* So our Holy Sisters will not contribute to the Magdalene Compensation Fund and apparently our Government or others cannot compel them to do so. Surprise, surprise – did any of us truly believe that they would? Once there was a get-out clause it was a sure bet that they would avail of it, and avail of it they did.
Are we surprised? If so, bigger the fools we are.
No compensation of any kind will right the wrong that was done in those laundries. The woman and children that were abused in every such way will carry that wrong to their graves. Where do moral obligations come into play here?
To The Sisters of Charity/ The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity – show us that you are indeed charitable as your name infers and pay up.
To The Sisters of Mercy – be merciful and do your bit in providing a little comfort to these unfortunate women whose childhood you stole.
To The Good Shepherd Sisters – gather your flock and guide them in the right direction as any good shepherd would do. Sheep can even be taught the right way from the wrong way.
Don't let these victims of your cruel/barbaric treatment suffer yet another blow because of your refusal to contribute to the compensation fund for Magdalene Laundries victims.
Phyl Mhic Oscair
NOT MUCH MERCY HERE
* It appears Justice Minister Alan Shatter cannot force the four religious orders involved in running the Magdalene Laundries to give any funding towards the redress scheme for the victims.
Why should he? These religious orders – ironically named The Good Shepherd Sisters, The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, The Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of Charity – should be more than happy to pay compensation to the victims, for any and all abuse suffered, of their own volition. Otherwise, they look like callous, unfeeling monsters.
Gary J Byrne
IFSC, Dublin 1
I, for one, am utterly perturbed by the tactless nature of Mr Walsh's blatant disregard for those affected by abortion through no fault of their own.
His approach was nothing short of a well-campaigned scaremongering tactic with no regard for the women or men affected by this procedure.
Mr Walsh is quoted as saying that he opposed the bill as it "disempowers women".
Allow me to rewind back to 2009 where the same senator claimed that women working outside of the home were a major cause of depression in young people.
After a highly inappropriate graphic description of an abortion, Mr Walsh ended his speech with a poem about a baby crying on its way to an incinerator.
He illustrated what can only be described as draconian politics at its best.
Empowering women? I think not.
Melanie Jean Cleary
New Ross, Co Wexford
UNFAIR BANKING RULES
* I was looking for some clarity on the area of how much a banking institution can charge a person paying a mortgage. Circumstances change from time to time for better or worse.
I bought my house in 2007 for €342,000. It's now worth €140,000. In the last two-and-a-half years my mortgage has risen from 56pc of my net income to 81pc.
This has been due to the USC, pension-related deductions and consecutive rises in the mortgage interest rate to date. I have lost the guts of €600 per month due to these pay cuts and mortgage increases.
Surely a banking institution cannot simply keep increasing a mortgage interest rate to the point where previously a fully paid mortgage becomes unsustainable.
I am confident if I was to walk into any financial institution today and present them with a request for a mortgage that would be 81pc of my net income, I'd be politely shown the door.
But it's okay to keep charging that amount from me at the moment until I'm run into the ground.
Name and address with editor
REASONS FOR AUSTERITY
* Killian Brennan has joined a multitude of influential commentators in media and academia on the anti-austerity bandwagon which keeps repeating the mantra that 'austerity is not working' (Letters, July 18).
The reason for austerity now is being ignored. The fact is the Government is spending a billion a month more on providing public services than it is taking in through the taxation system.
Continuing with that policy will definitely not work.
Sutton, Dublin 13
EXTORTION BY CLAMPERS
* In the UK and Wales, clamping on private land by private parking operators has been banned since October 2012. It is time to outlaw this practice here in Ireland.
The Government announced last year that it was to bring in laws to regulate the private car-parking operators but it has somehow been put on the back-burner.
There is no legislation governing this industry in Ireland and the legal status of the industry is unclear.
While it is important to remove cars parked in areas where they are causing a danger to motorists and pedestrians, it is questionable if it is legal to clamp cars in private parking areas.
How can it be possible for a company to take possession of your property and then force you to pay a fine for its return without a court order or a right to appeal the fine without first having to pay up? This is extortion!
The Irish Constitution gives the citizen an inalienable right to private property and the right to earn a livelihood.
Gardai need a court order to enter your house to remove your property, even if they suspect it has been the result of ill-gotten gains. The petty criminal is treated with more justice than the person who is parked minutes over the time in a private car parking area.
Often private clamping companies will charge exorbitant and disproportional fees to unclamp cars.
Where is the legislation to protect the Irish citizen against this extortion which was promised and why are we allowing this legal ambiguity to continue to exist?
Cllr Nuala Nolan
Galway City Council