Tuesday 19 March 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Many British MPs seem to put their own agendas first'

'In the UK, the elderly are being left to languish in misery, loneliness, powerlessness, helplessness and painful and debilitating diseases, and to feel that they are a burden on society and not a potent resource of wisdom and maturity' (stock photo)
'In the UK, the elderly are being left to languish in misery, loneliness, powerlessness, helplessness and painful and debilitating diseases, and to feel that they are a burden on society and not a potent resource of wisdom and maturity' (stock photo)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Your editorial ('Wise words needed to avoid 'reopening gaping wound'', Irish Independent, March 5) has missed the crucial fact that the Taoiseach does not hold a magic wand to solve the nefarious impacts of Brexit, and that the British government holds primary responsibility to do that.

The moral test of any government is the way it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children, and those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly, and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the infirm, the needy and the handicapped.

In the UK, the elderly are being left to languish in misery, loneliness, powerlessness, helplessness and painful and debilitating diseases, and to feel that they are a burden on society and not a potent resource of wisdom and maturity.

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Thousands of children have been sexually abused by paedophiles with cover-up and intimidation by priests, teachers, MPs and lords.

Towns and cities have been derelict, neglected and abandoned. For mental health patients, Brexit adds another layer of uncertainty. Sadly, politicians of all stripes seem to be more interested about their party politics than their under-performance, knife crimes, unemployment, universities’ bankruptcy and domestic political agendas.

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

London, England

Safeguards are needed over use of Dáil privilege by TDs

The Supreme Court decision relating to Denis O’Brien’s appeal from the High Court regarding the CPP, and public utterances made by Pearse Doherty and Catherine Murphy in the Dáil in 2015, will be seen as a good day for TDs who wish to expose public or private persons that they suspect or believe to have had favourable treatment in commercial, banking affairs or general alleged wrongdoing.

Those TDs who allege or suspect wrongdoing based on very flimsy and sometimes suspect evidence use their Dáil privilege in ever-increasing degrees these past number of years. What they won’t do is repeat those same utterances outside the Dáil because of possible litigation.

This privilege conferred on TDs and senators is not something that should be wielded without some safeguards in place by the Dáil’s Committee on Procedure and Privileges.

Before a TD or senator alleges suspected favourable treatment or wrongdoing against any individual, it should first be screened by the committee before those utterances are made.

I am sure there are many high-profile and high-wealth individuals who have invested in this country, employing thousands of people and who fill the exchequer’s coffers, who are concerned at this ruling.

It means that TDs using their Constitutional status and privilege can tarnish anyone they suspect or allege of wrongdoing, or having had favourable treatment, in Dáil Éireann.

The celebrations of this ruling could be short-lived and the cost could be higher than just money and privilege.

Christy Galligan

Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Why that one final check can often make all the difference

The guide to the Junior Cert published with the Irish Independent on Thursday, February 28, promised expert advice and sample answers for, among other subjects, Maths Paper 1. We were told that the supplement is “filled with expert advice” and is a “must–read” for every Junior Cert student in the country.

On page 12 the solution to Q2(b) (Paper 1, Higher Level, 2016) is outlined. The question concerns two brands of orange juice and according to the calculations shown, Brand B is cheaper. The correct result is that Brand A is cheaper.

In the words of advice given in the supplement – “double check and triple check everything... you would be surprised what mistakes you could fix”.

TJ Beatty

Loughrea, Co Galway

Oppression of Isil mothers and children must be stopped

The picture communicates it all: frightened children fleeing Isil, huddled near their Isil mothers wearing burkas, mothers shrouded like ghosts; it is an apocalyptic scene. The children are terrified but unable able to see their mother’s eyes, or feel the warmth of her skin. Squalid camps and chaos at the end of their journey. From one hell-hole to another. What will become of them?

I don’t know what to do but I do know this must stop. Women and children are innocent of starting and perpetuating wars. And the burka must go. Women – your rights are equal to those of any other human being.

Men – if you have access to power (in a patriarchal state) it is time to step up and free women from the yoke of oppression.

Alison Hackett

Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin

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