Saturday 22 October 2016

Sir - Could someone who advocates pay rises for the Public Sector please enlighten me as to why you prefer a pay rise for one sector rather than tax cuts for all sectors?

Published 17/05/2015 | 02:30

Sir - Could someone who advocates pay rises for the Public Sector please enlighten me as to why you prefer a pay rise for one sector rather than tax cuts for all sectors?

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What justification is there for private sector employees who are paid less, having longer hours and fewer holidays and poorer or no pensions to subsidise (via their taxes) their higher paid, better pensioned colleagues in the public sector?

Why is investment in the public sector diverted into the pay of existing staff rather than into important capital investments?

And why does it makes economic sense to borrow and pay interest on current expenditure thus passing on debt to future generations?

Frank Devine,

Kenilworth, UK

The importance of clean water

Sir - Finally there is a journalist with a bit of common sense. I refer to the piece headed 'Scrap property tax and pay for water', by Willie Kealy in the Sunday Independent recently.

We never had an adequate water suply in this country. In 1946 as an eight-year-old I helped my father and another man dig a spring well to drink from.

In 1964 I had a house built less than a mile from Westport and had to dam a small river to get water for washing - a nice neighbour allowed me take a bucketful for drinking from her small spring well.

In 1969 I moved back to the house my father built with six children, so the old well could not cope. I had to build a tank to collect rain water. In the mid-late Seventies we got a mains water supply from Westport which we paid for. Then, nearly 20 years ago I was given a water meter - and to this day, I still have the only in the village.

Thomas Slevin,

Westport, Co Mayo

A Papal reminder for the Taoiseach

Sir - If Jody Corcoran is correct and the banking inquiry is just a charade to vilify Brian Cowan, (Sunday Independent, 10 May)then our current Taoiseach should be mindful of the fate that befell Pope Stephen VI of the 10th century - who, at the behest of his wealthy political promoters, exhumed the nine month old remains of his predecessor Pope Formosus, dressed him in papal finery and presided over his trial for alleged past misdemeanours.

When the corpse showed total indifference to the proceedings, it was found guilty, stripped of the elegant robes - and thrown into the River Tiber.

While Enda cannot strip Brian of his handsome pension, and throwing what remains of his political reputation into the River Liffey seems pointless, he should be careful not to misjudge public opinion as Pope Stephen did.

The masses, many of whom believed Formosus to be a saint, turned ugly - and the resultant unrest led eventually to Stephen's death by strangulation!

Brian Gillen, Dublin 16

Remember the good Noonan did

Sir - I refer to a number of letters in the Sunday Independent (10 May) regarding Michael Noonan, in particular one reference to his treatment of those women who had been infected by Hepatitis C in 1996.

Mr Noonan decided, on the advice of his civil servants, to take the standard approach to claims against the Health Department, but later apologised for the way that Mrs McCole was treated.

What's ignored is that the scandal in the Blood Transfusion Board had been going on for over a decade before Mr. Noonan's appointment and all his predecessors had ignored it. He put an end to what was happening in the Blood Transfusion Board.

So hundreds, if not thousands of women who had babies following his term in office, were protected from being infected with Hepatitis C and he has never being given the credit for this service to the people.

John Maher,


Co Limerick

Sunday Independent

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