Thursday 24 January 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Our experience of terrorism shows it’s crucial we have respect for others'

Atrocity: A man prays at a memorial for the Pittsburgh synagogue victims. Photo: Reuters
Atrocity: A man prays at a memorial for the Pittsburgh synagogue victims. Photo: Reuters
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The Global Terrorism Database stated that almost two-thirds of terrorist attacks in the US in 2017 were tied to right-wing extremism. This statistic, which was garnered from media information, leaves us in no doubt that extremism isn’t just confined to far eastern or Asian countries.

It is something that is very much on our doorstep.

Dangerous rhetoric is what we have heard this past number of years.

It has not been helped by the President of the US, Donald Trump, who tries to put the blame for an attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue on the fact there was no armed guard to repel the attacker, and not on the fact that his acidic vitriol and rhetoric has assisted some right-wing supporters and extremists to use it as an excuse to carry out their deadly deeds.

Instead of President Michael D’s “hope over division and fear” speech, in America sadly the opposite has become a reality.

We should not be complacent when we saw how well former presidential candidate Peter Casey did when he touched a raw nerve in the Irish psyche when he spoke about “ethnicity” and “welfare” in both very loose and, to some, inflammatory terms.

Hopefully, we will never see any of the attacks as we saw in Charlottesville or in Pittsburgh come to our island.

Thirty years of terrorism in Northern Ireland should tell us that “hate and division will never succeed in healing wounds, only respect for each other’s point of view”.

Christy Galligan

Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Joining ranks of party to which we all truly belong

So a decent and principled man, Maurice McCabe, has decided that having done the State some real service he has no option but to take retirement. Meanwhile, a certain other high-profile figure, having spoken of the possibility of retirement (not the early kind), has felt under no such obligation and is back in situ.

I was born in the North, but have lived in this jurisdiction for a considerable length of time. There have been times when I have toyed with the idea of surrendering my Irish passport for a British one. But having for over 50 years paid my share of PAYE tax, have now reached the age where I am entitled to a free Irish passport. As far as I know the alternative, a British passport, would be quite expensive. So why surrender a freebie? The truth is that, as I am at this point obliged to recognise, I am indeed authentically Irish, and a member of that largest, if sometimes unacknowledged, political grouping in this country, to which many politicians of all official parties truly belong: mé féin.

Brian Cosgrove

Cornelscourt, Dublin 18

Early risers would be better off staying in bed

Both Peter Casey and Leo Varadkar referenced those mythical stalwarts that underpin this great nation, the "early riser". But that's as far as it goes - talk, spin, division and distraction. The early riser is the guy/gal that those two amongst others are batting for.

So how come after working 40 years and getting a moderate State pension, I don't get a double bonus at Christmas? Those on welfare do, but the early riser doesn't. How come between USC, pension levies and a reduction, my pension fell by €400 a month since 2007? How come kids are moving back in with parents to try to raise a mortgage deposit? How come the "early riser" gets nothing but soft soap and bulls**t?

John Cuffe

Dunoyne, Co Meath

Licence issue shows road safety plan isn't working

The Government tells us the new drink-driving law will save lives. In what way does the fact that we have 8,000 disqualified drivers still driving, because they haven't presented their licences, fit into its road safety strategy?

Donal Healy

Jenkinstown, Co Meath

Better research is needed into Casey ballot bounce

Paul Williams writes as though he knows those of us who voted for Peter Casey ("Election exposes an inconvenient truth ignored for too long", Irish Independent, October 29).

Quite obviously he's engaging in the same lazy analysis he accuses others of.

I and my friends in west Dublin who voted for Mr Casey also voted yes in the last two referendums. If we are, as he infers, 'Trump' types I doubt we would have done so. Paul Williams undoubtedly regards himself as having some sort of superior insight into our minds.

I suggest that he researches a little deeper before putting pen to paper with more analysis of our minds.

Jerry Kiersey

Blessington, Co Wicklow

Doling out some fairness in the row over benefits

As we enter the final weeks of 2018, I saw a candidate for headline of the year in the Irish Independent (October 30). "Dole for self-employed is unfair, unions complain" - this in a western country which uniquely pays its public servants far more than those in the private sector and with little or no accountability. I guess some people's concept of "unfair" is rather different to mine.

Gerry Kelly

Rathgar, Dublin 6

Blowing the whistle on claims of too much soccer

In reply to the letter from Tom Cooper (Irish Independent, October 30), RTÉ does not give enough coverage to soccer. The sports commentator invariably gives results of local GAA clubs, golf, rugby and eventually a 10-second comment on soccer. Soccer fans pay for their TV licence too.

Geraldine Byrne

Dún Laoghaire, Dublin

Pope and bishop were right over abuse scandals

In reply to a letter from Paul Horan (October 13), he does not agree with Pope Francis or Bishop Cullinan about Satan's influence in the abuse situation. Richard Geraghty, US professor of philosophy, claims he thinks the Devil is ruling the world. I agree with the Pope and Bishop, we need to invite God back into our lives.

Helen Gately

Athlone

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