Wednesday 23 October 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Homelessness will never be fixed, says housing minister'

Housing minister Eoghan Murphy seems not to be aware that adequate ‘shelter’ is a constitutional right that by law must be provided, no matter what his other ministerial priorities. (stock photo)
Housing minister Eoghan Murphy seems not to be aware that adequate ‘shelter’ is a constitutional right that by law must be provided, no matter what his other ministerial priorities. (stock photo)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Housing minister Eoghan Murphy seems not to be aware that adequate ‘shelter’ is a constitutional right that by law must be provided, no matter what his other ministerial priorities.

Reading that AIB is selling, and other banks have sold, thousands of non-performing loans and homes to financial funds when those houses should belong to depositors (‘AIB set to close €1bn distressed loan sale to US giant Cerberus, Irish Independent, March 27),  it’s no surprise we have homelessness.

Banks don’t own these deposits, so can’t use them as collateral to borrow against.

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People’s personal savings can only be used in the interest of those bank savers; so non-performing loans – originally financed by those depositors’ savings/collateral – rightly belong to depositors.

The State has a constitutional duty to house those living in homes whose mortgages are regarded as ‘non-performing loans’.

This would enable the sale of those houses to savers who have not been able to get a home.

When banks, financial funds, and property companies make housing unaffordable for citizens, they violate the constitutional right to shelter of those who can’t afford to rent or buy because “the few individuals” have made it impossible for them.

Michael McPhillips

Ballymun, Dublin

Great start for Mick...shame FAI is showing him the door

Great start to the Euro campaign with six points in the bag. I like Mick McCarthy and I’m delighted he is the new manager. He’s a decent bloke and he will give the job 100pc.

But I can’t understand why John Delaney appointed two managers, one to succeed the other. What does the FAI do if Mick and the team qualify for the Euro finals and perform well there? How can you sack him then? 

Eamonn Kitt

Tuam, Co Galway

Let there be no confusion as to who is to blame for chaos

Ian O’Doherty tells us that “nobody knows” how and why we have the present “chaos” surrounding Brexit (‘As we hurtle towards the Brexit cliff edge, Ireland’s caught in trap...’, Comment, March 26).

Later in the same article, however, he says it is “hard to disagree with the assertion” that “the EU is throwing us under a bus”. Both statements cannot stand up to scrutiny.

The reason we have Brexit chaos is straightforward and has nothing to do with the EU throwing us under a bus.

The simple fact is that Brexiteers have torn up the agreements the UK signed with nearly 30 other European democracies.

They have also torn up the Good Friday Agreement which drew a line under centuries of colonial rule. This despite the fact that the GFA was endorsed in joint referendums on both sides of the Irish Border. It is a tragedy. But those are the facts and blaming anyone else for the chaos is wrong.

A Leavy

Sutton, Dublin 13

Flogging a dead horse is not going to trouble Trump

Robert Mueller, he of the unimpeachable credentials, darling of the Democrats and scourge of Donald Trump, has, after an investigation lasting nearly as long as Ken Starr’s against Bill Clinton, found Trump innocent of all charges. Unimpeachable even.

So now what do the Democrats do? Continue to flog a dead horse and run the very serious risk of alienating not only the Trump hardliners, but reasonable middle-of-the-road Americans as well? Or back off and resort to discussing the issues?

I recently wrote that only Beto O’Rourke could possibly take on Trump and win.

Now I am not so sure, especially as O’Rourke is also continuing like the headless chickens in the rest of his party, in spite of all, to turn over every stone in an attempt to nail Trump on Russian collusion and obstruction of justice.

Trump has not been the perfect president: he has torn up the Iran treaty, has provocatively approved the transfer of the Israeli capital to Jerusalem, and listens to hawks like John Bolton and Elliot Abrams who want to invade Venezuela.

Yet he has made sensible and positive moves by talking to North Korea and by seeking detente with Russia. No amount of wishful thinking by the West is going to defang Putin.

Maurice O’Callaghan

Stillorgan, Co Dublin

A moment of excitement and the joy of a great headline

In the letter from Patrick Dillon headlined ‘Wales’s overwhelming victory reveals the joy of six’, (Letters, March 26), I experienced a short exciting moment when I misread an ‘i’ for an ‘e’.

Ciarán Clarke

Co Fermanagh

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