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Taking the Mick

• It is the cornerstone of justice that laws be upheld to defend its merits.

That Mick Wallace thinks he has somehow leapfrogged this when caught as a tax cheat is absurd.

If the shoe was on the other foot and Wallace had stolen from his firm M&J Wallace in order to invest in some much-needed public facilities, such as hospitals or schools, he would have been held to account by his company directors and tried without delay.

No matter how mundane the cliche seems, theft is theft. The implied vindication that Wallace bet big in the hope of saving his floundering company has as little to do with the matter as the queen's diamond jubilee, as he should never have bet at all.

Explanation is not justification, and it is vital that Wallace be reminded of this. Any law which states otherwise should be exposed for the sham that it is -- a perversion of justice, plain and simple.

Robert Soper
Munster Avenue, Galway

• If Mick Wallace TD was Mick Wallace MP sitting in the mother of parliaments across the Irish Sea nobody would have to ask him to resign -- his conscience and a bit of self-respect would would have done the trick.

But this is the land of the cute hoor who believes that only d'oul Brits do such silly things as resign on principle.

Cardinal Sean Brady is still sitting in his ivory tower in Armagh after having admitted that as a priest back in the day he presided over a kangaroo court that swore two children to silence who were sexually assaulted by an agent of the Pope. Will he resign? Not a chance, it appears.

What the likes of Wallace and Brady and the rest possess in abundance is necks of solid brass, lack of self-respect and utter contempt for the Irish people.

Paddy O'Brien
Balbriggan, Co Dublin

Irish Independent