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Is it the job of Donald Trump to appease the Irish and keep Cork people working in Apple?
We often hear it said that things are not what they used to be. This is certainly so in the case of the late TK (Ken) Whitaker. Plucked from way down the line by then-finance minister Gerard Sweetman, Mr Whitaker went on to become a colossus in Irish public life.
Sir - I read with interest Dermot Crowe's excellent article (Sunday Independent, January 1) regarding the great sports people who passed away in 2016. However, another footballing great passed away in mid-December, which seems to have gone unnoticed in the media.
I've been meaning to write in support of John Fitzgerald's indefatigable solo campaign condemning so-called 'bloodsports' (Irish Independent, January 6) for a while now.
The apparent panic by 'the establishment' and the Republican Party (GOP) currently playing out in the US should serve as a wake-up call to all politicians who imagine they can distance themselves from responsibility, in particular ministers and, especially, prime ministers.
There has been much sounding of alarm bells over Ireland's trade with Britain, following the Brexit vote.
It was with mounting incredulity that I read Laura Larkin's report 'Garda set up drink-driving checkpoint on country's busiest road' (Independent.ie, January 7). A quick look at my calendar confirmed it was still January and I had not inadvertently stumbled into Doctor...
You can't be a little bit pregnant, as the saying goes. The EU, however, could be described as being so. We're witnessing a period of gestation of unknown duration for a yet-to-be-determined species. This is one of the EU's big problems. There is no comparison between the...
I believe most of the electorate will be as shocked as I am that people with names which did not appear on the ballet paper in the last general election now seem to be attempting to run the country.
Sir - How do you say goodbye to someone whom you have never known yet who has been very much part of your life? Every Sunday morning it has been an essential part of my enjoyment of reading the Sunday Independent, to check what poet and poem Anthony Cronin was having us consider for the day; for the week.
The National Coursing Festival at Clonmel will be held at the end of the month, with more than 30,000 visitors attending from all over Ireland and abroad.
Our healthcare system is in crisis and has been trollied by the HSE's incompetence and flawed government policies.
In the recent past, I have supported Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob (Irish Independent, January 4) in his determination to separate nihilistic Islamists from the vast majority of their Muslim co-religionists who are law-abiding and peace-loving citizens of their host Western state.
Is that the sound of ghostly laughter I hear emanating from the once-famous or infamous licensed premises in Harry Street, Dublin, known as McDaid's, as the ghosts of Myles na gCopaleen's world (Brian O'Nolan, Patrick Kavanagh, John Jordan and Anthony Cronin) consider the...
In times when France and Germany are hectoring other countries on what it means to be a good European, it is worth noting that it was Ireland, Britain and Sweden that first removed all restrictions on eastern Europeans.
I have an interest in good quality, non-alcoholic drinks as I stopped consuming alcohol two years ago due to health reasons.
Sir - One line from the genius lyricist Leonard Cohen's song Dance Me To The End Of Love begins: 'Dance me to the children waiting to be born.'
The passing of so many pop and rock greats this year has robbed us of some of the most cherished and gifted.
You'd swear that nobody had ever died before, such has been the outpouring of grief over the loss of so many celebrities this year. But hang on, people were dying long before 2016, as you may have noticed. That is why we have graveyards, why they are full and...
Paul Melia quotes Owen Keegan on the Apollo House accommodation as a "publicity stunt" (Irish Independent, December 28) and he is right because it solves nothing, and what we need is more homes on stream.
At the end of 2016 we can congratulate ourselves on a dignified and meaningful commemoration of the 1916 Rising, which was the beginning of our national freedom and, for better or worse, has contributed to making us what we are.
Sir — In a tribute to the late Gillian Bowler (Sunday Independent, December 18), Liam Collins included a quote from her from 2004: “Time is the most precious thing we have and yet we don’t realise it.”
The Berlin attack, the assassination of the Russian ambassador and indeed the attack on a mosque in Zurich exposes the forms of extremism which are engulfing the world, and there is no doubt it needs to be addressed and restrained. But here, in Ireland, there is...
If I pay an airline for a flight, surely I should be entitled to check in whenever I want to and not to be charged for it?
Merry Christmas, dear Government.
We have been confronted with human tragedies in Jordan and Germany within two days. There are no justifications for such heinous crimes.
The winter solstice tomorrow, December 21, is the day of least daylight in the calendar year.
Sir - It is the season to be jolly... but not for the wily fox, the gentle hare, and the majestic stag. They, alas, will not be basking in the happy glow of a winter wonderland.
It is funny how we allow ourselves to become sentimental about time. We look back on our childhoods as special periods of security and hope, and then, as we get older, a degree of maudlin nostalgia sets in.
Eamonn Conway (Irish Independent, December 7) writes that "Irish schools are not State schools. They are State-funded schools".
Half-a-century ago pensions were still a topic in Ireland. With so many earning massive salaries today it's incomprehensible to even imagine six out of every 10 private-sector workers have no provision. Other than hope, they will subsist on the State pension (Irish Independent,...
When an ambiguous figure like Fidel Castro dies, the manufacture of significance often replaces more honest evaluation.
Is it not ironic that the House of Lords in London is now advocating that 'open land borders and sea boundaries' be maintained between the Republic of Ireland and the North?
The whole point of an agreement on confidentiality is that some confidential information will be exchanged.
Sir - What an excellent, thought-provoking and brave article Eamonn Sweeney has written in your paper (Real bravery is surviving abuse, Eric, Sunday Independent, December 4).
TV actress Sofia Vergara is facing a bizarre lawsuit where her own frozen embryos are suing her.
I read with much interest Eddie Molloy's article (Irish Independent, December 6), entitled: 'Water Commission's message is clear - bottle the charges if you want to save your political skins'.
The recently announced intended visit of Pope Francis to Ireland could herald an awakening of the Catholic Church from years of complacency, or it could degenerate into a feast of triumphalist ceremonial activities, leaving everything as it was, particularly the...
I fully agree with Joe Brolly that what passes for culture these days is more about consumerism than real culture, for example St Valentine's Day and the now - thankfully - ceased Arthur's Day.
I heard Sinn Féin's Eoin Ó Broin state on radio that the majority of people wanted the water charges abolished.
Sir — It was gratifying to see one brave journalist (Sunday Independent, November 27) draw attention to the continuous vilification of my former colleague and now current garda commissioner, Noirin O’Sullivan, by people who are not worthy to tie her shoelaces, aided of course by many reporters forever ready to put the boot in.
I suppose it was to be expected that the proposed visit to Ireland by Pope Francis would lead many in the media to a great deal of negativity and Colette Browne certainly didn't disappoint (Irish Independent, November 29). No one minds constructive criticism,...
I wish to disassociate myself from President Michael D Higgins's remarks on Fidel Castro. The only good revolution is from a closed society to an open one. Mr Castro turned Cuba into a closed society with compulsory conformity.
I read the news that a committee of wise men and women has come up with a plan for Irish Water. I have to say I'm impressed with their report - I had not expected them to come up with an even more ludicrous and complex mess than we have now, and yet that's...
The latest additions to our national discourse are the increasing references to what has become known as 'post-truth', the Oxford Dictionary's word of the year 2016; it is predicted to become one of the defining words of our time.
This letter is a challenge to the Taoiseach and Government to show courage and fairness by approving the current claims for salary increases by paying the same fixed amount to all entitled employees.
I take issue with Alison Hackett's letter (Irish Independent, November 25) that she finds it "abhorrent" that Irish corporation tax is comparatively low.
Sir - Last week's rugby game at the Aviva had everything, intensity, ferocity and sublime skill. The early exchanges resembled a scene from Mash; Henshaw, Sexton and Stander gone before the Fat Lady cleared her throat. A fantastic Irish performance only bettered by Kiwi black magic, with a defensive wall that Donald Trump would be proud of.
Lawrence O'Sullivan's conclusion, (Letters, November 24), that the Brexit vote and the Trump victory were not just a result of sexism and racism but also of people voting against the status quo that did not give them a chance to better themselves, is quite correct.
After watching two super games between Ireland and New Zealand, I was indeed proud of our performances, and by the fact that we had finally, I believed, got the respect of all New Zealanders.
First Brexit then Donald Trump, two surprising results which contradicted pollsters' predictions. So what exactly is going on here? Actually the answers are quite complex - society is a dynamic, ever-changing entity.
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