Wednesday 22 November 2017

St Patrick's Day, 'Ming' and Haughey's tax

l In her article (Irish Independent March 20) 'Ming now has zero credibility, luckily he has zero influence', Liz O'Donnell raised several issues which need addressing. When referring to the "annual St Patrick's Day pilgrimages" she describes some sections of the media as being "cynical". Would it not be fair to allow this cynicism as both the Taoiseach and the American-titled 'Leader of the Free World' both met on March 19 to exchange shamrock well after those of us who are Irish have dumped withered sprigs in the bin having worn them on March 17?

Furthermore Ms O'Donnell points out that Ming and his "cast of players" who rival "Scrap Saturday" represent one-fifth of voters which "at twice the support level of Labour" have "zero influence given the Government's large majority".

Considering the fact that Ms O'Donnell once traded under the now-defunct banner of "Progressive Democrat", perhaps she might like to address the somewhat incredulous situation, of a party, namely Labour, that only commands 10pc of electoral support having such influence on the ministerial offices of Tanaiste, Foreign Affairs, Social Welfare, Public Sector Reform and Energy and Communications – the juxtaposition that her article inadvertently highlights.

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