Sunday 22 September 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Typical of Brexiteers to attack deal without first finding out the detail'

Feet-first: MPs lined up to denounce the deal without having clapped eyes on it. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Feet-first: MPs lined up to denounce the deal without having clapped eyes on it. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Unbelievable scenes erupted in Westminster on Tuesday evening with MP after MP lining up to speak with the BBC, denouncing the draft text between the EU and the UK as rendering the UK to a state of "vassalage".

Jacob Rees-Mogg was particularly aggrieved that RTÉ's Tony Connolly got the jump on the story rather than the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Well, of course the EU was going to favour those journalists from the EU.

The DUP's Sammy Wilson was also busy spelling out red lines and Boris Johnson was calling out for UK cabinet ministers to resign.

All of this vitriol, all of this outrage and all of this drama was the result of a few snippets and without clapping eyes on and reading the full text of some 500 pages. The devil is always in the detail.

However, this really sums up the disaster that is Brexit. British voters jumped feet-first on the back of empty promises by these self-serving egotistical politicians.

The word endgame has never sounded so ominous!

Killian Brennan

Malahide Road, Dublin

 

What price to convert  bus lanes into gardens?

I have just read Paul Melia's excellent article regarding the proposed expansion of Dublin's bus lanes and cycle lanes ('Homeowners who lose garden to bus lanes will get €25,000', Irish Independent, November 15).

From an environmental point of view, it seems to be slightly counter-intuitive to remove trees and gardens in order to facilitate more traffic.

A compensation payment of €25,000 doesn't seem very much. I wonder how much homeowners would be charged if it was the other way around, ie. converting bus lanes into gardens?

I'm guessing it would be a lot more.

Jakki Moore

Son 1555, Norway

 

Irony of position should not be lost on the DUP

The DUP acts as though it would be an unprecedented thing for their "precious" union to be broken up. There is, of course, a precedent, although it's one they probably don't like to acknowledge: the Irish Republic.

Brian Ahern

Clonsilla, Dublin 15

 

I don't understand big deal about Irish Border

Spot the difference! Both Scandinavian EU member states, Sweden and Finland, have friction-free trading borders with non-member Norway. Likewise, Austria, Italy and EU founder-members Germany and France have seamless borders with independent Switzerland.

I'd just like someone to explain why the Border between EU member the Republic of Ireland and future non-member Northern Ireland is such an issue.

Jim Sokol

Minehead, England

 

MeToo threatens to usher in new era of puritanism

Tanya Sweeney's report on the looming closure of Club 92 ('Death of the disco dancers', Irish Independent, November 14) prompted a tinge of sadness on my part. In my young day in the 1970s, its predecessor, Blinkers, was one of my haunts and I spent many a nice evening there.

I was not a little dismayed to read that one of the reasons for the passing of such clubs is that "in the post-MeToo era, flirting and hooking up in a nightclub is...well, complicated".

Of course, nobody wants to make light of the very real issue of women being harassed and abused, a phenomenon which is all too common these days. But should the misdeeds of a slimeball in the bubble of Tinseltown really affect the lives of young people in Dublin and prevent them from hooking up in the way they have done since time immemorial?

In my young days, as Ireland became slowly more liberal, we remembered hearing of parish priests and other self-appointed guardians of public morality besetting courting couples in cinemas and in the highways and byways of rural Ireland with blackthorn sticks.

Have we gone back to that? Is the new puritanism essentially the same as the old version?

Sean O'Donnell

Monkstown, Co Dublin

 

Men have got it all wrong on women - and thongs

On the matter of wearing thongs, it may come as a surprise to some people, but women actually don't always dress just to impress men.

Sorry guys, but it's not all about you.

Eve Parnell

Dublin 8

 

We should leave the EU with our UK neighbours

We have a long history with our neighbouring island. It has been our strongest trading partner since the foundation of the State. It has been a refuge for our unemployed in times of stress (twice, in 1952 and 1957 for this writer). It is the second largest economy in - and net contributor to - the EU, hence the reluctance to let it go. It is the fifth largest trading economy on Earth. With the backing of the British Commonwealth (population 2.25 billion), it is more widespread than the EU (population half-a-billion).

With about 35pc of our population having surnames deriving from that other island, it is better than even-money that one of our four grandparents is of that origin.

We have a common language with them. What more do we need?

Irexit, please.

Cal Hyland

Rosscarbery, Co Cork

 

Gender imbalance in our colleges must be tackled

There is no perfect way to correct the bias problem in our universities, but the problem must be tackled.

I have experienced the significant benefits of gender balance in a practical way in the private and charity sectors and I commend Mary Mitchell O'Connor on her initiative.

Pat O'Mahony

Dalkey, Co Dublin

Irish Independent

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