Sunday 17 November 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'No point voting for a party that won't take up seats'

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill. Photo: PA
Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill. Photo: PA
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Can you believe the latest statement from Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill (Irish Independent, October 31) that “the December 12 UK election will be about maximising the return of pro-Remain candidates”?

What is the point in getting more MPs elected for Sinn Féin when they wouldn’t even turn up to the House of Commons?

Even if you won the full 18 seats, Michelle, what are you going to do with them?

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You would have absolutely no influence on Brexit talks. It is warped logic from Sinn Féin.

Could I ask anyone in the North who is thinking of voting for them: do you want them to actually do something for you in Parliament or just sit idle?

Sinn Féin has always told us it has a mandate not to take up its seats in Parliament – well make that clear to people before election day.

We might not like the stance of the Democratic Unionist Party, but at least they are in Parliament fighting their corner, unlike the hurlers in the ditch.

As the Lotto motto says, “if you are not, in you can’t win”.

Donough O’Reilly

Kilmacud, Co Dublin


A vote for Sinn Féin leaves followers disenfranchised

It is an honour to live in a functional democracy and to exercise one’s franchise freely.

Just north of us is a statelet, much given to navel-gazing and fudge-making, where the major political parties are quite happy to live in the last century – or perhaps further back – and have failed to govern for almost three years, yet have the audacity to whinge at every opportunity.

One of the larger groups, Sinn Féin, is happy to recognise our mutual land border but only if viewed from the south. This group could hold the balance of power in the next parliament but refuses to take its seats. This, of course, means its own followers are totally disenfranchised. And what can one say about the DUP?

As your august publication is widely read in Northern Ireland, can I encourage these people to vote for groups who will take their seats and thus give them a voice in Parliament. Did I just type that? One has a better chance of finding a unicorn.

Given the chance, London would happily throw Northern Ireland under a bus. As we would.

David Ryan

Co Meath


Our politicians will now be putting on a front...

One imagines our politicians, certainly those in Leinster House, will now favour zip, as opposed to button-fronted, trousers.

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont, Dublin


Doherty’s radio remark is disparaging to Ireland

During a recent ‘Morning Ireland’ interview, Minister for Employment and Social Protection Regina Doherty described something as being “a bit Irish”.

Perhaps she might explain what that actually means in a future comment.

The remark does seem a bit disparaging to our country and she might think before making it again.

Billy Wilson

Waterford city


Scrapping second replays could cost us another classic

In his Breheny Beat column (Irish Independent, October 30), Martin Breheny, in writing about the three games to decide the Donegal senior football final, suggested second replays should never happen.

Perhaps so, but if such had been the case back in 1991, GAA supporters would not have witnessed one of the most remarkable matches ever seen at Croke Park.

That was part four of the famous Meath v Dublin Leinster SFC first-round saga, when Kevin Foley’s wonder goal, followed by David Beggy’s winning point, decided the epic contests in favour of the Royals.

Noel Coogan

Navan, Co Meath


UK needs MPs to breathe new life into its politics

The UK Liberal Democrat MP Heidi Allen has hit the nail on the head by highlighting the toxic environment surrounding Brexit.

Politics has become so racist, so debilitating, so unhealthy and so corrupting, and she has every reason to worry about her personal safety in the aftermath of Jo Cox’s murder.

This forthcoming UK general election offers an opportunity to put the genie back in the bottle, elect sincere representatives whose primary job is to fight hunger, poverty, food banks, homelessness, anti-Muslim hatred, anti-semitism and who can after all breathe new life into contemporary politics.

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

London, UK

Irish Independent

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