Thursday 29 September 2016

Tribute to man of integrity who inspired leaders of industry

Published 15/04/2016 | 02:30

Dr Ivor Kenny, ‘who helped Ireland become the powerhouse it is today’
Dr Ivor Kenny, ‘who helped Ireland become the powerhouse it is today’

I politely prompt you to highlight to your readers that Dr Ivor Kenny, whose funeral took place yesterday in Dublin, made a remarkable contribution towards shaping Ireland to become the global powerhouse economy that it is today.

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Dr Kenny really was a custodian of integrity all his life.

I have been an avid reader of his many leadership and management books and his success bred national and international success, through his legacy of leadership which he bestowed to many who sought his counsel - for example, Dr Tony Ryan, deceased, Sir Anthony O'Reilly, Dr Michael Smurfit, Dr Ed Walsh and many icons of global industry who he interviewed for his books.

He was always "in good company" as he used to say.

Dr Kenny was the master of sharp wit and apt quotes but I would like to share just one illustrative anecdote about leadership.

About incompetent leaders or boards of directors, Dr Kenny had this to say: "Ants on a log in turbulent waters, who think that they're steering the log." Truly a poignant and prophetic legacy quote . . . if you get my drift!

Dr Ivor Kenny, thank you for your contribution to inspiring Ireland and its leaders of industry throughout your remarkable life. May I extend my condolences to Dr Kenny's family.

Eamon Francis Mc Dermott
Rathfarnham, Dublin 14

MMA: really a blood sport

How much more proof do we need to ban outright this so-called sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). How long more has this barbarity to be tolerated? Hitting a person when he or she is on the ground was never acceptable. To be allowed to do so must question the very concept of civilisation.

The wishy-washy excuses for this inhumanity are pathetic. Apart from fox hunting, no sport tolerates such wilful damage to another being.

Queensbury must be turning in his grave at the sight of those fighters in action. To top it all, we allow children to watch this blood sport - at the cage side.

Ted O'Keeffe
Dublin 6


MMA is not about martial arts, it is all about violence and money.

No one that has a genuine interest in sport should watch such brawls taking place.

Even the slightest glimpse of it can turn a civilised person's stomach and have them switching channels quickly.

Boxing is controversial enough, but now we have the development of extreme, high-contact violent sports. Those who watch MMA or boxing should think again.

These so-called sports, which are really blood-thirsty fights, will do nothing to serve the interests of humanity. All they will do is degrade the human being to the point of being wild dogs that tear each other apart until one is dead or cannot go on.

Those who pay for and subscribe to such entertainment are no better than the Romans in centuries gone by, who liked the sight of blood and pain for their enjoyment.

Are we animals or humans in the 21st Century?

Maurice Fitzgerald
Shanbally, Co Cork

Political quantum physics

The Government was asked by the people: "Can you please tell us, what sort of policies are you implementing on us, the people?"

The Government replied: "We are using political quantum physics to govern ye all."

The people then asked the question: "What sort of government is political, quantum physics?"

The Government explained: "Political quantum, physics, is where we use mind over matter. Put simply. We don't mind, and you don't matter."

Anthony Woods
Ennis, Co Clare

Stand up and be counted

As a reader of your paper for over 40 years, I have enjoyed the 'Letters to the Editor' page but recently I have become tired of letters from people who criticise our politicians and try to be humorous, eg Peter Monahan's 'National Gobdaws' Party' comment (April 13). These people remind me of those throughout the country who make a career out of criticising the local club officers but will never put themselves forward for the top positions.

We have a good country with the potential to be an even better one. We have some fine politicians in all parties and they are far more accountable than heretofore.

The vast majority or our young people are well-educated, well-mannered and a pleasure to engage with. I look positively to the future.

Eddie O' Halloran
Abbeyside, Co Waterford

Keeping SF 'in the corner'

The national interest is not best served by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil joining hands in government. Ideological differences aside, any government combination that makes Sinn Féin the lead party of the opposition must be ruled out.

Instead, all our interests will be best served by a fresh election that will give either Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil the numbers and the ability to form a government with the support of smaller parties and Independents.

That will break the political deadlock, uncertainty, and instability of the past few months, and will keep Sinn Féin firmly in the corner where they belong.

Killian Foley-Walsh
Kilkenny City

Sue the parties, not the TDs

In your 'Letters to the Editor' last week, it was suggested that our TDs should be sued for breach of contract as they are not currently fulfilling the functions for which they were elected.

Rather than go for individual TDs, it would be more expeditious to sue Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil collectively for abuse of dominant position.

John F Jordan
Glenageary, Co Dublin

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