The message is: We must evaluate what the media tells us

In her letter, Mary Stewart writes: “Our media, in general, with few exceptions, continues to support groupthink at the expense of factual and balanced reporting of what is critically important to us all” (“Why Groupthink Must Be Confronted Across All Media ‘, Letters, July 19). You are of course entitled to your opinion.

An answer to this question could be that of Cain to Moses: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” It is the responsibility of the reader/viewer/listener to judge whatever the media publicly presents.

There is an apocryphal story by WB Yeats, who received a note: ‘Dear Mr. Yeats, I do not understand your latest poem. Can you explain that please?”

The answer? “It is not for the poet to explain his work; rather for the reader to interpret.”

Declan Foley

Melbourne, Australia

All citizens are entitled to accessible information

I recently called the Citizens Information Service in Rathmines to speak to an information officer about pensions and social security issues and found the service has been closed for some time. Callers are encouraged to use online services or telephone information. I’ve given up many attempts to make contact by phone when I hear the usual “We appreciate your call, but our staff are currently experiencing a heavy call volume.”

This is not a substitute for personal information and advice.

Apparently, similar closures of the service are taking place across the country, and indeed appear to apply to other public services as well, including tax offices and social protection services.

The reduction in in-person public services particularly affects people with limited or restricted access to online services, but all citizens are entitled to accessible public services.

Tom Rowan

Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

Ireland hosted the Nazi ambassador during the war

A few days ago Glyn Carragher wrote to the Irish Independent disparaging calls for expulsion of Russian ambassador (“Severing diplomatic relations would betray neutrality,” Letters, July 16).

The reason? That as a neutral country
We should stand above such actions and engage in dialogue and negotiations outside of war.

After all, says Glyn, Ireland had a German ambassador during the war who represented Nazi Germany.

Ciaran Clarke

Co. Fermanagh

Sport lifts us up but the manager’s departure is embarrassing

I’ve been a tip supporter since it was possible to cycle to the finals in Munster and leave an unlocked bike on the street.

I am very aware that sport has given us a big boost in the last two to three years, even with limitations: rugby, racing, football and much more. The GAA, a wonderful example of true community involvement, gave us something to celebrate. The success of our Tipp Minor hurlers, led by James Woodlock, was the icing on the cake for us Tipp people this year.

Reading about Colm Bonnar being “relieved from his duties” with the senior team was embarrassing and made me wonder if our ability to be grateful, kind and more importantly human was being tarnished.

I wish him happy days in the future.

Alice Leahy

Director of Services, Alice Leahy Trust, Dublin 8

A win that would have fans dancing on the ceiling

After their well-deserved and hard-fought win over the Cats of Kilkenny on Sunday, we must certainly acknowledge that Limerick is now, in the words of a famous Lionel Richie and Commodores song, ‘Once, Twice, Thrice a Lady’.

Padraig Keenan

Carrigalin, cork

An All Ireland fight that made you proud to be Irish

What a sporty weekend that was. First we had the Irish rugby team who won the Test series against the All Blacks. Then we had golfer Rory McIlroy, who came so close to winning The Open.

But the highest accolade goes to the amateur athletes from Limerick and Kilkenny, who delivered a game to last in the All Ireland Hurling final.

If Limerick was great to win, Kilkenny was just as great to lose.

That game was a display of skill, speed, strength and determination that all the money in Saudi Arabia couldn’t buy.

It made you proud to be Irish.

John Glennon

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