New proclamation of dependence for the Republic
Published 02/04/2015 | 02:30
To the people of Ireland: In the name of God and Mammon, the financially decimated generation who have suffered so much pain at the hands of bankers, bishops and property developers is summoned again to the Irish flag, to pay its taxes and to strike for freedom (albeit any strike by public sector workers is subject to the Haddington Road Agreement).
We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland (where so permitted by the Troika), and to unfettered control over Irish destiny (subject to complying with relevant European Union treaties, directives and regulations, and with the decisions of the European Court of Justice). The long usurpation of this right by foreign bankers and politicians has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished (except by a majority vote in the Council of Ministers).
Generation by generation, the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty and have been prepared to take to the streets to make their feelings known.
This must cease forthwith and you must all stay home and pay your water charges and property taxes (and RTÉ must stop reporting any such demonstrations, not that any take place). We will continue to administer the civil and military affairs of the nation as we think fit, without hindrance from an inefficient and troublesome democratic process. We place the cause of the Irish Republic under the protection of the European Central Bank, whose blessing we will invoke at every possible opportunity. And we pray that no one who serves this cause will dishonour it by cowardice, indiscipline (not complying with the Party whip), and talk of burning bondholders. In this supreme hour, the Irish nation must, by its valour and the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves yet again for the common good, prove itself worthy of our destiny.
Roger A Blackburn
Naul, County Dublin
Costs of 1916 commemoration
Watching 'Claire Byrne Live' on RTE1 this week, it seemed obvious that most of the contributors spoke about celebrating all of the people who have died during the 1916 Rising.
It is important that we remember everyone who died, but it is also important that we try and achieve some good for our people today, and give them a better quality of life.
It appeared that only one contributor wanted to talk about where we are today and our need for education that helps us to be more creative, helping us to set up our own businesses and not have to depend on outsiders to provide jobs.
Confidence to do this needs to be worked on. Even to get into education it is often the case that children are only accepted where the father has already attended the school. This seems very unfair to me, it should be for those living in the school area and if there is not enough space it needs to be provided. Cherish all the children equally.
The houses on Dublin's Moore Street, which was where the rebels took the decision to surrender in the final stages of the 1916 Rising, are to be bought by the State for €4m.
Surely they should be donated and the €4m put towards other exciting projects. Yeats's poem 'September 1913' continues to be quoted more than a hundred years later. A poetry competition could be organised that would capture where we are at today; other poems might help us to appreciate our country and get over our negativity towards politicians and councillors.
Ringsend, Dublin 4
Time to remove Royal Mail relics
All over the country there are green post boxes with the initials VR and a crown in between. These are relics of our colonial past but are still used by An Post. They seem to cover the 26 counties of the Irish Republic.
The reason for my disgust is that they are still being used long after British rule ended in this part of Ireland. Where I originally come from, in Co Antrim, you also have to put up with post boxes with the British Crown and the initials of the English monarch on either side. Hopefully not for long.
But why are they still in use in a country free from British rule?
As An Post is State-owned, it is up to the Government to remove these post boxes from towns and villages around the country. The Government should remove them. Now.
Decorating our finest
I note and welcome at last, the debate in the Dáil this week regarding 1916 and a National Award System.
As a former parliamentary assistant I initiated, researched and proposed an award system in 2013 in anticipation of the 1916 celebrations, as outlined by the Taoiseach, with many others attempting to do the same over the past 80 years.
As a former special adviser to the late Minister Jim Mitchell, I had previously researched such a proposal. Nothing ever came of this. In 2012, I wrote to all party leaders under the name of my then employing TD. For the record, I personally followed these up with informal meetings with opposition leaders and the government chief whip.
Consider the facts as outlined in an unusual but welcome contribution by the Ceann Comhairle, Sean Barret, that many people have served this State well, while others have even given their lives to the services of others.
I again suggest that an independent commission be established to address the need for such a system similar to that in France. The only public awards system at present is the Rehab 'People of the Year' awards. I welcome the Taoiseach's agreeing to report back to the Oireachtas within weeks on a new awards system for the Irish people.
Leixlip, Co Kildare
Troubled by water leaks
I phoned Irish Water on March 9 to report a leak in the water pipe feeding my home. I explained that water was coming up into my driveway and assumed that the matter would be dealt with promptly. I understood that fixing leaking pipes was a priority for Irish Water and that the first fix was free.
However, I was told that the way it works is that an alarm in the meter alerts Irish Water if the leak goes on for 48 hours and that they would then notify me rather than the other way round.
I explained the water running out on the driveway was obvious, but I was told that although there is a free first fix, it doesn't become active until early 2015. I then checked the calendar to make sure of the year and that it wasn't April 1.
To date, I have not heard any more from Irish Water.
In view of the fact we are told that water is precious I cannot understand this.
Name address with editor
Singing the national anthem
I endorse Patrick Kavanagh's comment on singing the national anthem (Irish Independent, Letters, March 31) at football matches. Surely, if the players are eligible to play for Ireland, the least they should do is join in the singing of the anthem.