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From airport chaos to the cost of living, the people deserve better – time for an election

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Passengers queue to get into departures at Dublin Airport's Terminal 2. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Passengers queue to get into departures at Dublin Airport's Terminal 2. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Passengers queue to get into departures at Dublin Airport's Terminal 2. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Normally when governments encounter intractable problems, they run to the country and give the people a chance to perform a reset.

The 2020 general election was a repudiation of the Fine Gael-Labour coalition with its tacit approval by the abstaining opposition Fianna Fáil. The current Government doesn’t reflect that vote. We are now in the midst of total collapse.

This pandemic gave the coalition a two-year pass. The Ukraine war has also been a disruptor and a distraction, which has given some cover to political decision-making.

The cost-of-living crisis saw €2.4bn spent on measures to ease burdens, but it won’t be enough as people struggle to make ends meet.

Meanwhile, Dublin Airport resembles a war zone evacuation centre and the hospital system is worse than in a developing country.

Food prices have made for a feeding frenzy for profiteers. Housing is the preserve of the cuckoo and pension fund masters. The UK has run rings around us in relation to the Northern Ireland Protocol. So, stop.

Micheál Martin has achieved his ambition of being Taoiseach. I don’t think we can endure Leo for part two of this busted flush coalition. The people need better, deserve better. It’s time to call an election and give the nation a chance to breathe again.

John Cuffe, Dunboyne, Co Meath

Performance of vile song shows a lack of humanity

I WAS appalled by the release of a video of a group of loyalist Neanderthals singing a vile song about the murder of Michaela Harte McAreavey.

How anyone could think that the murder of a young woman is something to gloat over or celebrate while celebrating their monarch’s platinum jubilee is beyond me – it shows a lack of humanity and societal norms. Every right-minded person must call out and deplore this disgraceful dehumanising rant.

This hatred for your neighbours because of religion is sadly ingrained in parts of Northern Ireland’s society, long after the cessation of the Troubles. It’s not helped by the stalemate and intransigence of certain politicians who stoke the flames of division.

Those who sang or looked on in this vile rant are without shame.  

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From what I’ve read and heard about Michaela, she was a beautiful, humble and intelligent young woman who was loved by all who knew her. She was a beacon of life and hope as opposed to the small and bigoted minds of those who performed this vile song.

Christy Galligan, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Stand up for the people in those queues this weekend

READING Fionnán Sheahan’s article about how the DAA spent money on plush offices for management while at the same time losing €1m a day shows how our semi-state companies operate (‘DAA’s des res: Airport operator’s plush new base with views of the queues’, Irish Independent, June 3).

It makes one wonder who’s running this country. It seems our politicians haven’t the spine to stand up for their constituents when it comes to how their money is spent.

Tom Mitchell, Loughrea, Co Galway

Who gave references to men in appalling case?

I READ with dismay, though not surprise, that a large number of testimonials from people associated with various organisations in the community were handed in to the court that convicted four men of the rape and one of the sexual assault of a young woman in the midlands.

If, as we are told, prohibiting such references is not constitutionally possible, at the very least we must be entitled to know the identities of the referees.

I cannot be alone in believing that no position of authority should be occupied by a person who believes such persons to be of good character.

Bernie Linnane, Dromahair, Co Leitrim

Rent law is a barrier to families letting out homes

THERE is a lot of righteous indignation among our political class regarding the rents crisis, even though they created it with the enactment of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004.

This act creates such a barrier to Irish families providing rental accommodation that it is an effective ban on private residential lettings.

My wife and I naively thought we could rent out our former family home while receiving equal protection under the law as everyone else.

Last year, the house’s tenants decided to stop paying the rent completely and refuse to leave.  

A determination order was issued by the Residential Tenancies Board. The rent arrears currently stand at approximately €10,000.

We are obliged to hire a solicitor and barrister to obtain a court order to have our former tenants evicted from our house. This is a catastrophic loss for any working family.

The next time an Irish politician starts complaining about the rental crisis, please keep in mind who created it.

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An awakening, or a lack of real information?

I AGREE with Tanya Sweeney’s suggestion regarding Jack Chambers’s change of heart on abortion that “perhaps he got more information, heard more about the lived experience on a particular issue and adjusted his viewpoint accordingly” (‘Chambers’s abortion U-turn is not a betrayal but an awakening’, Irish Independent, June 2).

However, that simply could not have happened in this case as there was not more information or instances of the lived experienced regarding abortion permitted to be published in our media.

In fact, it would be very informative to have the actual coverage during the Repeal of the Eighth campaign analysed, and this would most definitely support this assertion.

How many stories of those who proceeded with pregnancies despite a diagnosis of life-limiting disability were published here? How many showed the happiness of those parents? How was it acceptable that women hurt by abortion were not allowed to address the Oireachtas committee?

I disagree with Ms Sweeney’s claim that Mr Chambers’s viewpoint is more empathetic toward women. To quote Aontú: “How can you go from ‘the child is an individual living human’ to ‘I support her life being ended for any reason’.”  

What really would show empathy would be to offer every possible support to those with crisis pregnancies, except the killing of the baby.

Mary Stewart, Donegal town

Why gun culture in US will simply never change

IT is reassuring to see there are so many US citizens who are in favour of stricter gun controls, but as long as the mighty dollar comes before the common good, the status quo will remain.

The whole system of governing needs a drastic overhaul to ensure lobbying is better controlled and properly monitored.  

It may have seemed a good idea in the 18th century to have two senators per state, but this is 2022, and is it right to continue this way?

David Ryan, Co Meath

With humour and insight Derry Girls was a big hit

I NOTICE there has been criticism of the Channel 4 comedy series Derry Girls. I thoroughly enjoyed the third series. The show’s Derry-born writer, Lisa McGee, provided an interesting insight into the Troubles and what it was like to live through them.

The humorous element is dark at times, but the tone is mainly light. The coverage of the peace process was one of the best episodes, and we saw how it affected the different characters.  

Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, the actress who plays foul-mouthed Michelle, is very funny with an acerbic wit and even caused a little controversy when asked about her age on RTÉ’s Late Late Show.  

In my opinion, this series will stand the test of time and will be enjoyed the world over.

Well done, Lisa McGee.

Mike Geraghty, Newcastle, Galway


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