Extraordinary, mysterious and bizarre deals must be verified


The SATURDAY article detailing the benefits for retired and existing ESB staff (“Up to 15,000 ESB pensiones and staff get huge energy discounts”, Irish Independent, 9 April) has to be compared to what the Fine Gael/Labour coalition government, which benefited pensioners from drastic cuts in electricity and telephone tariffs when they came to power in 2011.

After all, the government owns 96.1 percent of the electricity company and has allowed this extraordinary, mysterious and bizarre policy to continue.

Isn’t it time the government restored what was taken away from pensioners in 2011? They can use some of the dividends they receive from ESB’s inflated profits of €700 million to pay for the move.

John Gallagher

Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo

thank you dr Holohan – if only there were more like you

THANK YOU dr Tony, on behalf of my wife, myself and the people of Ireland at large (“Officials under fire as Holohan goes”, Sunday independent, 10th of April). I would like to ask you to reconsider, but understand why you are leaving now. We trust you – unlike the politicians or the “real government” who have now demonstrated at length why we don’t.

They thought they controlled your decisions about the pandemic: they failed. Her sense of duty has triumphed. Principled people are rare, and I salute you and yours.

There is also a story that your equally trusted deputy, Dr. Ronan Glynn, could soon move into the world of private medicine. Hopefully, for the good of the people, this won’t happen, but if it does, I’d also say I understand. If politics Dr. Treated Tony like that, he could only look forward to similar treatment.

Thank you again – you have more than fulfilled your duty.

Paddy Murray

Castlepollard, Co Westmeath

The bewildering lack of fooling around at the Aintree meeting

WHAT keeps baffling me is why the horses at Aintree don’t fight like cats and dogs when waiting to start a race and then take to the track with athletic excellence. There are no horses that tear at each other. Lessons in it for GAA players, sure?

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co. Cork

Not corrupt, not illegal, but how little changes

The French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808-90) coined the phrase “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même choose” (“the more things change, the more they stay the same”).

The English poet William Blake (1757-1827) railed against injustice throughout his life. In particular, the issues of racism, poverty and corruption of those in power.

In 2022, the UK has a Chancellor of the Exchequer who holds a green card allowing him to live in the US and his wife claims Indian citizenship.

Neither corrupt nor illegal, but certainly hypocritical and immoral?

Declan Foley

Melbourne, Australia

Groupthink is infecting too many parts of Irish public life

NOW that Dr Tony Holohan has resigned from a proposed medical professorship in TCD, I propose that Dublin surgeon Dr. Martin Feeley would be an excellent alternative. And it would be free for the HSE as the HSE fired him for expressing his view that late 2020 lockdowns were a mistake.

His forward-looking views have since been supported by data in recent work by Dr. Mark Woolhouse (Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh), Dr. Jay Bhattacharya (Professor of Medicine at Stanford), Professor Steve Hanke of Johns Hopkins University and many assisted others.

The forward thinking of Dr. Feeley would clearly be an invaluable asset in training the next generation of doctors at TCD.

It is vital that their minds are exposed to the widest possible range of scientific facts and data to avoid the all too common ‘groupthink’ that infects many sections of Irish society, both academic and political.

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It’s high time the GAA bosses put an end to the jostling without the ball

THE blatant off-ball jostling, attempts at physical intimidation and verbal ‘sledding’ seen in some inter-county Gaelic football matches inspire little respect for the game and little respect for the players, so it is high time that the GAA authorities saw to it that this wrongdoing was brought to an end.

A national directive from GAA headquarters to umpires and linesmen not to tolerate such behavior would be a worthwhile and useful first step to that end.

J Anthony Gaughan

Blackrock, County Dublin Extraordinary, mysterious and bizarre deals must be verified

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