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Dear Sir... Readers' Views (19/11/16)

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Crude Trump is no role model and no one can trust him

Re: - Michael Clifford... “How desperate were Americans for change”, (Irish Examiner, Opinion, Nov 10).

“That’s when this brand of hopey-changey stuff will turn really ugly.”

Michael Clifford paints a clearly delineated picture of the various strands of the US electoral anxieties, foibles and fiascos which culminated in the unthinkable... at least for most in these ‘ere parts!

His conclusion doesn’t exactly engender either hope or optimism for any beneficial change, but he might also have included the ‘makey-uppy’ raft of fibbery/falsity coupled with the downright crudity which peppered the ‘DJ’s’ antics on the stump. Surely all such behaviour could be deemed a felony of some sort, and yet he has wound up in the Oval office having wantonly tossed so many curved balls of unsavoury insult.

Whatever about his ‘curve-balls’,...his brass ‘cojones’ are seemingly intact and sadly so. Anything for a green-back’ would appear to be the clarion mantra-motto. The nonsense about making America great again and looking after blue-collar workers is malignant vacuous guff which no one should swallow. Just check it out with the crofters in Scotland who he tried to ‘muscle’ out of their holdings for one his golf-course developments.

Given his track record of employer ethics throughout all his real-estate/hotelier acquisitions, he should almost be banned from making any utterances about either employment or people’s well-being. His Machiavellian addiction to ‘dosh’ and ‘swank-posh’ is both patently pathetic and blatantly boorish. What a negative role-model for anyone.

One could suppose he gets his swagger from the ‘toupé-thatch’ (he must have a fair selection of them stashed by now), but maybe, like the biblical Samson, he could dwindle and crumble if a good gust of wind were to ‘unseat’ the ‘sticky-locks’. It might take something akin to a hurricane, but the collateral damage could be worth it.

Where is Chauncey Gardiner when we need him?!

Warm congratulations to Michael Clifford on his recent journalism awards. So richly deserved for a ‘forensic-forrager’ for truth, who has done the state some very worthy service

Bualadh bos go deo !

Jim Cosgrove

Chapel Street


Co Waterford

Ark of the rainbow destroyed by the EU

Noah’s Floodgate In the year 2016, the Lord came unto Noah, now living in Ireland, and said: “Once again, the earth has become wicked, and I see the end of all flesh before me. Build another Ark and save two of every living thing along with a few good humans.” He gave Noah the blueprints, saying: “You have six months to build the Ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights.”

Then The EU intervened. They argued that the accommodations were too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space. Then the EPA ruled that Noah couldn’t build the Ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact study on the proposed flood.

The trade unions insisted that he hire only union workers with Ark-building experience. And to make matters worse, NAMA seized all Noah’s assets.”Forgive me, Lord,” said Noah, “but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark.” Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched across the sky. Noah looked up in wonder and asked, “You mean, you’re not going to destroy the world?”

“No,” said the Lord. “The EU. beat me to it.”

Anthony Woods

Marian Ave


Co Clare

Same old politics will change nothing

The reaction from the Irish establishment (including the media) to claims for pay rises and the beginning of their sly attacks on those seeking them, tells us a lot about how deep in denial the Irish establishment is what is wrong in Ireland or the bubbling resentment. Even after Brexit and Trump.

It simply cannot be possible that the establishment, who tell people struggling to pay for the cost of living in Ireland, and who don’t even get basic never mind quality services in return, that pay rises are unaffordable don’t understand people look at them and see they have been untouched by the recession.

What sacrifice did you make Mr Kenny, or Mr Noonan or Mr Martin or Messrs Howlin, Adams nor Mr Higgins with his patronising lectures about morality, notwithstanding his own lack of moral example regarding his salary and publishing receipts for the burden his luxury lifestyle places on the taxpayer. How many homeless people could have been helped with the money his latest jaunt to Vietnam cost.

As far as I can tell all every single politician and person being paid over €100,000 is better off now in 2016 than they were in 2011.

The same cannot be said of most of the population and to date not one single person has been held to account for any of the many interlinked decisions that led to our 2008 economic failure. Nor can I see that there is a single elected representative in the entire island, north or south, or any party or none, who doesn’t claim the maximum expenses but who publishes receipts to verify what those expenses are used for.

It makes me wonder why the media is completely silent about this given publishing receipts is the norm in many other countries. Is it because the people who get the public media platform to comment are themselves hypocrites like the people they claim to hold to account. For example, how many staff work at RTÉ enjoying all the perks and security of the public sector but who are employed through a contract that allowed them to avoid PAYE tax.

How many journalists only pay corporate tax? No wonder the media is too scared to hold their establishment friends to account given their own double standards.

The lesson from Brexit and Trump is not just about racism. It’s about the fact people are no longer afraid to pick the worst outcome. This is because when people have voted responsibly in the past and held their nose, nothing has changed. People took a leap of faith and gave Fine Gael and Labour the benefit of the doubt they would implement radical change in 2011, but they didn’t. The voter won’t be that stupid again.

It’s worth noting the first Russian Revolution was in 1905 and all the people sought was an accountable parliament.

When they didn’t get it the revolution that followed in 1917 swept the entire establishment away - literally. The French Revolution started in 1789, but it wasn’t until 1799 that Napoleon became First Consul. So if our establishment think the Irish people haven’t noticed their instructions in 2011 have been ignored they could still be in for a very rude awakening.

As is the nature of these things no one ever predicts them in advance. No one predicted the assault of one single fruit trader in Tunisia, who then killed himself, would be the spark to unleash decades of pent-up public anger and usher in the Arab Spring, the consequences of which will play out for decades. Nor did anyone predict Brexit or Trump and I suspect when, in the years to come, we look back at the many comment pieces published now, none of them will have accurately predicted how that all ends.

So what Kenny/Noonan act are we about to see when it comes to either taking action to address the issues that create such high living costs that leads to wage demands, or cave into wage demands and add an unsustainable permanent burden on the public finances, just like Ahern and Cowen did.

Kenny and Noonan are old school crony politicians from the 1970s who have no experience at all of ever doing anything in the private sector, so the latter seems the likely approach.

Ireland faces interesting times. If you’re under 50, now is the time to start planning how you will leave the country and where you’ll go before you lose everything you’ve worked for when the next recession hits. Do you really want your children to go through the same economic depression with nothing changing as a result. The best thing an Irish parent can do now for their children is to invest in their languages skills, to give them the widest range of options for when they have to emigrate.

Desmond FitzGerald

Canary Wharf


Embarrassed by US election coverage

It is embarrassing to listen to and read the attempts by the so-called mainstream media to explain away their dishonest and distorted coverage of the U.S. Presidential Election. It is high time they exited their self-created bubble and entered the real world. And what price now the value of the polls they create to promote their opinions and prejudices?

J. Anthony Gaughan

Newtownpark Avenue


Co Dublin

Bank leaks are a worrying discovery

We have Brexit to worry about, maybe, however, it’s the leaking of Irish Banks by European Institutions that has me concerned.

Declan P. Gould



Questions about Trump’s ascension

There are any number of questions raised by the result of the US presidential election.

How far will Trump go to keep people from Mexico out of the US?

How racist and totalitarian will the situation become?

Will he throw the ‘illegal’ Irish out of the US?

What effect would that have?

Will he make it difficult for American firms to stay in Ireland?

What effect would that have?

Why was a member of the female majority of the population who was an experienced and capable politician rejected by voters?

Why did more than 50% of white women in the US vote for Trump?

What does that say about the prevalence of misogyny even among women?

A Leavy

Shielmartin Drive



Rugby World Cup would lift all boats

Whether your sporting interest is rugby, or swimming, or horse racing, securing the Rugby World Cup in 2023 will be the rising tide that will lift all boats... let’s everyone on all corners of this island get behind this.

Every city, town & village will benefit!

Eileen Quill


Co Cork


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