Dear Sir... Readers' Views (15/10/16)

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Dear Sir... Readers' Views (15/10/16)

The lesser evil must prevail at US ballot box

I find it appalling that our Minister for Justice , Mrs Fitzgerald, thinks she can make any pronouncement about Mr Trump and his bid to be President of America. I wonder what entitlement she has to “high moral ground”? After all, she was a member of the Government which introduced wider abortion, and she voted in favour of abortion!

Let’s take your report of what she said: “I think it’s horrific in what has been said in relation to women, and that celebrity is some kind of excuse for sexual assault”.

Now, permit me to rephrase that sentence, and this time we’ll apply it to Mrs Clinton (major, major abortion advocate!).

“I think it’s horrific in what has been said in relation to the unborn, and that being the wife of a former President is some kind of excuse for killing unborn babies.”!

For the record, BOTH Clinton and Trump are two extraordinarily flawed candidates, and therefore, most unworthy of running for, let alone securing, the position of president of the United States.

Still, let us be clear — Mrs Clinton’ s long history of pushing and supporting abortion, the murder of unborn human life, is INFINITELY more serious than Mr Trump’s long history of varied and despicable remarks. Any group he has offended are adult and have a chance to reply.

On the other hand, the unborn humans Mrs Clinton is comfortable with permitting to be murdered, have NO chance of reply!

On this issue alone — the right of unborn persons having their right to life protected and vindicated by their president, the preference of the lesser of two evils must prevail in the ballot box on the 8th November next.

Caitríona Connolly


Templemore, Co Tipperary

Unlike humans, cows cannot tell lies

Louise O’Neill quoted a poem by Sarah Griffin, one line said a veterinarian will abort a calf if a cow is falling ill.

That in my view is not true.

If I call my vet to a sick cow he will check her out and if he decides on a drug for the problem then he will ask is she incalf. If she is incalf and the drug is likely to cause her to abort her calf, then he will use a different drug.

There is one difference between cows and humans, cows cannot tell lies.

Thomas Herlihy



Charleville, Co Cork

What alternatives?

These politicians now clamouring for removal of the Eighth Amendment, first should explain exactly what abortion regime they would replace the Eighth with?

We do know from British and other abortion statistics, that Ireland, without the Eighth, since 1983, would have now seen 200,000 Irish babies aborted to death, actuaries estimate. Is this what we want?

Vocal anti-Eighth campaigners are remarkably silent to the consequences of their campaign. Why? And why are our media not asking? The predictable abortion outcome, seen graphically in the UK, where Down’s Syndrome, cleft palate, wrong gender unborn are aborted. The fact that… (1) billionaires like George Soros have been funding pro-abortion Irish front groups to attack the Eighth (leaked documents reveal); (2) that abortion providers planned parenthood has been caught red-handed selling aborted baby parts for profit; (3) that British Marie Stopes abortion clinics of the type now being proposed by anti-Eighth campaigners for Ireland, have been closed by UK medical authorities on safety grounds — must cause concern.

Either way, anti-Eighth campaigners first need to explain the alternatives seen elsewhere.

Oliver Maher

Harolds Cross Road

Dublin 6W

Cycling on footpaths

At approximately 6.30pm on Wednesday, September 28, I was leaving Fitzgerald’s Newsagents in North Main Street, when two cyclists, a male and female, almost run me over. They were cycling at top speed let me say.

I’m aware of the law relating to cycling on footpaths, but why is it not enforced? I’ve had two hip replacements and should I be hit by a cyclist, a wheelchair awaits.

Footpaths are for walking on, hence the name footpath. If they are now designated cycle lanes, please inform the public.

The neglect of the safety of pedestrians by the Garda and Cork City Council is a disgrace.

I request that the council erect signposts stating “No Cycling on Footpaths” and that the Garda enforce the law. Please do not wait for an accident before taking action.

Michael O’Donnell

Ard Bhaile

Old Youghal Road, Cork

Big brother never felt the hard hour

The Government will give us a rise of €5 to the old age pension and other social welfare payments.

But we will have to wait three to six months to receive the increase. Let us now remember that at the beginning of the recession in 2008 the Government cut our payments twice and our social welfare and pension payments have been frozen since then. Now to add insult to injury, the Government take the good out of their stingy increase by making us wait months to get it.

When our leaders and politicians get a pay rise they get is straight away and even get it back-dated. This is double standards by big brother in Dublin as we who are crying for bread are told to eat cake.

Even though we got no rise since 2008 our elected members in the Dáil have yearly got pay rises, as we are left to starve as big brother never felt the hard hour.

Martin Ford

St Anne’s Terrace, Sligo

Plan to increase aid

At a time when hundreds of thousands of people have been hit by the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, when 65 million people are displaced by wars and conflict, and an estimated 60 million people are facing severe food shortages due to the effects of El Niño, the Government is likely to commit a mere 30 cents for every €100 spent, on overseas aid next year.

Budget 2017 saw a slight monetary increase of €10 million to Ireland’s overseas aid programme (ODA), which is to be welcomed, but it also represents a clear decrease as a percentage of Gross National Income (GNI). The net result: ODA spending in 2017 could be as low as 0.3%, which would be the lowest percentage spend that we have seen in seventeen years. And this despite positive economic growth figures.

It is a far cry from Ireland’s commitment, made in 2005, to achieving the UN target of spending 0.7% of GNI on ODA. At a time when we should be proud of the quality of our aid, and indeed our leadership role on the global stage in negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals, and the more recent New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, instead we are falling behind on this critical indicator.

It is imperative that before the next budget the Government advance a multi-annual plan outlining how and when Ireland will increase its overseas development assistance in percentage terms. Only then can we put our words into action to support the world’s poorest.

Suzanne Keatinge CEO

Dóchas Suite 8

Olympic House

Pleasants Street, Dublin 8

Why the delay?

As my interest in budget 2017 begins to wane, one question remains: “Why delay the increased payments to recipients on social welfare until March 2017?

Is it because doing so will allow more people avail of the increase (as is being touted by our leaders), or is it because the government spies a general election, or has this strategic move to do with the elephant of the nation, Irish Water?

Funny to think someone came up with the month of March for these increases when the suspension in water charges will be lifted. Funny too when the majority of protesters are thought to be those in receipt of welfare, citing their inability to pay this extra bill as their reason for boycotting the charges.

Not all who have refused to pay their bills are on social welfare and not all have refused to pay citing their inability to do so. There is a large cohort who have protested and shredded their bills because of the way in which Irish Water was set up, the amount of taxpayer’s money squandered on consultant fees and of course the worry about the future and further squandering.

Irish Water symbolises old politics, or should I say new politics, I get confused nowadays as to what we’re calling it because one thing’s for sure, Ireland is still in the clutches of the same old.

Our country is still being run with a seemingly unlimited cash supply, one that’s never fully accounted for be it within the ranks of Irish Water or in our public health system, where we’ve recently learnt of the money spent on agency staff when savings could have been made over the last number of years.

The model in which we run our country is broken and the only way to fix it is to adapt, change, throw out the old, turn the business of our nation into that of a private enterprise. One in which every cent spent is accountable but of course doing so requires an amount of effort apparently beyond the pay scale of those with the authority to make this adaption. Which is a pity because within the private sector there is a motto — adapt or die.

Marie Hanna Curran

Ballinasloe, Co Galway

Report of sexual assault by Trump

RTÉ Morning Ireland radio programme carried a story on October 13 from a 74-year-old American woman, Jessica Leeds. She said that when she was 44 years old in 1986, she was sitting in an airplane flying between two American airports. She alleges Donald Trump sat beside her and started kissing her and eventually put his hand up under her skirt without her consent. Her description if true would amount to rape or at least a serious sexual assault.

Now let us follow her actions.

She does not tell the air hostess whose job it was to safeguard passengers. She eventually lands but makes no complaint to anyone. She does not go to the police when her alleged attacker could be caught. She conceals this for over 30 years knowing that her attacker could offend again. She showed no concern for other women in similar danger. She waited until three weeks before her alleged attacker is due to be one of two candidates for US president and reports it to the New York Times.

Donald Trump has always been a rich man in a country where suing for compensation is a way of life, yet up to the time of me writing this, not one application has been made to any court for such compensation. He never had to pay one cent. If we wait for RTÉ to announce that fact, we will wait a long time.

Val Martin

Kingscourt, Co Cavan

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