Letters to the Editor: 'Ireland’s thousand welcomes for our nation’s new citizens'
The warm words of welcome spoken by Judge Bryan McMahon to the 2,500 people from 90 countries, who were conferred with Irish citizenship in Killarney last week, made me proud to be Irish.
In times past, countries throughout the world, particularly the USA, Canada, Australia and Scotland similarly welcomed the Irish who emigrated for a better quality of life.
Our buoyant economy now allows Ireland to offer a bright future to those, both native and naturalised, who wish to make a meaningful contribution to our country as fully participating and law-abiding citizens. That is the Irish way. Ireland is the land of a thousand welcomes, which is grounded in the Christian values of caring and sharing.
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With unemployment at a record low of 5.3pc there is now a job in Ireland for every person who is willing and able to work.
The dignity of work is boundless. A job gives a person a sense of belonging and purpose. It enables a person to be financially independent. It makes one ambitious for a better quality of life for oneself and one’s dependents.
The more income generated by full employment, then the more revenue available to the Government to assist those in genuine need of social assistance. Our newest Irish citizens can now blossom in our Irish values while retaining the best of their native cultures.
Naturally, in the dangerous times we live in, safeguards and regulations are necessary to prevent citizenship being granted to those who are motivated by malevolent and criminal intent, to those who acquire it simply as a passport of convenience and to those who wish to undermine our Irishness and our Christianity, which are deep-rooted in our DNA.
Tralee, Co Kerry
Judging past by today’s standards is quite wrong
Wow! What a brilliant letter Sister Cristin Guerin wrote (‘Abortion vote means children are still dying’, Irish Independent, May 4), in which she supported that of John Lynch (‘Nuns deserve our appreciation not our denunciation’, April 24)!
At last, a religious sister in particular has provided us with a reasoned appraisal of the raison d’etre of the Magdalene laundries, as well as calling our contemporary secular society to task for its callous disregard for the sanctity of human life.
I dare to say the one-third ‘No’ voters in last year’s referendum are of much the same opinion. We live in a democracy, of course, and are bound to obey the law.
However, judging the mores of past generations by the standards of today’s ‘transparency’, as some commentators do, seems quite the wrong to me.
Murroe, Co Limerick
Sinn Féin’s fighting talk delivers confused message
The strap lines on election posters for Sinn Féin candidates read ‘Fighting For You’ and ‘Fighting For Ireland’.
Is there some confusion in Sinn Féin between democratic politics and conflict, or are they reminding us that “they haven’t gone away” from conflict? The language is inappropriate at this juncture.
Dromahair, Co Leitrim
Vigilance required against racism and intolerance
Catherine O'Mahony's opinion was both sobering, informative and unsurprising (‘People like to pretend racism doesn’t exist here but we can no longer turn a blind eye’, Irish Independent, May 2).
We all pretend to believe racism has been banished from our societies. We experienced biological racism in the form of black-white binary, then anti-Asian racism, then anti-Arab culture, anti-semitism and then Islamophobia.
But racism, intolerance and racial prejudices exist in all societies. Jews were starved, exterminated, gassed, tormented and raped.
They endured untold suffering and destruction, the most heinous crimes in modern history, similar to what Palestinians are experiencing in the Holy Land (home demolition, indiscriminate shooting, arbitrary detention, ethnic cleansing, cultural genocide and fabrication of history, all under self-defence).
And what about the wars in Syria, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Kashmir? We are talking about a lost generation of children, starved, raped, physically and psychologically tormented, sexually enslaved, etc. And now the US will veto the UN resolution that bans the use of rape as a weapon in wars.
And lastly, Islam doesn’t sanction suicide. Those who attempt suicide live in eternal hell, not in paradise (this is the saying of Prophet Mohammed).
We need to be eternally vigilant in the battle for social justice and serenity.
Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob