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A 2018 march in Dublin city centre for a solution to the housing crisis

A 2018 march in Dublin city centre for a solution to the housing crisis

A 2018 march in Dublin city centre for a solution to the housing crisis

It’s not just first-time buyers left high and dry in the property market. It goes so much further than that.

For some time now, I’ve taken students into my home and love having them. But I’m acutely aware we were in many ways the privileged generation.

Yesterday, I placed an ad offering a single room, bills included, for €550 per month.

Within three hours, I received 61 replies, every one of these young people with qualifications, jobs, many far beyond anything I ever achieved. 

Last night I lost count of the replies.

This situation is outrageous. We have failed our young people. Where is the strategy for reasonable rental accommodation for them?

Margaret Docherty

Terenure, Dublin 6W

Severing ties with Russian Federation once and for all

What a topsy-turvy world we live in when our own Government – leaders of a proudly neutral and peace-loving nation – insists on maintaining diplomatic links with Putin’s murderous regime.

You simply cannot talk to those who directly represent Russian murder in Ukraine; murder masquerading, in Putin’s own words, as “defensive” action.

Now, surely, is the day that Ireland and the rest of the EU should lead the world in cutting all ties with the Russian Federation. And for all time.

Joe Neal

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Castlebridge, Wexford

North poll leaves no doubt – a united Ireland is coming

Whereas it is encouraging to see a non-partisan party emerging into third place in the North, it would be naive to imagine that the end of sectarian divisions is at hand.

As Sammy Wilson of the DUP vehemently stated after last Thursday’s election, the Alliance Party votes with Sinn Féin and the SDLP on most major issues affecting Northern Ireland.

By way of example, Patricia O’Lynn the newly elected MLA for North Antrim said that while growing up a Catholic in Larne, she always felt like a second-class citizen. Many successful Catholics, Liam Neeson for instance, born in Ballymena, have repeatedly said the same thing.

It is very hard to imagine that both of these illustrious figures and thousands more of a similar background who have finally achieved parity of esteem, and increasingly more liberal Protestants, will not vote in future for a united Ireland.

This is more especially likely due to the fracturing of the UK hastened by Brexit, the protocol and other impending issues.

Maurice O’Callaghan,

Ballydehob, Co Cork

Unionists’ protocol looks a lot like Putin’s proxy war

Now that we know for sure that Generalissimo Putin is using the Russian invasion of the Ukraine in his proxy war with ‘the West’, could we say the same about hardline unionists using “the protocol” in the same way against the electorate in the North – their own included?

Could we say the same about the Conservatives using “the protocol” in the same way in their own class war?

Liam Power

Blackrock, Dundalk, Co Louth

Hasta la vista, Sergio, your surly antics won’t be missed

I read that Sergio Garcia can’t wait to leave the PGA Tour. I for one won’t miss him.

His club-throwing, bunker-bashing, green-damaging antics and surly demeanour is really annoying to watch.

The PGA Tour has enabled Garcia to amass millions of dollars.

While his past performances in the Ryder Cup are to be celebrated, his on-course behaviour is appalling.

Good luck, Sergio, you are going to need it!

Dermot Brady

Sutton, Dublin 13

Daly and Wallace perfectly illustrate why I’m a capitalist

Fine Gael’s Barry Ward is wrong about Clare Daly and Mick Wallace (‘Senator calls on Daly and Wallace to resign’, Irish Independent, May 9).

I’m grateful they are in Brussels, precisely because I support capitalism, liberal democracy, the right of Israel to secure borders, and Ireland joining Nato.

Every time the pair make a speech they inadvertently illustrate just how sensible those positions are.

They are also the living embodiment on the world stage of how infantile and silly the Irish left are.

As the late American comic Bob Hope quipped: I don’t do a lot of political jokes. Too many are getting elected.

Karl Martin

Bayside, Dublin 13


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