Letters to the Editor: 'Curb this rent-a-room abuse with monthly payment cap'

The rent-a-room scheme eases pressure on the housing situation, particularly in Dublin.

However, it is being abused, with rents of €900, €800 or €750 per room being charged.

If the homeowner is living in the house, bills have to be paid anyway. A young person renting a room is not exactly stealing extra gas or electricity, and how much wear and tear can a young person cause by walking up the stairs or sleeping in their room?

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There is a moral issue here. We also need legislation. We need a cap per room of, say, €500 a month.

If the homeowner wants more rent, then they should rent out two rooms instead of saddling some unfortunate, generally young, person with extortionately high rent costs.

Margaret Docherty

Terenure, Dublin

Not all of older generation are complete technophobes

Millennials like Lorraine Courtney would do well to remember the “older generation” can actually use modern technology such as Netflix and web-based TV apps.

A laptop or tablet is a TV set by a different name and multiple-screen families are not on the decline but on the increase.

Perhaps it’s about time millennials coughed up and stopped sponging off the older generation. If RTÉ’s schedule improved dramatically we might all be happy.

Barry Lyons

Artane, Dublin

Millennials must learn that life was never a bed of roses

As the proud uncle of eight nieces and nephews born between 1988 and 1999 all of whom I love dearly, I try to avoid lazy stereotypes about millennials.

At 67 I am probably one of the people Lorraine Courtney refers to when she makes disparaging reference to the “elderly” (Irish Independent, August 19 2019).

I would point out to her generation that the ‘elderly’ include their parents, who fed, housed and clothed them whilepaying for the education that gives them the erudition to criticise them in their advanced years.

I am aware that times are indeed tough for today’s 20- and 30-somethings, but it was never a bed of roses at that time of life.

My generation paid often exorbitant taxes during difficult times in the past, even if you think we are raiding your piggy banks today.

Sean O Donnell

Monkstown, Co Dublin

Doherty’s resignation is not mandatory, but compulsory

The resignation of Regina Doherty on foot of the very expensive Public Services Card mess is not “compulsory” – but it is “mandatory” if we are serious about the creation of accountable governance.

Jim O’Sullivan

Rathedmond, Co Sligo

Look upwards to solve capital’s transport issues

It is almost 200 years since the British army laid the first railway line in Ireland, from Dublin to ‘Kingstown’ as it was then known.

Their Irish navigation engineers (navvies) went to the labour and expense of raising the line from Connolly through Pearse station so the horse-drawn carriages of that era might not be delayed or inconvenienced by the slow trains passing.

No steps appear to have been taken to raise the line further out, as far as Merrion Gates, to facilitate more frequent running of Dart services and ease the passage of carriages, now drawn by electricity or diesel engines.

The railway line is an obstacle to the flow of rivers, such as the Dodder at the Londonbridge-Lansdowne Road crossing.

While enormous amounts of money have been spent by Dublin City Council on building massive walls and gates to ‘prevent’ flooding on low-lying areas in the richest part of the city – far higher than the bridge clearance – a fraction of that amount would have been sufficient to raise the rail line and bridge to allow free flow of flooded water and safeguard the passage of trains in case of high-tide or rising seas.

The area under the raised line might serve as a cycle way.

Tadhg McKenna

Address with editor

Early dismissals ruin the game for those watching

As we have seen in recent weeks in both Gaelic games and rugby, losing a player early on kills the game.

High tackles are arguably mostly accidental and the outcome is severe for the team, for the thousands of spectators present and for the millions watching on TV.

Punish the player with a sending-off and the team with a 10-minute sanction but then allow a replacement. Later, harsh suspensions proportionate to the crime should be a deterrent.

Michael Foley

Rathmines, Dublin

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