Coarse language – 02/09/21

Sir, – Thanks to Kathy Sheridan for focusing minds on the widespread use of coarse language (Opinion, September 1st). Coarse language clearly has become acceptable, even by our politicians who we expect to show at least a degree of courtesy and leadership – hope springs eternal.

Buzzwords too have become very fashionable and they come and go. One cannot miss the widespread use of the term “reaching out”. This buzzword is now appearing regularly, even in correspondence. Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney addressing the Oireachtas committee examining Katherine Zappone’s appointment said “she reached out to me last summer”.

Let’s hope coarse language doesn’t become the norm and that “reaching out” is confined to the sin bin.

– Yours, etc,

ALICE LEAHY,

Director of Services,

Alice Leahy Trust ,

Dublin 8.

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Zappone appointment raises questions

Sir, – The manner of the appointment of Katherine Zappone to the position of a special envoy to the UN raises a number of questions that should be of concern to anyone interested in the future of our political system. There are a number of important questions that need to be asked and answered. This is essential to ensure that the general public of all ages can maintain trust in our political system, which currently is at a very concerning all-time low. – Yours, etc,

ALICE LEAHY,

Director of Services,

Alice Leahy Trust,

and former Irish

Human Rights

Commissioner,

Dublin 8.

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Remembering Mamo McDonald – 29/06/21

Sir, – Reflecting on the life of Mamo McDonald (“A pioneering ‘born again’ Irish feminist” (“Obituaries, June 26th) was a reminder of the importance of remembering the powerful women from the not too distant past, many of whom came from rural Ireland.

Mamo always acknowledged the inspiration she got from the great Dr Muriel Gahan (not Gann).

It has become all too easy to airbrush women out of existence who have contributed so much to Irish life in our rush to embrace progress, rather than asking what we could benefit from their example.

Mamo gave inspiration and encouragement to all who crossed her path, they will ensure that her spirit will live on.

– Yours, etc,

ALICE LEAHY,

Director of Services

Alice Leahy Trust,

Dublin 8.

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Public conveniences

Sir, – It’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow some good. How wise that proverb of a lifetime ago. The dreadful pandemic has ensured that we will have more bins and more public toilets in our capital city (“Dublin to get 150 temporary toilets and more bins”, News, June 3rd). It might be time that our politicians and planners reflected on the wisdom of the proverbs of old. – Yours, etc,

ALICE LEAHY,

Director of Services,

Alice Leahy Trust,

Dublin 8.

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