Category Archives: Opinion

Lost loved ones. Lost opportunities. But still not a lost cause

Vacancies have arisen for amateur epidemiologists and virologists. No medical qualifications or knowledge of the subject matter required. Candidates should have formed vehement, unyielding opinions, have little tolerance for reasoned debate and be proficient in the use of social media platforms. A willingness to participate in occasional street protests, while not essential, might be an… Continue Reading

To the Point: It begins and ends with respect

THERE is an extremely thin line between common sense and bottom of the barrel stupidity and although we’ve witnessed considerable evidence of the latter going right back to last March, the latest indications would seem to suggest that it’s worse it’s getting. If it came as a shock to anyone when it emerged yesterday that… Continue Reading

There will be better days ahead. The tears will dry, the wounds will heal

IT has been a year best forgotten but, unfortunately and understandably, we are likely to remember 2020 for all the wrong reasons. A lethal, brutal, merciless virus cast a very dark shadow on the doors of so many homes and its indiscriminate savagery ended lives, destroyed families and devastated so many people. It was a… Continue Reading

To the Point: Stone mad for wearing masks

PUBLIC enemy number one came in the form of a jagged, stubbornly attached and brutally painful 8mm kidney stone deemed far too large to pass through the narrow 4mm tube available on a route certainly not for the faint-hearted. Given the measurement imbalance and the little matter that eight into four doesn’t usually go, I… Continue Reading

‘Our own former colleagues happily sat and watched as local councils were stripped almost totally bare’

OPINION: The 2014 decision by the Fine Gael-Labour coalition to abolish the former town councils was a massive mistake that made a mockery of democracy, according to veteran Killarney politician Cllr Michael Gleeson. Having served on the town council from 1991-2014 and on Kerry County Council from 1999 to the present day, the veteran Kerry… Continue Reading