The end of the Dingle Peninsula is the most westerly point in mainland Ireland. Which means it is also the farthest it is possible to get from Britain. It has one obvious cultural distance too, being a Gaeltacht region.
And as with most of the Atlantic coast, the eye and the mind stretch not east, but west towards the ocean and, eventually, America. Yet despite its distance from Britain, Dingle manages to sustain its own Arsenal Supporters’ Club.
What we haven’t heard on Brexit is the economic setback for UK exporters. Already burdened with uncompetitive sea freight and currency costs, adding reduced foreign direct investment and Border controls seems suicidal.
Asking the people to vote to leave or stay but not telling them the true price of leaving is not an honest, lawful and compulsory mandate for British Prime Minister Theresa May and government to follow up on, regardless of the price.
It’s hard to imagine an economy today being prosperous without significant trans-national industrial investment. Believing that such is not pre-programmed to go where most people live without increased and significant inducement is delusional.
No contender for PM who can’t answer such questions and justify the price that economic reality will put on leaving the EU single market, as the referendum demanded, will fare better than Mrs May.
Ballymun, Dublin 9
The benefits of moisturisers outweigh cosmetic gains
MAYBE I’m just a naïve man venturing into the heady realms of women’s cosmetics but recent statistics show that one of the heaviest combined weights in holiday suitcases is ladies’ cosmetics.
I suppose we men should be thankful because they say they do it for us.
As a GP of 40 years’ experience, I have yet to see any of the heavily endorsed products, usually supported by beautiful celebrities, over all those years produce as they say “what it says on the bottle”.
I always revert to Shakespeare’s immortal saying “all that glitters is not gold” and still believe that all these products work only on the very superficial cells and basically makes the skin look well.
As my own practice has a high proportion of elderly people, I recently asked 37 women aged between 69 and 92 all of whom had excellent facial skin, what did they attribute it to? Almost to a person the reply was hard work, soap and water and either Oil of Olay (1952) or Ponds cream (1915). In essence, simple moisturisers.
I await the backlash.
Artane, Dublin 5
‘Leitrim Shout’ a beautiful noise around Croke Park
AS SEAMUS O’Rourke said on ‘The Late Late Show’ on Friday night last: “Look out – the Leitrim folk are taking off their coats to fight.’’ It was with immense pride and passion that this famous son of Leitrim and excellent actor delivered his lines on national TV at the weekend.
“The Leitrim Shout’’ rang out loud and clear in Croke Park on Saturday last as the least-populated county in Ireland battled for national league honours at GAA headquarters.
What is rare is wonderful, and this is indeed a rare event for a small county in the far flung north-west of the country, more noted for its vast afforestation and rural silence than its football teams.
This area has been badly neglected and left behind by successive governments over many years as its young people migrated and emigrated to foreign shores. But small is sometimes beautiful, as everybody loves an underdog and gets behind any team if they are successful.
Sometimes sport can be a great leveller. So the people of Leitrim – who would struggle to fill a tier at Croke Park – travelled on Saturday last with hope and pride in their hearts, as their sons battled for the pride and glory of the little western county.
Cloonacool, Co Sligo
Ireland must consider changes to the backstop
AS WE get closer to the nightmare cliff edge, surely we must look at Dan OʼBrien’s suggestion of changes to the backstop.
It appears to be the main sticking point that is preventing the Withdrawal Agreement passing in the House of Commons. If we were to agree a time limit to the backstop (say, five years) I think there is a good chance the Agreement would pass.
This would give us frictionless trade for that period during which a satisfactory trade agreement can be negotiated, negating the need for a hard Border.
Surely this would be better than a no-deal Brexit with an immediate hard Border and all the security and economic risks that entails?
Letterkenny, Co Donegal