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Dear Sir... Readers' Views (01/09/16)

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Tax the poor but dare not the wealthy

Have I got this right? The Irish Government is saying, ‘no, we won’t take tax from one of the world’s richest corporations but instead we’ll take it from the poor, the old, the sick and as for the homeless, well to to hell with them’.

Have we finally gone completely mad? On the 100th anniversary of 1916 do we now cherish wealthy corporations more than we cherish all the children of the nation?

If ever there was a time for people to rise up and demand justice… this is it.

Joe Murray

Director of Afri
Phibsborough
Dublin 7

Time for Irexit

The EU Commission’s Apple decision is based on the view that the two Revenue tax decisions in 1991 and 2007 applied only to Apple. It ignores completely the fact that Revenue has to — and does apply — such decisions equally to every company in similar circumstances.

The EU’s decision is both political and GUBUesque: Grotesque, unprecedented, bizarre, and unbelievable. Time to appeal and time to consider Irexit from an EU Commission run amuck.

Kevin T Finn

Kingston Close
Mitchelstown
Co Cork

Apple of Minister Noonan’s eye

Just think of all the lives that could be improved if Ireland had another €13bn available? But then think for a moment of the sort of people who would be in charge of spending it. This money will never be paid. Fine Gael will hand the legal profession a blank cheque to ensure the taxpayer never sees a red cent of Apple tax.

Getting this money would reveal to anyone still in denial that we haven’t learnt a thing from our most recent fall. It would be the best of times. But eventually it would be the worst of times for those who needed to be helped by this money the most.

A more sustainable policy would be to waive the tax but ensure multinationals pay the docket tax rate properly. It’s 12.5% not 90%.

Maybe a bit more attention needs to be shone on who exactly benefits most from tax avoidance as it isn’t staff at Apple.

Noonan will be working hard to ensure he gets the outcome Apple has told him it wants. The best small country in the world to be a multinational.

Desmond FitzGerald

Canary Wharf
London

Player ratings just don’t add up

I always read your ‘player ratings’ on the big GAA matches but I found it difficult to agree with the ratings compiled by Brendan O’Brien, Jackie Cahill, and John Fogarty in Monday’s Irish Examiner (August 29) of the Dublin and Kerry players after last Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final. Their ratings of the Kerry players totalled 108 and the Dublin players, 98! This would suggest the efforts of the Kerry players was greater than that of the Dublin players and so Kerry should have won.

Are the compilers of the ratings saying luck was against Kerry? If so, then the vast majority of pundits would not agree with them.

Chris O’Sullivan

Riverview
Knockboy
Waterford

Still out for the count

I note that your player scorecards for the epic game in Croke Park has Dublin on a 98 total against Kerry with 108. If you prefer to match them up head to head that’s a 9-3 win with “clear blue water” in favour of the Kingdom.

Perhaps if your scoring was decisive like the boxing judges at the Rio Olympics we could now look forward to a Kerry-Tipperary final in a few weeks.

And don’t you agree that Anthony Maher really kept Denis Bastick nailed down as I don’t think he touched a ball all day?

Shane Minogue

Clonakilty
Co Cork

Vital taxi services need support too

The Irish Examiner has highlighted that many taxis will be forced off the road by 700% insurance hikes. Last year Denis Lehane wrote in the Farming section about how the retirement of a taxi driver was a huge blow to the pub/social scene in his rural area.

Imagine a world without taxis? How would business people and holiday makers get to and from airports, hotels and train stations? How would people get home safely after a night out?

Taxi driving is a rewarding and fulfilling occupation, it generates a lot of downstream economic activity. It deserves some sort of support to make it more sustainable for drivers and affordable for the public. After all the Irish Examiner has reported that operators of the state’s toll plazas receive millions from the taxpayers every year.

Michael O’Flynn

Loretto Park
Friars Walk
Cork

Pat and Sepp have some similarities

Does Pat Hickey remind you of Sepp Blatter? What is it with these older men in their sharp suits who enjoy the very best of everything and who don’t believe they have to answer to anybody?

And now Mr Hickey is ill. Really?

The Olympics are a bad joke.

Ellen Nitzsche

New Cork Road
Midleton
Co Cork

No mandate for war in manifesto

The romantic myth of 1916 is a good story, as is the Michael Collins tale of derring-do for the myth junkies — especially President Michael D Higgins who can’t get enough of his fix.

But our President’s attitude to the murders of Constable’s Patrick O’Connell, and James McDonnell at Soloheadbeg, Co Tipperary, on January 21, 1919, by the IRA, is in total congruity with that of his father, and two uncles — all IRA men and all also anti-Treatyites.

Archbishop Harty encapsulated the mood of the Irish people concerning Soloheadbeg declaring that the killing of the two constables was “... an offence against the laws of God, and the fair name of this country”.

On January 31, 10 days after the killings, the IRA issued a statement in An tOglach: “The IRA will use all legitimate methods of warfare against the soldiers and policemen of the English usurper, and to slay them if necessary to overcome their resistance.” This was a declaration of war, without a mandate. Nothing like this was contained in the 1918 Sinn Féin manifesto.

None of the violence from 1916 to 1921-23 enacted by Fenian nationalist insurgents can be morally or democratically justified by anyone including Michael D Higgins.

Pierce Martin

Willowbrook Grove
Celbridge
Co Kildare

On the origin of food products

I was extremely interested in the article by Stephen Cadogan regarding “country of origin” labelling in the Farming supplement (Irish Examiner, August 18). I have always been of the view that both country of origin and the EU symbol should be carried on all food products and not just linked to milk and meat as in the case of the French producers and processors’ upcoming concession.

In the article Stephen mentions that Irish exporters find it more difficult to break into export markets where the domestic produce is favoured; surely this should be viewed as a challenging opportunity for our marketers.

For some considerable time other countries have envied our ability to penetrate markets all over the world. We only have to look at the success of the major food/dairy companies, Kerry and Glanbia both leaders in the area to prove the point.

I also feel that the reverse, having Ireland as the country of origin could and would help in marketing our food products as Ireland is preserved as a “clean, green country”.

The view of the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) of supporting a voluntary system doesn’t do anything to help. To my way of thinking they should be leading the campaign to have all food products carry both country of origin and the EU symbol.

I spoke with an MEP who told me the European Parliament were working on this item. He told me he would keep me informed because of my interest — I’m still waiting for a reply nearly two years later.

Michael Winkle

Roselawn
Tramore
Co Waterford

Dole queue reward for retiring workers

The hypocrisy of politicians in this country towards workers is best reflected in the fact that during their working life, workers are advised of how significant their working is to the national economy.

The rewards for those same workers on reaching 65 years is a place on the dole queue as a pension isn’t granted at age 65 any longer.

Tadhg O’Donovan

Rathcarrig
Fermoy
Co Cork


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