Let the fleeing banks do the hard transplant of the wire—they owe us


AIB’s turnaround in converting 70 of its branches to cashless branches, to the detriment of the community and customers, shows that banks can act quickly when the majority of their customers and public opinion turn against them.

Banks are adept at making decisions that make them more profitable with a total disregard for customer service.

However, when banks exit the market, the customer must take all necessary steps to transfer their accounts to remaining banks. In this digitized age, it is not possible for the customer to designate the bank they wish to switch to and have their current bank transfer their account, its contents and details to the specific bank.

Perhaps this cannot happen because banks cannot be trusted to act effectively on behalf of their customers, or because they do not want to take on the responsibility of serving customers.

Hugh McDermott

Dromahair, Co Leitrim

Energy giants benefit from victims of slaughter in Ukraine

The poster at a recent protest meeting in Africa says it all: “The Russia-Ukraine war has nothing to do with the migrations. Cut fuel prices now.” Watch the utilities make huge profits.

Ted O’Keeffe

Ranelagh, Dublin 6

RTÉ Croke Patrick Gaffe makes a perfectly poetic point

The newsreader in Sunday’s Bulletin on RTÉ said the Kerry and Galway footballers were on their way to Croke Patrick before correcting herself.

Of course, she could be forgiven, because didn’t they have a mountain to climb?

Leo Gormley

Dundalk, Co. Louth

Calling RTÉ Dublin central melds nation with capital

In her television criticism column (Irish Independent, 23 July), Ann Marie Hourihane repeats the nonsense that RTÉ is Dublin-centric. When the three banks and the two building societies in Dublin 4 closed there was no beep from RTÉ, which was just up the road, and when the post offices in Donnybrook, Sandymount and Ringsend closed there was no squeak either. There is a big difference between national events/issues in Dublin and Dublin affairs. RTÉ treats the first. The latter is ignored. In her next TV review column, Ann Marie may also reveal when RTÉ will appoint a Dublin correspondent.

Councilor Dermot Lacey

Donnybrook, Dublin4

A two-step approach to protecting animal welfare

There is a bizarre anomaly at the heart of our wildlife protection laws.

Anyone who goes to the trouble of rescuing an injured wild animal or bird is required to follow strict regulations, ostensibly to ensure they are not accidentally endangering the animal.

But just a few days ago, our government issued a blanket license allowing coursing clubs to capture thousands of wild rabbits — a supposedly protected species.

These animals are not rescued or removed from the wild for the sake of their welfare, but so that dogs can be set upon them.

Even the ‘mad’ March Hare has more sense than the people who devised this two-pronged approach to wildlife ‘conservation’ in Ireland, which is designed solely to protect a most despicable form of animal cruelty disguised as ‘sport’.

John Fitzgerald

Callan, Co Kilkenny

Cattle thinking behind the cattle herd culling campaign

The older I get, the less I understand what’s going on.

Our next Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has expressed the opinion many times that the methane-producing Irish cattle herd should be culled for the good of the planet.

What does Mr Varadkar expect when the beef industry is destroyed?

First, the price of beef will rise so that we who live here can no longer afford to eat our own wonderful grass-fed Irish meat.

Next, if the price has risen sufficiently, perhaps farmers in Argentina will jump at the opportunity to supply their own beef to the European market. Where is the net benefit to the planet then, especially when we factor in the CO2 emissions of transporting the product halfway around the world? Meanwhile, as 40,000 European farmers take to the streets to protest similar proposed cuts in Dutch agriculture, should we put up with a diet of maggots and insects?

Or am I missing something that is obvious to a snot-green mindset that sees future world nutrition coming entirely from pharmacy labs?

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co. Cork Let the fleeing banks do the hard transplant of the wire—they owe us

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