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Aa a British citizen who has resided in the Republic of Ireland for more than 10 years and been a daily reader of the Irish Independent, I was most disappointed to read the contents of Ms Devlin's article regarding new UK immigration requirements following total Brexit ('This is England - Keep out: Immigration plan is an ominous sign of what's to come', Saturday, February 21).

Her writing has always been balanced, well-researched and informative. However, in the recent article about the UK points entry system, there was absolutely no mention of the 'Common Travel Area' provision that applies to Irish and UK citizens in respect of travelling to, residing in, or working in either the UK or the Republic of Ireland, which has been written into legislation by the governments of both countries.

Irish and UK citizens will be able to continue to travel to, work in and reside in either country, enjoying the same social and welfare and health benefits (including the NHS in the UK) as they would in their country of origin. I hope this omission of detail was not yet another example of 'Brit-bashing', which has sadly become more evident in the Irish media following the UK Brexit referendum.

Perhaps it might be better for the RoI to embrace the fantastic new opportunities presented to the country following the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Robert Patrick Abraham Address with editor 

Politicians must end crisis of distraction and heal nation

I DO not know If Ms Mary Lou McDonald is in contact with the IRA army council nor indeed if Mr Varadkar is receiving counsel from the compatriots of general Eoin Ó Duffy, nor indeed do I care.

What I do know is that statistically the IRA death tally has remained at zero over the past 10 years while according to the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DHRE) the number of deaths in the past four years alone has been 222.  In 1948, no less than five political parties, one of which was Fine Gael, combined to form what was known as the 'first interparty government' and they successfully tackled the scourge of their time, tuberculosis, with a hospital-building programme on a scale the world had never seen.

This was achieved by enacting the health plan prepared by the previous government, Fianna Fáil.  What has happened to politics since those days when Irish governments built a nation in the best interests of its citizens? Hospitals, roads, schools, the largest hydro electrical project in the world, built for the benefit of the many not the profit of the few. Where has the genuine concern for matters of public suffering and need gone? Has our political representation finally concluded in  an endless charade of schoolyard antics? 

Frank Zappa once said: "Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex." Looking at the crises that is the Irish Republic today, one might easily surmise that the Irish Government is nothing more than the entertainment division of the banking, vulture investment fund and international corporate sectors. Enough is enough! It is time for every elected political representative to step up to the plate and take responsibility for the people of this nation. If they cannot, or will not, then let us have a new election and end this deathly crisis of distraction.

Glyn Carragher Ballygar, Co Galway 

There's more to America than just the United States 

WHEN I was at school, I was taught that America was a huge continent divided into North and South and again into about twenty countries and that the United States was just one country in the north of that continent.

Has geography changed in the world, or just in our schools? If not, could somebody please explain why almost everybody seems to believe that the USA is now America?

Richard Barton Maynooth, Co Kildare 

Full marks for pinpointing how majority is ignored 

MY LETTER may be too late for your Sunday paper, but might slip into Monday's edition. I would like to refer to a letter from Pat O'Mahony (in Saturday's paper) relating to the 75pc of ignored voters. He concisely put his point across about the party who got less than 25pc of the seats but thinks it should call all the shots (no pun intended). Full marks to Mr O'Mahony.

He got it so right.

Tony Walsh Tramore, Co Waterford 

Horse's name a nagging problem for commentators

IN THE racing pages (Thursday, February 20) I noticed a horse called 'Fukuto' running at Chelmsford.  One would have sympathy for any commentator pronouncing its name.

Tom Gilsenan Beaumont Dublin 9

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