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Time to check our moral compass and overhaul consent laws

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Mary Kenny talks about consent (‘Laws governing age of consent must be taught to avoid tragic outcomes’, Irish Independent, January 10), but with young adults , the experience gap can be a huge chasm.

And while older men tut about paedophiles, society fetishises young girls who are not interested and not their equal in experience or power.

When a magazine called Barely Legal is widely available, it is time to revisit our moral compass and consent laws.

Since some men seem to get confused as to children’s ages between 14 and 17, let’s make it easy for them.

No male or female over the age of 26 should be having sex with a young person under the age of 18. No male or female over the age of 28 should be even considering having sex with a person under 21.

I am not sending the gardaí after people if they do have mutual consensual relations and no one is complaining. However, it will make it easier to prosecute where the young person later realises that the older party has used their power and experience to take advantage of them.

Pauline Bleach

Wolli Creek, NSW, Australia

Interest in Brexit will become less protocol, more alcohol

I believe the new minimum unit pricing for alcohol will have quite an effect on Irish people’s attitude to Brexit. Henceforth, far less interest will be paid to the Northern Ireland Protocol and far more to the price of Northern Ireland alcohol.

Brian Ahern

Clonsilla, Dublin


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Slow trickle of goods hardly a threat to EU/UK trade deal

Yesterday’s editorial said: “Comments by Commissioner Sefcovic some days earlier were very cogent. He said the Northern Ireland element of the deal was central to it and the UK action risked bringing down the entire EU-UK deal on future trade and other relationships.” (Irish Independent, January 10)

I wonder whether you have any idea how ludicrous this claim will sound to anybody who is aware that the trickle of goods crossing the land border into the Republic amounts to about 0.2pc of goods imports into the EU Single Market?

Hardly enough to pose any serious threat to its integrity, and in any case, if the same goods were to enter the Republic by sea instead of by land, only 3pc of the trucks would be inspected.

It may have seemed clever to the Irish Government to build an enormous, insurmountable mountain out of a tiny molehill on the Border, and perhaps it boosted the amour-propre of some of those involved that the EU so readily took up that cause rather than dismissing it as the arrant nonsense that it was, and still is, but it was hardly a constructive way forward and it is now increasingly difficult to see it coming to any good conclusion.

D R Cooper

Maidenhead, England


Such a generous gift is not something you see every day

Thanks for your calender gift in Saturday’s Irish Independent. A welcome booster guaranteed for a year as we look forward to turning over a new leaf each month.

Leo Gormley

Dundalk, Co Louth


Nice to see more people minding their language 

It was pleasant to read John Connell’s article in praise of Hector’s travel programmes (‘I caught the grá for Gaeilge as Hector’s adventures provided the perfect escape’, Irish Independent, January 7). In a week when the EU gave full recognition to the status of the Irish language and the Indo has a generous comment about TG4, times indeed, they are a changing.

Liam Ó Cuinneagáin

Gleann Cholm Cille, Contae Dhún na nGall


Treaty won overwhelming support of the Irish people

I wish to clarify that the second Dáil which hosted the Treaty debate was in the main selected rather than elected. The treaty itself was accepted by the overwhelming majority of the people in June 1922.

Philip John Griffin

Rathfarnham, Dublin


Companies seem to be putting hiring on hold

I really cannot understand how everyone in this country is not fully employed if you are to judge by the companies you ring and a voice tells you “we are receiving an unprecedented number of calls”, etc.  

It’s simple – employ more people and give the customer better service.

Donough O Reilly

Kilmacud, Co Dublin

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