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Sir - I refer to the excellent article by Brendan O'Connor (Sunday Independent, March 19) on Eamonn Casey.
Sir - I refer to the excellent article by Brendan O'Connor (Sunday Independent, March 19) on Eamonn Casey.
We had many sporting heroes in the week that included St Patrick's Day, but one stands out way above the rest. There were stellar performances at Cheltenham by jockeys such as Ruby Walsh, Robbie Power, Jack Kennedy, Noel Fehily, Jamie Codd, Paul Townend and...
Like millions of people around the world, I condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in London and the loss of life. My deepest condolences to all of the families of the victims.
In an article in yesterday's 'Belfast Telegraph', Peter Robinson, former first minister of Northern Ireland, wrote that his relationship with Martin McGuinness "was probably more robust and enduring than most friendships and certainly closer, more complicated and formidable...
This morning I wept with sadness as I heard that Martin McGuinness had died. I was reared in Co Down and heard from my parents and witnessed the intransigence and hostility of the British government and its bully boys, the unionists, who would not have a "Catholic about...
It is with great sadness that we once again learn of the cancellation of vital cancer operations "in significant numbers'' due to overcrowding, and a lack of an adequate number of beds and doctors in our hospitals (Irish Independent, March 20).
I suspect many people had never heard of Blacksod Bay prior to the tragic events that took place last Tuesday. I certainly had not. But poignantly, the whole country's love and breathless, tentative hope have been captured and shepherded westwards to Blacksod to meet...
Sir - I'm confused to hear Pope Francis is willing to consider the possibility of married men of proven faith becoming Catholic priests, however at the same time he will not advocate removing celibacy vows.
When I travelled to work on Wednesday morning I was left totally lost for words as the early morning news announced the disappearance of Search and Rescue 116 based at Dublin Airport.
It is frightening that so many letters to the editor, articles, programmes, and interviews are already apportioning "blame" for the deaths of babies and young children found in Tuam, and in possibly many other sites throughout Ireland.
Having virtually destroyed local government, Enda Kenny now wants to extend his version of democracy by giving the vote on the presidency to the diaspora.
Since the recent revelations about the mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway, we have heard many voices seeking to remind us that the religious did not act alone in their persecution of unmarried mothers and their children, but rather conspired with the State and the...
I agree with Fr Con McGillicuddy (Irish Independent, March 13) that the Ireland of 1925 was a very different place to today.
UN humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien says 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria face starvation.
Sir - I read the articles in your paper last week by Brendan O'Connor, Donal Lynch and Maeve Sheehan about the tragic circumstances that occurred in orphanages throughout Ireland. I can't help but wonder what a huge loss it has been - not only to the families involved but to our country as a whole.
A significant development in the northern Aleppo countryside was the decision of the Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) last week to hand over villages west of the city of Manbij to the Syrian government.
The Syrian war has unleashed the worst humanitarian calamity in recent history and posed a menace to regional stability and global peace and security.
At this time, when global attention is focused on the role of women in our society, due to yesterday's International Women's Day, the picture is not good from female point of view and the prospect of change is distant.
What a shocking and unchristian discovery of what was unearthed in Tuam.
While Damien Carroll (Irish Independent, March 1) may well have written tongue-in-cheek about both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, I for one found his words tragic.
I will not be alone in being chilled by the revelation of mass graves at the Bon Secours institution at Tuam.
Sir - Just because an ugly, inhuman priest physically abused (God bless us) him at school, Tommy Fleming, that great singer, should not turn his back on God, who was so good to him during his accident in 1998, which must have been a horrible, horrible time.
In yesterday's Irish Independent, David Quinn referred to the need to have an open discussion about migration ('Huge scale of immigration is making our housing crisis worse'), something the Immigrant Council of Ireland is consistently promoting.
While admitting that 'Trump might have sounded more like a president', the headline for Jennifer Rubin's comment piece added 'but trite speech was full of empty promises' (Irish Independent, March 2).
Now that Bus Éireann has confirmed its route closures and changes, the decline of rural Ireland continues at pace. This is another hammer blow to the rural way of living.
Before privatisation, Bus Éireann was able to use the profits made from the highly-profitable routes to fund the not-profitable routes - and still make an overall profit.
US President Donald Trump has described the media as "enemies of the people".
John Bruton, in his article on Brexit (Irish Independent, February 22), states that British Prime Minister Theresa May's terms for Brexit will do incalculable damage to our island - politically, emotionally and economically.
Sir - There are a load of objections from the tender and the easily oppressed because Rory McIlroy played golf with President Trump.
The machinations in Fine Gael seem to have been driven by personal ambition. There was not even the pretext that the national interest was being considered.
Jamey Keaten's article 'UN dampens hopes ahead of Syrian talks' (Irish Independent, February 23), which discussed the fourth Syrian peace talks, which commenced yesterday in Geneva, was accompanied by a photo of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria.
In my mind's eye, I see and hear a huge bandwagon rolling and spluttering through the political landscape, with senior Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Labour and Sinn Féin notables all shouting to get our attention while they tell us how shocked they are by the treatment...
Just when we need the strength and unity to confront the EU in Brussels and ensure we get the best possible deal that will protect us from the worst effects of Brexit, we have Fine Gael in shambles and chaos in Government.
The painful and pathetic closing phase of Enda Kenny's reign as Taoiseach should be brought to an end immediately.
Sir - Leo Varadkar's vision for Ireland as set out in last week's Sunday Independent was very reasonable. Ireland has been sent into massive depressions after Fianna Fail governments as a matter of course due to their tendency to tax and squander. That said, the question arises who needs action when you have words?
At the risk of being run over by the current juggernaut of media and political opinion, am I the only one who feels uncomfortable at the rush to judgment of An Garda Síochána and its senior management before Mr Justice Peter Charleton has even begun his work?
There has been a lot written about so-called vulture funds, global private finance operations that specialise in acquiring the assets underlying distressed loans, including family home mortgages.
In July 2011, Enda Kenny made a notable speech where he criticised "the Vatican's dysfunction, disconnection, elitism and narcissism in how it dealt with child abuse allegations". Wow!
In my previous letters on the Battle of al-Bab (Irish Independent, February 8 and 11), I made reference to Hezbollah assisting the Syrian government's offensive against Isil, citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reports.
Should we, the people of the Republic of Ireland, begin to discuss the unthinkable, ie, the disbandment of An Garda Síochána?
Sir — Congratulations on your beautiful tribute to the wonderful man and poet Brendan Kennelly (Sunday Independent, February 5).
It is doubtful if Donald Trump's strategists could have planned a more successful beginning to his reign as US president than the liberally obsessed judicial system has gifted to him.
The recent health crisis can be laid firmly at the door of our politicians and the political system. We have known for over 30 years of crises in emergency departments, inequitable two-tier hospital care, and waiting list problems.
The visit of President Michael D Higgins to Peru, Colombia and Cuba is an opportunity to draw attention to the important work done by Irish NGOs and missionaries in Latin America over many years.
The disgraceful state of the so-called Irish health service continues to contribute to the utter misery of the taxpayers who ultimately fund it.
Stephen Donnelly has indeed made the right decision in joining the Fianna Fáil party.
The article by David Quinn with the rather rigorous headline 'Trump would be irresponsible to ignore the danger of migrants' (Irish Independent, February 3) reflects the chaos of the present situation of migrants and the accompanying chaos of the politics of migration.
Sir - Eoghan Harris has that knack of invoking the insider party activist mindset in believing that somebody always knew it was going to happen (Sunday Independent, January 29, 2017).
Stephen Donnelly has revealed himself to be the career politician that he is with his move to Fianna Fáil.
So the EU is warning that the 'hard' Border will come back after Brexit and that Ireland and the UK can't do a special trade deal.
I would like to commend your newspaper for shedding light on the involvement of New York Congressman Peter King in assisting and supporting the Trump administration's new American immigration policies (Irish Independent, Monday).
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