Given the influx of refugees, prudent leaders would have foreseen this housing crisis

The Irish Independent’s editorial ‘Sober Collective Analysis Required for Hardship to Come’ (15 July) is food for thought.

t nudges Sinn Féin gently for his position on a stormbound ship. Whether in the wheelhouse or on deck, when the ship hits, we all drown. The editors ask for a “sober collective analysis” for the coming storm.

If the 2020 referendum hadn’t been ignored, we might now have the state’s largest party, Sinn Féin, in the wheelhouse with the next two largest parties.

It would have shown the Shinners the mechanics of government and reflected their 535,000+ preferential votes.

Ireland has an exemplary record of helping the oppressed. Opening up the nation to an unlimited number of fleeing Ukrainians, however, had the predictable result – “Full” signs everywhere in a country where housing was already expensive. Prudent leaders would have foreseen this deadlock. Ours have chosen to keep filling the lifeboat.

Let’s hope our frank generosity and welcome doesn’t turn to rage in the middle of winter when the saying hits the fan. Then it doesn’t matter who is in the wheelhouse – the ship is on the rocks.

John Cuffe, Dunboyne, Co. Meath

Changing culture would mean facing the truth

I’m afraid Christy Galligan is overlooking why the Twelfth in some Unionist areas is descending into a vile anti-Roman Catholic celebration (“Unionists Must Condemn Hateful Twelfth Cohort,” Letters, July 15).

Because many have little self-respect to begin with, they will have little respect for another culture.

They cannot change their culture because that would mean facing the actual and factual truth of the events that led up to the Battle of the Boyne and its aftermath.

The truth, as any poet will tell you, is a dangerous thing indeed. Unfortunately, the distortion of the truth is far too common in all walks of life around the world today: Ergo, countless people are choosing to live in a ghetto of the spirit.

I daresay Christy’s final question will raise a lot of hackles: “Is this the kind of whole Ireland we want – where two sections of society either praise terrorists or burn effigies to prove their culture?”

Declan Foley, Melbourne, Australia

Crazy, heartbreaking and befitting the king

I went to see the film elvis. Presley was so much a part of my growing up in the 1960’s. I remember parties at our house in Dublin where only Elvis records were played all night. He was indeed “the king”.

I’ve seen all his films – not that they did him justice. Maybe his first love me tenderlywhich showed that he was also a great actor.

Anyway, this new film depicting his life is breathtaking. Austin Butler as Elvis is phenomenal. The classic hits and sexy moves come alive again with its brilliance.

We also meet a really good person. We are reminded of the respect and love Elvis had for black culture, music and song and how they greatly influenced his career.

Meanwhile, Tom Hanks was also outstanding as the evil Colonel Parker.

The ending was crazy, heartbreaking. Tears flowed but some fond memories. Worth the €8.

Brian McDevitt, Glenties, Co Donegal

Bishop quite rightly to offer assistance to aging priests

Unfortunately, given the increasing shortage of priests, it will no longer be possible to hold Sunday mass in every parish (“Bishop can no longer guarantee Sunday mass in all churches”, Irish IndependentJuly 13).

But Bishop Brendan Leahy is right in supporting those priests who are in their mid-70s working long days to serve the pastoral needs of parishioners.

Hopefully the Synodal Path convened by Pope Francis, to which all churches in Ireland have contributed, can lead to some positive resolutions.

We already have married deacons and counting. We may also have female deacons and married priests.

Rev. Deacon Frank Browne, Ballyroan Parish, Dublin 14

Greens that knot in flight rows

The Greens’ public justifications for tourism secretary Catherine Martin getting where she needs to go in luxury have been intriguing.

Of particular interest is the contribution of my local TD and Deputy Housing Secretary, Malcolm Noonan, who defended his colleague with the hypothesis that “there may be a need to be able to work while traveling to events”. With the controversial exceptions of Wilbur and Orville Wright, has anyone ever sat in an airplane seat without a table in front of it? And how come the rest of the cabinet can do its job even sitting with the rest of us plebs?

This struck me as a non-history before the nightmare at first, but the longer it takes and the more knots the Greens tie to defend each other’s untenable hypocrisies, the more duplicitous they appear and the more they hobble their already hobbled brand .

Killian Foley-Walsh, Kilkenny

Plane controversy shows Green hypocrisy

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said ministers should not be “climate-shamed” for flying business class even though they are responsible for more CO2 emissions (“Fianna Fáil ministers flew economy, while Green Party Martin in traveled business class”, Irish IndependentJuly 14).

His deputy and three employees billed 21,033 euros on long-haul flights to a trade fair in Dubai in February. Meanwhile, Eamon flew business class himself for his St. Patrick’s Day visit to the United States.

According to the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), a passenger traveling in business class or first class is responsible for up to four times more CO2 per mile than a passenger traveling in economy seats.

The Green Party ministers’ actions come from a party that wanted to make Revierschneider “climate-shaming” for providing a winter heating source amid a looming energy crisis. Hypocrisy? What hypocrisy?

This ‘do as I say, not as I do’ policy has already reached a British Prime Minister and thrown his country into chaos. Now that Green Party politics has been smoked out, an old saying hangs in the air: “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on you.”

Tom Towey, Cloonacool, Co Sligo

It’s not so sunny in the grip of the cost of living crisis

With these few days of glorious weather, our spirits should be better.

Unfortunately, given the cost of living crisis, it needs a lot more sunshine to keep us from tanning.

Leo Gormley, Dundalk, Co Louth

Breaking off diplomatic relations would betray neutrality

As a neutral nation, our call for the expulsion of an ambassador is wrong, no matter how angry we are with that representative’s policies and actions.

During World War II, Ireland had a German ambassador representing Nazi Germany, as did many other neutral countries such as Sweden. It was part of being neutral.

The presence of an ambassador enables diplomatic dialogue and offers opportunities for negotiation outside of war and violence.

If we really want to be a neutral country, we must honor the obligations that come with it; Obligations that at the same time do not prevent us from defending ourselves against aggressive actions.

Giving in to neoliberal pressures to align with either side, sever diplomatic ties, or engage in any form of military alliance is, in my view, a betrayal of the founding principles of our state and directly undermines what many people in this country still value—ours Neutrality.

Glyn Carragher, Ballygar, County Galway Given the influx of refugees, prudent leaders would have foreseen this housing crisis

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