Saturday 21 September 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Extremist groups threatening our peace should be banned'

A poster at a Saoradh march in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin
A poster at a Saoradh march in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Extremist groups threatening our peace should be banned

The activities of the New IRA and their spokespersons in Saoradh must be condemned by any right-thinking person on this island.

That these violent extremists have the capacity at will to bring death and destruction back on to our streets must be challenged by all of us.

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These radicals have nothing to offer our democratic system but misery.

Misery to those of us who wish to live in peace and harmony, and those brave Irish men and women who legitimately work policing our streets and defending us from harm.

It is time that our legislature banned these extremist organisations and their so-called political spokespersons. They should not be allowed to march on our streets in any form of uniform. There is only one legitimate and lawful Irish Army and police force, An Garda Síochána.

These bloodthirsty radicals have taken enough lives by their thuggery, and while they attempt to take more lives we must be on our guard and assist the authorities in stopping them from perpetrating further evil acts.

They have no mandate from anyone on this island to act in anyone’s name other than a small corp of radical onlookers and supporters. They must not be allowed to scuttle the relative peace we have had for the past two decades, imperfect as it is.

It is time to say: “We don’t want you, we don’t need you, now go away.”

Christy Galligan

Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Turned off by the antics of overpaid RTÉ presenters

With regards to the financial difficulties that RTÉ is facing at present, I would question the ability of the management of RTÉ to even run a sweet shop, never mind a TV station.

Even though RTÉ is in debt up to its eyeballs, its management find bucketfuls of cash to pay themselves and their highest-paid presenters an obscene amount of money.

Some of them are paid more than the Taoiseach, the British prime minister and the president of the United States of America.

In reply to the comments that ‘if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys’, judging by the antics of some of the top overpaid presenters, I would prefer listening to the monkeys.

At least monkeys don’t have inflated egos, are not arrogant and would not be so biased that they would force their own personal opinions on their listeners.

I think one of the fears that Dee Forbes, director general of RTÉ, might have is that if she cuts the salaries of the top presenters, she would also have to cut her own salary of €338,000 per annum in the process.

Martin Heneghan

Fairview, Dublin 3

Sculpture can remind us all of Central Bank’s failings

Apparently the Central Bank has secured planning permission for the creation of an outdoor sculpture “on a truly monumental scale”, costing the taxpayer circa €300,000, in a ‘threshold location’ outside its €140m Dublin headquarters (‘Talking point: Bank’s €300,000 sculpture approved’, Irish Independent, September 7).

Thankfully, extravagance on this scale must herald the official end of austerity for us all, in the opinion of the Central Bank.

Surely such extravagance can only be justified as an appropriate permanent reminder of the monumental failure of the Central Bank in ushering in the catastrophic financial and societal crash in 2008, and its equally monumental failure to control and regulate rogue banks and reckless bankers.

John Leahy

Wilton Road, Cork

Brexiteers should not blame EU for mistakes made by UK

I see Dominic Shelmerdine is using the usual Brexiteer tactic of misinformation (‘EU leaders should ‘Brexit off’ and leave Britain in peace’, Letters, September 9). Ireland did not lose the punt nor did any other country lose its currency. The countries using the euro agreed to use it, just like the UK and Denmark decided not to use it.

Brexiteers continue to say Brussels forces laws and regulations, rather than say the UK government negotiated these rules and regulations. There will come a time after Brexit when Brexiteers will realise that all of the UK’s woes are due to UK domestic policies and not the EU.

Alan Fairbrother

Knocklyon, Dublin 16

Drinking in the wisdom of Churchill’s great one-liners

Seeing Winston Churchill’s name cropping up recently reminds me of his rather unusual sense of humour. Apparently a woman once told him that if she was married to him, she would put arsenic in his tea. He replied that if he was married to her, he would drink it.

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont D9

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