Don’t be fooled by populist and outlandish rhetoric

Those involved in protests against the cost of living crisis are to be commended, but they should not be used as pawns by political opponents to embellish votes or convince voters that their cause is fairer than others.

The cost of living crisis emanated from a two-year Covid pandemic followed by Vladimir Putin’s unlawful war and energy blackmail against western nations, including Ireland. There are also thousands of refugees from Ukraine and the African continent who are looking for asylum and accommodation here.

All of this will have to be paid for out of a cash surplus that will need to be budgeted for as this energy and livelihood crisis deepens.

It is so easy for certain opposition TDs, themselves dependent on €102,000 a year plus expenses, to stand on a platform and preach to the angry masses.

What these populists won’t tell you is the true magnitude of the difficulties the government will face in the months and possibly years to come. This is not solely the work of government, but of external forces beyond their control.

Those politicians in Sinn Féin or People Before Profit, whose feigned reticence may fool some of the people but not all of us, need to be reminded that it is not they who will face a bleak or cold winter.

Like it or not, no matter who is in government, tough budget decisions will need to be made and there will be a national debt for generations to come to pay. There’s not much of the cake left, so let’s be realistic and don’t let the populist rhetoric fool us.

Christy Galligan

Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Ban the awful term ‘real estate ladder’ – people want houses

Paul Hyland’s article on Kieran Kelly’s homeownership quest is sad to read (“Frustrated Home Seeker Calls for Cuckoo Money Limits,” Irish Independencet, September 27). An Irishman caught in an impasse in his own country thanks to investments by foreign speculators. But I think the media also have to think about their role. We’re constantly being told by the media, “People trying to get up the property ladder.”

No they are not. You are trying to become a homeowner. Homes are required for shelter and a sustainable community.

Above all, they should not become investment opportunities.

The term ‘property manager’ should be banned in connection with home ownership.

An investment and a home are two diametrically opposed terms when it comes to human physical and psychological sustainability. The late Luke Kelly was prophetic as he sang “What Are Our Patriots Suffering Today” and “Mark and Dollar We’ll Sell Them (Ireland) to the Highest Bidder”.

Paddy Murray

Castlepollard, Co Westmeath

There is no justification for the huge hikes by utilities

Is there anyone (including an energy company) who can explain in understandable non-technical language how energy companies can justify these increases in energy costs and how our government can allow this to happen as it will most likely impact the welfare of the state itself?

Ted O’Keeffe

Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Budget Day is here – cue for the usual Dáil outrage

Can I make a prediction on opposition comments before the 2023 budget is officially announced? They will complain that no matter what increase in pensions is granted, pensioners have been let down by the government. That people who want to rent have been ignored again.

No matter what is done for people trying to buy a home, they have failed once again by an indifferent government.

The script is already written. Like Budget Day, it should be called Hurler on the Ditch Day because they all show up and ramble on that day. I’m guessing Richard Boyd Barrett won’t have time for breakfast and might be crankier than usual.

Pearse Doherty will stand on his pedestal and tell us the government is a disgrace and Mary Lou McDonald will yell “shame on you” many times throughout the afternoon.

It will be a very loud Dáil with a chorus of naysayers consisting of Róisín Shortall, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Mattie McGrath, a Healy-Rae or two and Paul Murphy et al.

The budget will try to help as many people as possible, but the financial pie is limited and 2023 could be another tough year as Brexit resurfaces and Putin continues his war. Soap opera verbales are easy to continue, but we need people who understand that we cannot solve all problems.

For myself I say thank you, Paschal, for everything I get in my pension.

Donough O’Reilly

Kilmacud, County Dublin Don’t be fooled by populist and outlandish rhetoric

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