Letters to the Editor: 'Here's some tips for parties before the General Election'
As speculation and debate mounts regarding the upcoming General Election I hope all parties will consider what is important to voters.
Is it really necessary to have the most expensive hospital in the world? It seems futile considering so many are lying on trolleys and there are no beds.
I would also like to remind the Government people matter. Working in Dublin I’m horrified to see so many sleeping on the streets; more needs to be done to help those less fortunate. Affordable and social housing is key.
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I would also appeal for more support for the workers – the backbone of this country, the ones rising at 5am and getting home late, the ones keeping this country going on takeaway coffee and little sleep.
Little gratitude has been shown to those who deserve it most. Our nurses are underpaid, our teachers over-stressed and more and more people are working month to month just to pay rent.
A little accountability would not go amiss. One financial fiasco after another.
I would also remind them climate change is real and needs to be kept in mind in the context of our poor national public transport.
Finally, common sense. Please, dear Lord, let them find some. Labour – it doesn’t pay to take medical cards off those deserving of same; Fine Gael – try having a few history lessons before kick-off and no blue-coloured shirts whatever you do; Sinn Féin – ask the Wolfe Tones to do your PR; Fianna Fáil – repeat after me, “I will not make the same mistakes again...”
Mountrath, Co Laois
One service of remembrance that will hopefully survive
I was honoured to be invited to Dublin Castle for the ceremony in remembrance of those who served in the RIC and DMP. However, it was cancelled due to pressure from the usual suspects.
Some may like to know the Harp Society holds an annual ecumenical service at Mount Argus for those who served in those forces. Hopefully that will be allowed to continue.
Harolds Cross, Dublin
Reader is right to place war and violence in the past
With regard to all the controversy over commemorating our past with State ceremonies etc, the best advice I read was from a fellow letter writer, M O’Brien from Dalkey (Irish Independent, January 10) as follows: “Wars of any type are regrettable. Bad enough they were fought, they hardly need to be fought again”.
Write on, M O’Brien. For God’s sake, leave the violence in the past.
Brian Mc Devitt
Glenties, Co Donegal
Trump a ‘clear and present danger’ to the free world
In my humble opinion, President Donald J Trump should be impeached.
His adoration for dictators is troubling, along with his calling parts of the US Constitution ‘phoney’, so he believes he has the power to disregard or not enforce it even though he was sworn in to do so.
Clearly, President Trump is a wannabe dictator and his most recent order to kill Qasem Soleimani because “he posed an imminent danger” (without revealing exactly what) is yet another clue as to how unstable our self-proclaimed “stable genius” is.
Indeed, President Trump is “a clear and present danger” to the US and the rest of the free world via his erratic behaviour.
Herbert W Stark
North Carolina, USA
My choice? Between National Government – and a monkey
I do not have a loyalty to either of the main parties and occasionally throw in a vote for the Greens, but I don’t really want to encourage them too much.
I would like a majority government but I am not convinced that decisions would be any different than what we have had for the past four years.
The fiscal policy has been very successful but not those on health, housing, land management and the legal system; maybe they are unsolvable, but I can’t just throw in the towel.
My constituency (out of fairness, my address is with the editor) has a number of high-profile politicians from both sides who are part of the failure, so who can I vote for ?
Maybe if we had a ‘National Government’ to get things done as in the UK during WW2 would help?
In statistical analysis, results are often compared with the outcome of the “infinite monkey” hitting keys at random, which invariably does better than the perceived experts.
It’s a factitious argument but if I could, I would vote for the monkey.
Dr Michael Foley
Address with editor