Shifting sands in Turkey regarding the campaign against Isil
Before anymore calls for arming the Kurds in their fight against Isil let's just take a moment's pause.
Before anymore calls for arming the Kurds in their fight against Isil let's just take a moment's pause.
Education in general is hard slogging, with some subjects more boring and uninteresting than others.
It was with a big sigh of rage and tedium that I read Dearbhail McDonald's hackneyed piece 'What price equality if women give up their own names?' (Irish Independent, July 25).
Sir - Does Willie Kealy have any literary heroes?
Only a few months ago, Irish car insurance companies, apparently by mutual agreement and almost overnight, doubled and in some cases trebled premiums for motorists. They did this in spite of the fact that the insurance regulatory body asked them to provide reasons for...
Racism in all its ugly vileness is rearing its evil head in this country. The latest manifestation of this depravity is the vicious attack on the home of a defenceless family in Clondalkin, Dublin.
I was struck today by the irony of the entire Cabinet heading off to Lissadell. Yeats himself said "that is no country for old men", and never was that assertion truer.
It was interesting to see two articles (Niamh Gallagher and Shane Coleman, Irish Independent, yesterday) running in the same edition, both dealing with the most fundamental tenet which should govern all interactions between the citizens and the government - the truth.
I regularly read articles about the HSE, mostly negative comments. I wonder if those writers ever had the experience of being a patient in the Irish hospital system?
Given that the majority have not paid water charges, this amounts to a de facto referendum when the majority of people have declined the proposal.
Sir - Dan O'Brien only gave half of the story when he used Frieda to explain debt relief (July 12). He left out Frieda and Alexis's shared past.
Bertie says he wished the recession had not happened but indicated "it is disingenuous to suggest that all the gains this country made have been wiped out".
I'm puzzled - in the space of 30 years, a portion of our population (albeit a small one) has gone from being despised by the State, vilified by society and abhorred by the medical profession to become a cherished and protected club. The drug user has achieved a status...
Some time ago I and many others voted for quality leadership of our country. We voted for open democracy and to burn bondholders and a whole host of other goodies, and Enda Kenny and Fine Gael emerged as the largest party with a little over one in three supporting them at...
It really is a bit much that various EU leaders talk about Greece having to 'rebuild' trust. What about the trust those leaders have to rebuild with the Greek people and the people of Europe?
Gerald Morgan (Letters, July 7) says that we in Ireland should celebrate Waterloo in 1815. It is hard to see why. Waterloo was a victory for inherited hierarchy and oppression.
Sir - "Everyone hates cyclists. Even cyclists hate cyclists," states Sarah Caden in her article in the Sunday Independent (July 5 ) When did it become acceptable behaviour to publish such a derogatory generalisation about a whole group of people, in a respected newspaper?
Sir - All over this country we have monuments, bridges, streets, buildings, and railway stations named after people who deserved to be recognised and remembered. But there is one group of people who are never honoured and deserve to be honoured.
Sir ‑- Gene Kerrigan is right when he says the media 'should talk about it' when the Taoiseach is talking rubbish [Soapbox, July 5].
It is said that even a stopped clock is correct twice a day. In a world obsessed with forecasting, that is a consolation. However, if forecasting was a stand-alone industry, it would be bankrupt long ago. It's everywhere nowadays, in economics, politics, sports, science, along with the old reliable weather.
Naturally, the BBC celebrates Napoleon rather than Wellington at Waterloo in 2015, since the Brits love losers rather than winners (eg. at Wimbledon over many years of continuous failure).
A further Greek bailout could do more harm than good. The country is already up to its neck in debt and yet the EU is planning to put another albatross over its head. The only solution for Greece is to write down its debt significantly, reschedule its payments, or cancel its debt.
All structures are only as strong as the foundations they are built on. The European Union began life back in the 1950s as a loose alliance of coal and steel countries in a continent torn apart by war.
The Greek referendum has produced a resounding rejection of the proposed humiliating EU rescue package. It looks as if Greece's exit from the euro is inevitable unless there is substantial financial intervention from the European Central Bank, a proudly independent...
I'm an Irish man visiting Athens during this historic tipping point for Greece. The people I've met are relaxed and happy. There is a genuine sense of calm. It feels like under the mounting pressure of the crisis, the Greeks are returning to who they believe they are - a happy,...
Sir - I wish to refer to a number of articles written by Colm O'Rourke and published recently in the Sunday Independent (June 21 and June 28) regarding the sale of the Spawell complex in Dublin. These articles paint a less than accurate picture of the facts, and make inaccurate assertions against me.
Sir - What a sad letter from Murt Hunt, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, (June 28) lamenting the bonfires of yesteryear on St John's eve.
Sir - Brendan O'Connor in his article, "A lesson in courage, dignity and character," (June 28) writes about the way the community of South County Dublin rallied around the friends and families of the deceased Berkeley students. The concept of people rallying around their friends and neighbours in times of adversity have always been traditional Irish characteristics and thankfully despite living through the mé féin type years of the Celtic Tiger we Irish haven't lost these such important characteristics. There is more to life...
Sir - There surely is a talent in correctly reading Everyman's take on the TV series True Detective as Declan Lynch did in last Sunday's Sunday Independent. It made me smile to read my own exact response to the opening episode so accurately described by Lynch, hitting the nail on the head and well summed up in the cartoon, "I haven't a clue what's going on, but I think I enjoyed it." And I think that's...
One of the greatest pieces of writing dealing with the decline and the end of glory days is Lord Tennyson’s ‘Ulysses’.
I am writing to various media outlets in the hope that the media onslaught against the Greek people might be looked at and thought about by those who write and report on the situation in Greece.
How quickly the lessons of history are discarded. The European powers have forgotten how in 1919 in the wake of World War I, Germany was humiliated and beggared by the crippling terms of the Treaty of Versailles.
The establishment of the European Economic Community (later the European Union) in 1957 was an extraordinary achievement. Repairing the wounds of two world wars that had devastated Europe, it created the basis for co-operation between formerly hostile states, leading...
I am enraged by the events in Sousse, in which more innocent Irish citizens lost their lives. The sickening catalogue of Islamic terrorist atrocities continues to swell, from the World Trade Center, 2001; Bali, 2002; Madrid trains, 2004; Beslan School, North Ossetia, 2004;...
The latest terror attacks in France and Tunisia bring home to us, yet again, the evil that is generated by fanatical adherence to any set of beliefs.
Sir - I attended a bonfire last night (Tuesday the eve of St Johns) and had a great time, like I did years ago.
Liam Collins's piece in which he claims that we don't have a problem with alcohol so much as a problem with a nanny state is in equal measure high on rhetoric and ignorant of the evidence.
It would be very easy for me not to bother writing this letter but even though I know I am in the minority when it comes to voicing my opinion on alcohol abuse, I feel a certain obligation to say my piece.
I read with great hilarity of Health Minister Leo Varadkar's plans for a healthier (and therefore a happy) public service. As a nurse in a very busy public hospital, we rarely get the chance to frequent the canteen.
What the Greek crisis has achieved, above all else, is the provision of a theatre for political posturing for European leaders. One fails to detect even a trace of moral integrity in the discussions so far. Nobody will emerge with dignity from this unseemly mess.
Everything has a sell-by date, including talk shows. Now that 'The Late Late Show' and 'The Saturday Night Show' are on their summer break, could this be made permanent?
The Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis laments the failure of the Eurogroup to listen to his proposals even whilst they themselves have been kept in the dark about what "the institutions" are proposing. Apparently, no substantive discussions took place on...
Sir-In a week where we have been all left reeling in shock in the aftermath of the Berkeley tragedy I have to say that I was so proud of the young Irish students in California with the dignity in which they organised and carried out the candlelit vigil in complete silence in the park
Sir - The recent brutal murder of an innocent man shocked all decent people throughout Ireland and has prompted further calls for a clampdown on organised crime.
Sir - There is now a tendency to view the "new" Sinn Fein faces in our republic as cuddly politicians that we should all love, forgetting that the party they represent was born out of a recent tradition of political violence and division.
'We're not in that Ireland anymore'
On Tuesday, when we heard the terrible news that many young Irish men and women working for the summer in California on J1 visas, had been killed or injured in the balcony collapse in Berkeley, it hit us in a special way.
Today in Ireland we are hanging our heads in shock and sorrow at the needless deaths of six of our brightest and best young adults and the serious injuries to others.
The 'New York Times' reporting by Adam Nagourney, Mitch Smith and Quentin Hardy, June 16, 2015 on the death of Irish students in Berkeley is nothing short of disgraceful.
The myth that policies and practices radically focused on capitalist free enterprise would raise the wealth of all, creating a trickle-down effect, seems to survive despite the evidence to the contrary.
Hovering above all the brouhaha about Donald...
The start of the summer holidays can come as a...