Thursday 22 August 2019

Politicians care about their own positions, not the real issues

Criticism: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Reuters
Criticism: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Reuters
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

It would appear that the only thing Irish politicians are good at is fighting elections - it's after they have been elected that they fail miserably.

We are now being forced into an election simply because an email disappeared in the craziness of some Government department, which leads to our over-sensitive politicians claiming to have been misled. For any of us who have dealt with Government departments, missing documentation is not unusual.

Remember these over-sensitive souls are some of the very same politicians who, some weeks ago, had big enough egos to believe they could solve the North Korean crisis. But it appears communication difficulties within departments here in Ireland are now grounds for all-out political war.

Well, shame on all your houses! This election is not about the Dáil being misled, but is all about Leo Varadkar looking for a new mandate and Micheál Martin fearing he may lose ground to the 'Shinners' should he appear to roll over once again.

To put it in perspective, the cost of this unnecessary election would solve the homeless crisis overnight.

This careless indifference to the needs of the people who elected them is more a reflection of how much politicians care about their own positions and how little they care about the real issues that affect this country.

By their actions alone, it is obvious to me that neither Mr Varadkar nor his counterpart Mr Martin have the necessary political acumen to run this country effectively and, as such, I hope out of this mess a real politician emerges. "Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man"- your country needs you!

Eugene McGuinness

Bishop Birch Place, Co Kilkenny

Inaction by Tánaiste the problem

The Taoiseach insists he will not seek a minister's resignation because nothing wrong was done. Technically, he is correct. Wrong was not done by the minister doing anything, but by inaction of doing nothing to prevent wrong being done by a State authority.

A credible email suggested action proposing to discredit a whistleblower was being contemplated by the State body for which the minister had responsibility.

Strenuous efforts are being made to excuse the errant minister by suggesting it was illegal to approach or try to influence a commission of inquiry, which had been set up to determine facts in this whistleblower saga.

It would indeed have been remiss and probably illegal for a minister to interfere, but did the minister have no duty to influence and object to the course of action reportedly proposed by the Garda?

The minister is in trouble because of failure to take any action to prevent a State body from trying to vilify a brave man in order to hide possible wrongdoing within the said State body itself.

Padraic Neary

Tubbercurry, Co Sligo

Politics isn't just about winning, it's about doing the right thing.

Eve Parnell

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EU should take sensible approach

I absolutely agree with Padraic Neary's letter ('As thick as thieves on Brexit', Letters, Irish Independent, November 25).

As a Brexiteer voter, the way Europe treats Britain post-referendum is nothing less than contemptuous.

Although I voted out and prefer the hardest of exits, I would like the UK government to hold a second referendum (at which I'd still vote out) to allow those too young to vote last year and those who've changed their minds a second and final chance. It's too important to cast in stone a final exit affecting millions of lives.

However, the shabby treatment and ridicule of Britain won't endear those who could allow a second plebiscite.

European leaders should adopt the sensible approach of Padraic Neary, or risk not only a hard exit, but a bitter one, too.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London SW3, UK

While Leo Varadkar ponders vetoing further progress on the Brexit talks, he might try to recall an occasion when giving an ultimatum to the UK, when its vital interests were involved, has proved fruitful.

Walter Goe

Rathgar Road, Dublin 6

Seasonal stamps fail to deliver

It seems An Post can't wait to damage itself more. At a time of much-needed revenue, not to mention the season of goodwill, it continues to make bad decisions.

The 'Christmas' stamps are out, and again they have chosen to exclude 'Nollaig' from all size versions of their designs. The stamps are bright yet soul-less without this uniquely Irish, ancient word.

I thought last year's omission of Nollaig - the first in history and ironically on the 100th anniversary of 1916 - was an oversight. So to repeat that error has cast An Post into the pit of corporate, uniform blandness. Our stamps have lost warm appeal. I won't buy them.

Sean O Broin

Cluain Dolcain, Baile Átha Cliath

Independence and abortion

I am very concerned at the recent description of the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) as "independent experts" by the Oireachtas committee on abortion.

Its website states that "The IFPA supports the choices of women and girls with an unplanned or crisis pregnancy in all circumstances". How can this position be described as independent?

It is interesting to note that Dr Martin Luther King's niece Dr Alveda King compares the fight against abortion with the fight against racism. She describes the pro-life movement as 'the new civil rights movement'.

Elizabeth Cullen

Thomastown, Co Kildare

Criticism of Sinn Féin fair game

Dearbhail McDonald writes in defence of Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald (Irish Independent, November 25), which is her right. However, when she rounds on the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for his treatment in the Dáil of Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald, she goes too far.

When Sinn Féin stops eulogising the killers of Garda Jerry McCabe, then her criticism of the Taoiseach might have validity.

Until then, the duty of the Taoiseach is to undermine Sinn Féin in whatever manner he sees fit. That is what his electors elected him for as the leader of our democratic Government.

Jerry Kiersey

Blessington, Co Wicklow

Making a bags of it

Are bags-for-life obsolete when the owner dies?

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co Cork

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