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A hopeless government that ignores hidden homelessness

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The plight of the homeless is not limited to the poor souls we see roaming the streets in our daily lives. The homeless are all around us, in every housing development, in poorly built apartment blocks and isolated cottages. These homeless people are working families, single men and women who work every week and pay direct and indirect taxes to our government.

These people can’t buy a house, they can’t deposit a house – the banks laugh at them when they apply for a mortgage. Instead, they have to rent out homes from the wealthy elites, who, as we’ve seen, keep raising their rents, can kick tenants out for any reason, and are unaccountable to anyone.

If the realization that you’ll never have a home of your own and might be living on the streets tomorrow wasn’t terrifying enough, now the government will spend your hard-earned taxpayer money building homes for people who don’t live in them, or any connected to Ireland.

The absurdity and incredible audacity of the government in doing this to their own people is perverse to say the least. There are hundreds of thousands of homeless people in Ireland and the vast majority are hard-working, tax-paying and law-abiding Irish citizens. There is a sense of utter hopelessness in our country now.

Everyone is finally starting to question the government – questions like ‘who does the government of Ireland serve’ and ‘what is their long term plan for our country?’

To an outsider looking inside, it appears that the government is attempting to sow the seeds of public discontent and dissent, almost as if purposely creating the perfect excuse for revolution.

As journalists, you must fight for us all in these scary times.

Eoin Clancy

Headford, County Galway

The Dublin Coalition is complicit in letting North’s wounds fester

Kudos to Fionnán Sheahan and his commentary in Monday’s edition Irish Independent.

He touched on the heart of the problem dominating the North’s current impasse over the Northern Ireland Protocol, the prospect of a hard border and the undermining of the Good Friday Agreement.

Sheahan acknowledges that the Dublin government is a guarantor of HFA and notes that it stays out of partisan Northern politics. But he overlooked how the other guarantor, the current Tory party, has sided with the unions. Statements by David Frost, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson are chilling to non-unionists. So the nationalist and republican people of Ulster – who have already been rebuffed after voting no to Brexit and suffering the delay of the Irish Language Act – find themselves in limbo as the establishment is led in the south Fianna FailFine Gael-Greens, have a deep hatred of Sinn Féin.

So as we man the barricades over Ukraine, our government stands idly by while the scab of 800 years of conflict remains open 60 miles from Dublin.

We clearly need another bat in our bag if the Sinn Féin takedown is the only driver we have. The people of the north deserve better. The people of Michael Martin‘s All Island deserves better.

John Cuff

Dunboyne, Co Meath

Football can be freed from elitism with allocated club budgets

How will football’s elite European league develop over the next 20 years?

One imagines you have the successful teams and the followers. And there could well be a clamor to get rid of the Also-Rans.

Leeds were beaten 4-0 by Manchester City last week. Each Man City player costs at least 50 million euros. I am advocating the introduction of an operating budget cap – like that used in US soccer – assigned to every team in the Premier League. It would include otherwise excluded consortia.

Patrick Dillon

Address with the editorial office

Pesky Putinists now want to lay claim to fish and chips

Is there nothing the Russians wouldn’t lay claim to? Their accusation that Britain “stole” their fish and chips reeks of days-old caviar (“Britain is “evil” than the US, says Russian politician who claims Britain stole fish and chips,” Irish Independent2.May).

The story goes that fish fried in oil was a specialty of the Portuguese Sephardic Jews who fled the Inquisition and found refuge in London.

Victorian cookbooks refer to fried fish “Jewish style” and Thomas Jefferson is said to have eaten “fish Jewish style” during his visit to London in 1786.

Joseph Malin, an Ashkenazi Jew, founded the first fish and chips shop in London in 1863. As WC Fields quipped, “If something is worth having, it’s a cause worth cheating for”. The Putinists seem to live by the same principle.

Teresa Trainor

Dublin 16

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