Disassociate yourself from body politics exposed on your pages

Christy Galligan’s letter ‘(Citizens will really bear the brunt of CO2 reduction’, Letters, 9 August) and yesterday’s very good editorial illustrate the lack of intellect and statecraft in the Irish body for the last 30 years or more.

The relevant chaos in the housing and healthcare sectors is due to the fact that the Irish civil service is not fully under the control of the relevant Minister in some areas.

There is a sentence in the editorial that everyone should read: “Br. Kevin refused to be down when he was only offered a deaf ear. He was a lifetime demonstrating how interdependent we all are, whether we acknowledge it or not.”

To bring about change, voters must work with politicians.

In the words of former US President John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

Declan Foley

Melbourne, Australia

Giving a voice to women who choose to breastfeed longer

Thank you for reprinting Holly McIndoe’s story last week (“I will breastfeed my daughter until she is about five years old – then she can make a decision”, Irish Independent6th of August).

Breastfeeding rates in Ireland are low and stories like Holly’s are reassurance for those of us in the shadows who breastfeed our babies beyond six months.

A well-nourished baby is of course the goal of every parent, be it through bottle or breast. However, breastfeeding remains a stigma.

As modern women we are encouraged to “have it all” – the thriving babies and the successful careers – but maternity leave ends at six months when weaning begins and breastfeeding can be recalibrated, making for a stressful time in motherhood career women.

Some workplaces support protected breastfeeding, but most do not. How can we be expected to be superwomen in a world where there is little support to facilitate breastfeeding into old age?

Melanie Reid

Croughtabeg, County Kilkenny

Israel only defends itself against jihadist terrorist threats

International law has long recognized a country’s right to take preventive action against forces (including non-state terrorist groups) that pose an imminent threat.

Islamic Jihad is an internationally designated terrorist group whose explicit goal is the violent destruction of Israel.

In the week leading up to the Israeli operations, however, Islamic Jihad issued credible threats of rocket and anti-tank missile attacks against Israeli civilians.

Contrary to the claims of Betty Purcell (“Israel remains unsanctioned while killing continues in Gaza,” Letters, August 9), Israel’s Operation Breaking Dawn was not indiscriminate—it was aimed at that threat. Israel called off airstrikes when it became aware of children or other civilians in the target area.

Of the current estimate of 51 people killed during hostilities in Gaza, 24 were members of Islamic Jihad killed by Israel. Of the remaining 27, 16 were killed by Islamic Jihad rockets that failed to reach Israel, instead landing in Gaza and killing innocent civilians, including 12 children – Islamic Jihad rockets killed more Gaza civilians than the IDF.

Those who complain that Israel is defending itself must stop pretending that radical Islamist terrorist groups are a form of “legitimate resistance.”

Teresa Trainor

Dublin 16

Crossed wires in democracy: I am for the second Brexit vote

I agree with Anthony Leavy (“Citizens of Democracies May Change Their Minds,” Letters, August 6). He misunderstood my letter. I actually wrote (on 4 August) that not many Brexiteers (like me) would tolerate a win in a second referendum should it result in a victory for the Remainers.

Which I meant I would of course tolerate a win as that is only fair and democratic. I also wrote: “I think it’s important that a second referendum is held as Scotland and Northern Ireland voted against Brexit but were forced to leave the EU. The younger generation and those who have changed their minds should also have the opportunity to vote.”

Dominic Shelmerdine

London

We’re all choking on the sun, hence the spate of silly jokes

Don’t blame me, Ed Toal started it (“It’s Funny How the Weather Brings Out the Worst of Jokes,” Letters, Aug. 9), so here: “If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?”

I know, I know! Anyway folks just relax, be careful and enjoy.

Brian McDevitt

Glenties, Co Donegal

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