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In brief: Ballsy president . . . Politicians . . . Cardinal Logue

Tom Cooper (Letters, January 18) misses a salient fact. David Norris as president will be able to refer legislation to the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

He can address the Dail and the public on matters of grave concern such as the current economic crisis.

He will, after many years of doing so in the Seanad, be a strong independent voice devoted to the welfare of the Irish people.

Other presidents, including Mary McAleese, who backed off from referring the IMF/EU deal to the Supreme Court, failed to avail of what powers were available to them.

This fact only reinforces the need for a president with balls. In speaking up time and time again for the Irish people, David Norris has proven this.

Pauline Bleach
NSW, Australia

  • I say we eliminate the career politician and establish terms. When the term is fulfilled the politician returns to the rank of citizen and shares the same benefits as the general population.

This would ensure that each politician works diligently to provide the best services possible to enable a good retirement.

A Woods

  • Mary Kenny (January 17) writes that the film, 'The King's Speech', about King George VI (Bertie) and his Irish-Australian speech therapist, Lionel Logue, is not historically accurate, but she herself errs in describing Logue's uncle as Archbishop of Dublin.

Donegal-born Cardinal Logue was Primate of All Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh from 1887 to 1924, having previously been Bishop of Raphoe.

Intriguingly, in 1911 he joined the Archbishop of Dublin, William Walsh, and the Catholic hierarchy in giving Bertie's parents, King George V and Queen Mary, a most royal welcome at Maynooth.

Dr John Doherty
Vienna, Austria

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