Saturday 21 September 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Lyra’s killers must be exposed for what they are – not feted'

Flowers at the scene where the 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead. Photo: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Flowers at the scene where the 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead. Photo: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

We have a very poor record of opposing and confronting the poison that is narrow nationalism.

This will continue to infect future generations unless we, among other things, relentlessly expose the truth about the Provisional IRA campaign of terror and not allow Sinn Féin to get away with the usual blather about rights and equality.

Our past form inclines one to suspect that the killers of Lyra McKee may perhaps feel that in about 20 years time they’ll be treated as celebrities on RTÉ and Government ministers will be rushing to their funerals.

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It has happened before. Who was the most senior IRA man in Derry about 30 years ago when it murdered another young woman and mother for collecting census forms?

Pat O’Mahony
Dalkey, Co Dublin

Her life was all too short – but she will never be forgotten

Lyra McKee was one of Ireland’s most promising daughters, and now forever its martyr.

Her life was not in vain, but a torch for others to follow. Ireland is a better place for her all-too-brief existence.

Dominic Shelmerdine
London, England

Flying the Tricolour on march was disgraceful insult to peace

In 1848, Thomas Francis Meagher flew the green, orange and white Tricolour for the first time. He said: “A national flag is the most sacred thing a nation can possess.”

To see that flag at a march which, despite hollow denials, excuses the murder of a journalist of whatever nation, let alone our own, is a desecration of its meaning, and the gravest possible insult to Meagher and those who gave their lives for freedom and those who still work for the flag to be seen as a symbol of pride, respect and peace.

Shame on those who seek to hijack it for their own perverted reasons.

Michael Cavanagh (Rev)
Chair, Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation, Kenmare, Co Kerry

We must all stand as one in the face of these evil attacks

The heinous attacks that targeted Christian worshippers in Sri Lanka and the murder of Lyra McKee among other events are attacks on all of us.

Easter should be a time for renewal, rebirth and redemption, a time for compassion, belonging to one another and citizenship, a time to reflect on the lives of the wretched, the bereaved and the sick, and on the selfless sacrifices of others who continue to offer a refuge for those taking treacherous journeys fleeing persecution and hardships.

I am reminded of Muslims who sought a sanctuary at the dawn of Islam in Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) because there was a just and fair Christian king there called Al Najashi.

The king said upon hearing what the Koran says about Jesus and Mary that “this and what came to Isa comes from one niche of light”. This alone proves unequivocally that we are all one during these dark times.

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob
London, UK

As Notre-Dame rebuild shows, some things will never change

Notre-Dame is in ruins, and the world mourns. Maybe the cathedral could symbolise old European cultural ideals – when governments actually cared for their citizens, rather than viewing us as mere serfs in the new, global neo-liberal profit-making machine.

Let’s burn down Newgrange, Stonehenge, the Acropolis, the Colosseum and Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam as well.

Let’s replace them all with McDonald’s outlets, Goldman Sachs offices and arms factories.

Just as the US is trying to do in the ancient civilisations of the Middle East.

One of the French billionaires offering to rebuild Notre-Dame is requesting a 90pc tax break for his “donation”. So the French taxpayers would really be paying for it, while he gets the kudos.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (the more things change, the more they stay the same).

Maeve Halpin
Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Sensing a way to stop the ATM thieves in their tracks

Why are ATM machines not equipped with seismic sensors? The shock of being whacked with a digger bucket should trip the sensor, injecting dye into the bank notes, rendering them useless.

James Conroy
Mullingar, Co Westmeath

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