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'Let our elected representatives lead the way by feeling some of the pain of what lies ahead for everyone.' (stock image)

'Let our elected representatives lead the way by feeling some of the pain of what lies ahead for everyone.' (stock image)

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'Let our elected representatives lead the way by feeling some of the pain of what lies ahead for everyone.' (stock image)

When this virus situation abates and our country gets back to something that looks like normal, I would suggest the following measures:

:: Cut our Dáil numbers to the minimum allowed (143);

:: Eliminate the Seanad completely;

:: Advisers and legals should also be cut to a minimum;

:: There should be a 20pc cut in the salaries of TDs;

:: Monitor expenses and contracts much more closely than has been done in the past, which has had a very negative effect on our economy;

:: Form a government of unity with all elected TDs from all parties barring none.

This way you will get a better mix and I have no doubt a better quality, rather than having some TDs from the dominant party who normally are just put there regardless of their abilities to perform efficiently, as we have seen in the recent past.

The next few years are going to be very tough for everyone.

But let’s not see those same people who are working two jobs – to pay their exorbitant mortgages (highest in Europe) plus high insurance costs and that’s before they look after the normal running costs of their household – being hit again.

So let our elected representatives lead the way by feeling some of the pain of what lies ahead for everyone.

Finally, I will say that not too many people give a whit as to who becomes Taoiseach first or last as long as the programme for government prioritises social and affordable housing, homelessness and addressing the two-tier system in our health service things that have blighted our country for a long number of years.

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Lesson from history warns against drift to police state

Patricia Casey is quite correct to state: “We have sleepwalked into a police state – it’s vital we have right to question State’s actions” (Irish Independent, April 13).

I for one agree with some of her viewpoint. For instance, is there a sunset clause or end date for this legislation?

Was the 1939 Offences against the State Act of no use in this instance?

No government or law should be free from criticism.

The lessons of Hitler should never be forgotten by any legislator. He and his cohorts had the legislation they wanted passed prior to entering office.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan should make a public statement on the protections in place to end this legislation.

Declan Foley

Berwick, Australia

 

I am proud and grateful to all of my fellow citizens

I was 69 recently. As I was coming up to my birthday, I was a little concerned this year for obvious reasons: Would I be around for it?

But now I’m so proud of how we are dealing with this dreadful crisis in this country, that I’m actually very confident that I may indeed see my big one next year.

And for that, I thank the powers that be

and, most of all, every one of my fellow citizens.

Brian Mc Devitt

Glenties, Co Donegal

 

Fight against virus reminds us of a poet’s homely wisdom

Covid-19 is not to be sneezed at. So let’s take advice from an old poem by Longfellow which reads: “Stay, Stay at home my heart and rest, to stay at home is best.”

Leo Gormley

Dundalk, Co Louth

 

Let’s raise our flags to our past – and Ireland’s future

We have had our ‘Shine Your Light’ shared experience on Easter Saturday night which gladdened the hearts of many and brightened our mainly deserted, eerily quiet cities, towns and countryside.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has now said (Irish Independent, April 13) that we may, perhaps later this month, “experience some of our darkest days”.

There are no public gatherings and no sporting events which so many look forward to at this time of year.

However, we still have our flags still stored away in many homes since last year – whether club and county GAA flags, our national flag which belongs to each one of us, and others.

Perhaps instead of waiting for Covid-19 to pass we might all hang out our flags this weekend (unless already done so) – and leave them flying until the autumn!

Our flags symbolise so much about us as people – reminders of past glories at local and national level, of shared experiences, both happy and sad, of inspiration – and representing hope for the future which we all need so much at this time. 

Dan O’Leary

Clonakilty, Co Cork

Irish Independent