Government's naive liberalism is putting our future at risk
For the love of god can any of our Government's ministers not understand the disasters they are going to be visiting upon Ireland in the not-too-distant future?
Why do our leaders seek to inflict upon Ireland the multicultural disasters that are France, UK, etc? For political correctness they will sell away our country and our children's birthright.
The Government holds the keys to this nation as custodians for future generations and their names will be remembered in infamy when Islam visits its wrath upon their naive liberalism.
Has the monstrosity visited upon France caused our leaders any pause for thought? Does their naïveté know no bounds?
A nation's strength lies in its ability to pull the masses towards a common cause, a common goal, and a common belief, but this strength is weakened and ultimately destroyed when others pull towards something else and that something else is an ideology that is incompatible with Western liberal values - Islam.
Many Muslims will never have any loyalty to the Irish State, they will only have loyalty to Allah and Mohammed first and foremost.
Why does the Government aspire to turn Ireland into a London or Paris? Because isn't having soldiers patrolling the streets a sure sign of the multicultural utopia that you strive for?
The Government is previously on record for saying that there will be "no upper limit to the number of refugees Ireland will take". I ask you this, does the Government's stupidity have an upper limit?
We have enough problems of our own without importing them and, as Abraham Lincoln wisely said, "a divided nation can never stand".
Dundalk Road, Carrickmacross
Wonderful show of solidarity
It was great to see the unity at Wembley between the English and French teams and all the fans, a fantastic show of solidarity through our national sport, impeccable respect for both national anthems and the minute's silence before the game, remembering those who lost their lives in Paris on Friday night and those injured, traumatised and their loved ones.
International sportsmanship, football and fraternity at its best... So glad I have recorded it.
The State needs to be careful
My heart goes out to the people of France in this time of suffering, pain and sorrow, but I question how wise has the Irish Government been when it says it is going to receive thousand of refugees from the Middle East.
Could our Taoiseach and Minister for Justice be endangering the lives of Irish citizens and the State by letting in so many foreigners when it only takes a few terrorists to cause the same thing here as what happened in Paris?
Those fanatics hate all Europeans (not just the Americans and British) and would, in their eyes, have reason to attack Ireland, not least because our political leaders let the Americans use Shannon Airport for military purposes.
I am not a racist and I do have a heart, but the safety of our people must come first and it will be no good crying crocodile tears when an atrocity happens here. From now on, the Government must be careful who they let into the country.
St Anne's Terrace, Sligo
Back Assad and his army
The atrocities in Paris and elsewhere have increased the pressure on the leaders of the Western democracies to place 'boots on the ground' to ensure the defeat of Isil. There are such boots on the ground already - namely the Syrian army.
It is imperative to provide logistical and military support to that army rather than to put in jeopardy the lives of troops from those Western democracies.
This would be tantamount to a tacit admission of the folly of the attempt to replace the autocratic President Bashar al-Assad.
At this stage there is no realistic option other than to allow Assad to continue to rule his country, or rather what is left of it.
J Anthony Gaughan
Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock
Official right about burglary
There is a common perception that public servants never drive the ball; they spend their whole career kicking for touch.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I read the very mild comment by senior public servant Jimmy Martin before the PAC (Irish Independent, November 6).
He politely mentioned that it was perceived that Irish courts might not take the crime of burglary seriously enough; that the revolving door system allowed burglars to offend and re-offend at will.
This little comment appears to have brought the full wrath of his department and the judiciary down upon his head. He wrote a letter of apology for any perceived criticism implied in his comment.
Every citizen of this country believes that the constant bail, re-offend, bail, merry-go-round awarded to burglars is unconscionable.
Victims are targeted with impunity. And no one is held accountable for the travesty. Mr Martin stated what we all believe to be true. He must not be penalised for his comment.
To the contrary, he should be given a specific brief, and a sharp team, to audit criminal court proceedings.
We need public servants like Mr Martin.
Patricia R Moynihan
Castaheany, Co Dublin
Christians not being charitable
The topic of religious criteria in school admissions has become a hot one. One of the recurring themes from the religious communities seems to be "we made our schools, you can make your own".
I'd like the people who think like that to try a thought experiment.
Imagine you were one of only a few dozen Catholics in an area and living in a largely atheist country, and that admission to the only schools was done with atheists first and anyone religious pushed to the back of the queue.
What would you call that? I can tell you. You'd call it religious persecution.
That's what's happening in Ireland.
There's no need to abolish religious schools, but as long as there's effectively no alternative (and there isn't) then the current admission rules amount to religious persecution of a minority.
That persecution is impossible to reconcile with the values of the respective religions.
Christians love their neighbours, they don't tell them to get lost.
Elm Park, Dublin 4