Irish soldiers should never be “fodder” in armed conflicts

I would like to endorse Elizabeth Cullen’s views in her letter (“As an EU citizen, I do not want weapons sent to kill in my name”, 11 October), in which she expresses concern about the way in which The representative of the European Union for foreign affairs has admitted that the EU is supplying arms (to Ukraine).

Amon de Valera’s neutrality served us well in World War II, allowing us to wear the blue beret and having our soldiers widely accepted as peacekeepers.

I am also concerned that some of our ministers attend NATO meetings and may take Security Council membership too literally.

We do not want our young men to provide ‘fodder’ in armed conflicts as they did in World War I when they joined the British Army on the instructions of John Redmond, leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party and 50,000 died on the battlefields of the Somme and in Suvla Bay on the coast of the Gallipoli peninsula.

We should never forget that our neutrality is sacrosanct and always ignore our “armchair generals”, especially when they are part of the government

Hugh Duffy, Cleggan, Co. Galwaj

The church must free itself from the narrow patriarchy in order to thrive

I disagree with Derek Somers (“Church Must Open Doors Before Bills Are to Be Paid,” Letters, Oct. 12). It is not “church doors” that need to be opened; rather, it is the narrow-minded spirits of the hierarchy who lived in the “patriarchal” dark ages.

When I was a school child in Sligo the Sisters of Charity told us it was a sin to read the Bible; only a priest could do this.

Multiply that by the number of families who have heeded this and you can see why there is a longing for the very message of Christ.

If the Roman Catholic Church is serious about its belief in the Trinity, its only messages should be those of Jesus Christ as He taught the Apostles, both male and female.

Jesus never mentioned sex, let alone attempted to advise how two people in love should behave.

Jesus was sent for all mankind; he wasn’t misogynistic; He was fully aware of the spiritual love that can be discovered when people are deeply in love with one another.

But above all, he chose men and women to be mature apostles, not children or teenagers.

Dear Church Fathers, it is time to move on and allow “church mothers” to be marginalized by ignorant men.

Mary gave birth to Jesus – a human birth, with great pain, tears of joy and laughter.

Even the Pope has a mother. In the 21st century, two millennia later, it is not too late to know the words of Mary Magdalene to her fellow apostles: “He prepared us to become fully human.”

Please think about what it means to be “fully human”.

Declan Foley, Melbourne, Australia

Amber uplifts the nation after a tragedy in her homeland

Donegal’s Amber Barrett shed some much-needed light on the country after the darkness of the Creeslough tragedy. A nation holds its breath.

Damien Carroll, Dublin

Classy Barrett delivers a sporting moment that will last forever

At a very dark time for Donegal and Creeslough in particular, on a historic night for women’s football, Milford’s Amber Barrett scored an inspirational goal to ensure the Republic of Ireland are at the World Cup next summer.

Their celebration included getting on one knee and kissing the black armband as a sign of respect and devotion. A sporting moment for eternity. heroines one and all.

Stephen O’Hara, Carrowmore, Co. Sligo

We’re all part of Vera’s army when players head down under

Your time has really come. Vera Pauw’s Green Army will invade Australia and New Zealand next summer and the games will be like home games because of the Irish in those countries.

As always, we’re hailed as the best fans, and I know for a fact that Whacker’s granddaughter Ingrid has already booked her ticket. No doubt she will stop by at the German games as well.

Aidan Hampson, Artane, Dublin

Scots ‘kilt off’ while the girls in green book their passage

Congratulations to the Women in Green on qualifying for the World Cup. Their sheer speed of work and determination simply thwarted the Scottish challenge.

Tom Gilsenan, Beaumont, Dublin 9 Irish soldiers should never be “fodder” in armed conflicts

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