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Quiet revolution

• I hold out hope that a quiet revolution might be having its birth in this land of priests, politicians, posers, profiteers and the powerless.

My first inkling that there was a growing defiance amongst the citizens who had heretofore always obeyed even the most avoidable laws, was that they were now beginning to defy them. This must be encouraged.

For example, when one is out driving and not going faster than a sensible 120kmh, nearly all oncoming drivers will flash their lights if there is a road-block or sneaky speed van waiting to trap us.

This is, to my mind, the type of start that mass movements determined to force change could use in campaigns which are hopefully being formulated by any potential patriots.

Another noticeable feature in Eire Nua is that when one enters a bank and the manager is about, we no longer hear the loud click of heels on the tiles when he walks among us. They wear mostly Hush Puppies nowadays.

Why, just the other day, I said: "How're ya, Jack?" when my former god passed within earshot.

He didn't answer, but I felt it was more through uncertainty than arrogance.

Now, don't get me wrong, it's not as if the leopard has changed its spots or anything, but it is an indication that new strategies are having to be devised in case the natives cut up rough.

This is another blister to be picked at. Keep 'em worried about us, now that we are wise to all the shenanigans in their financial institutions of dodginess.

There are so many ways we can -- if we lose our fear -- get through our lives with some degree of dignity through simple non-compliance. If nothing else, it will give us a sense of doing the right thing for ourselves, without first having to seek the permission of a failed system.

We must cultivate a belief that we are not sheep waiting for direction, postponing all things pleasurable until all the bills are paid and it's 'safe' to be seen to trade in a car or take a holiday.

Let others wait before they get their hands on your money. Don't pay the household charge if you think you can cope with the flak. Get out there, brave people of Ireland, and kick ass!

Robert Sullivan
Bantry, Co Cork

• The deep love and concern that the Irish people continue to show for the poorest of the poor is awe-inspiring.

It is to their eternal credit that, despite the economic hardships at home, they have not forgotten those in the developing world.

And, working on behalf of the Irish people, neither has GOAL.

We continue to deliver aid and emergency relief in 13 developing countries.

Across Sudan and South Sudan, for instance, GOAL is supporting almost 50 healthcare clinics, which cater to close to one million desperately poor people.

We have responded to the plight of drought-stricken communities in Ethiopia by treating more than 33,500 children suffering from malnutrition, and distributing over 47 million litres of water to 500,000 people since January 2011. And in Kenya, GOAL has built more than 8,000 houses for families displaced by post-election violence.

John O'Shea
GOAL, PO Box 19, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Irish Independent