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Mica scandal: Think not of the law but dig deep and bail out the builders

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Donna Price with Caoimhe, Michael and Aaron as their home in Inishowen in Co Donegal is demolished. Photo: NW Newspix

Donna Price with Caoimhe, Michael and Aaron as their home in Inishowen in Co Donegal is demolished. Photo: NW Newspix

Donna Price with Caoimhe, Michael and Aaron as their home in Inishowen in Co Donegal is demolished. Photo: NW Newspix

Like many, I assumed builders were the best people for constructing buildings. In Ireland, most of these operators are members of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF). Yet none of them noticed the rice-crispie blocks they used crumbling in their hands, or comprehended the legal requirements for providing safe, fireproof and inhabitable housing.

Were laws broken? Was no one insured? Does the CIF have no role to play in policing the conduct of its members? Step forward the taxpayer: think not of the law but dig deep and bail out the builders along with the bankers and bondholders.

Eugene Tannam

Dublin 24

Truth the real lottery when it comes to fate of Lotto cash

Spin the wheel. The National Lottery advertisement tells us more than 90pc of money is returned to the community. They even have a lie detector to prove it.

Wow. Only that the C&AG report found that over a seven-year period since 2015, 98pc of €124m in unclaimed winnings was used to promote the Lotto’s own advertising. In other words, €122m has been spent promoting its own goods. Wow again.

Only in the land of the taxable rotten building blocks could that type of advertising slip through the rather wide net of what passes for the truth in official Ireland. We await the usual canard. “It’s the fault of Putin/ Sinn Féin.”

John Cuffe

Dunboyne, Co Meath

Who will fine Central Bank for its role in great crash?

Now that the Central Bank Regulator has slapped a multi-million euro fine on the Bank of Ireland, I was just wondering, who
is around to slap a similar fine on the
Central Bank, for its carry-on during the financial crisis?

John Coleman

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Dublin 14

Champagne will remain on ice in question of Irish unity

The most sensible thing I’ve read about a united Ireland was Ellen Coyne’s article in Saturday’s Irish Independent, specifically her line: “Support for Irish unity is always strong in theory but can waver once costs are mentioned.”

We all love the idea of being one country but don’t ask me to pay for it. While there are now more Catholics in the North than Protestants, that does not necessarily mean they want to join us.

A lot of them have a very nice lifestyle and are quite happy under the present set-up. Reunification will only be feasible, in my view, when 80pc plus of the North are in favour, and that’s a long way off.

Over the years I have had this discussion about a united Ireland and I hear more negative comment about northerners than positive as if they are a different breed of people “up there”.  I thought Colm Meaney’s comment that unionists would agree to reunification under Mary Lou was wide of the mark. Look at the present stalemate in the North where Sinn Féin is the leading party and hasn’t been able to form a government for six months now. What does Colm think is going to change?

Let’s talk about it – but don’t rush out to buy the champagne just yet.

Donough O’Reilly

Stillorgan, Dublin

The PM will be very happy not to answer any questions

IN fairness to Liz Truss, I (at least) have yet to hear her respond to a question with that time-worn cliche, “I’m glad you asked me that”. No doubt because, very often, she isn’t.

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont, Dublin 9

Will blaming Russia keep me warm this wintertime?

As we enter another phase of State control in our lives regarding when and how to save energy by switching off our lights and heaters, I hope it’s now safe to stop washing our hands every 30 seconds.

Only I’m finding it a bit difficult to keep up with not knowing whether I’m coming or going. Will blaming Russia keep me warm this coming winter? I need answers, even comforting lies, to give me hope.

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co Cork

Media switches off when it comes to ‘gay STDs’

The media seems to have lost interest in monkeypox since the WHO declared it a sexually transmitted disease, almost exclusively of the gay community. Hard to figure that out.

Dr Michael Foley

Dublin 6


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