I am appalled that the Government may withdraw Irish troops from UN peacekeeping duties as a result of our commitment to EU battle groups.
This must be in direct contravention of Ireland’s constitutional obligation (Article 29.2) to be a peacemaker. Being neutral does not mean being silent.
Can we please call loudly for an immediate armistice in Ukraine and an immediate stop to Ireland’s military involvement in this conflict?
Elizabeth Cullen, Kilcullen, Co Kildare
Political editor Philip Ryan (‘Many workers will feel short-changed as Varadkar walks a fiscal tightrope’, Irish Independent, February 23) thinks many workers will feel hard done by the Government’s cost-of-living package this month.
Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald accused the Government of ignoring the plight of renters and people with mortgages who are hanging on by a thread.
Former Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall feels people will be living in fear of their next bill, while Labour says the measures were simply not targeted.
People Before Profit thinks hoteliers will be living it up on champagne and caviar. Well, let’s now put the ball in the court of the opposition parties and see them come up with a fairer alternative.
It would be great if the people were given an alternative and they could have a choice. I note that Mick Wallace doesn’t think €53 a week is a lot of money, but I know people who would regard this as quite a lot.
It’s rather obvious that Wallace isn’t living in the same world as those poor people.
Thomas Garvey, Claremorris, Co Mayo
Just a reminder for those who are vacillating about the continued support for Ukraine in its existential battle with darkness.
Last April, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, the right-hand man of Vladimir Putin and deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, took to Russian social media platform Telegram to speak of a desire on Russia’s part to develop a Eurasian sphere of influence that would stretch from “Vladivostok to Lisbon”.
If you are still not sure, contrast and compare the western judicial systems, freedom of the press and the sacrosanct value of individual freedom that gives life its only meaning, and that other lifestyle available in Russia.
Or, perhaps, you would prefer to mince your words and constantly look over your shoulder while holidaying in the Algarve?
Eugene Tannam, Firhouse, Dublin 24
It was reassuring to hear Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland condemn in unequivocal words the shocking and callous attack on a PSNI officer.
She said there was “no excuse” and “no political rationale”.
“And we are not going back to the bad old days – the only way for every community in Ireland is forward,” she added, calling for an “all-Ireland response”.
I would add that the “forward” for every community in Ireland is to see an end to the ways of these criminals.
Aidan Roddy, Cabinteely, Dublin 18
Glancing at the ever-familiar caption of Curly Wee in the Irish Independent has brought back pleasant memories of reading the antics of the farmyard fowl and animals.
In those days, its title was Curly Wee and Gussie Goose. The Count was, and still is, the kind and helpful pig.
One memorable rhyme went thus: “The thunder crashed / The lightning flashed / And all the world was shaken / The little pig curled up his tail / And ran to save his bacon.”
These stories were also later published in book form. Congratulations on keeping Curly Wee up and running.
Leo Gormley, Dundalk, Co Louth
Can someone please explain how Roald Dahl books need to be rewritten when we have done nothing meaningful to make it impossible for children to access pornography on their smartphones?
How messed up society has become.
B Conlon, address with editor