Letters to the Editor: 'Martin won't escape dancing to Leo's tune'

I watched Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s recent address to a gathering in Belfast, and wondered to myself, what is he on? He claims to be pro-Republic and was there to spell out warnings on the dangers of a hard Brexit.

His visit North was little more than a Tweedledum effort to massage his own listless status within the Brexit debate.

He was probably sweating in case Peter Casey turned up with his Fianna Fáil Nua membership form.

Micheál has had it coming on all fronts for the last while; he had to deal with oul Dev’s grandson who tried to get a start-up branch of the “soldiers of fortune” operational in the Sé Chondae.

But Micheál was having none of this all-Ireland party nonsense, and demoted poor Éamon Ó Cuív for his conduct, and Sorcha McAnespy had to hightail it back to the confines of being an independent councillor on Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

Unfortunately, Micheál cannot escape from Leo Varadkar’s looming shadow.

Even if there was an election tomorrow he would still end up dancing to Leo’s tune for the foreseeable future.

James Woods

Gort an Choirce, Dún na nGall

King Salman shows why we must question power

KING Salman of Saudi Arabia’s plea to the international community to halt Iran’s (alleged) nuclear programme and his personal support for UN efforts to end the war in Yemen has absolutely no connection with US promises to share with the world recordings that clearly show his country’s guilt in the murder of reporter Jamal Khashoggi.

Strangely, though, the promise by the US administration to release the incriminating recordings did not happen. I wonder why?

Perhaps it might be that Mr Trump’s ill-advised policy on Iran, concocted to bolster his personal ratings in advance of the disastrous midterm elections, has not been recognised by anyone as a strategic tour de force.

So will the USA release evidence that incriminates Saudi Arabia and heir apparent Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman? Or will that great country of liberty and justice not release this information because Saudi Arabia is such a wonderful ally and should continue to be exempt from the moral strictures of any country worth its salt?

Having not questioned Saudi Arabia on its position of having had 15 of its nationals involved in the 9/11 attacks on American soil and instead invading Iraq, it is not altogether surprising the US administration is now refusing to release information that clearly shows Saudi Arabia is guilty of murdering a critic of its regime. One wonders how far Mr Trump will go.

Perhaps it is a reflection of how secure Saudi Arabia feels in its control of the country and the dissent within the country – as Mr Trump might have said if he had a modicum of intelligence (“very worrying, very worrying”, why does he always repeat himself? What a moron!) – that it did not back Turkey in that country’s attempt to commit genocide against the Kurds.

Although I suspect Turkey will in any case deny such genocidal murders in the same way as it had the Armenian genocide of one-and-a-half million Armenians starting in 1915, and then declaring it a crime in Turkey to profess that there was such an event.

It is up to us to continually, and with passion and verve, deny the deniers and confront the immorality of the powers that be and speak the truth, not only to the world as it is, but much more importantly to our children.

We can teach them not to believe in the words of self-serving politicians and governments, but to stay true to themselves and to question every word of those in power.

George Dalzell

Stillorgan, Co Dublin

Sarcasm can’t dent victory over All Blacks

I see your correspondent Ed Power (‘Heave! How to master rugby fandom’, November 20) has dusted down the hoary old single transferable, cliché-ridden attempt at satirising Irish rugby in the wake of the victory over the All Blacks.

If he cannot join in the celebrations of this momentous victory, could he not at least try to be original? We have heard all this stuff before many times.

At least Paul Howard manages to be funny. This article is so dripping with sarcasm it will never do so.

By the way, I am a 66-year-old who has been a supporter of the national team since young childhood and who did not go to a private school or university and did not work in business or the professions.

Sean O’Donnell

Monkstown, Co Dublin

Abortions paid for by those who oppose them

It is understood the HSE has now offered a €450 fee for each abortion GPs perform on an eligible patient. This will ultimately be paid for through taxation.

This arrangement will be an added delight to those who voted Yes to abortion. It will mean one-third (in line with the vote), ie €150, will come from the pockets of those who actually voted against abortion. Sweet, huh?

Donal O’Driscoll

Bray, Co Wicklow

Is history repeating itself as karma unites Éamon and Jacob’s causes?

AS WE watch the unfolding spectacle of Brexit playing out in London, we cannot but be reminded of the Irish Treaty negotiations of 100 years ago. Remarkably, the issue again revolves around the future of the unionist community in the North of Ireland.

We have Theresa May returning home with a negotiated treaty, just like Michael Collins did almost a century ago.

Her prime adversary, Jacob Rees-Mogg, presents us with a similar character to Éamon de Valera, and it is striking there is an uncanny resemblance between both of them in appearance and manner.

I have noted that in the unlikely event that everything comes together, UK “independence” may eventually happen in December, 2022. I would suggest December 6 would be a nice date to aim for. There has to be some hint of karma in all this. One can imagine Lloyd George spinning in his grave in Llanystumdwy, while a wry smile emanates from the collective graves at Glasnevin.

Gerard Walsh

Ontario, Canada

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