Monday 17 June 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Public welcomes the greens, but not any new taxes'

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photo: Tom Burke
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photo: Tom Burke
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

There has been a green wave in the local and European elections. People want action on climate change. That, however, does not equate to people wanting to pay more tax.

Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar are tripping over themselves making overtures to Eamon Ryan about the formation of the next government. However, imposing tax on already stretched workers who have no access to alternatives is not the way to go and will also be met with a significant response at the ballot box. Focus should be placed on retrofitting houses and apartment blocks, rolling out solar power programmes, developing an electric vehicle charging point network and providing decent funding to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

Killian Brennan

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Dublin 17

Two sides to every argument – and both should be heard

JOHN Downing says “The Government, all the Dáil political parties and many civil society groups have backed a ‘Yes’ vote”, regarding the divorce referendum (‘Political attitude to divorce shows just how much we have changed’, Irish Independent, May 23) while previously he pointed out that “over the weeks since the campaign for change was launched, there has been almost no opposition”.

Is that not something that a journalist would lament – the lack of opposition to the proposed change? After all, as Mr Downing pointed out, the referendum on divorce was passed by less than 1pc. Is it reasonable to assume that all those who opposed divorce have since changed their minds?

This lack of a proper debate on vital matters such as divorce and abortion is very worrying and is leaving a large section of our people without a voice. Is that not something of interest to journalists and is it not their function to present the views of two sides in a debate? Yes, Mr Downing, we have changed here in Ireland, but not all of us agree that a lot of it was for the better.

Mary Stewart

Co Donegal

Be careful what you wish for over May’s replacement...

BRITISH (mostly English) politicians seem quick to suggest they are trying to bring about what the people voted for, ie. to exit the EU. This is very laudable and noble, etc, but is, alas, untrue.

When they voted in that infamous referendum they were totally misled and grossly misinformed, not to mention lied to.

Most voters who elected to leave the EU had no idea what that meant. They had a sense of “we’ll show Johnny Foreigner, we know better”, etc. Now with Mrs May ousted (and we must remember she voted to remain in the EU), we are very likely to see an ardent Brexiteer selected as new Tory leader. As most of these do not seem to understand the problem, we are most unlikely to get a good answer. With general membership heavily involved in the selection process (mostly over 60, very conservative and with fond, if distant, memories of empire, etc), we should be afraid – very afraid.

If we think Theresa May was bad...

David Ryan 

Co Meath

Britain’s foreign policy needs explaining in testing times

ANY new Conservative premiership will be pitifully weak and the final decision on the UK’s future in the EU should lie in the hands of 47 million UK voters, not 128,000 conservative members. Also, what has been missing in the debate is the UK’s foreign policy in respect of the deal of the century that will be announced by the Trump administration in June, and that aims to effectively obliterate the Palestinian cause, the right of refugees to return to their homeland and to assert Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem, the Golan and the West Bank.

The Palestinian question remains pivotal for global peace and security, on the same level as peace in Northern Ireland. Europe is also teetering on the verge of populism, far-right nationalism, terrorism and white supremacy. It also needs to sort out the Ukrainian imbroglio and Russia’s increasing clout on the world stage. Such issues are complex and need holistic and joined-up solutions.

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

London, UK

Free of Church influence, the real Ireland can find its way

AS Ireland’s divorce referendum is passed, it is time to reflect.

After the foot of the Catholic Church was slowly and finally removed from the Irish population, the real Ireland is finding its way.

Not quite there, but thankfully there’s no threat from any individual dominant group.

Careful steering is needed from now. Who will lead us into the future?

Damien Carroll

Dublin 24

Irish Independent

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