LETTERS

Smoking out the facts and figures

You reported, last Friday (July 18), the claim by the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) that the rate of tobacco smuggling is falling, and that this should enable the Government to increase tax on cigarettes.

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Now Israel is guilty of genocide

We are encouraged, and encourage our children, to remember the horrors of the Holocaust.

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Drinks on the house

It is reported that money owed by members of the Oireachtas to the in-house restaurant/bar may be passed to a debt-collection agency.

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Big Brother is watching

Banks, mobile phone companies and government push the public to do business online, without considering that the cost of a secure broadband service is beyond the financial means of many pensioners.

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People need to speak up against the violence

The real question about Gaza is: Would we allow what’s happening there to happen in Northern Ireland? (Letters, July 22)

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Peace hopes take a battering

The shooting down by missile last week over the Ukraine of a commercial passenger flight from Amsterdam international airport to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, with some of the passengers en route to Australia, is serious for the safety of international flights as the airline believed it was safe to fly on the usual route over the Ukraine and the plane was 1,000 feet above the danger zone.

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Circling the wagons

It was with bitter irony I listened to Minister Brendan Howlin last week speak of our brave new world legislation on whistleblowers — ’gone are the days of circling the wagons’.

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Defending maternity rights for women

The Maternity Leave Directive, which was adopted by the European parliament in 2010, has been withdrawn entirely by the European Commission in a move made behind closed doors on July 15 in Brussels.

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Gaza in perspective

The real question about Gaza is: Would we allow what’s happening there to happen in Northern Ireland?

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Flight paths over war zones questione

The downing of Malaysian Airline MH17 with the deaths of all passengers and its crew must call into question the sense of having flight paths over conflict areas.

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