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More of same . . . West in Egypt . . . Irish EU jobs

It was interesting to read that Micheal Martin has appointed PJ Mara, architect of Charlie Haughey and Bertie Ahern's election campaigns, as a part of his team. So much for the new style of politics in Fianna Fáil.

Barry Walsh
Dublin 3

  • In his 2009 Cairo speech, US President Barack Obama acknowledged that tensions between the Western and Muslim worlds had "been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations".

He failed to mention that, long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, many of these countries were still being treated as proxies with their leaders -- including Hosni Mubarak -- propped up by the West.

Whilst the US cannot decide Egypt's future, withdrawing American support for Mr Mubarak would rapidly hasten his demise and enable Mr Obama to live up to the commitments he made in that historic speech.

Stefan Simanowitz
London NW3

  • If Enda Kenny is so reluctant to face a home debating challenge head on, is he the right choice to negotiate on Ireland's behalf when abroad?

Henry Gaynor
Tralee, Co Kerry

  • Fergal Leonard queries the cost-benefit analysis of Irish being an official EU language. The EU translation and interpretation cost work out at €2 per EU citizen per year. This is a fund into which Irish people pay too.

It creates employment opportunities for Irish people at EU level.

The more Irish people working at EU level, the better it is for the country.

This is a positive story, a 'meaningful result' and not a 'pipe dream'.

DAithI Mac CArthaigh BL
Baile Atha BuI, Co na MI

Irish Independent