I believe the departure of Paul Reid as HSE chief executive gives a certain group of people a great opportunity to change the operation of our public services for ever.
People like Paul Murphy, Richard Boyd Barrett and Pearse Doherty, to name a few, have for years never stopped complaining about the salaries paid to chief executives by the government of the day.
Those three have more than six months to nominate publicly to the Government a person with qualifications, experience and expertise who is willing and able to take on the responsibilities of running an organisation the size for the HSE for what they believe is a good wage of €150,000 per annum (after tax, around €90,000).
I also believe that those media that have being critical of the existing packages have a duty to say what a person should be offered for a job like Mr Reid’s, and then nominate privately or publicly people capable of doing the job.
Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath should ask those in the Dáil to name candidates who will to do it for at least 50pc less than the present salary.
Tom Glynn, Renmore, Co Galway
We hear Tánaiste Leo Varadkar “knows the ‘squeezed middle’ could save Fine Gael in the next election” (Irish Independent, July 6).
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are at odds as to how to represent the best interest of all in our society, with both parties divided over the €200 electricity discount.
The budget leaks suggest measures that will benefit the few over the many, with a concentration on those on middle incomes who Fine Gael believes have been left behind by the opposition, which is concerned with the most vulnerable in society.
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe is quoted as saying: “The cost of living is getting higher and we believe that the best ways to tackle this is by enabling you to keep more of your own money.”
Does he and the other ministers not realise that the money they are spending belongs to the citizens, and the best way to tackle the rising cost of living is to put cash back in all people’s pockets through the implementation of basic income, enabling them to make their own best spending decisions?
Hugh McDermott, Dromahair, Co Leitrim
Fuel prices have rocketed for our fishing industry, from 30 cents a litre to 120 cents in recent months.
This will lead to the supply of fish dwindling quickly if fishermen tie up rather than go to sea if it is not worth their while.
Some boats have to top up with fuel to the tune of €15,000 before they even catch a fish because of the tripling in price.
It is a depressing situation, and goes to show the reality of the cost of living increases that affect everybody.
Noel Harrington, Kinsale, Co Cork
The Taoiseach should be complimented on the leadership he has shown in his recent visit to Kyiv. His decision to use gardaí for close protection in a war zone, however, raises questions.
An Garda Síochána was established as a civil police force; gardaí are civilians in uniform, they are not a gendarmerie (a military police force with civil jurisdiction).
The sight of gardaí in a war zone wearing military fatigues, helmets and flak jackets while brandishing military assault weapons is incongruent with the origin and nature of An Garda Síochána as a civil and largely unarmed force.
Of course, a more appropriate alternative existed in the form of the Army Ranger Wing (ARW), who are better trained and equipped to perform close protection in a war zone.
CJ Barber (Comdt, Rtd), Kilquade, Co Wicklow
Your headline, ‘Generation Rent faces an old age of poverty’ (Irish Independent, July 6), was stark.
Starker still is the refusal of the Government to allow a portion of monthly housing outlay to go into a mortgage agreement culminating in ownership switching to the occupant.
Instead, this money is diverted to bolster the profits of individuals and corporate interests in perpetuity.
This leaves the citizen, after a lifetime of paying rent, owning nothing and facing homelessness as they will be unable to continue paying from a much-reduced income after retirement.
Jim O’Sullivan, Rathedmond, Co Sligo