4 September 2003 Edition

The trouble with drink

4 September 2003

A Chairde,

I was really disturbed by the attitude of Paul O'Connor to drink in his article, 'Drunken Paddies' (21 August). What country is he from, exactly?

While I agreed with his sentiment that Michael McDowell's drink legislation is over the top and doesn't deal with the social problems that lead to alcoholism, I don't agree with his half-baked ideas... Free article

Sceachs and beachs

4 September 2003

A Chairde,

Councillor Ann O'Leary, Bantry should be commended for recently highlighting the very serious issue of the council not cutting the dykes of the roads of Co Cork when it seems all other elected local representatives

have gone into hiding . Despite the fact that Cork County Council are collecting §1.5 million a week in car tax, it is a disgrace... Free article

Donegal Emmet exhibition

4 September 2003

A Chairde,

I would like to inform your readers of a forthcoming exhibition entitled Shall his Epitaph Be Written?, a multimedia exhibition exploring the Legacy of Robert Emmet at the Screig Gallery, Fintown, Donegal. The exhibition opens on 20 September - the 200th anniversary of Robert Emmet's execution and runs until 20 October.

The exhibition... Free article

Suicide and colonialism

4 September 2003

A Chairde,

I have just read your current issue and found the article about suicide in the Six Counties interesting.

The article reminded me of a book some of you may be familiar with by Frantz Fanon called The Wretched of the Earth.

In this book, he covers the topic of mental illness during colonial warfare, which some readers may be interested in... Free article

Taking Parlon to task on property

4 September 2003

A Chairde,

As a member of the Oireachtas All-Party Committee on the Constitution, examining the issues of private property in the context of the 1937 Constitution, I would like to address comments made by Mr Tom Parlon TD at the Parnell Summer School last weekend.

While I must give Mr Parlon credit for learning so quickly at the feet of Charlie... Free article

Your money or your lights

4 September 2003

A Chairde,

What have London 28/8/03, New York 17/8/03 and San Francisco 20/12/00 got in common? OK, they suffered severe power cuts but that's not all.

Each of these cities privatised their electricity supply, supposedly in the interests of "competition and efficiency". Result: private monopolies, workers fired, prices raised and blackouts. Oh, and more... Free article


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