If the Taoiseach really believed his own words and that he is the man who directs progress, why should he shy away from his political legacy in the face of the ever-increasing housing shortage?
Wouldn’t it be a much bigger legacy to be remembered for solving the housing crisis than for the smoking ban?
Just as Donogh O’Malley is remembered for giving everyone access to secondary education, Micheál Martin might be remembered for giving everyone the opportunity to have a home.
He could take over as Minister of Housing and Local Government at Tánaiste and finally deal with “the most important social issue”.
They say the hour comes the man/woman. In the case of the current housing minister, the hour, week, month and year have passed and a generation is waiting in vain.
Castlepollard, Co Westmeath
The Irish identity is broad enough to include trade unionists as well
Jim O’Callaghan TD, often referred to as the future Fianna Fáil candidate for leadership, suggests that if Ireland were united, citizens would not have to declare loyalty to the new state.
Does this mean that Jim O’Callaghan’s new Ireland could have multiple allegiances, anthems, flags, and both a monarchy and a republic?
This would be more dysfunctional than the abysmal failed Stormont institutions.
The state of Northern Ireland was formed to maintain the rule of one community by another on a sectarian basis that predated state formation.
The system was threatened by the prospect of universal suffrage and majority rule.
So to undermine democracy, unionists created the bogeyman “Home Rule is Rome Rule”.
The result was an unreformable sectarian state with “a Protestant parliament for a Protestant people”. Beneath the surface of the state of Orange lay a tradition of pig barrel corruption.
Unionists have historically never been married to “Northern Ireland”.
In the 1950s, the Unionist regime attempted to remove the word “Ireland” from the territory’s official title. No alternative was found.
‘Ulster’ was out as three counties outside of Northern Ireland are within Ulster.
“West Briton” was also unsuitable because Northern Ireland is not part of Great Britain, but is part of the United Kingdom. Unionists have been and continue to be Irish, regardless of how British they feel. The value of Irish identity is that it embraces everyone who lives on the island of Ireland, including trade unionists.
As trade unionists are rooted in Ireland and can make a valuable contribution to the island’s future, this makes a united Ireland more likely, not less likely.
We are all planted here.
Unionists have every right to live on this island, but on the same terms as the rest of us, not in the triumphant and racist ways they’ve operated since partition.
Amid the energy price crisis, the government is pocketing VAT
Why do most articles written about energy price increases never mention the increasing revenue the government is receiving?
They laugh right up to the bank about the additional sales tax that they are pulling out of our pockets with these price increases.
And then they try to make us feel good by giving us our own money back.
Thurles, Co. Tipperary
A rock solid initiative from last week’s budget
I see that the government intends to increase cement and block prices.
Could these be considered concrete proposals?
Dundalk, Co. Louth
Extreme Brexiteers take finger pointing to a new low
It is now becoming apparent that some extreme Brexiteers are suggesting that the remainder are to blame for the sterling’s current troubles.
Given that the idiotic idea of leaving the EU is to blame in large part for Britain’s woes, this has certainly pushed the blame game to a new low.
What is now abundantly clear is that the current Conservative Party leadership has lost the confidence of too many of its own supporters and is now reduced to enriching itself while trying to win
the next general election… with a prime minister who seems to be changing her mind on a daily basis.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/heres-one-way-of-assuring-a-true-legacy-micheal-42037413.html Here’s a way to secure a true legacy, Micheál