Opinion Letters

Thursday 21 November 2019

Foreign aid when we can afford it

Madam – Let me take sides with Dan O'Connell (Sunday Independent, December 23, 2012), on the issue of overseas aid. I am 100 per cent in favour of helping my fellow man when we have the money. However, if we have to borrow it, I would favour suspending aid.

This is an issue on which there has been little or no discussion and considering the figures involved (€639m 2012, €623m 2013) this is outrageous.

How can so many of our politicians have such a cosy consensus on the spending of enormous sums, all of which have to be borrowed? Do they realise that the proposed property tax would not be enough to pay for overseas aid?

One or two have commented that we should ensure we get good value for this spend. We get no value from it.

We need to sort out the economy here first. Safety instructions on board planes stipulate that you should place the oxygen mask over your own face first before helping children or others beside you. We have a major oxygen crisis ourselves.

John Melia

Portmarnock, Co Dublin

Sunday Independent

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