Friday 23 August 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'We are all accountable for getting politicians we deserve'

'It would be a big stretch to believe the results point to the Greens returning a game-changing number of TDs after the next election.' (stock photo)
'It would be a big stretch to believe the results point to the Greens returning a game-changing number of TDs after the next election.' (stock photo)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

I am dismayed when I see the calibre of some of the councillors and politicians elected in this country. We have no ethics any longer as an electorate. We vote for someone who attempts to cheat the system and is found guilty of serious breaches in public office.

We vote for tax evaders, bankrupts, even those with previous criminal convictions.

We as an electorate have a duty and responsibility to vote for those who hold public office with the highest degree of integrity and honesty.

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But we as an electorate are fickle as we are naive. We vote for the man or woman who can fix a pothole in the road, gets financial assistance to fix our parochial halls, ensures funding is obtained for any other number of projects and blindly, or conveniently, forget their wrongdoings.

What we forget is that some of those elected or seeking re-election don’t care about honesty, integrity or even transparency.

How can we as an electorate demand from those elected to office honesty, integrity and transparency, when we are willing to selectively set those values aside for the sake of a parochial hall or other forms of local funding?

What happened to our values, or don’t they matter? What happened to our demands for openness or honesty, or do they no longer matter? A quote from Cal Thomas, an American journalist, who stated that: “One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician’s objective. Election and power are.”

We as an electorate must reflect on our own set of values before we lose it in the morass of lies and deceit.

Christy Galligan

Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Remainers must face facts – the British still want to leave

The Brexit Party – standing on a single, unambiguous policy – came first in every single region of the UK bar Scotland and Northern Ireland, won 29 of the 73 seats available (40pc), and still delusional remainers like Caroline Lucas and soon-to-be Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson called it a “defeat” for those in favour of Brexit.

This is based around a typical Guardianista mental gymnastics that those voting Tory or Labour were pro-EU – despite the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg and polling expert Professor John Curtice pointing out both were massacred precisely because their message was as muddled as within Parliament these last three years.

Heidi Allen’s bluster about Change UK’s “impact”, meanwhile, resembles Slightly Silly Party leader Kevin Phillips-Bong’s “we won no seats but a great victory” claim in ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’.

Even if you add the combined totals of the “referendums until we get what we want” parties – Lib Dem, Green, SNP and Plaid Cymru – they still won fewer seats than the Brexit Party. Dry your tears and grow up to the fact the “people’s vote” you claim to crave has been made yet again – and the people have said they want out.

Mark Boyle

Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Dusty the dolphin is a joy to behold – but needs her space

We are fortunate in Ireland to have a variety of whale, dolphin and porpoise species that inhabit our waters year-round. Sometimes you have to venture out to sea to encounter these marine mammals, but occasionally they approach us.

Dusty is an adult female bottlenose dolphin who actively seeks out human contact. She is known as a “solitary dolphin”, since she rarely interacts with other dolphins and prefers to live alone but in the vicinity of people.

Since the summer of 2000, Dusty has frequented the north Clare coast between Spanish Point and Fanore, but in recent years she regularly visits Doolin and Galway’s Inis Oírr Island.

If you are fortunate enough to see Dusty, please give her some space and enjoy watching her from the shore. Do not enter the water in an attempt to swim with her.

There have been a number of incidents where Dusty has robustly interacted with swimmers and numerous individuals have had to be hospitalised after ramming incidents perhaps because they invade the dolphin’s space.

As a bottlenose dolphin, Dusty is afforded a high level of protection from national and European legislation, including wilful interference. For the welfare of both Dusty and the public at large, please respect this is a wild animal and do not indulge her inquisitive nature by entering the water.

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group works with the Marine Animal Rescue Coalition Solitary Dolphin Working Group which aims to develop plans tailored to the conservation of solitary dolphins to ensure their welfare is maintained.

Dusty’s welfare is of concern, but if you follow these instructions and take note of the signs already displayed at Inis Oírr, you will help protect this accessible dolphin.

Seán O’Callaghan

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

Irish Independent

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