Wednesday 21 August 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Politicians fly in the face of common sense over housing'

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Letters to the Editor

Cuckoo, magpie and vulture have all swooped in to the debate on the housing crisis. Another bird must also be added to this flock in the shape of the ostrich representing our politicians in power, who will surely have their feathers plucked in the forthcoming elections.

Joe Fitzsimons

Trim, Co Meath

UK should have referendum on its outdated monarchy

Whilst pleased for Meghan and Harry, the birth of another royal baby raises a serious democratic issue in the UK. Britain held three referendums between 2011 and 2016. They were the alternative vote, Scottish independence and European Union membership.

The UK should hold one on the undemocratic, outdated monarchy. It’s absurd that in the 21st century the supreme office of state is reserved for the House of Windsor. How would Irish people feel if, for example, the wife of a ‘Royal Highness, the Duke of Tipperary’ gave birth to a ‘Royal Highness, a Prince of Cork’ – all members of a privileged and undemocratic ‘House of Waterford’, and the new baby (its father, too) a potential head of state based in a palace in Dublin? The Easter Rising of 1916 most certainly was not in vain. At least Irish folk in the Republic have a choice of president.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, UK

May’s own leak shows how she is plumbing the depths

Last week Theresa May sacked her defence secretary Gavin Williams for leaking confidential information from a cabinet meeting. Williams refused to resign, so he was given the sack.

Yesterday, details of May’s confidential negotiations with the British Labour Party over Brexit were leaked to the press.

As May has not sacked anyone for the leak, it is reasonable to suspect that the leak occurred at May’s bidding.

Presumably, like Williams, she will not resign for her unethical behaviour, but like Williams, she will be sacked; either by the third-rate politicians in her own party, or, more likely, being trounced in the general election which will inevitably take place after her pretended attempt at negotiations with the Labour Party fails.

May was always going to be found out for her duplicitous policy decision, designed to avert history from branding her as a total failure, because the pretence of a last-ditch effort to deliver Brexit at any costs is going to further infuriate the Brexiteers, but more to the point, she knows that there is not a chance in hell it will succeed.

The probability is that Theresa May will be judged as the joint worst British premier with David Cameron. A possibility that Cameron could not be matched was, until recently, impossible.

Harry Charalambou

Muswell Hill, London

McGee had sporting nous – and a love of rural Ireland

It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden and untimely passing of one of the greatest GAA team managers and newspaper men, the late Eugene McGee.

When he first became the manager of the Offaly Gaelic football team in the mid 1970s, Dublin and Kerry were in their prime. This did not deter the very determined, focused, single-minded and ambitious young leader of the midlands county, who were seen very much as sporting minnows at that time.

He painstakingly began the huge challenge over a number of years of building a team that would eventually challenge and overcome these two giants of the game.

Possessing a wonderful, competitive football mind, nurtured during a very successful stint in charge of GAA teams at UCD, he brought this great experience to bear in his great ability to transfer this knowledge to his Offaly teams. The great nous to it took to study and analyse the oppositions’ strengths and weaknesses, and deploy his own forces to combat the opponents’ strong points, while exploiting their perceived weak spots, to the advantage of his own team, stood him in good stead.

Overcoming Dublin in Leinster and winning the All-Ireland Final against the mighty Kingdom, who were seeking five in a row in 1982, lives long in the memory.

As the editor of the ‘Longford Leader’ over many years, he highlighted several local issues in his native county, and was also a great advocate for rural Ireland, speaking out on many occasions about the centralised agency closure of Garda stations, post offices, rural schools etc, and the urgent need to introduce more balanced, regional development policies by the powers that be.

Under what might sometimes be perceived as a gruff, outward, aloof exterior, was a very warm-hearted, passionate man, who cared deeply for his family, his players, the GAA and society as a whole.

Tom Towey

Cloonacool, Co Sligo

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