Green camp divided into two groups, but only one is honest
Ian O’Doherty asks (Irish Independent, November 13) why Greta Thunberg and her fellow protesters stand against those who try to make a difference and never protest against the worst environmental offenders.
here are two groups in the green camp – those who are genuinely concerned about the world and climate change and those who want to see the collapse of global trade and the free market economy.
I will always have an ear for the first group, but the second do not have the honesty to admit that they would prefer a world without capitalism and without people.
Rathgar, Dublin 6
Liquidation of the Cabinet is the first step in meeting the challenges ahead
When Yeats heard of Synge’s death, he began to mourn the cup of the land and, as usual, wrote the following:
Nor the best dead worker,
And all the sheaves to tie
Why do these lines keep swimming in my mind these days? It may only be that challenges come to us from all sides.
The result of the last general election has left this country in a rare mess. The government never looked like a team.
Many came to the table bringing with them few skills and fewer loyalties. Their instincts were to undermine, to shoot, to flee. The biggest opposition party is the most obstructive and the most destructive in living memory. There is never a prospect of cross-party support on any issue, no matter how critical. Any government initiative must be defeated in its naked quest for power. The accusing and abusive behavior of the party leader during Question Time would not be tolerated in any other workplace in the developed world.
Despite all this, the government has faced the pandemic with discernment and its management of the economy and public finances is admirable, but the problems we face are formidable..
The current team is not up to the task of dealing with climate, Sláintecare, housing, education, childcare and modernization of public services. The Taoiseach must take control – now – and take the only action offered to it: effect a root and branch cabinet shuffle. Acting without fear or favor, he must put his “best workers” on the front bench and demand that Tánaiste and Eamon Ryan follow suit.
Wellington Road, Cork
We need an appropriate symbol to commemorate the dead
Your correspondent Bobby O’Neil bemoans the sight of Micheál Martin “with poppy breasts”. Otherwise, how can we remember the 49,000 Irish who died in WWI and 10,000 in WWII?
The former fought for the future Republic, the latter for no longer speaking German. Ireland needs an appropriate, exclusive and uncontroversial symbol to commemorate his death.
Castledermot, County Kildare
No wonder Dublin rents are now the highest in Europe
My heart broke up after reading John Mulligan’s article, “Australian pension fund backs deal for 700 apartments on Dublin docks” (Independent Irish, November 17). I tried to warn Irish politicians a few years after the turn of the millennium about foreign investment in the Irish house building industry, through mortgage securitization and the role it played in the rise housing prices.
I was so worried that I also tried to draw public attention to the danger of this inbound investment – around 37 million euros (collected from law firm websites in the absence of statistics official) – running as an independent candidate in the 2007 general elections of 2007 and the European elections of 2009. The only positive feedback has been from Professors Boyle and Greskovits of the Central European University of Budapest.
These vulture funds or The Shadow Banking Sector, as they were later called, are now so involved in the Irish building sector that they are also buying finished housing estates and taking stakes in Irish housing construction companies. Dublin is now the most expensive city in Europe for rental accommodation.
Dermot Desmond, according to an article by Ian O’Doherty in the Independent Irish (“Deep in our housing crisis, even this obvious idea seems revolutionary,” Nov. 10), says international investment funds are laughing at us.
The Indian definition of an ignorant person is not lack of knowledge but one who possesses it and ignores it for the greater good. An additional horror of this situation looms quickly with the advent of inflation in the form of higher interest rates.
John F Higgins