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'There is nothing like the prospect of an immediate general election to sharpen the resolve of the negotiators.' (stock photo)

'There is nothing like the prospect of an immediate general election to sharpen the resolve of the negotiators.' (stock photo)

'There is nothing like the prospect of an immediate general election to sharpen the resolve of the negotiators.' (stock photo)

Micheál Martin is to be congratulated on achieving the highest office in the land.

We can but wish him well, and I’m quite sure he will roll up his sleeves and give it his all.

As never before the country needs a far-seeing and wise Taoiseach to steer the ship of state out of these troubled waters.

He and Leo have to be congratulated for at long last parking the differences going all the way back to Dev and the Civil War.

However, we have now been 140 days without a functioning government.

In the meantime Leo and Micheál shadow boxed around one another while the Green Party struggled with its conscience and lost.

This should never again be allowed happen. When we again have a hung parliament, which under our present voting system seems inevitable, the rules should change. The parties should be afforded 30 days with full pay for negotiations.

However, if they have not reached agreement in that time a further 30 days should be allowed, with no pay, to be followed with an immediate general election.

If this needs a constitutional change so be it.

There is nothing like the prospect of an immediate general election to sharpen the resolve of the negotiators and avoid a repeat of the charade to which the country has been subjected.

Dickie Power

Kilmallock, Co Limerick

 

A new day, but Seanad is still full of old guard we rejected

We finally got a new government and some say an end to the Civil War politics. We will see. I hope for our sake this government can work.

With all the unrest that is going on around other countries we need stability at this time.

But there is one thing that has to change, that is the Taoiseach being able to put people in the Seanad who have been rejected by their own constituents during the general election.     

Tom Mitchell

Loughrae, Co Galway

 

Women are the majority; vote for the change you want to see

In her article of June 27 (‘Dáil Éireann shamefully remains a man’s world – and guess who reaps the benefit?’) Martina Devlin reminds us that women are ‘woefully under-represented as TDs’ and as a result ‘policy is left largely to men’. The truth is that this derives from the fact that men are nearly 80pc of the principal decision making forum in our democracy – the Dáil.

Until women use their majority status in the electorate to elect more women to the Dáil nothing much will change in relation to women’s issues in public policy formation.

A Leavy

Sutton, Dublin 13

 

Luke – a prophet never fully respected in his own land

The vandalising of two statues of the late, great Luke Kelly in recent days is sad to see.

An Irishman and Dubliner, Luke was highly regarded and respected on his many worldwide travels.

Leaving school at 13 years of age, the self-taught red-haired troubadour could hold a conversation in any company; be it with priest, parson, prince or pauper.

Looking down at his detractors and defacers he would have forgiven them, and tried to understand their anger.

And perhaps smiling in a kindly way, he might be heard to utter the immortal words “scorn not their simplicity, but rather try to love them all the more”.

He was a brilliant ballad singer with a unique and rich voice known the world over.

It shone through in particular in his rendition of Patrick Kavanagh’s ‘Raglan Road’ and the rousing version of ‘The Rising Of The Moon’. It appears the old proverb might apply in Luke’s case – “a prophet is never fully respected in his own land”.

Tom Towey

Cloonacool, Co Sligo

 

Prison Service’s Covid work could be applied more widely

Congratulations to the Prison Service in preventing Covid-19 deaths in our

prisons.

There must be lessons to be learnt from how it managed to prevent deaths, and how those methods could be applied to similar close-knit groups with partially restricted movements.

Danny Murphy

Portmarnock, Dublin

 

Some like it a lot – and you’d want to for a cool €300,000

We read that a handkerchief once owned by Marilyn Monroe has sold for three hundred grand. 

Not to be sneezed at...?

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont, Dublin 9

Irish Independent