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Dear Sir... Readers' Views (16/06/16)

Your letters, your view

Dunphy’s fear of Europe

Johnny Giles and Eamon Dunphy are fantastic TV pundits of soccer in Ireland. We have been blessed to have them. Giles was a hero of mine back in the days when he played for Leeds; Eamon Dunphy played at Millwall, and then became a sports journalist.

I watched and listened in amazement, a few weeks ago, when Dunphy was asked on The Late Late Show and was asked about travelling to the European Championships. This is a man who has built his reputation on being hard and fearless, the man who stood up against the system, who has been outspoken when everyone else would shy away. His reply just stunned me. He said he was telling all his relations, and anybody else who cared to listen, not to travel to France for the games.

This reply is stating two serious facts.

Firstly, that we have given in to these terrorists, that we have bowed to their threats, and have allowed them win. We are running scared.

Secondly, that without him even realising, Dunphy has articulated what people in Ireland and the UK think. We believe that, as much as we are part of Europe, we still consider ourselves that little bit different, and that mainland Europe is there and we are here, and we will never really be part of their system.

If the UK vote to stay in, then that protection, which we have at the moment, will disappear, and then any games in the UK will get the same recommendation from Eamon that he gave about the Euros — ‘Don’t Go’.

As you can guess, I am in favour of the UK voting to leave. I believe that an ‘out’ vote will bring the EU back to reality and that it will go back to its original agenda, which was for free trade and neighbourliness amongst Europe countries.

David Hennessy

Block 1 Broomhall Business Park

Rathnew

Co Wicklow

Ignoring of elderly is society’s loss

What a wonderful letter you published recently (Irish Examiner, Letter, 10/6/16), entitled ‘Celebrating our rock ’n’ roll heroes’. I am a 67-year-old retired teacher and I was moved by the article. It raised an important issue about how we view old age in this country.

It was inspiring to read a young man’s perspective on approaching middle age. His honesty and insight were refreshing, to say the least. Personally, I have found this new way of being in the world difficult and challenging, at times, not because I am growing old, but because people’s expectations of me have changed. I’m not really needed any more; no-one seeks out my counsel on any topic and yet I have all this experience. I often wonder, in this age of instantaneous information and communication, have we lost something very basic? Nothing is made to last anymore and anything that is deemed too old, or just not new, is cast aside. Please don’t get me wrong. I have a wonderful life with my wife, but we still have lots to offer the world. I, too, crave ‘an old man’s frenzy’ and I do not want to go ‘quietly into the night.’

I was an English teacher for 40 years, and I would have loved to have had the letter writer as a student of mine. Well done, and keep up the good fight.

David Higgins

Main Street

Bandon

Cork

Kenny can’t lecture Trump on equality

You really have to wonder about the wisdom of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s intention to lecture Donald Trump on social justice matters. (“Enda Kenny — ‘I’ll tell Trump why his views are racist’ Irish Examiner, 11/6). Before Enda gets to grips with Trump face-to-face, maybe he would do well to remember what has happened to Irish society under his watch.

CSO figures show that 698,000 people now live in poverty here and that 211,000 of these are children. 376,000 people now live in consistent poverty here, double the figure in 2008, and 1.4m are experiencing deprivation, an increase of 128% since 2008.

I, for one, do not expect a heated exchange between these two gentlemen. Truth to tell, hairstyles apart, there is most likely not a scintilla of difference between them on any matter of substance.

Jim O’Sullivan

Rathedmond

Sligo

Kenny’s Eric ‘Cantona-tion’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was asked what the future of Irish Water would be. Being the great philosopher, he used this wonderful quote as a metaphor to secretly reveal the agenda.”When seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea”. There you go! Sorted.

Anthony Woods

5,Marian Avenue,

Ennis,

Co Clare

As a single mum, I can’t pay €100 fine

As a mum of a small baby and a four-year-old boy, with whom I travel on the Luas, I usually have my Leap card. On this day, I didnt have it, but had an older card, which still had money on it. I didnt know that it was no longer valid, because I had been out of the system for a while, having a baby, etc.

It escalated into a fine and because I moved house, as well, with baby, and four-year-old, the fine letter went to the old address and I missed the letter and the date to pay a smaller fine.

When I explained, I was told ‘that’s the system’, the fine is €100. I explained I didnt have €100. It’s hard enough with two small children, and no help, to afford to pay for everything. Rent is so high, and food must be bought, and bills paid. At the end of the month, we are always in the red and I can’t afford to pay €100.

It’s going to come out of the child allowance, so my children will lose out on food and clothes, because of this system. I offered to pay the €45 fine, but was refused.

It is too high an amount for families who are already struggling to make ends meet. It is unfairly high and anti-family. As a full-time mum with no income, no money to spend at all on myself, I haven’t bought clothes in two years, had a haircut, or anything else. I resent this money being taken from my children.

Rachel Walsh

3A Strand Road,

Sutton

Dublin 13

UK long-ignored Irish ‘Brexit’

Irish voters have already voted for Brexit, in by-elections in 1917, the general election of 1918, municipal, county council and other local elections, in 1920, and general elections in 1921. They voted for Ireland’s exit from Britain. Learned commentators appear oblivious of this phenomenon, which also begs the question — Which part of ‘please go away’ do British governments not understand?

If Britain votes for Brexit on June 23, might the European Union ignore the vote, otherwise than sending Euro ‘Tans’ to Britain to murder the voters?

Britain might then find comfort in the notion that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Donal Kennedy

46 Belmont Ave

London N13

Medicine has a profit motive

With regard to the final, two, huge letters in last Saturday’s edition, it was to be expected that the multi-billion dollar cancer industry would rear up against anybody suggesting that there were ways to avoid their famous cut-poison-and-burn treatment and that they would support the sun-cream industry.

Medical experts and scientists have, in the past, supported smoking, lead in our petrol (and thus in our lungs), thalidomide pills, asbestos, symphisiotomy (an operation verging on sadism to ‘assist’ births), DDT, etc., etc. The medical industry is the fourth leading cause of death in the USA, some say the third. I wonder what the figures are here. More articles will be written as the truth comes to light. Meanwhile, I would beg anybody thinking of going to hospital, or in search of sunshine, or diagnosed with cancer, to do some searching around the internet on the subject of medical fraud, criminal fines of the pharmaceutical industry, and scientific lies. Please remember that if all of us were healthy, thousands of them would be out of jobs. All of us must treat organised medicine with the same degree of suspicion and wariness that we would treat a bank, a haunted house, or a casino. Our health is our responsibility — not theirs.

I have experienced a very similar level of bullying, by a hospital, as the lady who wrote the first letter on Saturday.

Richard Barton (Dip. Nutritional Medicine, Dip. Counselling)

Tinahely

Co. Wicklow

Day’s notice should be given for crimes

It seems that gardai may no longer be authorised to carry out house raids at “unreasonable hours”. Maybe 24 hours’ advance notice should be required before carrying out such raids. Additionally, perhaps those so concerned for the welfare of ‘known criminals’ should require them to give 24 hours’ notice of their intention to carry out a ‘criminal act’.

Michael A. Moriarty.

Rochestown.

Cork.


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