Her editorial “The western powers must do everything they can Ukraine‘ (Irish Independent, 12 April), Ireland should also be asked.
s I write Russian Forces regroup for a full-scale attack on south-eastern Ukraine. Every week, Ukraine begs the West for arms so that they have some hope of withstanding this murderous onslaught.
But what can Ireland do? Ireland has hundreds of unused anti-tank missiles sitting unintentionally in a warehouse at Curragh Camp.
These guns just sit and gather dust until their warranty expires, and then they’re shredded to scrap.
Think about it. Instead of doing what we can to help Ukraine, the government hides behind the cowardice of its precious “traditional policy of military neutrality” of sitting on its hands and doing nothing.
The Irish people should be angry that the government is not sending arms, which they are not even using to help Ukraine, whose brave people are dying by the thousands defending our freedom and democracy so we don’t have to.
Instead, the government intends to scrap them just to prove to Ukraine and the world that defending our precious neutrality is more honorable than saving Ukrainian lives.
Jason Fitzharris, Swords, Co Dublin
It won’t be great isolation for the ordinary Russian
Wladimir Putinreferring to the current sanctions, mentioned that Russia sent the first human, Yuri Gagarin, into space during the Soviet period of political isolation.
I’m sure ‘ordinary’ Russians were impressed as they stood frozen in long lines to get bread. The billionaires bake themselves in every respect.
Eugene Tannam, Firhouse, Dublin 24
We get crumbs when bills, rent, and childcare costs skyrocket
The government will not limit the cost of living in this country, and the paltry €200 rebates and 20 percent reduction in fares will not give people much in return.
In energy bills from this month, a series of hikes will add to the burden on hard-hit customers, with Bord Gáis, Electric Ireland, Energia, SSE Airtricity and Flogas all set to raise their prices in the coming weeks. The carbon tax is also set to rise thanks to the so-called Greens, not to mention the outrageous rents for houses and apartments and the cost of childcare.
The prices are all above the European average. It is becoming increasingly difficult for the public to keep their heads above water.
The government needs to find solutions to fix all of this. That’s what they get paid for.
Noel Harrington, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Johnson should go for lying and bad handling of Covid
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lied and should go. Tens of thousands died during the Covid-19 pandemic due to his poor crisis management.
Paul Doran, Dublin
Tax times – and we know who gets stuck on the bill
Ian O’Doherty is spot on again with his assessment of government action to offset the cost of living crisis, including the carbon tax.
It’s confusing, but I’m sure the taxpayer will have to pay them back long after this government leaves – just like we did with the bank bailout. Anyone remember this?
Tom Mitchell, Loughrea, County Galway
€3 million over 10 years? Watt a waste of public funds
Following the Tony Holohan debacle, we have now been informed that the proposed secondment of Dr. Holohan on a professorship at Trinity College would have cost taxpayers €2 million over 10 years.
So why the 10 years? Apparently to exaggerate the case, not to support it.
OK? Good enough, but if we get into that sort of argument, let’s consider that Secretary-General of the Health Department Robert Watt, who makes a salary of €294,920 a year, is costing the taxpayer nearly €3 million over 10 years.
Brendan Casserly, Bishopstown, Cork
It’s now a slippery slope for oil and alcohol consumers
In view of the increased alcohol and petrol prices, the times of good oiling are over.
Tom Gilsenan, Beaumont, Dublin 9
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/ireland-could-do-a-lot-more-to-help-save-ukrainian-lives-41551965.html Ireland could do a lot more to save Ukrainian lives