Friday 18 October 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'With Dubs dominant, here’s a way to boost competition'

Dublin supporters on Hill 16 during the parade prior to the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay between Dublin and Kerry. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin supporters on Hill 16 during the parade prior to the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay between Dublin and Kerry. Photo: Sportsfile
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

A number of experienced pundits have suggested that Dublin’s dominance of the All-Ireland series is likely to continue.

The GAA could promote greater competition by a decision to divide the capital’s player pool by a number equivalent to its winning sequence, currently five.

Whether that would temper Dublin’s ardour for football supremacy, I’m not so sure, but it’ll certainly encourage vigorous debate between GAA fans.

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Paul Reardon

Drumcondra, Dublin

Millionaire may be a friend to Ireland, but is Sinn Féin?

William E Hampton, the millionaire Englishman who left £1.5m (€1.6m) to Sinn Féin in his will, could well have been poorly advised on the best place to leave his money.

Sinn Féin – which, it’s said, used to be in favour of burning everything British but not its money or coal – has put up a headstone to Mr Hampton, which reads:

“True friend to Ireland. Remembered by his friends and comrades in Sinn Féin.”

There is no doubt that Mr Hampton, sometimes resident here, was a true friend of Ireland, but it is at least questionable that the same can equally be said of Sinn Féin, the lucky recipient of his money.

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co Cork

Sorry, DUP – North already different to rest of the UK

I have just watched a BBC interview with Sammy Wilson, the DUP MP, in which he said his party “could never vote for something that made Northern Ireland different from the rest of the United Kingdom”. This was said with a straight face and without a hint of irony.

Does he still not understand that Northern Ireland has always been different to the rest of the UK, wallowing as it does several light years behind in almost all facets of society?

David Ryan

Co Meath

Beef debate ignores harmful impact of meat production

Like a lot of people, I have limited sympathy for either party in this current ongoing beef dispute.

Are not both sides engaged in making money out of an industry that is producing more carbon emissions than all the motor cars in Ireland combined? An industry that damages our precious environment, putting our children’s futures at risk.

Are not both sides producing a product that has been found to be a significant contributor to heart disease, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and cancer?

Processed meat is now categorised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a ‘group 1 carcinogen’, known to cause cancer.

This is the same group as cigarette smoking.

In this context, is this dispute not like the tobacco farmers vying with the cigarette companies to get better prices for their tobacco crop?

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British and NI blood donors welcome here once again

With the understandable focus of late on all things Brexit, it’s no surprise that last week a significant announcement went by and large overlooked by political and media life here.

In some positive news, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) announced that a ban on blood donations from people who were resident in the North or in Britain for a year or more between the years 1980-1996 was to be lifted.

The ban was in effect from 2004 and related to the vCJD/BSE crisis.

There is no doubt that in order to protect the blood supply, the Government and IBTS had to adhere to the strictest of scientific guidelines when assessing this matter, but given the passage of time since the vCJD crisis and the demonstrable need for additional blood donations, the ban warranted a reassessment.

When the ban first came into effect, it meant an initial loss of 10,000 people from the blood donation register here and prevented a further broad range of people within society from donating much-needed blood.

The need for a review and reconsideration of the decision was something I raised in the Seanad under ‘Commencement Matters’ several times.

Given the nature of life across the entirety of Ireland, it is positive that the block on donations from the people impacted upon has been overturned and in welcoming it, I would encourage people, if they were affected by the ban or not, to now consider becoming blood donors.

I would also continue to commend the IBTS in following their commitment to strict scientific monitoring and supervision of the blood supply.

Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile

Leinster House, Dublin 2

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