Niall Hatch’s article — ‘Eire’s birds species faring worse than ever’ (Irish Examiner, April 16) jogs my memory of the poignant however lovely poem by Francis Ledwidge, Lament for Thomas MacDonagh:
He shall not hear the bittern cry
Within the wild sky, the place he’s lain,
Nor voices of the sweeter birds
Above the wailing of the rain.
If Mr McDonagh have been residing amongst us he would absolutely be heartened by the truth that the ‘darkish cow’ has left the moor and is now ‘lifting her horn in nice meads’.
However alas he could be unlikely to listen to the bittern’s cry as that chicken grew to become extinct someday within the second half of the nineteenth century, perhaps even because the poem was written. Whereas the cow’s lot has improved
it has been on the expense of wildlife, together with birds. The ‘darkish cow ‘ of the poem may additionally in fact be a reference to Eire whose circumstances have additionally improved,
no less than in an financial sense.
That 54 species of our wild birds are beneath menace is a trigger for nice concern and much like the bittern, one of many fundamental causes is the destruction of nesting websites.
For years we’ve identified that the corncrake, the skylark, and the tern have been beneath stress however now that the snipe, the swift and the kestrel have been added to the record of these birds with a excessive threat of extinction we absolutely want to take a seat up and take discover.
On a extra upbeat observe, it’s nice to see a few of our extra well-liked birds, significantly ‘the gardener’s buddy, the robin, exhibiting no indication of departing from us any time quickly.
Paschal Donohoe is standing idly by whereas financial institution after financial institution leaves Eire. The KBC exit is one other symptom of a dysfunctional banking market. The elephant within the room is its construction. Mario Draghi, when president of the European Central Financial institution acknowledged that the Irish Banking market is a “quasi-monopoly”. This isn’t an accident. Fantastic Gael introduced the “two pillar” banking system 10 years in the past. In reality, they created an oligopoly and gave huge provider energy to the 2 largest banks. In consequence, these banks have vital management of the market and may do what they need. Now we have seen in the previous couple of years that they don’t need clients in department, they’ve made it more durable and more durable for purchasers to do enterprise of their branches and in the long run they’re shutting financial institution branches down left proper and centre.
Eire’s lack of competitors can also be a hangover from the final banking crash. Rate of interest pricing within the mortgage market is considerably affected by capital necessities, credit score threat, and the extent of non-performing loans. However it is usually affected by the dearth of competitors. Except these points are fastened by the federal government then we are going to see an additional focus of the market. Persevering with low rates of interest are including to the strain on banks that would not have a market benefit.
These issues exist partly as a result of Fantastic Gael and Fianna Fáil have a laissez-faire perspective to markets and they’re ideologically inclined and deferential in direction of the massive gamers. Simply have a look at the crises in insurance coverage, housing, or beef, attributable to giant gamers with huge energy and a authorities sitting on their arms which leaves residents struggling massively because of this.
The market must be restructured to make sure performance. This implies extra industrial gamers each internationally and home-grown. And it means creating variety inside banking. I’ve written to the finance spokespersons of every Dáil celebration to coordinate political will and power in direction of the creation of a public banking system. I’m delighted that three events have responded positively and urge the opposite political events to deal with this disaster with the urgency it requires.
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In Daniel McConnell’s column — ‘Time for the State to let its residents fly the nest’ (Irish Examiner, April 17) — he writes: “The extent of lockdown right here is not proportionate both with the size of the virus or the variety of deaths due to it in our society.”
How does he know?
I simply noticed a information merchandise reporting Irish flags lowered to half-mast to mark the event of Prince Phillip’s funeral.
I’m grateful for this signal of respect from a neighbouring state. It says that there are issues that unite us together with grief over the passing of a distinguished public determine.
I remorse the events the place our respect for one another is forgotten and have fun the noble gesture.
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The Waste Motion Plan for a Round Economic system has reached the pre-draft session course of and submissions are invited. I might attraction to any particular person or group contemplating being a celebration to the method to concentrate on the central situation related to any proactive nationwide waste administration technique, the place taxation is predicated on waste creation at supply.
With out such an idea as the inspiration stone upon which this plan is constructed, no society can hope to have a worthwhile enter into the standard and amount of waste created.
The Tánaiste and Minister for Employment Leo Varadkar lately mentioned within the media about reaching a ‘residing wage’ for the decrease paid, and that this may very well be launched by 2025 beneath plans to be launched by the Authorities? What utter nonsense that is on his half; is he attempting to placate the decrease paid in society or what’s he at? Whereas on the prime of that society; prime broadcasters in RTÉ are already incomes close to to half one million euro yearly.
On various events, I’ve aired my views about these prime broadcasters in RTÉ, incomes these unjustified and over-paid wages. The Authorities and the RTÉ Board ought to collectively convey within the ‘time and movement’ specialists to arbitrate on these excessive wages instantly, and cut back these wages by greater than half, thus saving to some extent the way forward for RTÉ?
I’m struck by the variety of “in phrases” utilized by sure professions which I actually don’t perceive. For instance, I learn that because of a latest inquest “the coroner returned a story verdict.” Are you able to, or any of your readers, inform me what which means?
The World Well being Group has known as for an finish to wildlife markets attributable to their function in spreading pathogens such because the coronavirus.
In 2019, RHD2, a brand new and deadlier pressure of rabbit hemorrhagic illness, was confirmed in Eire. A number of rabbits and hares have been found displaying deadly signs.
The Nationwide Parks and Wildlife Service acknowledged that the virus is extremely contagious. The federal government responded by suspending coursing.
However then the draw back of human nature obtruded; because it typically does in any contest between the wellbeing or conservation standing of a species. A backlash pressured the federal government to reverse the suspension. The illness continues to kill hares, with additional outbreaks confirmed all through 2020.
RHD2 doesn’t pose a well being threat to people, however it may deprive us of a treasured a part of our heritage. For a authorities together with the Inexperienced Social gathering to permit coursing whereas RHD2 is rampant is unconscionable.
Isn’t it unusual how some individuals confuse generosity with usury?
You recognize the kind, pretending to present with one hand, whereas absolutely aspiring to reap no less than a fivefold return from their rigorously chosen mark.