Critics of Ireland’s policy of neutrality and relative lack of military capability tend to call for us to join Nato or else to expend many billions of euro on fighters, tanks and Navy ships to develop an independent capability to defend ourselves.
Sir — The piece by Niall Toner on May 15 on the rental market (‘The only way is up’) stated that the latest Daft.ie report “made grim reading for renters” and quotes a range of numbers as if they were rents paid by the average sitting tenant in Ireland — that is, the more than 300,000 registered rental units in the State.
Elizabeth Cullen (‘Ireland must be peacemaker to prevent further loss of life’, Letters, May 19) asks for the preservation of Irish neutrality and says we might position ourselves to act as peacemakers between the belligerent countries of the world.
Liz Truss may have replaced Lord Frost as the UK’s lead Brexit negotiator but the same old sabre-rattling by Boris Johnson, in threatening to unilaterally set aside major parts of the protocol, is again on loudhailer.
It is looking likely that Health Minister Stephen Donnelly’s plan for the new National Maternity Hospital will be accepted without demur by the Cabinet this week. It is extremely disappointing that the previously vocal voices of women in Government are now silent.
WATCHING some of the Eurovision semi-final entries this week, I began to wonder if some of those who were representing their respective countries are the best they have or did those countries just not care?
Much has been made of the fact that nationalist and unionist parties each achieved 40pc of the vote and 70 seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections, with the Alliance, Greens, independents, and People Before Profit achieving the remaining 20pc of the vote and 20 seats.
Sir — Today marks David Attenborough’s 96th year on p lanet Earth. A global adventurer and champion of nature, Attenborough has presented us with pictures of nature from sparkling coastlines to immense grasslands and has spoken from the highest mountains to the deepest depths of the ocean.
The Irish Government expelled four out of 30 registered Russian diplomats in Ireland, allegedly for meeting dissident republican and loyalist paramilitaries in an attempt to stoke tensions here and in Northern Ireland. In response, Russia expelled two of our six embassy staff in Moscow – one third of our full complement, which is equivalent to us expelling 10 of their diplomats here.
The recent request by Joe Biden to the US Congress, asking for $33bn to support Ukraine against Russia, makes it blatantly obvious that talking would be cheaper than warring. And it’s also less hurtful to the most vulnerable members on each side of the conflict – whether they be Ukrainian or Russian .
The plight of the homeless is not limited to the poor souls we see on the street everywhere during our daily lives. The homeless are all around us, in every housing estate, poorly built apartment blocks, and isolated rural houses. These homeless are working families, single men and women, who are working every week and paying direct and indirect taxes to our government.
Katie Taylor is a world-class athlete. Congratulations to her on her unique achievement and for waving the flag for Ireland. However, when it comes to boxing – particularly the professional game – the general public, sports commentators, journalists and politicians have a collective blind spot that I find difficult to understand.
Mary Kenny makes valid points and raises good questions in respect of teachers awarding public examination grades for their students (‘Teachers might be wise to not enter risky blackboard jungle of grading their pupils’, Irish Independent, August 27).
People of all political persuasions must put their differences aside and unite to end the censorship prevalent in society. It seems you can’t say diddly-squat without being banned, censored, deplatformed or cancelled. Avoiding all of that, you can still be accused of misinformation, false news or any of the other rubbish.
Alan Whelan is absolutely right when he says research in England has consistently shown “girls overall do best in single-sex schools and boys perform best in mixed schools” (Irish Independent, Letters, April 26).
The Downing Street Declaration of peace signed on December 15, 1993 by then taoiseach Albert Reynolds and British prime minister John Major, was designed to remove conflict and historical disagreements between the different traditions on this island, particularly in Northern Ireland.
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