Wednesday 21 August 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Only a matter of time before we witness break-up of UK'

'Donald Trump – immune from finesse – humiliated Theresa May with his recent comments on Brexit and our ambassador to the US.' Photo: Reuters/Carlos Barria/File Photo
'Donald Trump – immune from finesse – humiliated Theresa May with his recent comments on Brexit and our ambassador to the US.' Photo: Reuters/Carlos Barria/File Photo
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

I COMPLETELY agree with Munjed Farid Al Qutob (Irish Independent, Letters, July 22). Theresa May is not solely to blame for the present parlous state of affairs in the UK. However, she didn’t help matters either.

Britain – at the behest of mostly English MPs – interferes in Iranian affairs along with the US.

We have learned nothing since the 1979 revolution there.

The UK bats way above its status. Just because we have nuclear weapons means nothing.

Our conventional armed forces have been greatly reduced over the past 30 years and we rely heavily on the US for our influence. Iran was right to seize the two oil tankers – we seized one of Iran’s off Gibraltar.

Britain – since 2003 – interfered in Iraq, Libya, and Syria.

Yet it cannot control knife murders on London’s streets.

The reality is that Donald Trump – immune from finesse – humiliated Theresa May with his recent comments on Brexit and our ambassador to the US.

Although I want Brexit to occur and Boris Johnson as prime minister, the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will, ultimately, lead to an independent Scotland and reunited Ireland much sooner than anticipated. It’s only a matter of time.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, UK


Our toothless laws must be tightened to protect wildlife

ON A recent wonderful trip to Ballyferriter and the Kerry Gaeltacht, the hedgerows were in full bloom, proudly displaying all their colourful glory, comple mented by the magnificent backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

The ubiquitous fuchsia, or God’s Teardrop, abounded, as did the lofty foxglove. Meadow sweet, purple orchids, honeysuckle, blackberry bushes, wild garlic, bird’s foot, daisies, long-stemmed grasses, sedges and clover waved gently in the wind, all vying for the attention of the honey bee, the bumble bee, the wasp and the butterfly, as well as a multitude of other flying insects.

Wonderment quickly turned to disgust. When driving from Ventry towards Dingle, we witnessed an act of gross official vandalism by Kerry County Council and its contractors.

In the middle of July, they were openly and brutally destroying kilometres of hedgerows, crudely ripping out the natural habitats for all wildlife with their tractors at such a crucial time.

According to Josepha Madigan, Culture and the Gaeltacht Minister, the current law forbids cutting hedgerows between May and September.

Clearly this toothless law doesn’t apply in the Kingdom.

And, of course, Kerry County Council officials and their agents will not face any sanction.

As a direct result of this kind of behaviour, the honey bee in particular and all other flying insects are in sharp decline, and some indigenous bee species are already extinct.

Poor WB Yeats, whatever about his nine bean rows, can certainly forget about his hive for the honey bee and his bee-loud glade, due in large part to a toothless law and the official vandalism witnessed in Kerry and no doubt elsewhere.

John Leahy

Wilton Road, Cork


Who needs Rory when Shane can fly the flag so proudly?

WELL done Shane. It was a proud day to be Irish.

One question, where was Rory McIlroy?

Aidan Hampson



Britain left bunkered as an Irishman shows how it’s done

WE SHOULD take it as a compliment when the British claim one of ours as one of theirs. It’s a sign that you have achieved something really special. Congratulations to Shane Lowry on an outstanding performance.

Offaly sorry, but Shane is not British.

Seamus McLoughlin

Keshcarrigan, Co Leitrim


Brendan would’ve approved of masterclass from Lowry

HE MAY look a little like the late, great Brendan Grace, he may even sound a little like Brendan Grace, but Shane Lowry is no Bottler. Yet another great day to be Irish.

Paddy Holdcroft

Monasterboice, Co Louth


Billy gets to the heart of the matter with inimitable style

ONCE again a single line from Keane’s Kingdom (Irish Independent, July 20) containing a mountain of philosophy: “Did you ever see or meet anyone who turned out bad from getting too much love?”

Mattie Lennon

Blessington, Co Wicklow

Irish Independent

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