Sir, Congratulations to Katie Donovan on her positive and constructive article on Port Laoise (August 20th). Some two years ago your columnist, John Waters wrote a scurrilous piece on the same town.

It is pleasing to note that Katie Donovan visited many of the town's most attractive restaurants, shops and places of resort and, quite rightly, experienced a thriving and bustling town. She conceded that there was a lot more to Port Laoise than its prison. - Yours, etc.,

Dail Eireann,

Baile Atha Cliath, 2.