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Dear Sir... Readers' Views (28/07/16)

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High Courts are not above law

We elect “Public Representatives” to represent and ‘protect’ the interest of the Irish People.

We now find a Government Minister involved in ‘harassment’/intimidation’ of people who as children were subjected to sexual abuse by individuals in authority by attempting to coerce them into withdrawing claims against the State.

The actions of the Minister in this case should be a matter of concern to all and I suggest those who share concern email the Minister accordingly.

Of additional concern is the fact that members of the High Court (political appointees) now seem to have assigned themselves a “God Like” authority as while a ruling of the European Courts of Human Rights is binding on the Irish Government members of the High Court feel that ruling is not binding on the High Court.

Yet Judges from the Irish Courts sit in the European Courts.

In my opinion a very dangerous attitude in any democracy.

Your Readers may have views/comments on this matter.

Michael A. Moriarty.


A return to the old politics

The recent media eulogies on Micheál Martin, epitomised by Elaine Loughlin on July 25, brought me back to the heady days of the Celtic Tiger when the then government, including Micheál Martin, was basking in the approval of the media and the then opposition, including Enda Kenny, was being denounced as incompetent or worse.

That did not end too well with the country going broke, losing its sovereignty and needing to be bailed out.

Recent coverage of our political affairs is, however, carrying on in the same vein as in those times.

Media is full of calls for Enda Kenny to resign. In contrast Elaine Loughlin is promoting the message that Micheál Martin ‘favours a coalition with Labour after the next general election’.

Why this is happening now is hard to understand?

Enda Kenny was not a member of a government which bankrupt the country.

Micheál Martin was. Is what they are now calling ‘new politics’ just a return to old politics?

A. Leavy
1 Shielmartin Drive
Dublin 13


Insurance regulation

It would seem that, as a member state of the EU we cannot prevent insurance companies incorporated in or regulated from another EU country from selling insurance into Ireland either directly or through a broker.

That said surely there is nothing to prevent us passing a law to the effect that an insurance company cannot trade directly or indirectly in this country without first being registered with the insurance regulator and meeting the regulator’s requirements which must include having a website giving the following information:

The country in which the company is incorporated and from which from which the company is regulated.

Whether the company is affiliated to any broader body to which policy holders would have recourse should the company become insolvent.

On the basis of “Caveat emptor” it would then be for those seeking cover to check the website and decide whether they wish to take out a policy or not.

Brendan Casserly,
Benvoirlich estate,


Passport payday

Reading about all the new applications for Irish passports from overseas since Brexit is bearing down on us, I have this to say: By all means show our usual Irish friendliness and grant them.

BUT seeing as how most of these fairweather citizens will never move here or more importantly never contribute to the taxation pot, I suggest a charge of at least ten thousand euro/sterling for the privilege.

Greta Kelly,
Co Cork.


Trump rally recalls Nazis

The Republican Party convention to nominate Donald Trump had all the hallmarks of the mass rallies organised by Joseph Goebbels to promote and subsequently, elect Adolf Hitler: racism and the selection of a minority religious group at which to vent anger, staunch adherence to law and order above everything else, the caustic ridicule of politicians and parliament and the judiciary, the mock trial of his opponent, and military build-up.

Des Hughes,
Dunlin 13


Off-the-wall politics

The Wall, The Wall, The Wall! If you listen to Trump’s double-talk on Muslims, immigration etc., you will realize how far off-the-wall he is.

Never heard anyone rant, rave and rage about current events and say NOTHING!

His ‘new-found’ lackeys (Rubio, Christie, Gingrich et al) can’t do anything to enhance Mr. Trump’s ‘stature’ in this presidential race.

How can anyone support this shallow, inarticulate imbecile?

Both party candidates leave a lot to be desired and at this point a write-in vote seems mighty tempting.

Finally, in his acceptance speech Mr. Trump promised to solve this nation’s ills fast.

If he accomplishes one tenth of his promises, I would apologise for doubting his ability to lead. This, of course is predicated on his becoming president.

Herb Stark,
North Carolina,


Pantomime finally trumps democracy

The recent Republican National Conference was, to say the least, a disturbing spectacle which, in any normal democracy, would raise serious concerns about the state of the political process.

However what has become abundantly apparent is that the US is no longer a normal democracy.

The pageant and pantomime, including the requisite villain in Ted Cruz, was a direct manifestation of the dumbing down of political discourse in the US, driven in no small measure by Fox News and the other network news channels.

The US political process has lost all objectivity and is no longer about creating as society but meeting the needs of its corporate patrons, conveniently facilitated by the Supreme courts Citizens United ruling.

There was no serious policy debates at the conference, instead it was a long winded barrage of sensationalism, fear mongering and hatred.

The irony is that for the significant portion of the electorate that Trump has energised, there will be no change in their circumstances.

Trump’s bombastic declarations on making America great have little substance and are merely loud clichés.

He has not presented any detailed policies on key issues really facing ordinary Americans, including the damning statistics of inequality.

Many on this side of the Atlantic watch on in the hope that the US electorate will not allow this train wreck to happen but Trump has already beaten some serious contenders to the Republican nomination and Hilary Clinton does not attract widespread popularity.

In the current climate where serious political discourse is relegated to margins, and fear reigns, the election of Donald Trump is not at all unlikely.

Barry Walsh,
21 Linden Avenue,

Delightful Dahl

I am reading “The BFG” by Roald Dahl, at 65 years of age, before going to see Steven Spielberg’s new movie of the same book, and loving every minute of it.

Living the childhood I missed, and realising that one’s imagination works wonders no matter what age.

Brian McDevitt,
77 Ardconnaill,

Whalefare section

With the carcass of 26ft-long minke whale washed ashore in County Down, does Northern Ireland need a Department of Social Whalefare?

John Williams

Reckless housing

Having ploughed through the “Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness” it is obvious that the government continues to try to outsource the provision of social housing to private entities whether they be the “for-profit” or “not-for-profit”(if there is indeed such a thing) variety.

We are on a merry-go-round it seems, destined to repeat the mistakes of old.

Where the provision of social/public goods are concerned, history tells us that when the profit motive is introduced, delivery is seriously impaired with many being denied access to such goods altogether.

Groundhog Day is avoidable, but we have to first ditch ideology and try harder to learn from mistakes already made — particularly given the huge cost many had to pay following the crash that was caused by the reckless pursuit of profits.

Jim O’Sullivan


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