Category: Letters

Dear Editor, How frustrating that when disgraceful shortcomings are pointed out in the State’s failure to protect and vindicate the rights of children that vested interests always blame a ‘lack of resources’. What resources were lacking when social workers, backed by the full authority of the Garda Síochana, removed two Roma children from their family…

Dear Editor, May I please comment on Emma Ryan’s criticism (IC 17/10/13) of Mary Kenny’s article on Anthea McTiernan’s article in The Irish Times claiming that abortion was normal and that women are not hurt by abortion?  While Ms McTiernan may not have actually stated abortion equated a tooth extraction, the fact that she used this as an…

Dear Editor, I was shocked and disappointed on reading Dr John Murray’s letter (IC 3/10/13); shocked at the denigratory tone he adopted towards Pope Francis, and disappointed that a person in his position in the Mater Dei Institute of Education is forming opinions of Pope Francis through such a narrow lens of “his now-famous” interview,…

Dear Editor, I am writing to respond to the letter from Jarlath Vaughan (‘It is wrong to silence Fr Flannery’ IC 10/10/13). Firstly, I’ll say that I have followed the story of Fr Flannery quite closely since it began to unfold. At this stage, talk of Fr Flannery as a victim of the “evil Vatican”…

Dear Editor, Mary Kenny’s article entitled ‘What liberal’s don’t report about mental health’ (IC 7/10/13) is not only inaccurate but unacceptably stigmatising and serves only to propagate the myths and mistruths that link violence to people with experience of mental health problems. It is hugely concerning how Mary Kenny bases her entire piece around two…

Dear Editor, I usually enjoy reading Mary Kenny’s weekly column. I was, however, disappointed to read her criticism of the classic film The Quiet Man (IC 10/10/13). She sounded a particularly discordant and sour note. It is a little late in the day for her to reveal that the ‘archaic’ story was not politically correct…

Dear Editor, Fr Sean McDonagh celebrated St Columban in your issue of October 10, and rightly so. This was the time when the Irish were the saviours of Europe, because of the great work our missionaries did in Scotland, and in western Europe as a whole. It was not just that they brought the Faith…

Dear Editor, Regarding Mary Kenny’s article ‘Being neutral on abortion’ (IC 10/10/13). Obviously Mary Kenny disagrees with the sentiment of Anthea McTiernan’s Irish Times article. I have no issue with people having differing opinions. But I wish to bring to your attention incorrect information in Mary’s piece. If you actually read Anthea’s piece you will…

Dear Editor, Mary Kenny is quite right to be sceptical about the theory of global warming. Hers is a most natural and thoroughly human reaction. After all, what if it should turn out to be true? When eminent scientists, led by the Surgeon General of the United States, many years ago propounded the then revolutionary…

Dear Editor, I write in response to the controversy created by Derek Keating TD and his position as Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. Within the Catholic Church there is a ban on clergy becoming involved in party political activities.   This is because such activity would be likely to be divisive within the community. A…