What if it is correct that there is a consensus for Ireland to join an EU army (‘Varadkar confident he could secure a Yes vote for Ireland to join EU army’, Irish Independent, June 1)? The implication here is that under the present administration, what the people want, the people get. Really?
The two main areas of Irish life that are in crisis are housing and healthcare. The majority of people agree that the resolution of the housing crisis lies in local authorities or some other state agency reverting to building social and affordable-purchase houses to meet the projected need, as they did up to the catastrophic housing policy changes under the Bertie Ahern governments.
In healthcare, again, the vast majority of citizens want a one-tier system delivered based on need.
What do we get in both areas? Waffle and pretence, while policies that are stuffed to the gills with a failed ideology that serves only the interests of a well-connected few are vigorously pursued.
There is enough to be doing, Mr Varadkar, without heading off on another tangent, supposedly in search of some good to do.
It is time to stop trying to distract and divert attention to solve your own problems and start honestly tackling the life-crippling disasters that are right in front of you and impacting on so many.
Serve the common good and you will not go too far wrong. In the meantime, stop the spoofing. It merely adds salt to the wounds.
Jim O’Sullivan, Rathedmond, Sligo
Martina Devlin wonders if the UK government is using the Good Friday Agreement as a poker chip in its battle with the EU (Irish Independent, May 20).
She recalls Thatcher’s government, and ministers of stature – unlike Boris’s crew, characterised by people like Priti Patel (threatens the obstinate Irish with food shortages) or Liz Truss (Brexit would only trouble a few Irish turnip farmers).
Thatcher had a love/hate relationship with Ireland. She admired Charles Haughey, but according to her autobiography, Downing Street Years, she had little time for Garret FitzGerald.
Unlike the present lot, she did not believe the British empire was won on the playing fields of Eton.
Their arrogance was displayed in the Sue Gray report. Staff under prime minister Johnson’s control told the cleaners and security people to “get lost” (using far riper language) when they pointed out to Johnson’s staff they were not obeying Covid rules.
What a stark contrast it makes to compare the arrogance of these Eton-type chaps with the humility and honest professionalism of the cleaning staff.
Hugh Duffy, Cleggan, Co Galway
The biggest problem in the US is not guns, it is the Senate. Two senators in Wyoming, representing 581,348 Americans, have the same voting power as the two senators in California, representing 39.5 million Americans.
A Wyoming senator’s vote is worth almost 50 times a Californian senator’s vote. Someone here is drunk on power, and that addiction means the country is no longer a functioning democracy.
However, the American people have the right to repeal any amendment to their constitution. Their politicians can press for a national referendum on the second amendment.
If the Republican senators are confident the majority of American voters will want to continue with the right to bear arms, with school shootings, then they (and their sponsors in the National Rifle Association) should have no fear that anything will change and will happily avoid a filibuster to prevent a national vote.
Alison Hackett, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin
Having recently experienced the panic, frustration and anxiety of queuing at Dublin Airport, could I offer a simple suggestion?
The DAA could introduce a system whereby people are actively discouraged from arriving too early for their flights and are only permitted to join the queue for security at an agreed time (for example, two-and-a-half hours before their departure).
Airport officials could monitor access to the queue by simply checking the passenger’s flight-time details. Ironically, the present problem at the airport is being worsened by people arriving extremely early for their flights (completely understandable, given the present chaotic scenario).
Sinéad Boland, Kilmacanogue, Co Wickow