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A woman holds a dog in the aftermath of the Russian shelling in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, earlier this week. Photo: AP Photo/Kostiantyn Liberov

A woman holds a dog in the aftermath of the Russian shelling in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, earlier this week. Photo: AP Photo/Kostiantyn Liberov

A woman holds a dog in the aftermath of the Russian shelling in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, earlier this week. Photo: AP Photo/Kostiantyn Liberov

For months before the Russian army invaded Ukraine, president Volodymyr Zelensky was calling for negotiations with Moscow.

I think we can assume he was ignored. At the moment, Russia prefers to push on with a war against a country that has not set foot in Russian territory.

How do you negotiate with nihilistic billionaires who, for instance, in the Beslan School siege, negotiated by sending in tanks and flamethrowers, leading to hundreds of deaths? Or who negotiated with Chechnya by razing it to the ground?

Eugene Tannam, Firhouse, Dublin 24

Mrs Higgins lost run of herself by publishing letter online

Foreign policy is set by the Government, not the office of the President, and certainly not the President’s spouse.

For Sabina Higgins to suggest her letter about the war in Ukraine was posted on President.ie because people couldn’t find it elsewhere online is stretching credulity.

It is as believable as when Dominic Cummings said he drove during lockdown to test his eyesight. Does she take us all for fools?

Her statement also lacks any apology for interference in foreign policy, showing she clearly thinks she is above everyone else.

Time for the Higginses to seriously consider their position before they cause any further embarrassment to this country.

Stephen Kearon, Ballinaclash, Co Wicklow

Letter furore is unnecessary – time for us all to move on

It really is time to leave Sabina Higgins and her letter alone and move on. Without doubt, she meant well. We all desire peace. For God’s sake, we all know – as does Sabina – that Vladimir Putin is the real evil here.

Brian McDevitt, Glenties, Co Donegal

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Government can no longer ignore debate around unity

There are indicators that young, educated, unionist people from Northern Ireland are open to the idea of a united Ireland. However, they naturally want to know what unity would mean for daily life, public services and the economy in the North.

They are getting no answers or encouragement from Taoiseach Micheál Martin or the Irish Government. In fact, Mr Martin appears to be doing everything to discourage such people from seeking a shared future with the rest of us. His repeated attacks on those who seek to plan responsibly for unity merely bolsters the “No” men of unionism.

It is incumbent on the Irish Government to offer a constructive pathway. This is not just for those from the unionist community, but for all of us – in the North and the Republic – who recognise the new Ireland that is clearly emerging.

Partition has failed and offers no long-term stability or economic progression. It’s time for the Taoiseach to show real political leadership and rise to the challenge of planning the future of this island.

An all-island Citizens’ Assembly would be a start.

Oonagh Prendergast, Dundalk, Co Louth

Banning vigils at abortion facilities would be so wrong

Approximately 33pc of the electorate voted to retain the Eighth Amendment in the 2018 referendum. This constitutes a significant number of people.

However, it appears that the sensitivities and feelings of these people are to be totally ignored. Some choose to show their feelings by having a peaceful presence/vigil outside abortion facilities.

According to the gardaí, there have been no incidents of trouble attributable to these vigils. In this context, the Government’s proposals to ban any such presence is way over the top and draconian in the extreme.

Peaceful protest (in this case, the word “protest” is even too strong) is the mark of a civilised society.

Eric Conway, Navan, Co Meath

This is a bad time for the US to stir tensions with China

In 1972, the leaders of the US and China issued a communique in Shanghai. This
was after frank discussions between President Richard Nixon and Chairman Mao Zedong.

The US acknowledged the view of all Chinese people on either side of the Taiwan Strait who maintain Taiwan is part of China. The US government does not challenge that position. May I ask why America is now trying to stir tensions in a volatile world?

Paul Doran, Dublin 22


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