Thursday 17 October 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Political goodwill seems to be lacking to help those in North'

'At Westminster some of these elected DUP parliamentarians are now seemingly quite happy only to leave the lights on at Stormont.' Stock picture
'At Westminster some of these elected DUP parliamentarians are now seemingly quite happy only to leave the lights on at Stormont.' Stock picture
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Why are the people of the North of Ireland still being held to ransom by DUP politicians and continually waiting now over two years for a power-sharing executive and devolved assembly to be reinstated at Stormont?

At Hillsborough Castle we have the British PM’s appointed secretary of state and MP Karen Bradley continually making political gaffes.

At Westminster, no doubt to the dismay of many within the Conservative Party, the DUP is trying to milk the British exchequer for every penny, including parliamentary expenses, apparently for the good people of Northern Ireland.

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However, for some reason neither the British government nor its coalition partner the DUP seems at all remotely concerned or perturbed at how the optics now look to the public that the people of the North are still without a devolved government.

The North now has civil servants trying to run ministerial departments with the ministerial in-trays and in-boxes replete with numerous administrative paperwork and emails needing to be addressed by ministers.

The UK government may be busy dealing with Brexit issues and the EU but what seems totally incredulous is that at Westminster some of these elected DUP parliamentarians are now seemingly quite happy only to leave the lights on at Stormont.

The current Irish Government and all those concerned parties are to be congratulated in trying to seek agreement and a new way ahead to break the political impasses currently at Stormont between the DUP and Sinn Féin. But it is now abundantly clear that there is no political goodwill or incentive for these two parties to park their differences for the good of the people.

Whatever public opinion is regarding former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and former prime minister Tony Blair, they both put the GFA and the institutions enshrined within the international treaty document as their top priority.

Patrick Clarke

Castlewellan, Co Down

Discarding Jackson’s music sends out a strong message

Caoimhe McQuillan speaks very eloquently of censorship in a situation I see more as democratic process (Letters, Irish Independent, March 11).

Before I start, I have to admit to being a big Michael Jackson fan with my hard-won pennies spent on a brand new copy of ‘Thriller’.

Each day, we wake up and make decisions to buy or not buy products based on, advertisers would say, emotional choices.

We are not putting Michael Jackson on trial, we are making a decision of whether his product aligns with our personal brand of morals.

He is dead and I’m sure his children have enough of a fortune to keep them.

I’ve reluctantly decided that I must discard Michael’s musical product because I do believe the multiple people who made these accusations.

I’ve also made it for a very simple reason. Michael may not have cared about these kids. But he loved his music, it is his legacy.

Over a large number of years, he made the choice to sleep with small children who were not related to him in any way. Even when he was told it was not appropriate. Even when, as video evidence presents, the children were reluctant.

Currently, there are other artists who have access to children. They also do not care about the children but do about their fame and artistic work.

If they know the price of acting on this is to remove their work from public consumption, maybe they’ll think twice about behaving inappropriately with or abusing a child.

Pauline Bleach

NSW, Australia

Hitler was raised a Catholic but wouldn’t answer to God

Gerard O’Regan wrote ‘Opening files on “Hitler’s Pope” would be major U-turn by secretive Vatican’ (Irish Independent, March 9). Adolf Hitler was born and raised a Roman Catholic. Even in his younger years, he was acutely aware how a certain approach to the Church of Rome could help him achieve the power he craved. However, on a personal basis he had ditched all Christian beliefs by his early teens. Nazi ideology would not answer to any god.

Michael McPhillips

Ballymun, Dublin 9

Heaney exhibit is an honest tribute to a literary great

On Saturday afternoon I spent a blissful time visiting the Seamus Heaney ‘Listen Now Again’ exhibit in Dublin. As well as telling his life story through his works, letters and family photographs, the exhibit is a true, honest tribute to Heaney, the man and poet. Together with the display areas and calming colours, it is an oasis of calm and tranquillity.

A sincere thank you to his family and the National Library of Ireland.

Patrick Kavanagh

Rathgar, Dublin

Irish Independent

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