Saturday 14 December 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'FF policy on housing leaves more questions than answers'

I note from your report (‘Fianna Fáil wants a third of new homes to be set aside for first-time buyers’, Irish Independent, November 26) that Fianna Fáil is supporting a plan to give more tax credits to landlords, supposedly to encourage new owners not to evict sitting tenants. (stock photo)
I note from your report (‘Fianna Fáil wants a third of new homes to be set aside for first-time buyers’, Irish Independent, November 26) that Fianna Fáil is supporting a plan to give more tax credits to landlords, supposedly to encourage new owners not to evict sitting tenants. (stock photo)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

I note from your report (‘Fianna Fáil wants a third of new homes to be set aside for first-time buyers’, Irish Independent, November 26) that Fianna Fáil is supporting a plan to give more tax credits to landlords, supposedly to encourage new owners not to evict sitting tenants. (Where are the long-term leases we have been promised for eons?)

Why is it that all Fianna Fáil’s suggestions to improve the provision of services contain the requirement to shift more money to private operators?

Its long-running solution to the healthcare fiasco – more money to private health providers via the NTPF – has had zero impact on the problems.

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Why does it think further aggrandisement of landlords will have a different outcome in the housing sector? Which raises again the concerns around the number of Fianna Fáil members who are landlords.

Jim O’Sullivan

Rathedmond, Co Sligo

TDs must explain why speed penalties are anti-rural

Can the TDs who oppose Transport Minister Shane Ross’s plan on changing the penalty points please explain how it is anti-rural?

Drivers who do not break the speed limits have nothing to fear with these changes.

Or will we now have a certain TD looking for a permit for rural drivers to be allowed to break certain speed limits?

Alan Fairbrother

Knocklyon, Dublin 16

Once again the Vatican is a hurdle for women’s health

As the furore over ownership of the National Maternity Hospital continues, we are told the Vatican may not give the necessary go-ahead for the handover agreed by the Religious Sisters of Charity.

In matters pertaining to land ownership, as in reproductive healthcare, it seems the decisions of women are not to be respected without approval from the boys upstairs.

Bernie Linnane

Dromahair, Co Leitrim

But it has far less influence than some would believe

Upon first reading Anthony O’Leary’s letter on the need to prevent “faceless nameless bureaucrats in foreign countries” having any authority over projects in Ireland, I assumed it to be a matter concerning the EU whose decrees supersede Irish Law (Irish Independent, November 25).

Only upon second examination did I realise it was a reference to the Vatican City, which at present has minimal influence in this jurisdiction.

James Hogan

Thurles, Co Tipperary

Voters must reject politicians who try exploit immigration

While politicians must act responsibly and stop making falsehoods and slurs about immigration and minority groups we, the electorate in Friday’s three by-election constituencies, equally have the moral and civic duty to act responsibly and make racism a red-line issue.

Politicians who have tried to exploit immigration for hopeful electoral gain should be stopped in their tracks by responsible citizens in the voting booth.

Brendan Butler

Malahide, Co Dublin

United Kingdom bored with Johnson’s empty promises

A new UK prime minister faces an uphill struggle to win back public trust and to modernise society, thwart anti-Semitism, discrimination, racial and religious bigotries and prejudices and to strengthen families’ bonds and create a sense of community cohesion and national belonging, loyalty and devotion.

We have become bored of Boris Johnson’s vague promises and hollow slogans.

Time for a world class education system, compassionate society, competitive economy, welfare state and National Health Service to be the inalienable human rights of the many, not the privileges of the few.

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

London, UK

Buyer beware – always best to take right measurements

The recent “printer” story from Leinster House reminded me of the man who almost bought a car that he considered to be a snug fit for his garage at home.

One problem, when in the garage it would not be possible to open the car doors. Luckily, following some basic measurement taking, he purchased a different and more “fitting” vehicle.

I hasten to add, I was not the customer involved... ahem.

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont, Dublin 9

Irish Independent

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