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Dear Sir... Readers' Views (20/07/16)

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All lives matter, even those in Iraq

May I begin with my condolences to friends and relatives of all those recently murdered in Nice, and a prayer for the souls of the deceased.

Taking the long view, police intelligence may prevent some attacks, police bullets may halt some attacks and are a necessary stop-gap measure, but will never eradicate them entirely. Therefore we can expect many more such headlines in the future unless we try a different approach.

Less than two weeks ago a car bomb killed 115 people in Baghdad and wounded more than 100. That tragic loss of life didn’t make a single front page of any [Irish] national daily newspaper and garnered just 30 seconds of TV news as we were taken up with the ‘much more pressing problem’ of the Brexit.

There was no international day of mourning, no solemn tributes, no books of condolences — nothing. It was as if the west collectively expected the long-suffering people of Iraq just to accept their lot quietly as the price of their being impoverished lesser humans born in the wrong part of the world unlike the rest of us — insofar as we were even aware of it at all.

The monster of ISIL was at least in part spawned by western ‘intervention’ — notably British and American — in Iraq and Afghanistan over almost three decades. Like Frankenstein, they cannot just create this monster and then hope to run away and hide from it.

It’s time we began to demand that lives lost in the Middle East matter just as much as lives lost in Europe, that G8 world leaders don their funeral black and march in solidarity over children mowed down in Syria or Iraq as they did when journalists from Charlie Hebdo lost their lives. It’s not ‘Black Lives Matter’ — it’s ‘ALL Lives Matter’.

It’s time — especially in the wake of the Chilcot report — that we scrutinise the involvement of our various governments in events around the world and demand to know if they are adding to the sum misery or happiness of people. Not only are politicians answerable to us, we are responsible for their actions if we do not hold them to account.

It’s time we ask why events like the Iraq car bomb are not front page news every time they happen. Maybe if our minds were as regularly focused on the suffering of our fellow men, women and children in the Middle East and elsewhere, we would surely demand an end to it.

Nick Folley

36 Ardcarrig
Co Cork

Let CIE run the country — reliably

I have noticed headlines recently about CIE losing €26 million. Shock horror. I do not recall any similarly shocked headlines when Fianna Fáil, nobly assisted by a laughable FG opposition, lost our country about €150 billion. Given that CIE provides the whole country with a reliable daily service all year long, perhaps we should consider changing managements. To have the country run by people who were conscious of their daily responsibilities would be a huge change for the better. It would also be a far better idea than the recent headlines about needing more (unaccountable) TDs.

Richard Barton

Co Wicklow

Oireachtas support for fundamentalism

Members of the Oireachtas who call for the release of Ibrahim Halawa from an Egyptian prison are not only attempting to interfere in the internal affairs of Egypt but, in my opinion, are also demonstrating support for Islamic State and Fundamentalism.

Ibrahim Halawa and his sisters were arrested during demonstrations in support of Islamic State and Fundamentalism.

The Irish Ambassador to Egypt, had arranged “safe passage” for Ibrahim and his sisters, while they took refuge in a mosque.

They declined to accept the “safe passage” opting to stay and be arrested.

Ireland has been fortunate until now — not being subjected to Islamic State terrorist attacks.

I do not believe our elected representatives should be seen in any way to support IS or Fundamentalism.

Michael A Moriarty


Blanchardstown for hospital campus

We are a group of 160 Irish parents joined together because we share a common interest, our special children. We would like to appeal to Ms Hardiman and the national paediatric hospital development board (NPHDB).

Our children are the sickest children in Ireland. They have what the medics call life threatening or life limiting conditions. They are severely disabled with chronic illness and many are palliative.

We are from the four corners of Ireland and we must all attend the current children’s hospitals in Dublin as our local hospitals do not provide the specialist care our children require.

As a group, our children have spent a combined total of hundreds of years overnight and attended thousands of clinic appointments in Dublin’s children hospitals.

Our experience with those hospitals is why we are opposed to St James’ as the location for the new National Childrens Hospital.

We welcomed a meeting with Ms Hardiman and John Pollock of the NPHDP at the Jack and Jill family fun day two weeks ago. Although they listened to our concerns, we do not feel they heard them. Shortly after the family day Ms Hardiman spoke on the radio and said she had spoken to Jack and Jill families and had allayed our fears and had debunked myths. She did not. We are still opposed to St James’ and favour the Connolly hospital campus in Blanchardstown.

60,000 citizens to date believe St James’ is a mistake. This comprises of many childrens groups like ours and doctors, as well as worried parents all over Ireland.

We can’t all be wrong, considering our experience.

Michelle Forde

The Extra Special Kids Group of Ireland


Statistics supplied by a Government quango shows that the Irish economy grew by 200% for the last quarter.

Also full employment was recorded, with everyone back to work.

Irish grown banana exports to Africa are breaking all records.

Sales figures for new Mercedes cars have reached record levels.

Tour operators have been inundated with people wishing to avail of five-star holiday trips to Dubai, our main client for Irish Sand.

Pubs can not keep up with drinkers’ demands. Restaurants require a month’s booking in advance as most chickens are exported and then need to be re-imported.

Banks have had to hire printing machines to keep the safes full of cash. Paddy’s wallets and pockets are overflowing with cash.

Disbanded Irish Water has merged with the newly established company Irish Resurrection Water.

Indications are that people can’t get enough of it. Ireland now has the strongest economy in the world. Other nations look at us with envy, and disbelief.

Anthony Woods

5 Marian Ave
Co Clare

Our numbers are up

Your coverage of the increased population is interesting (Irish Examiner, July 15). However, I say that people are flowing and flying in at the east and staying there.

It is worth noting that 94,000 people from 167 different countries have been granted Irish Passports in the last four years. Little wonder that there is a housing shortage.

Daniel I Clancy

Co Clare

Monumental error on Moore Street

The advertisement banner has been removed from the front of the 1916 National Monument in Moore Street. Masonry nail holes in the four facades are clearly visible from the street and are not confined to the pointing — the brickwork itself has been damaged. The Monument has suffered considerable damage contrary to evidence presented to the High Court by Department officials.

The team responsible for this must be identified to ascertain if they are the same as that working on the Monument at present on foot of a court order. This would be entirely unacceptable for obvious reasons.

The Minister must respond to this as guardian of the Monument under Preservation Order 1 of 2007 an order adopted by both Houses of the Oireachtas.

This is not a minor matter — there are serious consequences under the law for unlawful interference resulting in damage to National Monuments.

James Connolly Heron, Proinsias Ó Rathaille, and David Ceannt

1916 Relatives Initiative
4 Oxford Road
Dublin 6

Public salary and political opinion

It is both unethical and a conflict of interest when a politician takes a public salary while also accepting payment for a regular opinion column in a national newspaper (which has its own political leaning).

Does the “opinion” represent the views of his or her constituents? The views of his or her political party? Or is it most likely to be click-bait to bring money in to the newspaper’s coffers?

In a modern democracy the separation of powers needs to extend beyond the legislature, executive and judiciary, to include the media.

Alison Hackett

Dun Laoghaire
Co Dublin


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