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Here’s one way of assuring a true legacy, Micheál

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin. Photo: Liam McBurney

Taoiseach Micheal Martin. Photo: Liam McBurney

Taoiseach Micheal Martin. Photo: Liam McBurney

In the face of the ever-increasing housing crisis, if the Taoiseach really believed his own words and that he is the man who steers progress, why shirk his political legacy?

Rather than be remembered for the smoking ban would it not be a much greater legacy to be remembered as the person who solved the housing crisis?

As Donogh O’Malley is remembered for extending to all access to second-level education, Micheál Martin could be remembered for opening up to all the opportunity to have a home.

He could take over as Minister for Housing and Local Government when Tánaiste and finally deal with “the most important social issue”.

They say cometh the hour cometh the man/woman. In the case of the present housing minister, the hour, week, month and year have passed and a generation awaits in vain.

Paddy Murray

Castlepollard, Co Westmeath

Irish identity broad enough to absorb unionists too

Jim O’Callaghan TD, often referred to as a future Fianna Fáil leadership candidate, suggests that in the event of a united Ireland citizens should not have to declare loyalty to the new state.

Does this mean that in Jim O’Callaghan’s new Ireland there could be multiple allegiances, anthems, flags and both a monarchy and a republic?

This would be more dysfunctional than the abysmal failed Stormont institutions.

The Northern Ireland state was set up to perpetuate domination of one community by another on a sectarian basis, which predated state formation.

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The system was threatened by the prospect of universal franchise and majority rule.

So to subvert democracy, unionists created the ‘Home Rule is Rome Rule’ bogeyman.

A sectarian state with “a Protestant parliament for a Protestant people”, one that was incapable of reform was the result. A tradition of pork barrel corruption lay beneath the Orange state’s surface.

Unionists were never wedded to ‘Northern Ireland’, historically.

In the 1950s the unionist regime sought to delete the word ‘Ireland’ from the territory’s official title. No alternative was found.

‘Ulster’ was out since three counties outside Northern Ireland are in Ulster.

‘West Briton’ was unsuitable also since Northern Ireland is not in Great Britain, though it is in the United Kingdom. Unionists were and are stuck with being Irish, irrespective of how British they feel. The value of Irish identity is that it inclusively absorbs those who live on the island of Ireland, including unionists.

As unionists are rooted in Ireland and have a valuable contribution to make to this island’s future, this makes a united Ireland more, and not less, likely.

We are all planted here.

Unionists have every right to live on this island, but on the same terms as the rest of us, not in the triumphalist and supremacist manner that they engaged in since partition.

Tom Cooper

Templeogue, Dublin

Amid energy price crisis, Government pockets Vat

Why is it that most articles written about energy price increases never ever mention the increased take that the Government is getting?

They are laughing all the way to the bank with the extra Vat they are taking out of our pockets with these price increases.

Daylight robbery.

And then they try to make us feel good by giving us back our own money.

Brian Keady

Thurles, Co Tipperary

A rock solid initiative from last week’s Budget

I see the Government intends to increase the price of cement and blocks. 

Might these be regarded as concrete proposals?

Leo Gormley

Dundalk, Co Louth

Extreme Brexiteers bring blame game to a new low

It is now becoming evident that some extreme Brexiteers are suggesting that the remainers are to blame for the current difficulties with sterling.

Really?

Given that the idiotic idea to abandon the EU is very largely to blame for Britain’s woes, surely this has brought the blame-game to a new low.

What is now abundantly clear is that the current Conservative Party leadership has lost the trust of too many of its own supporters and are now reduced to enriching themselves while trying to win
the next general election… with a prime minister who seems to change her mind on a daily basis.

David Ryan

Co Meath


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