Letters: One solution for Irish Water
Sir - Irish Water is now issuing bills to all households for the three months ended in March. The Department of Social Protection has indicated that the grant of €100 will be paid in one instalment to all customers that make payment
We have not been told when the grant will be paid but we have been informed that we will have to make an application to the Department in order to obtain the grant.
The Department of Social Protection says it has a lack of resources and a shortage of staff to handle the increased work.
Presently the charge for a standard household (2 adults) is €260.00 per annum, which works out at €65.00 a quarter. The grant is €100 which, when deducted leaves a charge of €160.00 resulting in a net cost to the householder of €40.00 per billing period.
Would it not make sense that the grant could be made payable to all customers who make their payments by allowing them to deduct the value of the grant in four equal instalments as each of the bills become payable in each three month period.
This would eliminate the need for the extra resources and staff that are being sought by the Department.
Vincent Mc Gloughlin,
Cronin's Kipling verse was apt
Sir - The fourth verse of Kipling's poem Mesopotamia, quoted by Anthony Cronin (Sunday Independent, 3 May), neatly sums up our elites' attitude to the people who recently wrecked our economy.
"Shall we only threaten and be angry for an hour?
"When the storm is ended shall we find
"How softly but how swiftly they have sidled back to power
"By the favour and contrivance of their kind?"
John B's genius still appreciated
Sir - In reply to Robert Sullivan's question, (Sunday Indpendent, 3 May), we are not "bored witless" by the work of a genius.
John B Keane's The Field is not just about "bog-trotting mountainy men and their craving for more grass."
The playwright used the people of the Kerry hills as a blackboard to illustrate greed, love, resentment, ambition, frustration, sadness, connivance, loyalty, violence, faith, anger, remorse and all the dispositions that human beings are heir to.
Yes. We still need The Field. French moralist Luc de Chapiers said: "Emotions have taught mankind to reason."
And where would one find a more emotion-filled work than The Field?
The Field is a classic and to describe it as anything else is an insult to the memory of John B. Keane.
Criticism of Field was ignorant
Sir - To describe The Field as "paddywhackery" is to show true ignorance to the importance and genius of the late John B Keane's writings.
Plays like The Field are important now more than ever. For older generations not so much, but for young people like myself, it shows us what life in rural Ireland was once like. We see the importance of the land to the lower classes, the way families worked, and how people interacted with each other.
However when someone questions whether people have been "bored witless" by the portrayal of these events and bemoans the fact that The Field continues to be produced for large audiences, it really does deserve to answered.
There must be a lot to be said for the entertainment value of paddywhackery.
T Foley, Kerry
Paddywhackery is what we need
Sir - I had the pleasure of seeing The Field in the Gaiety Theatre on Wednesday night last.
It was a magnificent, powerful production. John B Keane captured so much of what was happening in Ireland at that time. The actors received a very well deserved standing ovation from a very appreciative audience which included a large number of foreign tourists.
If this is "paddywhackery " then let's have lots more of it
Let's remember Turkish kindness
Sir - Articles by Eoghan Harris and Fergal Keane provided timely reminders of the massacre of up to 1.5 million Christian Armenians by the Ottoman Empire which had begun prior to the Gallipoli landings (Sunday Independent, 3 May).
By continually refusing to call this an act of genocide (for that is what it was) the Turkish authorities have failed to face up to a dark period of their history.
But along with these atrocities let us also recognise acts of kindness. Some 68 years prior to the Armenian genocide, when the Irish Famine was at its peak in 1847, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, offered £10,000 in assistance. But this amount was reduced to £1,000 as he was advised not to donate more than Queen Victoria - who had sent a paltry £2,000.
Not to be thwarted in his efforts to assist, the Sultan secretly sent three shiploads of food to Drogheda Port.
Perhaps it is a link to this act, or maybe it is a coincidence, but the town's flag now bears the star and crescent which is also depicted on the Turkish flag.
Dunleer, Co Louth
Ancient origin of 'Rebel' Cork
Sir - I see that Eoghan Harris is sticking out his Cork chest and extolling the republican virtues of the Cork people.
He claims that "it is Cork, not Tyrone or Armagh, which is the keeper of the Republican flame" (Sunday Independent, 3 May) and adds "the clincher, the Cork accent carries natural authority in matters republican".
The fact is that Cork was declared a Rebel County by King Henry VII in recognition of its loyalty to the British Crown and the dispossessed House of York in the War of The Roses.
Up the Rebels!
Great need to mind language
Sir - Congratulations to Dr Declan Collinge regarding his article on the misuse of language in this country (Sunday Independent, 3 May).
As a teacher in Primary education (now retired), I observed with growing dismay such decline, that the time came when I believed that teaching the correct form might result in work being marked as incorrect.
Some examples might suffice: The use of 'I' and 'Me' seems to be a matter of choice.
Does anybody understand the nominative case as opposed to the accusative?
Singular and plural have been consigned to the past. Listen to a news broadcast any day and you may hear statements such as 'Kerry are back in training for their opening game."
Primary grammar books contain grammatical errors. What about the role of the Department of Education as the protector of standards in our schools? Does anybody care?
Don't blame crash on foreigners
Sir - In an article in the Sunday Independent (3 May), Daniel Mc Connell says that former European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet "was a key player in Ireland's financial collapse".
Blaming Jean Claude Trichet and the European Central Bank for the fact that Ireland was insolvent ignores the fact that our problems were caused by the decisions of the people in charge of our own most powerful institutions during the years of the boom.
It also ignores the fact that publicly quoted figures stated that when Jean Claude Trichet headed the ECB, Irish banks held a quarter of the ECB's total emergency lending. To put that in perspective, Ireland has barely one per cent of the EU population.
Blaming foreigners for Ireland's financial collapse, especially those who helped us out when we were in trouble, is hypocritical.
Sutton, Dublin 13