As a graduate of Trinity College Dublin I am disappointed that the college is committed to creating jobs with people ‘in mind’.
Our recent coverage of Tony Holohan’s new role showcases the unhealthy ‘jobs for the boys’ culture that exists in Ireland.
All positions on which public money is spent (including departmental secondments) should be advertised through a fair recruitment process administered by the Public Appointments Service.
Our universities, and indeed government ministers, should promote open and inclusive public sector attitudes so that every ordinary person has an equal chance to reach their full potential.
Wayne Tobin, Bray, Co Wicklow
The department ends up paying the salaries of two CMOs
dr Tony Holohan is seconded to an academic post at Trinity College after resigning as Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health.
The department now pays the salary of the new chief physician and for the new position of Dr. holohan. The question that arises – the answer to which is perhaps more illuminating – is not why does the Ministry pay the deputation’s salary that would normally be paid by Trinity, but how many of those deputations are paid by the government (the taxpayer)?
Even if the answer is no, what is the reason that the taxpayer is paying for an additional chair at Trinity? The Taoiseach has said he is unaware of this, but that response in itself is cripplingly condescending and an insult of Trumpist and Johnsonian proportions.
An economic and rational justification for the government using tax money directly to fund a university post must be demanded. The government must not hide behind a veil of perceived ignorance or secrecy.
George Dalzell, Stillorgan, Co Dublin
Dissent on the carbon tax, or is it all part of a healthy debate?
Philip Ryan draws attention to backbenchers who are single-handedly seeking a debate on planned carbon tax hikes (“Leo unsettled as party rebels and opposition agree,” Irish Independent, April 6). It seems to be an issue that worries the Fine Gael backbenchers and rightly so as it affects almost everyone. Philip Ryan considers this to be ‘dissident’ but in any sane democratic political party there will be regular group level debates and I believe that bodes well for democracy.
He calls it a mini-rebellion, but I don’t see it that way. He also cites that the number is not as high as it was at previous Fine Gael parliamentary sessions, but they are still in government after 10 years.
Looking at last weekend’s opinion poll, it seems that they will be the second strongest party after the next general election.
Thomas Garvey, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Will Putin or his henchmen ever see a courtroom?
Every person in every country except Russia and one or two other despotic states knows that what is happening in Ukraine is ethnic cleansing and a war crime.
There will probably be a lot of hand-wringing at the UN, the US Congress, Brussels and NATO, but will anything be done to bring Vladimir Putin and his henchmen to any court?
Aside from further financial sanctions, not much can be done in the short term, but there may come a point in the future where something can be done to rein in these despots, short of all-out war. In the meantime, we can only hope.
David Ryan, Co Meath
Show Russia’s man the door and free up some living space
The war in Ukraine waged by Putin and his henchmen is an affront to humanity. Their “fake news” response to their war crimes in Ukraine offends the innocent people they murdered and expelled.
It is clear that the West should have no further dealings with Russia as long as this regime remains in power.
Ireland should send the Russian ambassador and all his officials (why so many?) at the embassy back to Russia.
This action would free up suitable premises to accommodate more Ukrainian refugees fleeing for their lives.
Pat Cuddy, Ennis, Co Clare
At first glance, it looks like Donnelly was left in the dark
It appears that Stephen Donnelly was left behind on secondment rates.
Tom Gilsenan, Beaumont, Dublin 9
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/every-person-should-have-a-shot-at-getting-top-public-job-41531758.html Everyone should have a chance to get a top public service job