Monday 19 August 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'World Cup monopoly shows double standard on Super 8s'

Only four other countries have appeared in semi-finals and Ireland is not one of them (stock photo)
Only four other countries have appeared in semi-finals and Ireland is not one of them (stock photo)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The over-the-top reaction in Monday’s Irish Independent to the outcome of the concluding round of the Super 8s baffled me.

The outcome produced the top four teams in the country, although Donegal might contest that. The fact that there is a gap to the next level is not the fault of the system.

The new system will work when given time to bed down. Counties like Armagh, Cork, Roscommon, Meath and Clare will, I’ve no doubt, draw benefit from the experience.

What happened last weekend is a risk common to all games that operate a league format, yet the newspaper’s double-standard is striking. Currently the paper is leading the build-up to the forthcoming Rugby World Cup where similar questions are not posed.

Since its establishment in 1987, four countries have appeared in 23 of the 32 semi-finals (72pc) played over the period 1987-2015. Only four other countries have appeared in semi-finals and Ireland is not one of them. Only four countries have ever won it.

Yet in the coming weeks in Japan not only will there be ‘dead rubbers’, there will be total mismatches. A massive 44 games will be required to produce four semi-finalists. One does not need to be a rugby expert to predict that New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, England, Ireland, Wales, France and Scotland (with Argentina’s chances severely reduced because they have France and England in their group) will make it into the last eight, as they have done for nearly every world cup since 1987.

Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin

Dublin 16

 

Loyal fans deserve better than the GAA ticket debacle

Surely the fiasco over tickets for the Dublin versus Mayo clash could play into the hands of the ticket touts?

I personally rang Croke Park on Tuesday evening to be informed – may I say not too politely – that there was no problem with their website.

I was also told designated outlets were selling tickets that day; well, this was not my experience. I was online for two hours and visited six outlets, all of which said they had a few tickets earlier in the day, but were now sold out. Surely fans deserve better?

This is not good enough. Loyal fans support the GAA week in and week out for all kinds of less high-profile matches and then when a contest like this comes along they find themselves left out.

Philip Chambers

Dublin 24

 

Sinn Féin should put country before party over Brexit plan

Fintan O’Toole’s interesting proposal, as referred to by Colette Browne (‘With a no-deal disaster inching ever closer, we have a right to know how Government will handle it’, Irish Independent, August 7), seems worthy of serious consideration by anybody or bodies interested in brainstorming possible solutions to the Brexit quandary.

The notion that Sinn Féin members would step down and be replaced temporarily by responsible people, north and south, seems worth debating.

Sinn Féin’s immediate and swift response was to dismiss it out of hand without the slightest consideration. I would suggest it is being consistent. It never does anything in the national interest. Only what it deems to be to the party’s advantage.

When the original Sinn Féin was founded by Arthur Griffith and others, the meaning “ourselves alone” was intended to be an inclusive title for all Irish people.

In the current version of Sinn Féin “ourselves alone”, clearly based on its attitudes and actions, means the narrow version; ie. the party alone and not the welfare of Irish people.

Can anyone point to anything that it has done for the benefit of any citizens since being dragged kicking and screaming into the peace process?

Of course, its friends and supporters in the smuggling business will benefit from mayhem and a hard Border.

Pat O’Mahony

Dalkey, Co Dublin

 

We must stand firm with the EU in face of no-deal threats

The nonsense surrounding a no-deal Brexit and its consequences for Ireland is coming in spadefuls, thick and fast. Now is the time for good old Éire to hold its nerve. Why in the name of God should we be involved in any negotiation with the UK when the EU club appointed a man to fight our corner collectively.

Can you imagine if every country in the EU decided to sit down with Boris Johnson to add their own tuppence worth to what a post-Brexit EU would look like? It would be a head-spinning nightmare.

Leave the graft to the man appointed, a man of substance, who is ‘so far so good’. The British are good at playing games and they have plenty of agents in high places in this country to add spanners to the works. Stand hard and firm for the final countdown.

Noel Mannion

Clonbur, Co Galway

Irish Independent

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