Sunday 26 May 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Couples who want to divorce deserve our understanding'

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Eamon Fitzpatrick (‘Vote No in divorce poll to avoid more shattered homes’, Letters, April 17) is against reforming divorce legislation and that is his prerogative.

I grew up in Sligo (1950-1968) where until 1963 a canon of the Catholic Church often compelled young couples to get married. The outcome of many of these marriages was deserted wives and families with little or no income. The women were strong and raised good families as their husbands had no choice but to emigrate.

It came to a halt in 1963 when the canon demanded a man and woman visiting Sligo get married – despite them both being happily married to different people in London. The following day, the canon spent 24 hours in Sligo garda station, where he quickly learned the errors of his ways.

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Some marriages do not last; there is no single reason for many marriage breakdowns.

No man or woman has the moral right – because their own marriage has been good – to demand others, in different (unknown) circumstances, should be compelled to remain married.

Proper counselling services can assist families to get through the situation. But above all the State cannot and must not legislate for morals. Nor should any religion demand that only its mores be followed by those not of it.

The fact is 26 counties of Ireland are a Republic: this means freedom of thought as well as freedom of religion. The brainwashing of children by the Irish Catholic Church began very soon after December 6, 1921.

Today we know only too well the effects the narrow-minded thinking and teaching distilled on divorce, contraception and the totally unchristian treatment of single mothers and their children.

It is not deterrence those who require divorce need. Rather an understanding of their inability to love one another or live with one another.

Declan Foley

Berwick, Australia


Politicians of integrity will keep EU bosses in check

The news Clare Daly and Mick Wallace are to seek election to the European Parliament has been met by a myriad of reactions.

In Merrion Street they will surely be clinking the Champagne glasses at the prospect of the proverbial thorns prodding elsewhere. Constituents and the electorate in general have expressed dismay at the prospect of losing their voices in the Dáil.

Even Leo Varadkar in a recent online interview described them as serious people with well-formed views.

However, if Brexit has taught us anything it’s that the European Union has a huge say in the affairs of our country. Ireland has benefited from our membership but we must be concerned about its direction in terms of increased militarisation and tax harmonisation.

We should also not forget the sacrifices Irish people have made to protect unsecured bond-holders at the behest of the EU.

It will be reassuring to know that we will have politicians of integrity in situ to keep EU bosses in check and hold the institutions to account.

Killian Brennan

Malahide Road, Dublin


Ivanka Trump’s just who we all need in a crisis – or is she?

Let no one criticise or disparage Donald Trump ever again.

His decision to send his White House special adviser, the fashion designer and boardroom judge of (her father’s) show ‘The Apprentice’, his daughter Ivanka Trump to meet with the Ethiopian president after the Boeing disaster must rank in the annals of diplomacy with Neville Chamberlain’s meeting with Hitler in Munich, Julius Caesar’s final meeting with Brutus, and Trump’s own meeting with his North

Korean chum Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June last year.

But there is even more kudos for Trump. His diplomat extraordinaire, Ivanka, has also been charged with meeting Ethiopian and Ivory Coast women’s groups to discuss the plight of women in that part of the world; this, as we know, by the primary sexist in the USA.

It can’t get any worse, can it? Can it?

George Dalzell

Stillorgan, Co Dublin


Five-star probe tells what we already knew about reviews

Consumer group ‘Which?’ has concluded after a lengthy investigation that most five-star reviews on Amazon are fake, despite the company claiming it has measures in place to detect, identify and remove both fraudulent reviews and bot accounts used to generate them.

In other news, grass is green, water is wet, and cats like cardboard boxes.

Mark Boyle

Johnstone, Renfrewshire, UK

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