Friday 20 September 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Margin of victory shows UK needs another referendum'

Demonstrators carry placards during a protest outside the Houses of Parliament. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators carry placards during a protest outside the Houses of Parliament. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The UK referendum yielded a 52-48pc result in favour of leaving. A 3pc swing and all the pain would have been avoided.

Any pollster knows a re-run the following or previous day or week could easily have thrown up a completely different result. Yet Brexiteers especially go on and on about the sanctity of the referendum result.

I heard a Brexiteer lady on Channel 4 say “we need to acknowledge what has happened”, like it was some freak weather event rather than any deep feeling among the people, which it certainly is not.

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Secondly, if “the wish of the people has to be respected”, then what is wrong with asking them again? Circumstances change, information changes, why not verify with the people this is what they want?

I think referendums should not be run on a 50-50 basis. There should be a safe limit like 60pc required to enact a change.

John Jennings

Westport, Co Mayo

Please, Sinn Féin, break the Westminster deadlock

Sinn Féin's continued denying of a voice to the nationalist community both in Northern Ireland and Westminster amounts to an inexcusable wasted opportunity.

Their political passivity is enabling the current impasse. For the love of Ireland surely it’s time for them to abandon their sacred cows and take their seats at Westminster. Perhaps they could then use their voting power to negotiate a special referendum in Northern Ireland on Brexit.

If the people voted once again to remain and their democratic wish was respected, that would remove the necessity for a backstop, thereby facilitating the working out of a deal to benefit everyone on these islands. Break the deadlock please, Sinn Féin!

Rosie Cargin

Kinsale, Co Cork

Dublin rule threatens GAA’s precious amateur status

Tony Hanahoe's recent statement defending the present Dublin situation in the GAA is open to question. The GAA is supposed to be amateur.

Yet we have a situation in which Dublin has four county councils, a population of 1.3 million and access to almost limitless resources. That is indefensible.

Kilkenny has a population of less than a hundred thousand. If Dublin was divided into its county council areas it would have one county [Dublin city] with a population of half a million and three other counties [Dún Laoghaire, South Dublin and Fingal] averaging approximately a quarter of a million each. To put all that in perspective, Leitrim has a population of just over 30,000.

The amateur status of the GAA is under threat from the present Dublin situation.

That status has to be defended by recognising the four counties set up by an Irish government as well as it recognises the other counties, all set up over the centuries by the colonial power in London.

A Leavy

Shielmartin Drive, Dublin 13

Heads of state could help to avert this looming disaster

I am in absolute agreement with Alison Hackett’s proposal (Letters, Irish Independent, August 31). It is time we take a stand to protect this country against the perils of a hard Brexit.

We all know the fallout will be a disaster, surely we need to take action and not sit on the sidelines and wait – so much is at stake.

I was born and brought up in the UK with Irish parents. I have lived happily in Ireland for the past 15 years and my grandchildren were born here, all of us looking forward to a good future in this beautiful country.

If anything positive could be achieved by our head of state Michael D Higgins communicating with the queen of England then surely it’s worth a try.

Angelina Enright

Co Kerry

Don’t expect US and Russia to be bullied like Brazil

A short while ago, Ireland entered upon the world stage and joined up with France and others in the upbraiding of Brazil, including a nasty threat of economic sanctions, because Brazil was deemed to have allowed forest fires in the Amazon region.

Many people view this big stick approach as a form of neo-colonialist coercion. Sadly, Ireland forgot that it too was once subjected to similar economic bullying (shortly after gaining independence).

Since July, fire has charred six million acres of Siberian forest. In Alaska, fires have destroyed more than 2.5 million acres of tundra and snow forest.

Will the intrepid eco-warrior Irish state, acting consistently and according to principle, now threaten the US and Russia with drastic economic sanctions for allowing forest fires? I don’t think so.

Micheál O’Cathail

Dún Laoghaire, Dublin

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