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Dear Sir... Readers' Views (10/09/16)

Your letters, your views...

High time for decisive action — get the €13 billion

Some commentators argue that the banking crisis cost Ireland €40bn (net). In effect, the big, bad EC loaded each Irish citizen with a debt of €8,500.

Now the wonderful EC has conjured up a spectacular formula.

Apparently, Ireland could recover €13bn in uncollected corporation tax.

With accrued interest, that could amount to €19bn. Human minds boggle at this astronomical sum.

It is €19 followed by nine noughts. If shared out equally, each Irish citizen would receive €4,000.

To illustrate the magnitude of this windfall, the Irish Government would need to win the jackpot in every euromillions lotto draw, twice a week, every week, for the next 12 years.

Nevertheless, they are paralysed with fear that other countries may come circling like a flock of vultures to prey on a share of our good fortune.

Our sovereign Government must find the courage to govern decisively.

Rightly or wrongly, Ireland has gained the international notoriety of being a tax haven.

€19bn may be only the tip of the iceberg if similar cases surface.

Michael Mernagh
Raheens
Carrigaline
Co Cork
 

Don’t bank on that Apple windfall

Benjamin Disraeli (twice prime minster of Great Britain in the 1800s) said: “Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forgo an advantage”.

The Apple windfall is a case in mind. With a €13bn Golden Apple and its tasty juices, worth millions more in interest, almost dangling from the portals of Leinster House, naturally Finance Minister Michael Noonan and his Government team felt they were truly in the Garden of Eden.

“Fair juice” to them, they didn’t yield to the temptation.

In appealing the European Commission ruling and taking on the challenge, they, at least, showed the EU bureaucrats we still retain our sovereignty and are no longer their tabby-cats.

Either way the Government shouldn’t lose out on this anticipated golden windfall.

The US as “a nation of extroverts” will appreciate our loyalty and the rewards may be more multi-nationals knocking on our door.

Agreeably some of your letter-writers, as they are entitled to, thought otherwise.

It was European Commissioner Phil Hogan (FG-appointed), at the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, over the weekend, who really set the cat among the pigeons.

He was in complete conflict with the position taken by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Michel Noonan, who unanimously insisted there was no wrongdoing in the State’s dealings with Apple.

Is it Taoiseach Kenny or Commissioner Hogan of EU now rules our country?

James Gleeson
Turtulla
Thurles
Co Tipperary
 

So who is giving State aid to whom?

The EC on the one hand maintains that the €13bn Apple tax bill will accrue to Ireland to spend on what we want, and on the other that other countries have a claim on it.

The two positions are mutually exclusive.

Furthermore if the €13bn properly accrues to other EU member countries, logically it is those countries who have been giving state aid to Apple, not Ireland.

Kevin Finn
Kingston Close
Mitchelstown
Co Cork
 

IRA killings of spies were not murders

I was astounded to read in a recent Irish Examiner special (Monday, August 29) of IRA killings of alleged informers and spies in Cork during the War of Independence referred to as murders.

The IRA or Óglaigh na hÉireann had been formally recognised by Dáil Éireann as the legitimate armed forces of the republic, the Dáil itself was the parliament of the republic, proclaimed in 1916, endorsed by the Irish people in the 1918 general election with the Dáil established in January 1919.

The IRA had a clear mandate to engage in armed struggle to defend the republic and the parliament of the people, namely the Dáil.

To refer to killings of those identified as working for the enemy as murders is to seek to illegitimatise and criminalise that struggle.

It’s very unfortunate in the year that’s in it.

Perhaps we should expect more of this in the years ahead as other significant anniversaries approach.

I and others though will always defend those who stood by the Republic during the revolutionary years and commemorate their heroism and sacrifice.

Cllr Mick Nugent
Chairperson
Phoenix Historical Society
Cork
 

Thanks to all who came to my aid

On Sunday, as was the usual habit, we’d go to 11am mass, go into the Siopa McLafertaigh for some groceries and of course the Sunday paper.

Today unbeknownst to me, there was going to be a blip in the circulatory venous route, without going into the nitty gritty of what happened, you could say, the family as a whole got a shock to the system that could have ended up with a “wake” sign at my gate and an unexpected visit by ambulance.

Tómas McLaffertaigh (shop); first responder volunteers, Joe Friel who stuck an aspirin the size of a saucer in my mouth and ordered me to chew and swallow it; David Sweeney; Antáin McGee; as well as any other lads and ladies who I may have missed out on mentioning.

They were on the scene well before Now Doc or the ambulance had arrived to assist in a professional capacity.

The driver of the ambulance was a Dunfanaghy woman who could possibly be a leading contender for the next Donegal International Rally!

The staff in Letterkenny General Hospital were outstanding in their chosen field.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh go leír ar son an craic, bia agus aire den chead scoith.

James Woods
Gort an Choirce
Dun na nGall
 

HSE needs to allay concern of parents

I am writing as a concerned mum of a 12-year-old girl in first year of secondary school.

The time has come for her father and I to consent to her getting the HPV vaccine.

There has been huge controversy over the last year or so about serious ill-effects it’s supposed to have caused.

I am extremely pro-vaccine but like to do research before consenting to any vaccines for my children.

I consider myself to be a reasonable and sensible parent and only want my child to be safe.

I have received a lot of good links from a good doctor friend of mine, along with others including a paediatric oncologist.

I am swaying towards getting the vaccine now for my daughter, whereas last week I didn’t give consent and thought I would wait a year or two. I know a lot of other parents in the same predicament.

I do think that the HSE need to come out and dispel myths and support the nation’s parents.

They need to give us good quality information explaining about the incidents of long-term fatigue syndrome (ME) and POTS.

It appears that there are no more incidents of these illnesses in the vaccinated and unvaccinated population.

I do wish that a spokesperson from the HSE would be chosen to speak immediately to all those worried “on the fence” parents like me without further delay.

Aisling McNiffe
Straffan
Co Kildare
 

Teresa’s words on abortion

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the human rights champion and Nobel Peace prize winner, was canonized on September 4.

As many in this country clamour for repeal of the Eighth Amendment to introduce abortion, they might do well to listen to her words spoken while addressing the Clintons and many dignitaries in Washington DC in 1994.

“Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love one another, but to use violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”

She does not make any exceptions or dress it up as an act of mercy.

June Twomey
Tullycrine
Cooraclare
Kilrush
Co Clare
 

Time to stop the slaughter of our native wildfowl

I could not agree more with Nuala Donlon’s well-written letter (Septtember 6).

She was awoken very early by the sound of relentless gunfire surrounding her house; first day of the shooting season, open season on our wildfowl species.

Our indiginous animals blown to smithereens by gunmen intent on having a bit of fun.

How is this behaviour permitted in this so called modern enlightened age?

Pheasants, duck, grouse, and many other game-birds as they are called are easy prey to the well-armed gunmen with high-powered rifles.

These birds are lulled into a false sense of security over the last eight months of relative peace, suddenly as they rise to the sky in fright by a hunting dog, they are brought down by a wide circle of lead pellets.

This is not sport, this is barbarism disguised as some form of acceptable human manly behaviour.

A throwback from centuries ago.

The idea of a man hunting wild animals for the table is ridiculous.

Today’s hunters are armed with the most expensive rifles in the world, costing thousands of euro, not to mention the expensive ammo and special raiment.

Where does the law of cruelty to animals come into this?

It´s not cruelty to animals, it’s much worse than that. Wildfowl and other wild animals live in Ireland — we should cherish these beautiful creatures, not hunt and kill them,

The population of Ireland is more than 4.5m people — why then should we let a small percentage, say 2,000 or 3,000 heartless bloodthirsty gunmen go on the rampage for three or four months killing everything that moves? Not out of hunger, but sport...... SPORT...

Have we the good people of Ireland no say in how our wildlife is treated — or illtreated as the case may be.

Holly Barrett
Waters Place
Mallow
Cork


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