Saturday 19 October 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Let’s hope Schmidt is playing the long game for World Cup'

Ireland manager Joe Schmidt. Photo: Getty
Ireland manager Joe Schmidt. Photo: Getty
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

A piece of genius from Joe Schmidt. His plan? Simple. Play poorly in the Six Nations and then arrive at the World Cup as underdogs, and walk away with the Webb Ellis Cup.

That was tongue in cheek. Right now, it feels uncomfortable.

Damien Carroll
Kingswood, Dublin 24

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Dynamic has changed and the coach should step aside

When a manager or coach announces his intention to leave his job to take up another position abroad but remains on as some sort of caretaker manager, the dynamic changes.

The soul of the Ireland rugby camp is destroyed. The players might be professionals but they are also human.

So, what are we faced with? Well, we are faced with a manager now, heading into the World Cup, who nobody wants, but one we have to tolerate so the IRFU fulfils its contractual obligations. This is not good or fair to the players or their loyal supporters.

Throw a party for Joe Schmidt, thank him for what he has done and pay for his flight Down Under, and then appoint an ‘Ole Gunnar’.

A new boss would bring the soul back onto the turf.

We have everything else.

Noel Mannion
Clonbur, Co Galway

Ireland was humiliated by Varadkar’s praise of Trump

If I had been sitting down when I heard that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar had praised Donald Trump for the economic results of his efforts “to make America great again”, I would have fallen off my chair.

Put to one side that the Taoiseach must be aware the economic upturn began during Obama’s presidency, his brown-nosing was as nauseating as it was a national embarrassment of epic proportions.

Adding to the disaster of our humiliation was the photograph of Leo and Trump on the front page of the Irish Independent, showing Trump’s condescension towards Leo, and also clearly showing Trump not only had no need of Leo’s obsequiousness but also would have preferred to have been somewhere else.

There is no question the Taoiseach should not have gone to Washington, St Patrick’s Day or not, but having gone there, he had no right to humiliate us.

Liam Harrington
Castletownbere, Co Cork

Web of despair has much to answer for in modern world

It's said we should never make decisions in haste and so I’m taking time to mull over my participation on the internet.

Years ago I dumped social media. As I said to Facebook when asked why I was leaving, “I no longer wanted to take part in their social experiment”. A sick experiment which has devastated lives and enabled and emboldened the negatives of the human psyche (something which also applies to Instagram and Twitter).

Since leaving that world, I’ve found a happy space. That balanced space where I have the time to give to friends and the time to give to family.

My phone – a phone without internet access – is rarely near me and it has a thing called voicemail, so if anyone does need to contact me, they can. It’s refreshing not to know every tiny insignificant detail of someone else’s life, and equally refreshing to not care about such silliness.

As for my linkage with world news… I use the TV and the internet via my PC to check in on world news and do so knowing I’m reading what I want to read, not something somebody else thinks I should read.

On Friday, I chose not to find out the name of a certain person and I too chose not to delve into his details. Instead, I focused on the lives lost in New Zealand. Today, I think of their families as I ask myself if the time has come to cut ties with this web? After all, why should my data be saved alongside the data of someone whose views I reject?

If I entered into a room of hatred and spite, I’d quickly leave. The internet affords me no such move. I’m sharing the same data centres and space as those whom I wish to dismiss, whether I want to or not.

Marie Hanna Curran
Ballinasloe, Co Galway

May can’t say no to a second vote when she can have three

ONE vote for the public, three votes for Theresa May: how is that fair and democratic? Mrs May is desperate for the will of parliament to change but stubbornly deaf to the idea that the will of the people may have changed.

I fully expect more than a million people will take to the streets of London on March 23 to protest in favour of a second public vote.

I imagine there will be widespread anger amongst those protesting if this lame-duck deal is allowed to go to a third vote, especially if it scrapes home on disputed legal advice.

Peter Herridge
Bristol, UK

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