Blaming politicians will not solve any of the current crises

Her astute editorial on the Robert Troy property controversy (“Our public officials must be above reproach”, Irish Independent, 24 August) once again illustrates what has become a clear trend in the current government in responding to problems as they arise – to blame someone else.

r Troy would like us to believe that the fault lies with someone else he asked to “do a job for him.” It must be said that he hasn’t licked this habit off the rocks.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has repeatedly shifted responsibility for the government’s failures to others, most recently with the comment that one or the other should have warned them about the impending energy shortage.

On the basis that in every bad situation there is the possibility of something good, some good can still come from the publicity surrounding Mr. Troy’s real estate dealings.

If we look closely at the details, we may very well get an explanation for the government’s quick-wittedness in handling the housing crisis – it boils down to a matter of will.

So who knows? Indeed, with the urging of a more informed public, ministers might be persuaded to make some meaningful interventions to end the misery of so many.

Jim O’Sullivan, Rathedmond, Co. Sligo

If we don’t get out, we’re headed for disaster

It is noticeable that Ireland Inc is bursting at the seams.

We trade too much. We are not up to the constantly increasing demands on our infrastructure in the areas of housing, education, health and energy, to name just a few.

The supply cannot meet the demand or our impatient needs.

A lack of staff and foreseeable power outages are already presenting industry and private individuals with challenges – and winter isn’t here yet.

The expected increases in household spending, while welcomed by many, will fuel rising demand and hence inflation.

The question is: when are we going to start thinking seriously about degrowth in the economy, or a significant slowdown, so that we might be better positioned to face the biggest challenge of all, climate change?

Maybe it’s time to reassess where we’re going or how we’re going to get there.

Aidan Roddy, Cabinteely, Co Dublin

Let’s put the hurling back into hurling and the foot into football

From time to time rule changes are introduced in hurling and football. These are often in response to the changing ways in which the games are played.

One feature that has grown a lot in both games is “play by hand”. This didn’t improve any of the games I would suggest.

It seems to me that the time has come to ban “playing with hands” in both games. If you have possession of the ball in hurling, you would have to part with the hurley. This can be a short hurley pass or a long punch.

Similar to soccer, you would have to separate from your foot with either a foot pass or a longer kick.

These changes would emphasize the importance of the hurley in hurling and the importance of the foot in football. They would also make the tedious “ball possession game” riskier, which should benefit both games.

Michael N. O’Connor, St. John’s College, County Waterford

There are other homes for Catholics who are out in the cold

Frank Murphy (“Not All Views of the Synodal Synthesis Represent Irish Catholics”, Irish IndependentLetters, 24 August) raises a question about Catholicism when writing about Irish Catholics.

He continues: “It is important to remember that ‘believers’ in this context means those who accept and are faithful to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.”

Does this mean that the views and aspirations of those Catholics who do not fully participate in the Church, like Martin Luther, should be rejected?

But it is the last sentence that hints at the outcome of next year’s synod in Rome: “It is unlikely, however, to lighten the hopes of all who have submitted a petition.”

The Bishop of Elphin has virtually ruled out any major participation by women in the Roman Catholic Church after the Synod.

Fortunately, for those who need and want a broader Church, there are other Churches in the Catholic community to turn to.

Declan Foley, Melbourne, Australia Blaming politicians will not solve any of the current crises

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