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"IS it lucrative?" This was the question Ryan Tubridy asked his guest Lorna Byrne, author of books 'Angels in my Hair' and 'Highway to Heaven', on 'The Late Late Show' a few weeks ago.

Perhaps the same question can now be asked of Mr Tubridy himself as author of 'JFK in Ireland'. Is it lucrative, Mr Tubridy?

Caitlin Ni Mhiochain
Moat, co mayo

  • Amid the hours of broadcasts and yards of print columns, our public-spirited politicians, learned economists and assorted commentators-for-hire have arrived at a consensus: we must all share the pain.

It is surely mere coincidence that this harmonious choir will not in any real sense be affected by Brian Lenihan's cuts.

Kieran Sullivan
Kilmacthomas, co Waterford

  • Thank you David McWilliams. While our politicians scratch their heads thinking what might have happened, we have a journalist thinking outside the box and making a fine suggestion as to how we may begin to move forward ('Harnessing diaspora will help us rebuild the economy', Irish Independent, October 27).

Paul Meenaghan
Ballina, Co Mayo

  • Martina Devlin hits the nail on the head ('Tasty tax rates tempt big business, but at what cost?', Irish Independent, October 28).

At a time when a frequently raised issue is the "moral hazard" of bailing out the profligate borrower at the expense of the parsimonious saver, where does Ireland get off running a deficit to pay for extravagant public services for which it is not prepared to raise the taxes?

And yet we expect the other big eurozone economies, who do insist that their corporate citizens step up to the plate, to meet the shortfall out of their tax receipts. Our day will come all right!

Dr Stephen Grimmer
Sierra Leone

Irish Independent