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Letters to the Editor: 'Self-indulgent politicians faced with stark reality unless they give ground'


No alternative plan: Prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg. Photo: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

No alternative plan: Prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg. Photo: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

No alternative plan: Prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg. Photo: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Whether you're on the Leave or Remain side of Brexit, one must admire the sheer dogged determination of Theresa May.

The European Research Group of Jacob Rees-Mogg, the DUP and others have no alternative to the withdrawal agreement other than to leave the EU in its entirety because of this false narrative of taking back the sovereign integrity of the UK.

The DUP abstaining on the Finance Bill in Westminster should be seen for what it is - party interests over the well-being of and economic interests of the entire UK, not just Northern Ireland.

While Jeffrey Donaldson and other Brexiteers snub the manufacturing and business industries, those sectors are warning of wholesale job losses if a deal isn't reached. The reality at the end of March may be quite stark for these self-indulgent politicians.

Most SMEs say they would prefer the UK in the customs union and those in Northern Ireland will say that they want certainty going forward.

SMEs have also said that the proposed restrictions being placed on EU citizens entering the UK are unworkable because they will have a detrimental effect on businesses, as fewer EU nationals with different skillsets will come to work in the UK as is already happening.

A stark warning from the IMF is that a 'no deal' exit will cost the UK £140bn annually, or 6pc of GDP.

So far the cost to the British economy is £500m a week, from a study carried out by the Centre of European Reform, or 2.5pc of GDP.

The public finances have, since the referendum on leaving the EU, left a gaping hole of £26bn (€29.25bn).

As the UK and the EU sit down next week to sign off on this withdrawal agreement that won't suit everyone, those who dissent should be mindful that a good divorce is better than a bad marriage.

Christy Galligan

Letterkenny, Co Donegal

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Don't turn a blind eye to crying eyes of this world

A small child reaches out their hand, pleading for something to eat or drink - it's certainly not by way of a treat.

It's to stay alive for another day, to survive in a land of excessive heat and poverty, something few of us will ever see or experience.

Very few turn a blind eye to this situation, but many forget how the other half live.

No, we cannot fix all of the world's wrongs. Nor can we remove all the pain and suffering. But we'd all sleep a lot better knowing we made an effort.

Today, donate €1, yes, just €1. It will ease your mind when the crying eyes of a child comes on the TV pleading: "Please help me!"

Don't wait, do it today. You'll sleep a lot better.

Fred Molloy

Clonsilla, Dublin 15


McCabe deserves honour for dedication to the force

I watched the excellent RTÉ documentary on the Maurice McCabe story and feel this man needs to be recognised and remembered for what he has done as a former member of An Garda Síochána.

I would recommend that his photo be hung in every Garda station as a reminder of the truth, honesty and dedication this man has brought to the force.

He has served with distinction and honour, along with his colleagues who have died in the line of duty.

Richard Whitty

Gorey, Co Wexford


If not for Border issue, UK would be sent packing

Padraig Neary's letter ('EU must let Britain leave with pride intact or it risks an extremist reaction,' Letters, November 20) lacks any rationale.

The comparison between Germany in WWI and the UK leaving the EU is ridiculous.

The simple fact is the UK voted to leave the EU, largely on the basis of mendacity and double talk, and they are free to go at any time. Except that they want special status within the EU - many Brexiteers peddled the lie that the UK could leave, and still trade customs-free, etc, with the EU.

Mr Neary should listen to independent opinions from, say, Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of Englend, who briefed MPs on the dire consequences of a no-deal departure from the EU.

The last paragraph of Mr Neary's letter defies all logic and understanding.

Maybe the truth is preserving the Good Friday Agreement is one of the main reasons why the EU is prepared to offer the UK any deal. If the Border issue was not on the agenda, the UK would be sent packing out of the EU with all its dire consequences.

Michael Enright

Swords, Co Dublin


Why targeting income tax bands the wrong strategy

The Taoiseach's announcement that he intends to implement major tax cuts for the middle classes and others, by reducing the income tax on certain tax bands, will, I'm sure, help in his party's plans for re-election to the next government.

As someone who would benefit from the tax cuts, I don't welcome them. I have many questions. How do we pay for maintaining our present - and I might say inadequate - hospitals, education, roads and other major utilities that keep this State running, if this Government insists in continuing to cut the taxes that keep these services going?

If this Government really wanted to implement tax cuts to benefit all citizens, it should start with cutting the biggest taxable item, Vat. This would give more people, not just a certain section in our society, money in their pocket.

Paul Doran

Clondalkin, Dublin 22


If Trump's true to word then investigate Ivanka

The saying used to be 'what's good for the goose is good for the gander', although maybe this should be changed to, 'what's good for the goose is good for the daughter' - basically everyone should be treated the same.

When Hillary Clinton used a private email server, Donald Trump said: "If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation."

This was seen in many circles to be a reasonable idea, as her email usage was considered inappropriate. The situation has become more complex now as his daughter Ivanka Trump has sent hundreds of emails relating to government business from a non-government and potentially less secure email account. Bring on the equality of the legal system. Ivanka should also face investigation.

Dennis Fitzgerald

Melbourne, Australia

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