Saturday 21 September 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'After some near misses, we deserved to finally beat greatest in the game'

Respect: The All Blacks perform the Haka before the rugby match between Ireland and New Zealand on Saturday in Dublin. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
Respect: The All Blacks perform the Haka before the rugby match between Ireland and New Zealand on Saturday in Dublin. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Ireland have defeated New Zealand for the first time in their history (since 1905) at Lansdowne Road - the home of Irish rugby.

It was a match excellent in every respect. It was played with wholehearted endeavour and fairness by both sides and was free of controversial refereeing decisions. The crowd lent excitement from beginning to end with the passionate sportsmanship we have long known and loved at Lansdowne Road.

It is always good not only to win but to deserve to win and to win against the greatest team in the history of the game, whose captain was both gracious and magnanimous in defeat.

It is not the first Ireland team that deserved to beat the All Blacks. I was in the West Stand on January 20, 1973, near the Lansdowne Pavilion when Tom Grace scored the try at the end which took the sides level at 10-10. It was a try that deserved to win any match. Barry McGann's excellent attempted conversion from the touchline was taken by the wind slightly to the wrong side of the upright. Such is sport and such is life.

Today it has fallen to Jacob Stockdale to score the historic try that has defeated the All Blacks, but on another day an earlier chip ahead may have conceded the match had the New Zealand captain safely gathered the ball.

Ireland's rugby players deserve all the good luck that has now come their way. That was indeed the only ingredient lacking their many magnificent teams and players in the 1970s. My warmest congratulations to them.

Gerald Morgan



GPs who oppose abortion need protecting by law

As a GP, I am shocked at the minister's decision on abortion fees announced this week. GPs who wish to provide abortions will receive a fee from the State of €450 - that includes two (or three) consultations. Compare this to the standard maternity fee of €325. This smaller sum is paid to GPs who care for pregnant women and their babies, covering six consultations prior to delivery as well as two (often more) consultations for mother and baby after delivery.

The Health Minister places a higher value on carrying out a "procedure intended to end the life of the foetus" than the task of keeping mother and baby well and healthy. Of course, GPs will continue to participate in maternity care regardless of this inversion of logic. What we expect though, is that the significant number of us who wish to have no part in facilitating abortion will be genuinely protected by law - the bill, as it currently reads, falls well short of this.

Dr Sinead Ryan

Johnsgate, Limerick


British politics is soon to undergo a seismic change

Political tectonic plates are shifting in Britain. From the cracks constitutional change must emerge. And how might that play out? The Tories break up. Their right flank joins Ukip to become the Nationalist party ('We're so far right we can't be wrong').

Moderate Tories join the soft right from Labour and are known as Tory lite; or the Blairites. The rump of Labour remains on the far left as progressive socialists leading the charge against vulture capitalism.

Proportional representation and coalitions are the norm. The House of Lords is halved in size, formed through a combination of election and nomination.

This is Magna Carta 2.

Alison Hackett

Dún Laoghaire, Dublin


Need for honest reporting has never been greater

'Truth is stranger than fiction' - Mark Twain.

I have just finished the excellent 'Fear: Trump in the White House' by Bob Woodward. For those who don't know Bob Woodward, his previous work with Carl Bernstein brought down Nixon, so we can hope that he continues on in the role of presidential eradicator.

It makes you angry that this book is a work of non-fiction rather than some drugged-out fictional work as surely the content should be untrue, but this doesn't seem to be the case.

The current rise of 'fake news' and now 'fake videos' is disturbing, and there is a need for more honest reporting - irrespective of the damage it may cause.

Let the truth be told by our journalists in all its undignified reality.

Dennis Fitzgerald

Melbourne, Australia


Will of the people carries sway but only when it suits

Mary Lou McDonald parrots the mantra "the people have spoken" (in relation to the Eighth Amendment) to justify her party's discriminatory treatment against those (specifically Peadar Tóibín and Carol Nolan) who disagree with the "people's" decision.

In the Irish context the "people" also spoke in 1983, strongly in favour of the Eighth Amendment. By McDonald's logic that should have been the end of the matter. The people's decision is sacrosanct. End of debate. Of course that's not how things work.

The pro-abortion lobby totally rejected the "people's" decision, and worked assiduously, and successfully, to reverse that vote.

Likewise, in Germany in 1933, the "people" voted for Hitler and the Nazis (with the exception of the two Catholic states, which voted overwhelmingly against them).

In Northern Ireland, for many years the majority of the "people" voted for and supported discriminatory measures against one section of the population. Applying McDonald's logic, the "Taigs" should have laid down and accepted the will of the "people".

Eric Conway

Navan, Co Meath

Irish Independent

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