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Energy companies bring jobs and capital to the Irish economy and will likely help us meet the ambitious target of 70 per cent of our energy needs coming from renewable sources by 2030.

But aren’t we missing out on a unique opportunity that could truly be a blessing to all of us?

Our oil and gas exploration and exploitation licenses were sold cheaply because, we were told, the state lacked the capital and expertise to exploit these resources.

Wind, solar and hydro power seem like an easier and less risky bet.

We are making zero on our bank deposits while the cost of borrowing and inflation continue to rise exponentially

The government must act now and implement an SSIA-like system where ordinary people can invest in these new technologies and get a guaranteed return on them

Show the people of Ireland that you really care. Many should benefit from renewables, not just a few.

Paddy Sharkey, Kilcar, Co Donegal

Honesty is the best policy when it comes to free speech

What line does Tom McElligott not want to cross? (“Freedom of expression must not cross the line and harm others”, Irish Independentletters, August 17)

If a person harms me and I tell the truth about them, what line am I crossing?

Mattie Lennon, Blessington, Co. Wicklow

Ireland is only a vassal state of its European overlords

Given the long, bloody, and illiberal history of continental Europe, one might have thought Alison Hackett (“Language matters, especially for Irish people visiting France”, Irish IndependentLetters, 17 August) than worrying about whether the French think she’s British or not.

In fact, wanting to be seen as a “good European” in the eyes of the French or Germans may not be the best measure of one’s integrity.

On the other hand, if Ms. Hackett wishes to give up the last remnants of her freedom, adjusting to the civil rights continents is the way to go.

Of course, what is the Republic of Ireland now but a vassal state of its European overlords?

The Irish seem to love being ruled by foreign powers. At least in the northeast of the island you get a slightly better deal.

Brendan Corrigan, Bogota, Colombia

The real reason Collins tried to get us hooked on fishing

As the anniversary of Michael Collins’ death approaches, I thought I could highlight an often-forgotten element of his character. Collins was a man passionate about fishing. He believed our island had the resources to support its people.

It occurs to me that he may have developed these beliefs to challenge the narrative that there was a great famine in this country in the 1840s.

In my opinion, the historical record destroys this narrative of famine and makes it clear that what took place was indeed genocide.

On one ship alone, the Ajax, which sailed from Cork to England in 1847, the cargo consisted of 1,514 Firkins butter, 102 barrels of pork, 44 hogsheads of whisky, 844 sacks of oats, 247 sacks of wheat, 106 bales of bacon, 13 barrels of ham, 145 barrels Porter, 12 bags of feed, 28 bundles of feathers, eight stacks of lard, 296 cases of eggs, 30 head of cattle, 90 pigs, 220 lambs, 34 calves and 89 different packages

Up to 20 such ships sailed from our shores weekly, and many carried up to 1,000 starving and frozen passengers on deck. The majority of these passengers fled on boats loaded with food they could not touch.

Is it any wonder that Collins hoped to encourage people to make good use of the island’s natural food resources?

Dan McSweeney, Ballinhassig, Co. Cork

It’s time to throw in the towel to prevent brain injury

There are several sports where head injuries are fairly common, but only one – boxing – is where knocking out your opponent is the quickest way to victory.

How can someone in the 21st century not realize that a knock out can cause irreparable brain damage and still call themselves an “athlete”?

Isn’t losing a few medals better than possible dementia?

David Ryan, Co Meath

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