Letters to the Editor: 'Only a matter of time before we witness break-up of UK'
I COMPLETELY agree with Munjed Farid Al Qutob (Irish Independent, Letters, July 22). Theresa May is not solely to blame for the present parlous...
I COMPLETELY agree with Munjed Farid Al Qutob (Irish Independent, Letters, July 22). Theresa May is not solely to blame for the present parlous...
Are we being hypocrites when it comes to one of our own, Lisa Smith, and her child?
Sir - Having read Eleanor Goggin's very disturbing article on the prospect of a Love Island for 'more mature' contestants, I should like to remind her that some of us who did actually experience the...
One of the most dispiriting elements of Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt's desire to get rid of...
The Government is refusing progress by opposing a perfectly sensible idea from the EU to get rid of winter/summer time and finally eliminate an old-...
In his inspiring poem, 'A happy life', Brendan Kennelly eloquently outlines the constituents of a happy life.
Each week we think that Donald Trump cannot be more preposterous than the week before.
I commend you for drawing attention to the unspeakable suffering of refugees beset by persecution, violence, verbal, physical and psychological harassment, homelessness, evictions, abject poverty, bankruptcy, racism, discrimination for reasons of race, religion, nationality and political persuasion.
Our health service comes under fire on a nearly daily basis. Over the last six months I have experienced the HSE up-close and personal, both as a patient and as an adult child of an elderly parent with almost weekly changing health needs.
The emergence of pictures of two DUP councillors posing for photographs as the Irish national flag was burned on a bonfire in Portadown suggests that nationalists in the North may be in for another sectarian marching season. Surely it is long past time that the Orange Order and the DUP ceased closing their eyes and turning their backs on the actions of those associated with July 12...
The new laws ostensibly aimed at relieving the housing crisis by destroying the concept and availability of Airbnb are another example of the...
It's not that long ago that it was a universally accepted truth amongst the Irish political and media establishments that the property bubble would...
Ian O'Doherty's article ('Review', Irish Independent, June 29) on the decision of St Brigid's National School in Greystones to allow boys to wear...
Sir - It probably has been said many times before now, but I'm going to say it again: there's an awful lack of statues of women in our country.
Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob writes from London (Irish Independent, Letters, June 24) to lament that...
A lot of complaints have been reported in the media in recent weeks regarding the cost of school uniforms.
If “Brexit and a backstop are mutually incompatible”, as Nick Crawford claims (Irish Independent, Letters, July 16) then the English are just going to have to ditch Brexit.
Climate change wrapped up in a nutshell...
A lot of people love the feel of shopping in Dublin city centre more than the out-of-town malls, but equally they say that getting into town is too difficult by either public transport or private car, and it’s not helped by one-ways, confusing signage, and now parking charges increased by up to 70pc if they do have to use their cars.
Sir - Every time I hear Leo Varadkar or Simon Coveney pontificate about the welfare of the nationalist community in Northern Ireland, it sends a shiver up my spine.
The beef deal, part of the EU Mercosur trade deal with four South American countries, has all the attributes of a time-bomb. Every politician in Ireland must force our weak Government to oppose it and to use our veto power within the EU.
Sir - The European Union's deal with South America makes a mockery of its position on the environment, pollution and biodiversity.
The reality is that only a British Labour government will have the policy plan, the will, and the confidence to address the social and economic problems facing the UK after years of vulture capitalism.
The global scourge of obesity is topping smoking as the main cause of death and cancers. The multiple factors that contribute to obesity are notoriously complex and intertwined. The statistics are appalling. Tackling obesity is therefore one of the most formidable health challenges that define the 21st century.
One of the great drawbacks to a future clean environment is how greatly politicians and economists underestimate technology.
Leo Varadkar's response to Eir’s assertion regarding the National Broadband Plan was quite telling.
Dr D R Cooper (Irish Independent, Letters, June 26), writing from England, makes a comparison of the Brexit logjam centred on the ‘Irish backstop’ to the Mongol invasion of Europe in the 14th century.
In 1345 plague struck a Mongol army besieging the Crimean city of Caffa, and to share their misery with their enemies they started to catapult infected corpses over the walls.
The Irish Independent reports that there is a huge surge in used car imports from the UK due to the probability of Brexit and the current differential between sterling and the euro.
I must commend the Irish Independent for refusing to work with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, in his attempt to “find the leak” which, he claims, will allow him to explain how “damaging” information about Maria Bailey’s compensation claim made its way into the public domain – especially her quite impressive 10km running time post-swing fall.
Sir - Summer solstice, which occurred last Friday, June 21, is the longest day of the year. To be meteorologically accurate, summer solstice is the day with the greatest amount of daylight. Even though the weather is currently unsettled, we enjoyed more than 17 hours of daylight last Friday.
Sarah MacDonald's report on Amazon bishops considering the possibility of ordaining elder married men to the priesthood (Irish Independent, June 18) made for interesting reading.
Summer solstice, which falls today, is the longest day of the year. To be meteorologically accurate, summer solstice is the day with the greatest amount of daylight. Even though the weather is currently unsettled, we can expect more than 17 hours of daylight today.
I couldn't believe my eyes and ears at the news that this little country is thinking of taking the matter of perjury seriously.
I have been watching the Fifa Women’s World Cup on RTÉ.
With an unemployment rate sitting at 4.4pc, one could say that Ireland’s employment kimono is embracing all within its fabric folds.
The ongoing farce that is the never-ending debate on the deeply flawed Judicial Appointments Bill resumes tomorrow in the Seanad.
Sir — I have sweet memories of meeting the late Philomena Lynott back in 2005, when we in Bantry stole a march on the rest of Ireland and held our St Patrick’s Day parade on March 13 (for the simple reason of that being the nearest Sunday to the 17th).
The failure to challenge Northern Irish politicians like Jeffrey Donaldson on the basic issues involved in Brexit is a major fault in the debate.
Tory party leadership hopeful Michael Gove’s cocaine use should be seen in a wider context.
Colette Brown, (Irish Independent, 12 June 2019) suggests “it is difficult to understand why Scottish ministers have adopted such a belligerent attitude over Rockall of late”.
The only way to solve the current impasse that the UK has managed to trap itself in is to go to the country a second time and ask the electorate to choose between WTO Brexit or Remain.
Who will be the next Tory leader? Does it matter?
Hillary Clinton voted for the invasion of Iraq. Which, in view of George Bush’s lies, might be put down to an unfortunate error of judgment.
Sir - As the 75th anniversary of D-Day passes, we should not only acknowledge the significant role of Irish soldiers in that major historical event, we should also express our heartfelt thanks to them for helping to liberate Europe from one of the most horrific tyrannies the world has seen.
So Trump will be on his way home. The politicians have squirmed their way into a U-turn on previous derogatory - and I might add ill-advised - remarks while he was on his way to the White House. The protesters have demonstrated and Baby Blimp has been put to bed.
For the generations born in Ireland since the end of World War II it is understandably difficult for some of them to envisage the state of public opinion on the issue of Irish neutrality. As the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day, there has been much comment, mostly of a critical nature, on the morality of our policy of neutrality between 1939-1945.
As an Irish man, I am dismayed that the people of Doonbeg and its surrounds haven’t taken a stand against a man who has all the traits of a bully.
Katie Taylor wins a boxing match but in the process of that match puts herself at risk of brain injury but in any event gets badly beaten up. She faces a rapturous homecoming as a reward and will become a millionaire.
Now that the dust has settled on the 2019 Belfast Marathon and sore and, possibly, sprained ligaments and muscles have been well rested and restored, might I be permitted to make a few comments. Hopefully, if my analysis is incorrect, readers of the Irish Independent, who are astronomical experts, will put me right.
The French have a warped sense of justice. The mantra since a court in Paris found Ian Bailey guilty on a trumped-up murder charge is he will one day find himself in a French prison.
Sir - I read this past week, with the greatest of dismay, some of the proposals for the Phoenix Park - such as the Office of Public Works' suggestion of a lodge change of use for holiday lettings, and other proposals for increased car parking and retail outlets of some sort.
Ireland is facing an important decision: what to do about cannabis? Research supports the views of the group of doctors who warned us last week about the dangers of the drug, especially for young people and the psychologically vulnerable.
Dr Munjed Farid al Qutob (Letters, May 30) is quite right when he writes, “The taste of discrimination and exclusion is bitter and sour.”
Greens need to pulp their posters and pamphlets
Having read Lorraine Courtney’s piece on the elections (‘We should have given Fine Gael bloody nose over inept handling of housing crisis’, Irish Independent, May 27), one felt like apologising for having the temerity to vote on issues other than those which Ms Courtney dictates we should have.
I am dismayed when I see the calibre of some of the councillors and politicians elected in this country. We have no ethics any longer as an electorate. We vote for someone who attempts to cheat the system and is found guilty of serious breaches in public office.
There has been a green wave in the local and European elections. People want action on climate change. That, however, does not equate to people wanting to pay more tax.
Sir - I've lived in many different cities, but Brighton and Dublin have got to be my two favourites. They are perfect sized cities and they have lots of similarities.
The 2019 redefinition of the SI base units came into effect this week, by setting exact numerical values for the Planck Constant (a discovery by a German physicist based on energy quanta which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918) instead of using the physical paradigm of kilograms which was sealed up in a French basement somewhere - with immediate consequences for my...
In Ireland, most of the debate about crèches usually involves the cost or lack of availability, rather than the wisdom of placing babies under 12 months in childcare. Why have Irish universities or the HSE not researched the psychological issues of childcare?
Leo Tolstoy’s famous opening line of ‘Anna Karenina’ goes: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy ('The market has never fixed a housing crisis - only the Government will', Irish Independent, May 18) sought to reason with the Irish people on his, and the Government's, inaction on public housing. In WB Yeats's poem 'Easter, 1916' is the line: "Polite meaningless words." It describes the minister's epistle.
It is noticeable how critical the media is of the present Government. It contrasts sharply with the media attitude to the government back in 2002 when, to quote an extract from the coverage of public affairs at the time, “every day and in every way things are getting better and better”. Given the consequences of the policies being implemented then, that statement has proven not to be true.
Michael Kelly (Irish Independent, May 17) decries the manner in which first communion has more or less lost its religious dimension and become primarily a milestone in a child’s development. However, the Catholic Church must take considerable responsibility for this, due to its dominance of primary education.
The mason works quietly at his ancient craft, selecting the next correct piece of granite.
It's not popular to say it but I find it curious how ill-informed the majority of anti-Trump protesters are, eager to run with the pack without thrashing out the facts and comparing like with like.
Eve Parnell (Letters, Irish Independent, May 16) cites the number of male epistles in the Irish media to signify Ireland’s media is ‘male’ biased: “By excluding women, they’re missing out on a whole load of sales.”
The petrel, one of Ireland’s rarest birds, was once thought to be extinct. It’s a bit like that with European election candidates, rarely seen and hard to spot.
I am 21 years old, this is my first time to vote in an election.
Sean O'Donnell (Letters, Irish Independent, May 13) thinks it's too early to discuss a united Ireland, because of the Brexit mayhem.
Martina Devlin (Irish Independent, May 11) raises the prospect of a renewed conversation on Irish unity. I am not sure this is helpful so relatively soon after the end of a bloody campaign to bring this about by force ended. Whatever the unionist community thinks of Brexit, they are unlikely to be more favourably disposed towards unity while the wounds of that campaign are still raw.
Sir - Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald both call for the British government to have a plan B - that if the DUP don't agree to an Irish Language Act, the British government should force it on them.
Like a technology ‘Waiting for Godot’, the National Broadband Plan is coming. Not here yet but, like Godot’s arrival, it is imminent.
Jim O'Sullivan (‘FG must forget ideology and embrace common good’, Letters, Irish Independent, May 9) poses a number of pertinent questions on the current ethos – if they have any – of the Fine Gael party.
While reading Adrian Weckler’s informative report on the proposed roll-out of broadband (‘All your questions answered about the Rural Broadband Plan”, Irish Independent, May 8), complete with the inevitable State giveaway of taxpayer paid-for infrastructure, I couldn’t help wonder where is all this Government gusto and determination when it comes to dealing with the homeless crisis, for example.
Cuckoo, magpie and vulture have all swooped in to the debate on the housing crisis. Another bird must also be added to this flock in the shape of the ostrich representing our politicians in power, who will surely have their feathers plucked in the forthcoming elections.
Theresa May, in the aftermath of the recent local election, has turned to the Labour Party for support in getting her Brexit solution through the House of Commons.
The warm words of welcome spoken by Judge Bryan McMahon to the 2,500 people from 90 countries, who were conferred with Irish citizenship in Killarney last week, made me proud to be Irish.
Sir - Please may I add my story to the wonderful stories we are hearing about the late Feargal Quinn?
The graffiti on some walls in Creggan in Derry shows Saoradh and its henchmen in the New IRA are nothing more than intimidating thugs who like to throw their weight around and sow fear wherever they go.
At a time when the world is drowning in plastic and paper waste, I believe that there are more election posters than ever. I am even confused about who is standing for local elections and who we are shipping off to Europe.
This time of year, traditionally being the season for the church-gate collections of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, makes me wonder why they don’t do such collections on a Saturday afternoon?
AS A person who lives and has lived near the Border with Northern Ireland, I can remember the heydays when there were checkpoints, long delays and constant checks by police and soldiers on both sides.
I read what I felt was an unbalanced view of the special Easter edition of the 'Spectator' in the Irish Independent (Letters, April 27) by Frank Schnittger.
Whilst anyone with any decent humanity would rightly condemn the killing of Lyra McKee in Derry on Easter Thursday, I am concerned by the action of the company Facebook who deleted the account of the Saoradh political group.
Has she really died Cries the Oak Tree City? Has she really died, Has a bullet stopped our dreams? The fools, the fools believe That death’s the seed of freedom, The ancient blood-soaked lie From our old murder machine.
In my more idle moments, I sometimes spend time perusing the online editions of right-wing UK publications such as 'The Spectator'. There you will live in an alternative factual universe, where poor Britain is set upon by an evil EU, and worse still, is betrayed by its supposed allies. Chief culprit, these days, seems to be the Republic of Ireland, which has been set upon an anti-British...
Having read Tanya Sweeney’s ‘top tips’ on motherhood (Irish Independent, April 24) I was disappointed to see some of the advice being offered by someone with a platform. Seeing as Ms Sweeney was kind enough to offer unsolicited advice to Meghan Markle, I thought I’d return the favour by enlightening her on some of her not so sound advice.
John Lynch ('Nuns deserve appreciation not our denunciation', Letters, April 24) is "weary of hyperbolic denunciations of Catholic homes, Catholic brainwashing and so on".
Charlie Weston’s article (Irish Independent, April 20) correctly draws attention to the inevitable commodification of the housing sector.
The War of Independence started 100 years ago and we are commemorating this anniversary in style – with justification, as independence was granted to 26 of the 32 counties after a long and painful struggle.
We have a very poor record of opposing and confronting the poison that is narrow nationalism.
Sir - The only reason the Good Friday Agreement exists is because the IRA of that time were soundly defeated and had nowhere to go except to the rescue of imposed decisions of constitutional politics
FIANNA Fáil is in the unenviable position where it has no option but to come up with strong and humane policies to deal with the aftermath of Fine Gael's annihilation of rural Ireland. Failure to do so will be ample evidence it is no different to Fine Gael.
I wish the media, particularly presenters and commentators on radio and TV current affairs programmes, when discussing the mother and baby homes scandal, would not declare with a smug, superior attitude that it was not only the clergy who were responsible but also society at large; and the democratically elected governments of the day who also bore responsibility by turning a blind...
Eamon Fitzpatrick (‘Vote No in divorce poll to avoid more shattered homes’, Letters, April 17) is against reforming divorce legislation and that is his prerogative.
In the referendum next month, we will be asked to facilitate more liberal divorce laws. We will also be asked to pave the way for the recognition of divorces granted abroad.
While some mainstream media organisations, social housing charities and certain councillors and politicians constantly bombard us about the thousands of homeless people in Ireland, here are a few facts that they might publish, but will not.
When rents are taking a much greater portion of income - some up to 40pc - and deposit interest rates are nearly 200 times lower than house price increases, is not the property market one of the causes of all our economic woes?
Sir - Any MP who objects to swearing an oath of allegiance can make a solemn affirmation instead (Sunday Independent, April 7).
It must surely be a great relief for Fianna Fáil that the Brexit debacle will carry on until at least October.
Yes, politicians are much to blame for the Brexit crisis. But we licensed them at the ballot box less than a year after voting for it: we the electorate bear our share of shame.
Can some wise person explain to me why, with 65 million people leaving the EU, the number of MEPs apparently remains the same?
Why can’t British MPs accept that Britons voted in 2016 by more than a million votes to leave the EU?
An insidious feedback loop influences choice as real-time information (likes and dislikes) accelerates and expands across social media networks and the autocomplete of Google searches.
It is ironic that the divestment primary school project of the Archdiocese of Dublin is running into trouble not from the Catholic clergy, but from entrenched ultra-conservative lay elements.
Sir - It is a fundamental fact of existence that we die, just a matter of how, why, and when (The euthanasia debate, Letters, Sunday Independent, March 31). The sentiments expressed by Dr Foley regarding the manner in which he would prefer to pass his final days would be echoed by many, yet the topic of euthanasia is a contentious one, with some individuals being of the mind that it could be used as a convenient way of disposing of the vulnerable. Indeed, the definition of the word euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient.
My mother and father wed in 1950s Ireland. Unable to afford a house, they moved in with my grandmother. The house consisted of two rooms upstairs and two rooms downstairs. The toilet was located outside.
The only solution to the current impasse in Westminster is for the UK parliament to vote for a long extension to Brexit, and if that comes at a price, ie holding European elections, then so be it.
Here we are in the 21st century, a time when much information is available to the world in an instant. Sadly, Roman Catholic Church hierarchy has become so obsessed with earthly power and Roman Empire trappings, spirituality takes a low place on their agenda, if at all, locking them in a different age.
Sinn Féin has never been more irrelevant as a political party as it has shown itself to be over the last few years. In Westminster’s indicative voting on Monday night, Kenneth Clarke’s proposal for a customs union with the EU, meaning a soft Border, was defeated by just three votes. Sinn Féin’s seven votes, if it had chosen to support such a motion, would have ensured this motion was carried.
The sheer stupidity and crassness of Finian McGrath’s assertions that gardaí “have become politicised and are carrying out unnecessary roadside breathalyser checks” (‘Coalition crisis over minister’s “disparaging” attack on gardaí,’ Irish Independent, April 1) can only be seen for what it is, populist rhetoric to appease those who think it’s okay to drink and drive.
The end of the Dingle Peninsula is the most westerly point in mainland Ireland. Which means it is also the farthest it is possible to get from Britain. It has one obvious cultural distance too, being a Gaeltacht region.
Sir - Donal Lynch does a benign 'lynching' job on Leo Varadkar's penchant for relentless self-promotion, fickle capriciousness and blatant 'U-turnisms' en route to and throughout his tenure as Taoiseach ('Leo's the man to preach to Pence', (Sunday Independent, March 17).