Monday 16 September 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Condemn terrorism or democracy is in trouble'

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The controversy around Britain's departure from the European Union took a most sinister turn over the weekend, when it was reported a senior Government source, close to Tánaiste Simon Coveney, claimed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and the "Brits", became a "bit friendlier towards Ireland" following a terrorist attack in Fermanagh designed to murder PSNI officers.

If such a suggestion from the heart of Irish Government has substance, the implications are enormous. Does it mean the Irish Government and the EU support, or would tolerate, terrorism as a method of forcing Britain to capitulate, revoking its intention to leave the EU or accepting the backstop as the only agreement available?

It is somewhat surprising that with so much emphasis on the peace process neither the Irish Government nor the EU has categorically ruled out toleration of any breakout of terrorism regardless of outcome.  Furthermore, it is ominous that Nancy Pelosi of the US Democrats speaks without utter condemnation of a return to terrorism as a possibility of an "unfavourable" outcome. It is time the situation on support or condemnation of a return to terrorism in Ireland in the event of a hard Border was clarified by the Irish Government, the EU and US Democrats. Otherwise democracy is in real trouble. 

Padraic Neary, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo 

Raise a glass (and buy a stamp) for 'posting a letter'   

WHILE being interviewed at her late husband's grave by Paddy O'Gorman on RTÉ Radio One on Friday, a woman told Paddy her husband had enjoyed a drink. When going out to the pub, he would comment, "I'm going to post a letter", and those words are now etched on his headstone. I'm away now to buy a supply of postage stamps.

Tom Gilsenan, Beaumont Dublin 9 

Crafty Joe's plan to win World Cup will bear fruit

ON FEBRUARY 4 of this year, I wrote in a letter to the Irish Independent: "A piece of genius from Joe Schmidt. His plan? Simple. Play poorly in the Six Nations and then arrive at the World Cup as underdogs and walk away with the Webb Ellis Cup." After the performance against England on Saturday, I am now more convinced than ever we will win the Webb Ellis Cup in 2019. Crafty Joe Schmidt. Bring it on. Damien Carroll Dublin 24  Scottish police may be seen as 'second coming' in the North SOME real media sources, as distinct from 'social media', are reporting that in the event of a no-deal Brexit leading to a hard Border on this island it is thought police from Scotland, and possibly London, will be sent to Northern Ireland to "keep the peace". Will this be seen as the second coming?

David Ryan, Co Meath  

Would Sinn Féin stop Dáil sitting after vote if it could?

ROBERT Fletcher states the outdated propaganda about swearing an oath of allegiance to a foreign head of state ('SF voters know they won't take London seats', Letters, Irish Independent, August 22). Add in the fact that Sinn Féin has refused to allow the Stormont parliament to sit for legislative business, then the question that must be posed to Sinn Féin on its refusal to participate in either Stormont or Westminster is: "If in a position to do so, will it prevent Dáil Éireann sitting after the next general election?" The impression members of the Sinn Féin leadership are sending out is that they prefer rule by fiat to that of parliamentary democracy.

Declan Foley Berwick, Australia

Festival proves a bit rich for those with taste for seafood

For fish lovers, this year's Dalkey Lobster Festival was good news. But many of them were put off by the exorbitant prices charged for oysters and lobster dishes. The idea of a food festival is to offer people food at a reasonable price. Not in Ireland, where every opportunity is good to skin the punter.  At the Dalkey Lobster Festival, half a lobster was priced at a staggering €29.95, meaning that a whole one would set you back about €60. Pretty rich! And mind you, Ireland is an island with no scarcity of crustaceans in its seas. Give me Spain or Portugal any time!

Concetto La Malfa, Dublin 4

Irish Independent

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