Monday 16 September 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'All in favour of diversity – but not of others’ opinions'

Newstalk presenter Susan Keogh. Photo: Barry McCall
Newstalk presenter Susan Keogh. Photo: Barry McCall
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Newstalk presenter Susan Keogh has reportedly “hit out” at Dáithí Ó Sé for comments he made regarding the Rose of Tralee festival.

Apparently Ms Keogh is put out by the lack of “diversity” among the Rose entrants. Diversity is the new clichéd mantra among the politically correct brigade in “modern/not so liberal” Ireland.

The irony is obviously lost on Ms Keogh that she belongs to a station that hasn’t a great track record in supporting diversity among its presenters. For example, George Hook ran into problems for daring to voice his opinion on a contentious issue. It’s perfectly acceptable to disagree with Mr Hook, but if diversity means anything, it means the freedom to express non-pc opinions.

It seems for Irish liberals/feminists, diversity means agreeing with their views, no more, no less.

Eric Conway

Navan, Co Meath

 

Ignorance is to blame for Scottish police plan for North

It would be interesting to discover how many Westminster MPs have ever been on the island of Ireland. My guess would be around 20-25pc, and a majority of those visits would have been on “official business”.

I would also suggest the majority of Lords and Commons members know little, if any, Irish history as it relates to Britain and/or Europe. Given the above, we can probably assume the decision to send in Scottish police to Northern Ireland in the likely event of trouble following a possible no-deal Brexit was just a mistake.

After all, did not the sending in of Scottish settlers cause a great deal of our current problems. Has London forgotten already?

David Ryan

Co Meath

 

Hong Kong destruction cannot be called democratic

RTÉ news uses terms for Hong Kong such as “the Chinese-ruled city” and “pro-democracy protesters” with regard to the rioters there.

Who should be in charge of Hong Kong if not the Chinese, and how can attempted destruction of the city be classed as democratic?

There is just China now and no matter how many systems of government the lawless hanker after, attempts at usurpation by the rioters are merely a vision of street chaos and nothing else.

Already the young ringleaders of the madness are seeking concessions for when they cease to exist as rebels without a cause.

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co Cork

 

We criticise Brazil but keep the home fires burning

How easily we fall into the baying mob who challenge Brazil over the Amazon forest fires.

This while, as a nation, we ourselves annually burn thousands of acres of bog cover with no regard to the environmental consequences and with little or no protest.

While our countries differ in size, the ratio of damage might be similar.

Ray Dunne

Enfield, Co Meath

 

Public should have its say on Garda performance

The recent announcement by the Garda Commissioner of changes to regional and divisional structures may be greeted by some in Government as a positive start. We shall see.

The changes are based on some of the recommendations in the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland report.

Though there was a process of consultation by the Garda Inspectorate with different stakeholders around the country and Garda members, the lack of consultation with the public and stakeholders was a faux pas.

In Canada, a project which critically assessed the methods used to measure police performance was carried out by Anton Maslov (2015) on behalf of the Canadian government.

This report focused on “public opinion polling”, something that hasn’t been alluded to in the Garda Inspectorate’s report.

A good indicator of public opinion is to survey the public nationally asking the same questions. Using words such as “confidence” and “trust” in a national survey would give clear indications as to how the Garda is performing and what it is the public requires of it. Standardised questions with the same response categories should be asked on Garda performance surveys.

With more responsibilities added to middle and senior management, it behoves those in authority to find out what the public opinion on Garda performance is so it can be measured in a more precise way, so that at year ending the Commissioner and other stakeholders can have an accurate picture of policing countrywide and where resources are needed.

These type of surveys will ensure that public participation is part of the policing model and not excluded from it.

Christy Galligan

Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Irish Independent

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