Sir, – Michael McDowell always manages to pose important questions and challenges the reader to look outside the box. His article “Is there room for another political party?” (Opinion & Analysis, October 13th) should surely lead to debate. From what I hear daily from my interaction with people from all sections of society, he is not alone in asking that question.

Groupthink is flourishing, leading as it does to poor-quality decision making, with many voices being excluded. Our democracy needs to be understood and valued and this can only happen when people realise that their contribution can make a difference.

Groupthink, supported by corporate language, has conspired to silence alternative voices in so many areas of public life. – Yours, etc,


Director of Services,

Dublin 8.

A chara, – Michael McDowell asks “Is there room for another political party?”.

He’s been there. He’s done that. Let him reflect on his T-shirt. – Is mise,


Cill Chríost,

Co na Gaillimhe.


Link to the Irish Times here