Sunday 22 September 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'We saw off British 100 years ago – now we have to bare our teeth again'

Conflict: Some British people are prepared to go on a war footing to regain their self-esteem. Photo: Getty Images
Conflict: Some British people are prepared to go on a war footing to regain their self-esteem. Photo: Getty Images
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

It needs to be understood Brexit for the British is about regaining sovereignty. No amount of statistical prognostications about tariffs, trade, customs and so forth is going to deflect the English nation from regaining full control over their own destiny for the next hundreds of years.

We in Ireland are operating on a fundamentally different agenda. The EU has liberated us from the control and sway of the British empire, as that astute practitioner at the EU coal face Peter Sutherland understood and repeatedly articulated.

But the British don't really care about us. We did not care about them 100 years ago when we fought them to a standstill to gain our independence and unless we wish to capitulate once again to their influence and control, and relinquish our own sovereignty, never the twain shall meet.

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The British do not wish to kowtow to the Germans and are prepared to go on a war footing to regain their self-esteem.

This is in no way to be discounted. It is an emotional and overwhelming imperative which will sweep all monetary considerations aside.

If we Irish wish to assert our own independence, we will also have to bare our teeth, as we did back in 1922 when we fought the British to a standstill and forced them out of Ireland.

It may be that down the road we will have to follow the British example and forge our own independence once again against the European monolith.

We may not like the British but we have to admire the iron in their soul.

Maurice O'Callaghan

Stillorgan, Dublin


Government turns blind eye to ‘tale of two Irelands’

Your editorial, on foot of the latest CSO figures which highlight the continuing growth of deprivation and inequity under current Government policies, is timely and to be welcomed ('Tale of two Irelands has left too many in poverty', Irish Independent, December 18).

However, the hope your words might penetrate the walls of the inner sanctum and wring some urgently needed change of heart was swiftly dashed.

Fine Gael Government minister Josepha Madigan saw fit to mark the publication of the damning CSO data by calling for the property tax to be cut for her largely well-to-do constituents in south Dublin. To which one can only say, given the season, "God bless us, every one."

Jim O'Sullivan

Rathedmond, Sligo


A time to celebrate that it really is a wonderful life

Live and rejoice for what is and not for what was! Live for now and ask not how or why. Don't be afraid to laugh or cry! Don't do anything you might regret that might make you appear on Santa's naughty list, because the elves and fairy folk may not forget about your boldness.

Life is for living and giving. Life is also for loving lots and not really for hatching those devious plots! Life is a gift - precious and true. Make sure there's love this festive season and indeed love in all that you do! Don't be afraid to try something new! Regret nothing! Try to avoid being blue! Always lovingly hug those you hold dear! Remember fondly those who are absent from the festivities this year!

Live life with love and cheer especially during this festive time in what will hopefully be the most wonderful time of your year!

Paul Horan

Trinity College Dublin


Tough luck for all these house-hunting upstarts...

Walking from UCD through Clonskeagh and then through Ranelagh, I noticed the large houses and gardens. And I thought: lucky are those who got there first.

And perish the thought that today's house-hunting upstarts should dream of building reasonable, smaller houses near or among these privileged people.

Think traffic! The unbearable burden that would be imposed on such a mature, settled race. How dare anyone attempt to bring down the value of my house. My right to maintain value is surely written into the Constitution?

Let them build in the country.

They were born at the wrong time. Tough luck.

Ger Counihan

Address with Editor


Legislation needed to curb landlords' greed

Inflation, once again, might be the rock on which the Irish economy may perish in a country that has seemingly learned very little from the recent past.

Inflation is a corroding malaise which, if allowed to free-wheel by complacency, will dangerously spiral. High rents, cost of houses, and now construction inflation for the building of essential services such as children and maternity hospitals, are the most tangible examples.

Prices of things and services, we are told, obey the fundamental economic law of supply and demand, but there is an additional hidden component in all this: greed.

Has anybody in Government thought about the necessity to legislate to stop or regulate the disgraceful offer of "hovels" at exorbitant rents?

Concetto La Malfa

Dublin 4


Irish rugby should heed the example set by GAA

While the recent successes of the Irish rugby team are a glorious achievement, as a spectator I find the level of alcohol advertising obstructive, distasteful and at times distracting. I felt all that was missing were pints of Guinness strategically placed around the field.

As aspects of the Public Health Alcohol Act are commenced, we have Six Nations Rugby agreeing a six-year sponsorship deal with Diageo. I recall a similar degree of pervasive Diageo sponsorship was at one time evident in GAA games. Over time, due to the courage of ex-GAA president Dr Mick Loftus, the values of the country's largest sporting body changed.

The GAA is invested in ensuring the health and wellbeing of its young membership and in so doing is aware of how alcohol marketing can shape youth culture by creating and sustaining expectations and norms.

Limerick County Board this year banned the filling of the Liam MacCarthy Cup, demonstrating real leadership. Are there no advocates within professional rugby and indeed the IRFU for public health policy on alcohol?

Marion Rackard

Naas, Co Kildare

Irish Independent

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