Trading personal stories for care

Sir, – Gráinne Conroy poses a very important question, ”Why must we trade personal stories for healthcare?” (Opinion & Analysis, November 8th).

This issue is not just confined to women and healthcare. It is widespread.

Telling one’s story in great detail has increasingly become essential for people who are homeless to access accommodation, even at a very basic level or to link in with other services.

No doubt some details are essential but the very private details of one’s life, very often their only possession, can be too painful to recall at a time when “ticking the box” seems to be so important.

This needs to be an issue all of us need to be acutely aware of. – Yours, etc,


Director of Services,

Alice Leahy Trust,

Dublin 8.

Public showers

Sir, – We made a submission to Dublin City Council in July 2006 for public showers in our city and resubmitted our proposal again in July 2014, to no avail. We have highlighted the need for public showers at every opportunity through the media since then. Our country has changed dramatically in recent years; increasing numbers of people are now sleeping on our streets, added to by people fleeing Ukraine. The increased electricity and gas prices for struggling households clearly highlight the benefits of and need for well-run public shower facilities.

Such a basic need does not grab attention or headlines but would help people in a way that is beyond description. – Yours, etc,


Director of Services,

An Garda Siochana Centenary Celebration Event, Dublin Castle – 27th August 2022

An Garda Siochana Centenary Celebration Event, Dublin Castle – 27th August 2022

In the photo: Lieutenant Cillian O’Gorman (Thurles) Curragh Military Base, Transport Section, Alice Leahy (Fethard) Director of Services, the Alice Leahy Trust and Assistant Garda Commissioner Michael McElgunn (Thurles), Master of Ceremonies on the day.

Three Tipperary people photographed in Dublin Castle on Saturday 27th August 2022 at An Garda Síochána’s Centenary Celebration Event beside the Armoured Rolls Royce Car “Sliabh na mBan”. This car formed part of General Michael Collins’ convoy which was ambushed on 22nd August 1922 at Béal na Bláth in West Cork. The ambush resulted in the tragic death of General Collins, who was then Commander in Chief of the National Army.