greatest security crisis since 1939, when an evil dictator invaded Ukraine and committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Ukrainian people – a people whom Russia claims are actually Russians because it believes Ukraine Does not exist.

As brave Ukraine defends European freedom and democracy with the lives of its own people, governments across Europe are internally bickering over how much military aid they should or could send.

Meanwhile, on the western edge of Europe, the government of Ireland decides their internal dispute should be about the turf. Seriously. Where are your priorities?

What now? Perhaps a dispute over whether leaving immersion should be punishable.

Jason Fitzharris, Rivervalley, swords

Beware, Minister, or these puns will keep coming

To pause or not to pause, that is the question. First we had Taoiseach Michael Martin Interrupting the secondment of Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan to Trinity College, which caused much controversy.

The good doctor then duly resigned.

tanaiste Leo Varadkar Then the green lawn mowing ban that the Minister of Transport had paused Eamon Ryan and his party bruised and deadlocked with anger as a result. At that point, Mr. Martin said there would be no ban on lawn mowing this year.

Perhaps the Greens should now consider taking a break on this contentious issue that has turned rural Ireland into a mess and insanely insane.

So, Eamon, for goodness sake, could you kick the bucket and let the dust settle on this one so the folks of the Midlands and along the West Coast can cool off before your group is unequivocally told to hurl their hooks at the next federal election? Whenever that may be.

Tom Towey, Cloonacool, Co Sligo

When men were men and a pint was a babycham

Ryan Tubridy’s mention of Babycham on the radio reminded me that my very first alcoholic drink was a Babycham at the Bray Head Hotel a few (ahem) years ago.

It came complete with the cherry on top of a plastic sword, of course, as one tried to do something resembling a macho pose, leaning casually, elbows on the bar.

It was a case of “Get off your horse and drink your babycham”.

“Innocent days” would be an understatement.

Tom Gilsenan, Beaumont, Dublin 9

Medical professionals’ ambivalence towards surgical abortion

It should come as no surprise that conscientious objection prevents the provision of abortion services in this country.

These objections are succinctly summed up in the following reference statement: “Some obstetricians and gynecologists have had no problem performing medical abortions, but will have a problem with surgical termination because it feels more like a definitive act where you terminate the pregnancy.” and not just give pills.”

Faced with the reality of abortion, which was definitely not the case in the run-up to the abortion referendum due to lack of debate, presenting it as part of a healthcare service becomes much more problematic.

Perhaps now the realization that 13,243 abortions have taken place in the first two years since its legislation, with figures for the last year not yet released, will further underscore the fact that it is a matter of ending a life.

Mary Stewart, City of Donegal

A touch of bias in media coverage of tycoon Musk

Elon Musk’s stated goals are to reduce humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels (Tesla); hedge against extinction-level events by becoming a multiplanetary species (SpaceX); alleviation of conditions such as paralysis through human-computer-brain interfaces (Neuralink); and defusing chronic traffic congestion (The Boring Company).

The preponderance of recent Musk profiles not mentioning these goals — if only to express skepticism — can only be explained by ideological bias.

Alan Murphy, Knocklyon, Dublin 16

Twitter, Freedom of Speech and the Duty of Restraint

Elon Musk’s statement that he is fully committed to freedom of speech and expression is very encouraging.

In the leadership of Twitter, he could do no better than stay close to the current PEN (Poets, Essayists, Novelists) charter.

PEN advocates a free press and opposes arbitrary censorship in peacetime. She believes that the necessary progress of the world towards a more highly organized political and economic order makes free criticism of governments, administrations and institutions imperative.

Since freedom means voluntary restraint, members pledge to oppose such evils of a free press as mendacious publication, willful untruth, and distortion of facts for political and personal ends.

J. Anthony Gaughan, President, Irish PEN, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

Ode to the joys of a work-free summer day

Gardening is a topic on many telephone radio shows this time of year.

So may I share my favorite garden poem with your readers?

My favorite kind of summer day

The sun was shining,

the birds sang

And the lawn mower broke.

Brendan Casserly, Bishopstown, Cork

An English ‘subject’ for a united Irish republic

As a nominal Protestant from England, I sincerely hope that Sinn Féin wins the upcoming elections in Northern Ireland and that Michelle O’Neill becomes First Minister.

If O’Neill and Sinn Féin prevail, they can realistically plan a referendum on the reunification of Ireland. A reunited Ireland can only benefit all of its inhabitants, Protestant and Catholic alike. Past hostilities must be put aside as Dublin rules a future reunited Ireland.

Democracy rules on the island of Ireland, while in Britain we only ‘subjects’ suffer when an unelected House of Windsor rules over us.

Dominic Shelmerdine, London Soil dwellers with a narrow world horizon cannot dictate to a modern society on the brink

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