Wednesday 17 January 2018

Editorial: Capital turns blue as Sam comes home

A general view of Croke Park during the pre-match parade
A general view of Croke Park during the pre-match parade

IT can rain incessantly again today in Dublin, and nobody from the home of the All-Ireland champions will care.

Sam Maguire is the most welcome resident in the capital and the celebrations are well and truly under way.

The game against old rivals Kerry may not have been a classic, but the Dubs earned a hard-fought win.

Hearts were lifted across the city when captain Stephen Cluxton hoisted the cup after Jim Gavin’s team delivered the result that so many desperately wanted.

The city will be a sea of blue this week as Dublin celebrates its 25th All-Ireland title.

Enjoy it, savour it and soak it up – these are days to be cherished, enjoyed and fondly remembered.

Congratulations to the Dublin players and management and to all their wives, partners, girlfriends, children, family and friends who provided the

support throughout the year to help them achieve yesterday’s magnificent result.

The players have done so much to encourage and inspire young children. Up the Dubs.

Prescription fee must go

Age Action has come up with a wish list of what it would like to see in the next Budget.

If the Government is serious about wooing the “grey vote”, it would do well to take a look at what is proposed.

An increase of €5 in the state pension would no doubt be welcomed across the board.

But the suggestion that the prescription charge for medical card holders should be cut to €1.50 and capped at €10.50 for an individual is one that must be taken on board.

In fact, there is a substantial argument to be made for this charge to be scrapped altogether.

Reports that elderly people are rationing their drugs

because of this charge are truly alarming – and potentially life-threatening.

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