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As Taoiseach, Seán Lemass always urged that Irish unity should be striven for peacefully. Photo: Tom Burke/NPA/Independent collection

As Taoiseach, Seán Lemass always urged that Irish unity should be striven for peacefully. Photo: Tom Burke/NPA/Independent collection

As Taoiseach, Seán Lemass always urged that Irish unity should be striven for peacefully. Photo: Tom Burke/NPA/Independent collection

In his speech at the Seán Lemass Commemoration, Taoiseach Micheál Martin spent much time castigating others for peacefully pursuing the goal of Irish unity in ways of which he disapproves.

He also referred to the alleged frustration of Lemass at those who demanded unity but had no strategy for achieving it.

Has it escaped the Taoiseach’s notice that there exists now a very clear strategy and pathway to Irish unity? It is provided for in the Good Friday Agreement by way of referendums on Irish unity on both sides of the Border.

Instead of repeatedly ticking off those who seek to advance towards these referendums, he should establish a Citizens’ Assembly on Irish unity to help prepare the groundwork.

It could begin to set out the shape of a new Ireland in all its aspects – constitutional, political, social and economic.

For decades, Micheál Martin’s predecessors, including Lemass, urged people to use politics rather than force to achieve Irish unity. It seems strange that now, when such a clear political path exists, Micheál Martin is so reluctant to set foot on it.

Tony McDarby

Dublin 15

An astonishing feat against the All Blacks that lifts us all

Ireland’s series win against the All Blacks should be seen as an astonishing win against tremendous odds. While both countries have similar populations, there are about 10 times more rugby players in New Zealand and, perhaps, five times more professionals. Rugby is their national sport, while it is only number three in large-ball games in Ireland.

It is doubtful if we have ever had a more balanced pack, and if there is presently a better lock-cum-flanker than Tadhg Beirne please let us know. A man-of-all-trades but also master of all.

For me, these Test wins are better than beating Italy in the 1994 Fifa World Cup. To win the series in New Zealand is probably the best Ireland team performance ever. A small light against the economic gloom.

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David Ryan

Co Meath

When self-belief is there, you can achieve almost anything

The recent success of Ireland’s rugby team abroad should give us all hope and confidence in what we can achieve when we have self-belief.

An old saying goes: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, and try again.”

But remember, “If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost”.

Leo Gormley

Dundalk, Co Louth

Bunch of Tory back-stabbers won’t resolve issues at hand

Britain is at the mercy of prime ministerial candidates hoping to lead the UK and the Conservatives. All are out for their own glory and are a dismal bunch of back-stabbers.

Is there any chance that a politician from the Republic can step in as an alternative option, to restore sanity and arrange Scottish independence, Irish reunification, abolition of the monarchy and Brexit referendums?

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, England

Not much celebration for the Djokovic and Rybakina wins

In contrast to the commotion following Ukraine’s Eurovision Song Contest success, has anyone else noticed the lack of due recognition by the establishment media for the great wins in the 2022 Wimbledon tennis tournament by Elena Rybakina and Novak Djokovic? Is it because both of their respective countries have a neutral stance on the Russian/Ukraine military conflict or perhaps for other reasons?

Joe Terry

Blarney, Co Cork

Call me Rudolph as frivolity continues to reign, dear

The Taoiseach’s apparent frivolity and attraction to street gatherings shows that the influence of Leo Varadkar is always to the fore in our modern Republic’s governance.

Cavorting around the streets and waving happily with the most acceptable and colourful citizens is where I’m probably losing out in the contentment stakes, and I’ve resolved to follow Mr Martin’s lead.

Yes, no longer will I need to identify as a mere man in this enlightened society of equality. I can begin my transition to wonderfulness by declaring I wish to be addressed as belonging to the reindeer community and go by the name Rudolph.

Our government teaches us, on a daily basis, to be who and whatever we want.

I will be happier when we, the different, will be properly registered on our public service cards for free travel.

Ah, diversity and inclusion, sure where would we be without it?

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co Cork



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