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We were sold out in 1973 – we can’t let it happen again

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Fíadh Short (6) joined her grandfather Neil Minihane from Cork, after he docked in Dublin to join this week's protest about fishing quota rights. Photo: Mark Condren

Fíadh Short (6) joined her grandfather Neil Minihane from Cork, after he docked in Dublin to join this week's protest about fishing quota rights. Photo: Mark Condren

Fíadh Short (6) joined her grandfather Neil Minihane from Cork, after he docked in Dublin to join this week's protest about fishing quota rights. Photo: Mark Condren

In the 1970s Iceland set up a 200 nautical mile fishing zone around its country to protect its industry, which stands to this day.

Iceland is part of the European Economic Area and sells most of its catch to the EU and the UK.

In 1973, we were sold out by the Government of the time to a 12-mile limit, losing out to billions of monies and decimating our fishing industry ever since, which is terrible and highway robbery.

We also should have set up a 200-mile zone instead of selling out to appease the EU overlords who seem to make all the rules on quotas and restrictions with sustainable fishing partnership agreements, all while foreign boats can come into Irish waters and reap our fishing grounds at will.

Our industry is a top employer to citizens
of this State who all pay taxes to the Exchequer.

Martin Kenny and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, both Sinn Féin TDs, are the only ones in the Dáil highlighting the sellout under the Cosgrave Government at the time. We need feet on the streets again.

Noel Harrington

Kinsale, Co Cork

Effective mental health policy calls for one eye on the future

ON JUNE 17, ‘Sharing the Vision’, the Government’s national mental health policy document celebrated its first birthday.

Unless multi-annual funding is pledged to its implementation it will, like its predecessor, ‘Vision for Change’, become a vision in hindsight.

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Rory Kavanagh

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A need for clarity from the top on Covid vaccination

I WISH to express utter confusion at the information surrounding vaccination.

First, the issue of AstraZeneca and the appropriate age for its administration. It is suggested that due to an abundance, which has yet to materialise, it could be administered to young people.

I understood that it was only appropriate for older persons?

Secondly, the Tánaiste, a trained doctor himself, is making contradictory statements about the advisability of travel and cutting across the sound advice that doctors have given the people of this country to date.

Thirdly, if the Tánaiste is trying to help his candidate win the upcoming by-election by this obfuscation, in my opinion, he is sadly mistaken.

The people will speak and be heard. Our leaders need to be very clear in both their thoughts and utterances.

They may not play God with people’s lives.

Áine Holt

Dublin 15


Legacy of school beatings continues to the present day

WHILE I did not read Brian Mc Devitt’s letter to which Ciarán Masterson refers (‘Ordinary people had little power to stop the suffering,’ Letters, June 23), I would like to point out that although corporal punishment was legal back then; some teachers took it to another level, which I unfortunately experienced at national school. I still have flashbacks to those beatings almost 50 years later.

If ordinary people don’t hold the authorities accountable where will we end up?

Tom Mitchell

Address with editor


Data protection concerns have led to data prohibition

THAT Europe’s data protection regulators have stated that facial recognition in public places should be banned is, I believe, a step too far. The prohibition, which if applied, would see gait, fingerprint, faces voices, artificial intelligence (AI), etc, banned. It would be a massive coup for terrorists and criminal organisations and a hindrance to our policing and intelligence communities in their fight against international and organised crime and terrorist outrages.

This overreach by these regulators only goes to show that data protection has now become data prohibition.

Too much power in the hands of these autonomous regulators using the overreach of EU legislation could see a dwindling of intelligence-led operations. It has been argued that mass retention by police forces of phone data is not allowed under EU law as it interferes with citizens’ privacy rights. This has yet to be determined by the ECJ.

This shows that EU law on retention of phone data interferes with lawful criminal and intelligence-led investigations and operations, and we should be concerned at the overreach by data protection regulators and EU directives that could have serious consequences for policing and intelligence communities.

We must balance the rights of citizens and the rights of victims in policing and intelligence-led operations.

Christy Galligan

Co Donegal


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