Friday 23 August 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Britain must accept Brexit is a problem of its own making'

'After all, it is Britain that has decided to leave.' Stock photo: PA
'After all, it is Britain that has decided to leave.' Stock photo: PA
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The reality is there will be no such thing as a no-deal Brexit. Britain cannot live in isolation. Boris Johnson said this himself: “We will leave on October 31 and then we will draw up a new trade agreement with our European neighbours.”

How he proposes to draw up a new trade agreement amidst the mayhem that will prevail at the time of Britain’s exit is anyone’s guess. Surely it would be better to go with the current deal on offer and then over the next two years of transition introduce some slight changes or amendments? After all, it is Britain that has decided to leave. It wants all of Europe to bend over backwards to help it leave, even though it is a problem of its own making. How arrogant is that?

Eamonn Kitt

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Tuam, Co Galway

Minister’s decision threatens educational status of Irish

The decision of the Education Minister to give school principals responsibility for Irish exemptions is very concerning. This will have a negative effect on Irish in education.

The majority of times when students are exempt, they remain in the classroom. This creates great difficulties for both groups of students and for teachers. One wonders by what criteria students will now be exempt in Irish? Will they now be exempt from other languages in school? If not, then why Irish?

The minister cannot provide Irish with better resources, better training and a more inclusive curriculum, but threatens to destroy its educational status. One wonders what would another nation feel if a government demoted its own language in such a way?

James O’Reilly

Mount Merrion, Co Dublin

Many are too lazy to master language steeped in history

In response to Eamon Delaney’s piece about people not wanting to learn Irish, surely the uncomfortable truth is Irish is difficult to master. As a non-Romance or German tongue, it is different. You have to work at it to master it and, sadly, many are too lazy or dim to learn and speak it. Anyone who makes the effort will find so much beauty and history in it, but an effort has to be made and in these days of dumbed down education where degrees are awarded like confetti and popular culture, a contradiction if ever there was one, is so base, why bother?

It is so much easier to wear your replica GAA shirt and shout on your parish or English colonial county than learn the meaning of your Irish-language derived townlands. Some years ago a Dublin daily printed a letter from a woman boasting she had finished ‘studying’ Irish and could not speak a word of it. Presumably, she thought she was being clever and witty. But it showed up her educational limitation. If someone said they had studied maths for nine years and boasted that they could not count...

Sean O Doibhilin

Leitir Ceanainn, Tir Chonnaill

Scarcity of priests is nothing new – and will be overcome

The Church is ailing now with the scarcity of priests. This is nothing new – Jesus said: “The harvest (of souls) is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.” (Luke 10; 1-12)

God is dependent on our prayers for vocations. In the Gospel of St Matthew (28; 18-20) we see Christ before He ascended into Heaven commissioning His apostles to preach the Gospel to all, and promising He will be with them until the end of the world. So, we can be confident Jesus will provide priests at all ages of the Church.

Fr Con McGillicuddy

Raheny, Dublin 5

Kind deed on Luas teed up some embarrassed gratitude

Congrats to Ian O’Doherty on his excellent article in Saturday’s Irish Independent Review, regarding ‘manners’, etc.

It brought to mind an experience I had a few days previous. As my wife and I boarded a very packed Luas in Dublin, a couple immediately stood up and offered us their seats. As we gratefully accepted their kind offer, I was slightly embarrassed, as we both were looking forward to playing golf that same evening.

Lee Gormley

Dundalk, Co Louth

Johnson treads familiar path – but ending won’t be Priti

As election fever gathers pace in the UK, I remember Willie Whitelaw’s ‘short, sharp, shock’ speech to a fired-up Tory conference in 1979. Delinquency to be ended – at a stroke. (It wasn’t.) “Every prime minister needs a Willie,” declared Maggie Thatcher. Now Boris is disinterring the same tired old trope to squeeze a few votes from a jaded electorate. All that has changed is that this time, Boris’s Whitelaw is Priti.

Paddy McEvoy

Cambridgeshire, England

Irish Independent

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