Saturday 19 October 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'We should not be proud to welcome Trump to our shores'

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Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

As an Irish man, I am dismayed that the people of Doonbeg and its surrounds haven’t taken a stand against a man who has all the traits of a bully.

While certain dignitaries and ordinary people pay homage to this president, the fact of the matter is he is everything that we as a society dislike.

His misogynistic, homophobic, anti-immigration and bankrupt personality shouldn’t be lauded, but should be reviled.

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While parents and children are separated at the Mexican/US border, some patrons of this great island of ours will salivate at the prospect of having him come to our country.

His treatment of women and his childish name-calling of those who oppose him have shown to us that he is scarcely fit for office.

His recent announcements of tariffs both on Mexican and Chinese imports does not augur well for the US economy or economies globally.

His interference in British politics and his row back on the NHS as part of a US trade deal shows how unstable his rhetoric has become.

America is €22 trillion in debt, €2 trillion of it since Trump came to power in 2016.

If anyone in Doonbeg thinks for one moment that Trump is doing them a favour, think again.

Christy Galligan

Letterkenny, Co Donegal


President’s honesty sets him apart from his predecessors

CONGRATULATIONS on printing the letter from Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob on Tuesday.

I have also been saying for months, to general disbelief, that Trump is the most honest president the USA has had for decades.

He is just so outspoken that most people are now being confronted with facts instead of being totally unaware of what was really going on in the world.

Richard Barton

Maynooth, Co Kildare


It’s OK to protest – but there’s no need for personal hatred

IT’S perfectly acceptable to disagree with President Trump’s policies, and to protest against the same.

What is unacceptable, though, is the level of personalised hatred directed at the man. It’s obvious that “liberals” still haven’t got over the result of the 2016 election, and are still behaving like bad/petulant losers.

I wouldn’t have been a fan of the policies of either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, but I would not be impressed if anyone directed personalised hatred against them. People should play the ball, not the man/woman.

On a positive note, it has to be admitted that compared to the Bush and Obama/Clinton regimes, President Trump has been, in reality, a lot less belligerent.

He has not engaged in pointless wars (so far), and has strategically withdrawn from the Middle East.

So by all means protest against the president, but please drop the personalised hatred.

Hatred is not good for anyone, especially the hater.

Eric Conway

Navan, Co Meath


Don’t let Brexit mask what happened with the banks

EVERY day we are being threatened with prophesies of doom because of a looming hard Brexit.

A hiatus in the political scene composed of a cynical confidence and supply arrangement by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil is being blamed on Brexit as a reason for continuing this charade.

For the last three years businesses were being warned by Government to make export contingency plans, and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe is warning of a prudent approach to the next budget, all being blamed on Brexit.

More importantly, Philip Lane, the Central Bank governor, has on several occasions warned of a knock to the economy if a hard Brexit occurs, and there will be pain to the economy even with a soft Brexit.

But with all those negatives lining up to hit the economy, it has not stopped Mr Lane from sending a letter to Mr Donohoe backing an end to the cap on bankers’ bonuses which was introduced following the financial crisis.

The reason this was put in place was because of the greed and lack of banking experience for what happened to this country’s finances.

Mr Lane’s letter is echoing that of the majority State-owned AIB bank, which has been the most vocal in demanding the caps be removed.

Incredibly, AIB has cited that more financial institutions moving here ahead of Brexit will increase the demand for “talent”.

There is only response to AIB: if it is going to use words like ‘talent’ and ‘banking’ in the same sentence, it must be suffering from amnesia.

Anthony McGeough

Kingswood Heights, Dublin 24

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