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Dear Sir... Readers' Views (16/01/17)

Bertie just won’t go away

It beggars belief to read and hear about Bertie Ahern giving his opinions on Brexit and the latest on the Northern Ireland Assembly collapse . (Article by Bertie Ahern in Irish Independent and on RTÉ radio that morning with Seán O’Rourke — 11th January 2017). Since resigning as taoiseach from Fianna Fáil, Bertie Ahern and his handlers have orchestrated that ‘Bertie’ will stay in the spotlight and from time to time you will read and hear from him or his handlers in some form or other. The below are some examples of Bertie being kept in the media’s spotlight over the years.

In an interview on the Morning Ireland programme (Wednesday 30/11/16 with Rachael English), the scenario on that occasion being that Brian Mohan (chairman of Fianna Fáil, Dublin North Constituency Cumann) was going “to send an invitation to ask Bertie Ahern to re-join Fianna Fáil”.

Even as far back as Jody Corcoran’s article (Sunday Independent 25/03/12) — Bertie Ahern stated: ‘I’m quitting Fianna Fail and challenging the Mahon Tribunal’. In this article Bertie recalls how he had been the “victim” of a “serious breach of constitutional justice”, which he has found to be “frustrating and incredulous”: “The Mahon Tribunal is not a court of law, and it is not infallible.” Bertie further states that he was “hurt and disappointed”, by the findings of the Mahon Tribunal, and believes that a “grave injustice” has been done to him. “Their findings in relation to me are not correct. They are plain and simply wrong. I have to be true to myself. It would be far easier for me to say nothing and try to forget about this nightmare. But I can’t allow this blemish on my character to go unanswered. What has been said about me is erroneous, unwarranted and unjust.” [Why has Bertie taken so long to challenge the Mahon Tribunal findings, if the above is the case ?]. Furthermore, no one in Fianna Fáil or his coalition partners demanded when he was taoiseach that Bertie should step down and look what happened on this side of the border, with the economic collapse coming down the line, just before he stepped down. Similarly, like the Mahon Tribunal Inquiry... Arlene Foster is presently clinging on to power in the assembly of Northern Ireland, in refusing to step down pending a tribunal to inquire into the alleged allegations made against her. On reflection, Martin McGuinness although not a party to those allegations, stepped down. Prior to the Mahon Tribunal neither Mary Harney or Eamon Ryan took a leaf from what Martin McGuinness did recently.

Edward Mahon

Roebuck Castle,


Dublin 14

Wonderful talent lost to abortion

Your Editorial today [Irish Examiner Wed. 11th January 2017] was headed “What chance another Ken Whitaker?” I believe the chance has been reduced by the tens and tens of thousands of Irish babies lost through abortion since the passing of the Eighth Amendment in 1983 — over 3,400 in 2015 alone. We will never know what wonderful talent has been lost to the Irish nation due to these abortions.

Pat Lynch


Co Cork

Government has let tenants down

We have tenants who have done nothing wrong in Limerick facing eviction. These are people who paid their rents and when it comes to the crunch have no protection whatsoever from this Government and are now at the mercy of the vulture funds.

Fine Gael are in government for six years and could have dealt with these issues and brought in preventative measures to stop evictions.

Why did this Government not legislate on this matter?

Noel Harrington



Co Cork

Whataboutery in the Middle East

Eddie Naughton (Irish Examiner 11-1-17 ) takes issue with a conference on Israel at UCC unless it sings Israel’s praises. Mr Naughton is one of those who believe that each and every criticism or examination however mild of Israel’s policies — many of which have been condemned repeatedly by UN resolutions — must be ‘balanced’ with examples of bad behaviour from elsewhere round the world.

The aim is obviously a ‘whataboutery’ attempt to distract attention from Israel’s brazen flouting of international law, attacks on civilians and sheer thuggery, though it is also an implicit admission that these do happen. So what for example, if Genghis Khan, Atilla the Hun, Pol Pot or Isil laid waste to greater areas and populations than the Israeli Army?

They’re hardly much of a benchmark to judge oneself by, and rather, a frank admission of just how bad much Israeli policy actually is. Naturally, Mr Naughton has never once — in his many, many letters to your paper — called for ‘balance’ in the form of criticism of Israel when articles or letters critical of the worst excesses of the despotic Middle Eastern regimes have appeared in your pages.

By his own standards, it would be merited, but it is a pointless exercise. In short Mr.Naughton needs to grasp the old proverb that ‘two wrongs don’t make a right’.

Nick Folley



Co Cork

Trump is truly the Enlightened One

I have finally joined the enlightened followers of Mr Donald Trump, having watched his awe-inspiring and insightful utterances given so generously to such an unworthy media gathering.

This much-maligned genius is indeed a true oracle for our times, come to show us our true path to political salvation. We must cast aside all fake notions of egalitarianism, fraternity, mutual respect, freedom of the press and all the many other sins that begets democracy and embrace the true virtues of unbridled narcissism. Then, and only then, we will have the absolute right to be right, even when we couldn’t possibly not be right!

We are indeed fortunate to live in a time when such an enlightened one has come among us.

Adrienne Garvey

Pleasants Street,

Dublin 8

Why don’t rich areas get immigrants?

The people of Ballaghadereen were worthy of the courtesy of consultation on the issue of immigrants, or is it now racist to be white and Irish? Would consultation about immigrant placement have occurred with the residents of leafy Ballsbridge and Sandycove?

Florence Craven

Carton Court,


Co. Kildare

Racing coverage not up to the grade

While the Irish Examiner’s sports coverage along with the regular supplements does add to the reading enjoyment, I wish to make a small gripe. That is about the absence of the grade of races in the printing of horse racing cards. All other papers supply this necessary stat, so it would be appreciated if you can rectify this omission soon.

Willie Wilson

New Ross,

Co Wexford

Abortion language is no help at all

It’s very sad to note that the Citizens’ Assembly, and the reportage of same, has already fallen foul of some fatal terminological aberrations, with regard to one its core considerations. The patently malignant, and blatantly maladaptive insinuation woven into the triad-term ‘fatal-foetal-abnormality’ both distort and contort the process.

This is true on count of each word in this erroneous term.

1. Fatal: Such in-utero child-development scenarios under consideration are certainly all life-challenging, and some are life-limiting, for sure. To use the word fatal is as vague as saying life itself is fatal, since we all die at some stage. The attendant clinical projected accuracies vis-a-vis life-term span for serious diagnostic issues are, at best, an educated guess, with many surprising exceptions extant.

2. Foetal: This is indeed a much-used clinical term, but conveniently camouflages the fact that the word actually means ‘prenatal hatching of young’. Thus, any attendant medical challenge situation is an authentic human-being situation, rather than some blob of aggregation to be assessed as a pre-humanoid entity, and thus prone to dismissal.

3. Abnormality: Normality is of course a highly contentious and contrived concept. It is not a ‘given’ absolute spectrum, merely a social ‘Bell-Curve’ fabrication which may vary widely according to cultural taste, societal mores and manipulative machination. In the truest and fullest sense of the word, we could consider that if something exists it is normal within the wide-spectrum perspective of ethical and moral decency.

To classify any developing human being with this corrupted, descriptive triad, de-facto sets a loaded bias against the developing child, and establishes an automatic bias running counter to the much-vaunted claims of open, frank and neutral appraisal of these matters.

As the phrase (FFA) is not even a medical term, one wonders how and why it has wormed its way into regular parlance. If there is to be any termination, this ‘triad-term’ should surely be the one to go.

Jim Cosgrove

Chapel Street,


Co Waterford

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