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Sinn Féin's belief it has right to be in power is nonsense


Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: PA

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: PA

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: PA

Sinn Féin seems to believe that it has an automatic right to be in government. This is nonsense.

Any government will require three parties to have an effective majority. And the country requires stability without another general election for an absolute minimum of three years. Consequently, parties need an arrangement where they can work together without the type of break-up that occurred in Northern Ireland.

This rules out Sinn Féin from a coalition with other established parties in the Republic. I see no reason why a coalition consisting of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens should not be effective. They must agree a joint programme requiring all three parties to accept major compromises to election promises.

However, this situation was always likely to surface based on division of seats. I cannot see a situation where Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael could form a proper working relationship with Sinn Féin.

This fact cannot be ignored because Sinn Féin had better election results than were expected.

Brian Patrick McArdle

Newbridge, Co Kildare

Councils must change names that glorify horrible past

I note that many statues of slave owners and others are being removed from our eyesight. That is a welcome move.

May I be so bold to suggest to our elected councillors on Dublin City Council to start to remove the names of similar vile people whose names are on our streets and roads.

The one name that has constantly riled me is that of Lansdowne. Sir William Petty arrived in Ireland in 1652. Petty, an ancestor of Lord Lansdowne who acted as an agent for the crown, was responsible for the removal from our shores of 100,000 Irish to the West Indies.

We need to seriously look at place names and to ensure that they do not glorify the past or to be more precise the horrible past of our former coloniser.

Paul Doran

Clondalkin, Dublin

Madness of this hatred of a person’s skin colour must end

What has the world come to once again when people have to protest that ‘black lives matter’? What is it about the colour of someone’s skin that brings out such hate?

The pure madness of humanity. I quote Nelson Mandela from his book ‘Long Walk to Freedom’: “I saw that it was not just my freedom that was curtailed, but the freedom of everyone who looked like I did.”

When is this madness going to stop?

Brian McDevitt

Glenties, Co Donegal

Society lacks the ‘wisdom’ to grasp inadequate economics

I read in a recent Irish Independent editorial (June 9) that “the saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom”. The editorial uses the quote in the context of lifting lockdown prior to complete eradication of Covid-19 in Ireland.

It appears to be very applicable in the medical sense, but there is a much more critical long-term context towards which it should be applied.

I refer to the utter failure of economists, politicians, media and society to grasp just how greatly science, technology and especially computerisation have changed the very core of economic activity. The lack of wisdom to grasp just how inadequate present (which is really historic) economic ideology is to manage modern technological ability and output potential will prove catastrophic.

The inadequacy ranges over most aspects of economics but is highlighted by two glaring anomalies that technology has wrought on conventional economic ideology.

How can the world prosper applying “growth” economics in a situation where technology can grossly overproduce on all fronts? Similarly, how can conventional “work/jobs” philosophy secure adequate employment despite automation and robotics usurping accelerating amounts of every type of work there is?

If society and democracy are to be sustained, those in control must devise ideology to prosper in sufficiency and generate a lot more jobs from a lot less work.

Padraic Neary

Tubbercurry, Co Sligo

Tail is wagging the dog as big two bow to Greens’ demands

From the information coming out of the government formation meetings it sounds as if the tail is wagging the dog.

The two bigger parties (with over one million votes) are so afraid to go to the country that they are giving the Greens (with 156,000 votes) whatever they ask for. Over 90pc of voters did not vote for the Greens but will be ending up with green policies.

Eamon Ward

Co Wexford

Irish Independent