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Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photo: PA

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photo: PA

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photo: PA

As a member of the Fianna Fáil party for over 40 years, I am very disappointed at the moment.

Not with the latest opinion poll, not by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s leadership, but by the antics of a handful of backbenchers who seem to be unaware of the situation we are in as a country at this time.

It began immediately after the ministerial appointments, with some claiming to be insulted at not being appointed. This gave the impression of people thinking only of themselves, with the consequent negative repercussions for Fianna Fáil. Did they not understand simple maths and the number of positions available to Mr Martin?

I would like to remind them it was not Mr Martin who was involved in a drink-driving incident. It was not Mr Martin who was involved in any way in ‘Golfgate’ and it is not Mr Martin who is acting like a spoilt child who doesn’t get what he wants.

Incidentally, in relation to Golfgate, I feel that Fianna Fáil has taken a disproportionate amount of the blame for it, keeping in mind that it was not a Fianna Fáil event nor was it only Fianna Fáil politicians partaking in it.

In these times, surely it is the mental, physical and financial health of our people that must take precedence over everything else. I believe Mr Martin and his government are very focused on that.

Leading the few disgruntled voices in Fianna Fáil seems to be Marc MacSharry. His reported recent statement that An Taoiseach should keep the acting chief medical officer off TV screens because he is scaring “the bejasus out of people” brings to mind Donald Trump’s attempts at silencing Dr Fauci.

Unfortunately for Fianna Fáil, I believe it is the appearances and pronouncements of Mr MacSharry that are far more likely to “frighten the bejasus out of people” than are those of the acting chief medical officer.

Tim Maher

Inse Geimhleach, Co Chorcaí

 

Ireland should take the lead and welcome Lesbos refugees

The conditions being suffered by the refugees in Lesbos are truly inhumane.

The Irish Government should immediately give a lead in what has generally been a poor European response to the refugee crisis – Angela Merkel’s Germany being an honourable exception.

Too much has been left to Greece and Italy. A demonstration of vision and leadership by Ireland would dovetail well with its aspirations for a place at the top table at UN level. I have no doubt that if given the opportunity, communities across this country would take initiatives to welcome numbers which were manageable locally.

For centuries, we Irish have gone abroad and prospered by depending on the kindness of strangers. Ba chomhair dúinn amhlaidh a dhéanamh do na daoine seo anois.

It’s time for some national inspiration, Micheál, Leo, Eamon and company! Do it now.

Martin Clynes

Clontarf, Dublin 3

 

UK’s casual decision to break international law indefensible

Why does the term ‘perfidious Albion’ immediately spring to mind when trying to fathom Britain’s indefensible and almost casual decision to break international law?

Frank Khan

Dublin 16

 

British have a long history of going back on their word

Looking at the British government’s attempt to renege on the international agreement with the EU with regard to Brexit, it appears that there is still an element within the present British government that hasn’t changed since 1691.

Having signed the Treaty of Limerick, the treaty was broken by the British before the ink with which it was written was dry.

Donal O’Shea

Cloonkeen, Castlebar, Co Mayo

 

Great to see his former rival getting firmly behind Kenny

I was pleased recently to see John Caulfield expressing confidence in the ability of new Ireland football manager Stephen Kenny.

The two men, of course, as managers with Dundalk and Cork City went boot to boot over some very exciting league campaigns, supplying us League of Ireland folk with some of the best games seen in years. Heartening, therefore, to read John’s comments.

As a Dundalk supporter, to say I wish Stephen success would be an understatement.

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont, D9

 

No disguising the fact this Halloween will be different

Can we take it that masks will be mandatory this Halloween?

Brian Ahern

Clonsilla, Dublin 15

Irish Independent