Opinion Letters

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Dáil voting scandal shows the contempt of its members'

The Dáil chamber. Photo: Tony Gavin
The Dáil chamber. Photo: Tony Gavin
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Despite the continuous bleating we hear from those so-called upstanding members of the Dáil about the language used, the dress code, civility and behaviour in the Dáil chamber, we now know the level of contempt many of them actually have for the very place where we expect intelligent debate before laws are passed.

What is shocking about this, although not really surprising, is the low level of outrage for what is effectively a criminal offence, probably because none of them can afford to throw stones in this instance.

The real problem here is the ineptitude successive governments have shown, which surely must amount to the lowest standard of public representatives, possibly in the whole of Europe. We simply do not have, or have ever had, the talent to run the country effectively. It is for this reason we had the financial incompetence of successive governments to run our economy, examples of which are the Galway tent, the Children’s Hospital overrun, broadband overrun, paying back the bondholder despite the advice from the IMF. The British Parliament of late has been shown to have many flaws both in procedure and personnel, but there is one thing it does have and that is a moral code we do not see in far too many of our Dáil representatives. When a public representative is caught doing wrong in Britain they either resign or are sacked. That simply does not happen here in Ireland and this latest scandal will be no exception.

Anthony McGeough

Kingswood Heights, Dublin 24


Phantom of the soap opera in this game of musical chairs

Cormac McQuinn and Fionnán Sheahan inform us that Timmy Dooley voted six times despite not being present in the chamber, and he didn’t know anything about it. Not only that, but his colleague Niall Collins, who was seated beside Dooley’s voting position, couldn’t explain the anomaly. Does that make Dooley ‘The Phantom Of The Dáil’?

Colm O Fatharta

Rathgar, Dublin


Brexit highlights just how out of touch the politicians are

Whatever happens in Westminster, whether or not Boris gets his deal through Parliament, we cannot and should not forget the threats imposed by both loyalist and republican dissidents in Northern Ireland.

That we would risk the Good Friday Agreement and all that it entailed, even with Stormont in dormancy, is a line that shouldn’t be crossed.

Whatever happens, these small groups of fanatics, not helped by their political spokespeople in both camps, would like to drag us back to an era of murder and mayhem.

We as a nation, north, south, east and west, have an obligation to ensure the security and safety of all our citizens, no matter what race, creed or religion we come from.

Brexit has taken over our lives for the past number of years. It has created division and stymied investment. It has seen the rise of fanatics on all sides.

It has shown the increased separation between our political class and those of us who work and strive each day just to keep our heads above water.

What Brexit has done is undermine the rights of working-class people.

Christy Galligan

Letterkenny, Co Donegal


Ireland’s sovereignty could be enhanced if it rejoins the UK

Last week, Alan Fairbrother (Letters, October 18) rejected my call for Ireland to rejoin the United Kingdom because he does not want to be “ruled from London”.

Last weekend’s experience in the House of Commons shows that his concerns are unfounded.

The DUP comprehensively devastating Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy shows once more how even smaller regional parties can have immense influence in the British system, far more than components of the European superstate.

Mr Fairbrother values Ireland’s national sovereignty, and by reunifying with the UK that sovereignty would not only be protected but enhanced.

The principle of devolution is growing in the UK and the trend is for responsibilities to be sent back to its member countries, whereas it’s the opposite in the EU, which has from Maastricht to Lisbon steadily stripped away Ireland’s national vetoes and competencies; returning to the UK would actually restore powers that Ireland has lost in Europe. Meanwhile, in Westminster, more than three million voters of Ireland would be empowered, a new disruptive presence that would hold the balance in the Commons and so be able to dictate government policy.

Far from making the Irish be ruled from London, for Ireland to be reunified inside the UK provides an opportunity to force the English to be ruled from Dublin.

Robert Frazer

Salford, Manchester

Irish Independent

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