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Blissfully skipping our way to serfdom as rich get richer

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'Is it not time to have a discussion on the ballooning wealth being hoarded by so few?' (stock photo)

'Is it not time to have a discussion on the ballooning wealth being hoarded by so few?' (stock photo)

'Is it not time to have a discussion on the ballooning wealth being hoarded by so few?' (stock photo)

The numbers are simply jaw-dropping ('Profits at Apple's Irish unit fell to €35.47bn last year', Irish Independent, August 11).

Despite the dip in profits, the company still paid a total dividend of $248.5bn to the parent company last year.

It sure makes the €13bn of back taxes the EU claims is owed to Ireland look like loose change. 

But that aside, there is a profoundly worrying issue here and that is the amount of resources being hoovered up by a small elite group.

Is it not time to have a discussion on the ballooning wealth being hoarded by so few? Or will we just blissfully keep skipping our way along the road to serfdom?

Jim O’Sullivan

Rathedmond, Sligo

If nine-month plan is meant to reassure me, it does not

Are we meant to find it reassuring that after living with Covid-19 for six months, the Government has now begun to put a nine-month plan together?

Is it not reasonable to ask: How can a Government and ‘experts’ who could not see that meat factory workers should have been tested on a weekly basis (at least) put any coherent plan together?

Eamon Ward

Co Wexford

New plan may leave some politicians looking off-colour

I note that among the proposals being considered under the new nine-month plan to tackle Covid-19, health officials and the Government will strive to get Ireland into a “status blue period”, where the virus is suppressed.

So green is to be a thing of the past and blue is the way forward – interesting in the context of FF and FG party identities!

Joe Harrison

Spanish Point, Co Clare

People of North have shown only ingratitude to Hume

Much has been written in the recent past about the late John Hume. Sadly, the nub of the matter has been missed – John was a statesman but not a politician. 

Nowhere in modern times has “man’s ingratitude” been so clearly demonstrated as in the North in the past 20 years.

His SDLP party has been largely wiped out and the ingrates of ‘Norn Iron’ have given power to those who caused 30-odd years of pain and turmoil, death and destruction.

My fellow islanders, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

Cal Hyland

West Cork

Peacemaker Hume was our own modern-day Columba

Irish history records the quest for justice and freedom from the dominant colonial power, England. There have been many violent rebellions. However, we also had men and women who have sought justice in non-violent ways. These include Charles Stewart Parnell, Daniel O’Connell, Michael Davitt, and John Hume.

John was not only a great statesman but a great follower of the non-violent Christ, who advocated the only true way forward.

John, in his maiden speech at Westminster, spoke of Columba the Reconciler at Drumceat convention (575AD). (Columba brokered peace between Aed of Dalriada, Ireland, and Aidan of Dalriada, Scotland.)

John back then said, “what we need today is another Columba” and in many ways John himself was just that.

He sacrificed his political career to bring peace to the North. Thank God for him. May we have true Christ-like peace, not just periodic and expedient ceasefires.

Lord, we thank you for John. He put your desire for peace before politics.

Neal Carlin

Columba Community of Prayer and Reconciliation, Queen Street, Derry

We might need another go at voting to scrap the Seanad

I am fully in agreement with Senan Molony’s criticisms of our ludicrous “upper house” (‘Seanad remains little more than a drain on taxes’, Irish Independent, August 12).

In my view, the Seanad has always been nothing more than a useless drain on our taxes. To read that senators were awarded lavish expenses for the two months when the Seanad wasn’t even sitting is disgusting, especially given the precarious financial position a huge amount of people currently find themselves in due to Covid-19.

Like Mr Molony, I too voted “with relish” for the abolition of the Seanad back in 2013, as did 48.2pc of the electorate.

I wonder if there’s any chance we could have a second referendum on the matter like we did with the Nice and Lisbon treaties? Sure why not?!

John O’Connor

Killarney, Co Kerry

Irish Independent