Every sheep, cattle, goat and turkey farmer in Donegal, from Dungloe to Raphoe, will be pulling up their braces and spitting tobacco at the chickens, in anticipation of a windfall, now that Donegal has a Minister for Agriculture in Fianna Fáil’s Charlie McConalogue.
I know that he wasn’t first choice for the position. He wasn’t even second choice. But he filled the slot on the third lap, so he must be congratulated for that.
The man is possibly a great neighbour and would have no bother helping to shift the heifers into the next field and so on and so forth.
However, the reality is that he has hooked his cart to a party that has no credibility whatsoever. Another reasonable question is: Do we really need him?
This is, remember, a country with a modest population of 4.9million, with 160 TDs. Each TD, on average, represents 30,625 people and earns a salary of €96,189.
In Britain, with its population of 67.9million and 650 MPs, that equates to one MP representing 104,462 people. They each earn £81,932 (€90,435). Those figures tell a story in themselves.
Gort an Choirce, Donegal
Risky motorway manoeuvre is simply asking for trouble
I would be interested to know if any of your readers have managed the rather tricky motorway manoeuvre of exiting at 100kmh and decelerating in quick succession (as demanded by the signs) to 80kmh, 50kmh and finally to a slow-motion 30kmh, without causing a major pile-up?
Clonsilla, Dublin 15
Britain wasn’t worst when it came to brutal colonisers
Christy Galligan criticises the British government’s “intransigent colonial strategy” in its talks with Michel Barnier and the EU (‘Barnier is shrewd enough not to be intimidated by Abbott’, Letters, September 8).
Was it not Michel Barnier who told the British recently that they could have control of their own waters but not the fish in them?
As a small country, we should always remember that France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, etc, were also once colonial powers, and that most were far more brutal rulers of their ‘subjects’ than the British were.
Searching for balance during open season on the president
Max Boot certainly lived up to his name in putting the boot into President Donald Trump with many questionable accusations (‘Even attacking fallen heroes is all right with president’s loyal base’, Irish Independent, September 7). Is it now acceptable to believe anonymous allegations which Mr Trump strenuously denies?
Remember, he was elected because the people believed him over fake claims made before the 2016 election. He was also elected because he had Twitter. Otherwise, the media ignored him.
Some of the claims put forward by Mr Boot have been proved false, including the one that the president put children in cages – pictures taken at the time of the Obama presidency – and he certainly did not “unleash security forces on peaceful supporters or ferment violence”.
Rather, the Democrats, who have control of the cities in the US where violence, looting and burning are occurring, have refused to ensure the safety of their citizens and, in many cases, have refused the aid of the president to do so.
They seem to want the violence to continue in an effort to prevent his re-election.
There must be some reports available to the Irish Independent other than those which constantly take swipes at President Trump.
Ardeskin, Donegal Town
If we had only been friendly, Brexit may have been stopped
Leo is threatening Boris again and the British PM must be quaking in his boots. The next thing we may see is the ‘backstop’ resurrected from some basement or rubbish skip in Brussels or Leinster House as a symbol of the unwavering resolve of the Irish Government.
It may even come with an engraved accompanying quote: “Don’t mess with us – look what we did to Phil Hogan.”
The Brexit disaster is a result of the most ham-fisted negotiations ever entered into by this Republic. It has allowed the Irish border to be used as a battering ram to force Britain to abandon the notion of Brexit being a good idea in the first place.
The saddest aspect of the whole affair is that, if approached in a friendly, considerate and helpful fashion, the British might not have left at all.
But threats, ridicule, sneering and triumphalist insults galvanised British public opinion towards leaving at any cost.
Tubbercurry, Co Sligo