Professor John A Murphy is ignoring a lot of historical evidence to the contrary when he says the prospects for the Home Rule Act of 1914 was just a world of ‘genteel order envisaged by well-off elite’ and a world away from ‘an independent Ireland’ (Irish Examiner, September 23).
Thu, 25 Sep, 2014
I am loath to get into historical disagreement with a learned professor like Ronan Fanning, but his description of the Home Rule Act, giving self-rule to the island of Ireland, as merely “a fudged compromise” and an illusion, has to be challenged [Opinion, August 16].
Wed, 20 Aug, 2014
The reference to the failure of John the Baptist to make any headway in the recent election and the fact that he ultimately lost his head has more relevance to the present situation than has being ascribed to it by media commentary.
Wed, 28 May, 2014
Cal Hyland favourably compares our pre-independence position with our membership of the EU (Letters, April 18).
Tue, 22 Apr, 2014
I agree with Leo Armstrong that what happened in relation to our debt situation at the recent summit of EU leaders was more due to Spain and Italy than it was to Ireland (Letters, Jul 4).
Mon, 09 Jul, 2012
I AM afraid Joanna Tuffy TD and Amy Catherine Brennan (Letters, Nov 11) are both missing the point when they think that boycotting the “female-only” TD and senators’ meeting that took place on November 9 is an appropriate thing to do.
Mon, 14 Nov, 2011
I COULD not agree more with PJ McElhone (Letters, July 17) when he says he is “tired of all the cant and hypocrisy about the murderous behaviour of boys and young men on our roads”.
Fri, 23 Jul, 2010
I’M reading a book that details how the prime minister and the chancellor of the exchequer in London, whose policies were responsible for a million people dying during the Great Famine here, used the media of the time to scapegoat Charles Trevelyan, the assistant secretary to the treasury.
Thu, 08 Jul, 2010
YOUR financial columnist Bill Hobbs (June 7) tells us the Government-appointed financial regulator Matthew Elderfield, NAMA chairman Frank Daly and Justice Minister Dermot Ahern have “ruled out debt forgiveness for ordinary people”.
Mon, 14 Jun, 2010
I COULD not agree more with Declan Doyle (Letters, October 26) when he accuses our political leaders of an absence of “leadership and accountability”.
Fri, 06 Nov, 2009
IN his letter (January 1), Michael O’Driscoll, in common with nearly all anti-Lisbon people, wheels out the usual misinformation in his objection to allowing the Irish people to have a second chance to vote on the Lisbon Treaty.
Tue, 06 Jan, 2009
I AGREE with your editorial (December 6) that the decision by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) to ban a Christmas radio advert by Catholic booksellers Veritas is “utterly, mind-numbingly stupid”.
Tue, 09 Dec, 2008
ACCORDING to your editorial (October 27), there is no solution to our present political and financial problems unless our politicians form a government of unity.
Fri, 07 Nov, 2008
WE should all be indebted to your columnist Terry Prone for the benefit of her insider definition of Government spin (October 20).
Tue, 04 Nov, 2008
THE condemnation by Emmet Dunphy and Nick Folley (Letters, August 13) of the hypocrisy of our collective attitude to the Russian invasion of Georgia was well made.
Thu, 21 Aug, 2008
THE proposal by Dick Keane (Letters, August 14) to “let all the people of Europe decide by direct vote” on the Lisbon Treaty is not in Ireland’s interest.
Mon, 18 Aug, 2008
THE assertion by Michele Savage in relation to the Lisbon Treaty (Letters, July 2) that “the liberty, the equality and the fraternity to vote was denied to hundreds of millions of people throughout the EU” could not be further from the truth.
Mon, 14 Jul, 2008
ERIC CONWAY (Letters, April 17) is probably right when he says we should undertake a “critique of feminism”.
Tue, 29 Apr, 2008
YOUR editorial on April 9 highlighted the fact that one party is in ‘permanent government’ and deduced that this gives rise to a ‘democratic deficit’. It is much more serious. It is the most serious problem confronting Irish people since independence 86 years ago.
Mon, 14 Apr, 2008
IT IS difficult to argue with Gerald Morgan’s conclusion (Letters, March 22) that the Easter Rising was provoked by “the failure of the British to respect the democratic mandate for Irish home rule”.
Thu, 27 Mar, 2008
FINE Gael leader Enda Kenny was described as “hapless” by Donnacha Maguire (Letters, January 3) because he had the temerity to point out that in a democracy when someone elected by the people to represent them in high public office takes money from private individuals, that is corruption.
Wed, 12 Mar, 2008
BRENDAN HOOD (Letters, January 14) would discourage US voters from supporting “the Clintons”.
Tue, 26 Feb, 2008
NIALL GINTY (Letters, January 23) accuses me of “dressing up” the facts in relation to leaks of confidential information.
Tue, 05 Feb, 2008
ERIC CONWAY, as he is entitled to do, makes good use of the media to air his views on various topics from time to time.
Mon, 04 Feb, 2008
THE fact that an influential and intelligent government politician like Mary O’Rourke (Letters, January 26) could describe opposition criticism of the Taoiseach as “treachery towards one’s country” epitomises the extent that the one-party state mentality has permeated the thought processes of the elite in this country.
Wed, 30 Jan, 2008
JOHN O’DRISCOLL (Letters, January 3) is missing the point when he says that replacing the Taoiseach with the Tánaiste “would give us a clean break from Haughey’s rotten legacy”.
Fri, 25 Jan, 2008
I CANNOT let your columnist Ryle Dwyer away with the assertion (January 12) that the Irish were to blame for the Great Famine.
Sat, 19 Jan, 2008
YOUR editorial (December 28) adopted an attitude of preening self-satisfaction in relation to Pakistan when referring to the terrible events there.
Wed, 02 Jan, 2008
JANETTE BYRNE’S letter (‘Why they feared me — an ordinary person with cancer’, November 17) should be compulsory reading for all of us ordinary yobs when we feel defeated in the struggle to reclaim our country from the brazen, the arrogant and the smug who monopolise our airwaves, our news pages and our screens.
Fri, 23 Nov, 2007
I DISAGREE with your editorial (November 8) that transmitting “a dedicated Dáil channel on television is a mind-blowing suggestion”.
Wed, 14 Nov, 2007
TOM KINDLON (Letters, October 17) takes me to task for highlighting the low proportion of women (12%) in the Dáil.
Thu, 25 Oct, 2007
YOU report (October 12) that “more than 24,000 victims called the Women’s Aid helplines last year, but less than half of them got an answer because the organisation lacked the funds to have the telephone lines properly attended”.
Tue, 16 Oct, 2007
BOBBY PRINGLE has a point when he states that Enda Kenny’s assessment of the Taoiseach’s testimony to the Mahon Tribunal is “tantamount to eroding the very institutions which define Ireland as a democracy”.
Tue, 02 Oct, 2007
JAMES A GLEESON (Letters, September 11) may be right when he complains that we in Ireland are losing our hard won independence through “a transfer of more power to the EU”.
Fri, 14 Sep, 2007
WHILE Diarmaid Ferriters’s assessment of Fr Michael Cleary (Sept 6) as being “always a fraud” may be a bit harsh, he was nonetheless the self-appointed celebrity face of the Catholic Church.
Tue, 11 Sep, 2007
I AGREE with Michael Job (Letters, July 13). Though critical of farmers, he admits that “it ... behoves us to show a degree of humility” in the ongoing debate on access to farmland.
Wed, 18 Jul, 2007
SO the Taoiseach thinks those who exercise their critical faculties should “commit suicide”.
Sat, 07 Jul, 2007
JAMES A GLEESON (Letters, May 19) is mistaken in his contention that the e-voting machines purchased by the Government have passed the test.
Thu, 24 May, 2007
THE contention by Frank McGlynn (Letters, May 19) that women should leave politics to men ignores the basic characteristic of a democracy that, regardless of gender, all citizens are equal and entitled to representation.
Thu, 24 May, 2007
YOUR columnist Fergus Finlay (Irish Examiner, March 27) cited the case of a national school pupil who had been abused by her school principal.
Thu, 05 Apr, 2007
YOUR political editor Harry McGee got it spectacularly wrong when he wrote about the Taoiseach’s árd fheis speech (Irish Examiner, March 24).
Sat, 31 Mar, 2007
THE letter on ‘gender equality’ by Patrick McGinnity (Irish Examiner, January 19) mixed up equality and difference.
Mon, 26 Mar, 2007
MARKING International Women’s Day, the National Women’s Council of Ireland highlighted the lack of women in politics (The Irish Examiner, March 8).
Mon, 12 Mar, 2007