Letters: Adams could be IRA whistleblower
Madam – With the advent of the whistleblower controversy, Gerry Adams has called for Garda cold cases to be pursued. What an appealing vista that may open.
If Adams' memory is rejuvenated, he may recall his membership of the Provisional IRA, become a whistleblower and give the Garda information concerning the murder of Jean McConville and perhaps many such heinous crimes committed by the Provisional IRA.
In that event, Eamon O Cuiv may get his wish to see Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein forming the next government become a reality. However, in that event, I would apply for a UK passport as I don't want to travel at the behest of a government which has supporters of Provisional IRA murderers sitting at the Cabinet table.
Dublin 6 W
HARD QUESTIONS FOR SF LEADER
Madam – I find Gerry Adams' letter, 'Views on North are blinkered' (Sunday Independent, March 2, 2014), galling to say the least. Many eminent people have tried to study the cause of suicide. There are several and I would list depression as top of the list. Mr Adams and his cohorts are responsible for a lot of pain and depression in this country. How can he blame Unionism or British rule for the high suicide rate? I suppose he'll blame anybody but himself. He and he alone knows what hurt and pain and depression he has caused.
Then I turn to page 4 to read 'Adams' order to take explosives into Britain'. He denies it all.
Another article tells us how SF scrapped its planned homecoming party for Hyde Park bombing suspect John Downey – just like the one they held for the killers of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe. Adams gives him his full support, saying he is entitled to a party.
Why is Gerry Adams not asked more questions about this kind of thing in the Dail? What sort of country would vote for someone like Gerry Adams?
HANDCUFFED LADY MYSTERY SOLVED
Madam – Many thanks to Gene Kerrigan for his concise article (Sunday Independent, March 2, 2014), which ties up many loose ends on the Garda Whistleblower saga. Finally there is an explanation for a high profile female public servant being handcuffed, arrested and placed in a cell for some time, having committed no crime.
This is the first time anyone has offered a reasonable explanation for this strange occurrence. Until it is faced head-on personally by each of us, we will make no progress as a democratic republic. Hats off also to Maurice McCabe and John Wilson for their courage.
INVEST IN PEOPLE TO SAVE RURAL LIFE
Madam – I was surprised and sad to read 'The Devastation of Rural Ireland,' by Donal Lynch. (Sunday Independent, March 2, 2014).
Rural Ireland has become a lonelier place to live, with poor public transport, a bus once a week where it used to run once or twice a day.
There is only one answer – investment in the Irish people.
No more post office, garda station, pub or business closures. Enda Kenny said Ireland is the best country in Europe. It's time to divert money from Nama and Europe to help local towns and villages in Ireland.
Slough, Berkshire, England.
IRISH WAS PATH TO A JOB FOR LIFE
Madam – I fully agree with the view expressed by Declan Lynch 'A monument to our national failure', (Sunday Independent, March 2, 2014). No doubt, there were Gaelgoirs who made a career out of being proficient in Irish as it ensured they had a job for life. In the early years of the State's birth, this was important as the only alternative was the emigrant ship.
There was a man I dealt with regularly over the years in business. In many conversations during our working relationship, he told me he was an enthusiastic Irish speaker as a young man in the early years of the new Irish State. He, like many of his colleagues at that time, went to Irish classes to perfect their native tongue. Years later he met one of his former classmates in town. He greeted him warmly and addressed him by his English name. His former friend told him that he had changed his name years earlier and was now known only by his Irish name. And the cynical reason was that he realised early on in his career that if he became a fully fledged Gaelgoir, he would never be out of a job!
Those who were not cute enough to see the career opportunity took the boat to England. Would it not have been better to teach them good English rather than be seen as the thick Irish when they looked for jobs over there?
Brendan M Redmond,
Terenure, Dublin 6w
LANGUAGE SHAPES OUR VERY THOUGHTS
Madam – Declan Lynch (Sunday Independent, March 2, 2014), misses the point. Language matters. It forms our thoughts and shapes our lives.
The Irish language, because of exclusion from public life, has gone from being the majority language in the early 1800s to being a minority language today. This was the greatest social change in Irish history. Imagine had England been conquered and its language replaced by Spanish, French or German.
Imagine an English population unable to read Shakespeare except in translation and cut off from their own history. Imagine the effect this would have on the psyche, confidence and sense of self. Now consider Ireland: an Anglophone State where officialdom uses Irish as an ornament, if even that.
Our English-only mentality costs us export markets and jobs. Our negativity toward speaking Irish saps morale. We need to open our minds to the wider world. Rejection of Irish, no matter how it is presented by Declan, is profoundly negative and shameful, rejecting as it does normal curiosity as to the meaning of place names, common surnames and historical sources.
America and Australia are offshoots of English culture. We are not. Americans promoting English is an affirmation of self. The Danes learnt English without abandoning Danish and have a stronger economy than we have. Small open economies with educated multilingual confident populations do well.
It's high time to stop being in awe of the Dutch or Finnish multilingual and become Irish multilinguals. Speaking Irish makes Ireland sound and feel like a regular European country. It is the recovery of our intellectual and cultural sovereignty and contributes to an inclusive Irish identity beyond colour or creed.
Dáithí Mac Cárthaigh, BL,
An Leabharlann Dlí,
Baile Átha Cliath 7
NO SHORTAGE OF LAW LIBRARY CHAPS
Madam – After reading Emer O'Kelly's article (Sunday Independent, March 2, 2014), I found myself reading it again on Monday and I still couldn't figure out what it was all about.
Ms O'Kelly's article, under a headline: 'Refusal of travel expenses for judiciary may be straw that breaks the camel's back', certainly caught my eye.
The judiciary in question don't have a boss – and when it comes to respect, just try chewing a bit of gum next time you're in court, and watch the downtrodden chap on the bench reminding you, apologetically, of the powers he/she has.
Ms O'Kelly kind of suggests that if these guys don't get their bus fares paid, that the availability of learned fellows from the Law Library will dry up. But by the time the Law Library chaps start thinking about the bench, they are fairly well heeled.
So the real issue would seem to me to have nothing to do with money, but the power that goes with a job. That and related social aspects would be more than enough to attract an adequate sufficiency of chaps.