Tuesday 11 December 2018

Problem of the banks goes much deeper than tracker scandal

Tents where homeless people live along The Royal Canal in Dublin. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Tents where homeless people live along The Royal Canal in Dublin. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Much of the criticism of the tracker mortgage scandal is hypocritical and ignores the fact that the questionable and damaging decisions are much wider in their consequences than that particular issue.

The decisions which caused the tracker mortgage scandal and affected a certain number of people were indefensible.

But they followed on from even bigger decisions, which bankrupted the country and affected us all.

The tracker mortgage scandal is one of the consequences of the bankrupting of the country.

That major historical calamity happened precisely because a small group of powerful people were in continuous and virtually unchallenged power during the pre-2009 period.

They were all human beings and were subject to being corrupted by power.

But it needs to be repeated that the group of people who were in charge of government and financial institutions etc during that period were virtually unchallenged when they made the decisions which ended up bankrupting the country.

That led to a collapse of world-class proportions relative to the size of this economy.

Why then is the Irish media not challenging those who were around the various decision-making tables when the decisions were made which contributed to the bankrupting of this country?

Why are they not being challenged when they are now complaining about one of the consequences and blaming other people for the problems they themselves caused?

A Leavy

Sutton, Dublin 13

 

Worrying signal on abortion

The Oireachtas committee has agreed that the Eighth Amendment should not be retained in full even though this is the provision in our Constitution that protects the right to life of the unborn.

Fine Gael TD Kate O'Connell believes this decision is a step in the right direction. Heaven's above! How could a decision to end the human rights of a whole section of our society ever be a step in the right direction? And speaking of human rights, what about the right to life of the unborn? Is the unborn baby to be denied the right to life by virtue of the environment she is in, her level of dependency, her disability or even her gender?

Fianna Fáil TD Lisa Chambers said the decision sent a signal that the status quo was no longer acceptable. I agree with Ms Chambers, it does send a signal. A very worrying and gravely flawed signal that suggests unborn babies are somehow lesser human beings. Gosh, how we've fallen from the resolve of our forefathers to cherish all the nation's children equally!

Undeniably, we all know women who find themselves in desperate situations and we as a nation need to offer positive alternatives to the atrocity of abortion.

Indeed, we can take our lead from organisations such as Every Life Counts, One Day More, Gianna Care, Anew and Cura, organisations committed to respecting and protecting the right to life of the mother and baby alike.

The Irish people will have their say and when they do I hope they remember that every human life is invaluable and so protect the right to life of both mother and baby.

Louise Clara

Leitrim Village

 

Distorting reality of debate

The use, or misuse, of language in the current abortion debate is disturbing. Medical and scientific terms are being used deliberately to distort the reality of what is at stake.

Who ever heard an expectant mother exclaim: "I am with zygote!" Who ever said they were "expecting a developed embryo"? What pregnant friend tells you her "foetus has just started kicking"?

Why not admit, what we are talking about is a baby. What we are talking about is a child, our very own child. In the womb, voiceless, defenceless, vulnerable, waiting only to be born. Needing our compassion, our protection and our love - at this moment more than ever, more than any time again.

What kind of human rights language is it that takes this life, this right to life, from such a child? When we use the language of choice, let it not be to obscure what choice it really is.

Sinéad Boland

Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow

 

Central Bank seems blinkered

Ten years after the crash, the Central Bank governor says a lot will happen in the next few months (hooray), but covers himself, saying, "it is for the banks to ensure they satisfy their customers as quickly as possible".

Is it possible the Central Bank has cognitive issues with major banking problems 10 years old as it acts like it just found out.

Seán Simon

Boyle, Co Roscommon

 

Austerity hasn't gone away at all

Two years ago, we were told that austerity was over but it appears that austerity measures put in place largely continue and are not reversed to any meaningful extent. The latest aspect is the discrimination in pension entitlements which mainly affects women to a greater extent than men, as they have been the main homemakers who took a break from work to rear families. In any case, women in the home generally suffered greatest during the years of austerity imposition.

Many of these people have been getting up early in the morning from a young age and are now being penalised and discriminated against in our 'Republic of Opportunity' that Leo Varadkar continually refers to.

In contrast to that, it is amazing how the pensions of retired politicians and ministers are not affected in the same way, even though some of them may have broken terms of office.

In the midst of this controversy, Fianna Fáil politicians are seeking publicity, criticising Government policy on this. Of course, in the midst of their criticism they have failed to mention that it was their party that became the real anti-mother and anti-family party through its tax individualisation policy introduced in the budget of 2000.

Christy Kelly

Co Limerick

 

Farewell to Fats...

The wonderful Fats Domino R.I.P (Rock In Peace).

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont, Dublin 9

 

Little change in modern Ireland

What with the banking tracker mortgage interest scandal, a housing crisis and a rail strike imminent, is it not the case that Ireland as a State is wholly incongruous in 2017?

Surely Ireland presently can best be described as a place little changed since the Ireland of Joyce's 'Ulysses', where the incongruous ruling and banking classes continue to play out their incongruent incongruence and incongruity daily, with scant regard for all members of society, cementing the adage and proverb that the more things change, the more they just stay the same.

Paul Horan

Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2

Irish Independent

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