Support for Creeslough will strengthen local resolve

I write with a heavy heart. Last Friday, an explosion at a local shop and petrol station in Creeslough killed ten people and injured many others.

have visited this local hub, as have many locals and travelers when traveling on to other towns and villages in the west of the county. It was an important stop for refueling and refilling.

The staff, some of whom I knew personally, were always helpful, polite and friendly.

This devastating blast has ripped the heart out of the small village and surrounding area but they are heartened by the support of the Donegal community and communities further afield which will be of added importance as media and television crews cover other issues.

Our emergency services north and south of the border must be applauded for their response to this horrific incident.

Together with many people who were present at the scene of the crime, they did an enormous job to rescue and recover the injured and deceased.

My prayers and thoughts are with the injured, the family and friends of the deceased and the wider community at large.

A quote from author John Mark Green seems appropriate at this time: “The world may bring deep darkness, but we are the bearers of the light. We will join our flames and shine in the blackest of nights.”

Christy Galligan
Letterkenny, Co Donegal

The power of community will ensure that the light shines again

Creeslough, a beautiful, simple life shattered in a thousand slivers of screaming tears of grief. Creeslough, we believe in the power of community. You have been badly marked, but your resilience, your love will, in time, bring the light back to your beautiful life.

The global Irish community stands ready to help.

Damien Caroll

The church must first open its doors if bills are to be paid

I agree with Hugh Duffy’s sentiments in his letter earlier this week (“The bishops’ plea for help will not be a priority for the government,” lettersOctober 10th).

I was in Dublin last Saturday and wanted to find an open church. It was my intention to light a candle and say some prayers on my mother’s birthday. She died on May 3 of this year.

I went to the church on Aughrim Street in Stoneybatter and it was closed. Then I went to Arbor Hill Church and it was closed too. Statues of our Lord with arms wide open were clearly visible.

Follow the true Christian faith, I say, and open your churches to Ireland’s current 10,500 homeless people. Maybe then the state will pay for your heating.

Derek Somers
Address with publisher

It is right to admit Ukraine to NATO now

If Russia believes it is waging a de facto war with NATO over Ukraine, isn’t it time to at least tentatively accept Ukraine’s bid for NATO membership?

Perhaps this will initially be possible without ground troops, but with a temporary status as an “air raid shelter”. A ten-year term with a no-fly zone would save countless civilians from wanton Russian destruction.

Eugene Tannam
Firehouse, Dublin 24

Follow Griffith and Collins in making housing a priority

According to Davy Stockbrokers, housing construction is likely to decline. They believe developers will delay new plans into the future given rising costs.

In my last letter to your newspaper, I explained that the future of housing construction must fall back to local authorities for a stable supply (“Local authorities should employ construction workers directly to build much-needed houses”, letters8th October)

We forecast a surplus of 9 billion euros for next year, but we will let housing construction stand still. Surveys show that the housing supply is very important to voters. When developers return to look at the market, the excuse for not increasing supply will likely be lack of manpower.

The only future for social and affordable housing is to stop relying on developers. We must go back to the method by which half the houses in the cities were built from the founding of the state until the 1980s.

After the collapse of the Irish Parliamentary Party in 1918, Dublin had the worst slums in Europe. Then came Arthur Griffith and his Treasury Secretary, Michael Collins, who prioritized housing.

Hugh Duffy
Cleggan, County Galway Support for Creeslough will strengthen local resolve

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