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Ukrainian refugees walk across a border bridge in the western Ukrainian town of Zosin-Ustyluh into Poland at the start of the Russian invasion. Photo: Daniel Leal/AFP

Ukrainian refugees walk across a border bridge in the western Ukrainian town of Zosin-Ustyluh into Poland at the start of the Russian invasion. Photo: Daniel Leal/AFP

Ukrainian refugees walk across a border bridge in the western Ukrainian town of Zosin-Ustyluh into Poland at the start of the Russian invasion. Photo: Daniel Leal/AFP

Six months remain for Ireland as a member of the powerful UN Security Council.

In a time of mindless war, man-made famine and drought, there is little Ireland can do to persuade the US, Russia and
China to stop bleeding the world and causing chaos.

However, while we have a voice, the Irish representatives should call for an immediate cancellation of all Third World debt with a garnishing of armaments shareholders’ wealth to enable countries such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to save their societies which are on the verge of collapse.

We should condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the complicity of the US and the EU in the contrived Yemen war and the continuous rape of the African continent.

At least call it out for what it is – rich old men playing “Squid Game” with the lives of the young and now the life of the planet.

Eugene Tannam

Dublin 24

How can we minimise the risks on the rugby field?

“Silence! A man risks his life here today,” is announced – but largely unheard – usually by an elderly man, just before the bull is released into the arena.

Having watched the recent rugby international between New Zealand and South Africa I believe it’s only a matter of time before there is a fatality in this sport.

Having played and been involved in rugby all my life I have no suggestions as to how to minimise the risk.

Serious injury is probably more likely with an accidental collision of heads, and while we see that in Gaelic games and soccer it is much more frequent in rugby. The massive size and superb conditioning of the professional athlete is an exponential factor.

Michael Foley

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Dublin 6

I will be boycotting this ‘overblown, obscene event’

The start of the English Premiership season reminds us that for the first time ever it will be interrupted to allow the playing of the 2022 World Cup in November and December.

This overblown 32-country event is taking place in a tiny country with a population of less than three million and where its camel racing is more famous than its football.

Eight stadia will be used, almost all brand new, erected at a staggering cost, and in building same, together with the infrastructure required, more than 6,000 people died.

After this event at least one stadium will be dismantled for use elsewhere and most of the seats in six others will be given or sold to other countries.

How could all this be allowed to happen?

This writer does not intend watching any of the games and urges others to boycott this obscene event.

David Ryan

Co Meath

Office of our President must remain above politics

While Ivana Bacik is within her rights to speak out in support of Mrs Higgins (‘No one would expect Sabina Higgins to leave her views outside the Áras’, Sunday Independent, August 7), with power comes responsibility.

As the figurehead of this State, Sabina Higgins’s husband holds the highest office this country can bestow on a citizen.

The office is – as per the Constitution – supposed to be above politics.

It follows that a great degree of caution must precede any public utterance from within or associated with the Áras, as President Higgins is all too aware.

Some in political circles such as the Taoiseach might want us to move on, however as the wife of a sitting President can expect dedicated space on the President’s official website what of a cousin, a neighbour or a friend?

Stephen O’Hara

Carrowmore, Sligo

We must bring an end to the cat and mouse war games

As China exercises its military muscles around Taiwan, the rest of the world seems content to simply wag the finger at it.

It is just like what happened before Russia started playing with Ukraine – like a cat does with a mouse, before terrorising it.

Can we not act in a more meaningful manner before it is too late, and China repeats Russia’s treatment of its neighbour?

Leo Gormley

Dundalk Co. Louth

Could this Áras letter become a final calling card?

After all the fuss (understatement) about her letter, one imagines that for Mrs Higgins it will not be a case of Aras arís for some time?

Tom Gilsenan

Dublin 9


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