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Jack O'Connor, general president of ICTU, addressing the protest at Leinster House last year

Jack O'Connor, general president of ICTU, addressing the protest at Leinster House last year

Jack O'Connor, general president of ICTU, addressing the protest at Leinster House last year

The 'Collins English Dictionary' defines a vested interest as a person or group that has "a strong personal concern in a state of affairs, system, etc, usually resulting in private gain".

Seamus Dooley, secretary of the National Union of Journalists, denies Fine Gael candidate Lucinda Creighton's assertion that unions constitute a vested interest (Letters, February 18).

In his next paragraph, he states that trade unions "exist for the benefit of members", thus overturning his own argument.

One would have hoped that the representative of so many journalists would have checked a dictionary before publishing.

That unions constitute a vested interest is not only self-evident, but their defining reason for existing, and not a matter of opinion or spin.

John Thompson

Phibsboro, Dublin 7

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