Let us never forget that Irish neutrality has served us well

There were constantly headlines about Irish neutrality, and even some of our politicians began to question whether the Ukraine question should change our attitudes.

Let’s not forget that Éamon de Valera’s policy of neutrality saved us in World War II and our continued neutrality allowed our peacekeepers to be welcome wherever they were invited to help keep
peace.

I was impressed by the title inside Irish independence belong to March 7: ‘Our mission to Ukrainian refugees is paramount’. This headline should read: ‘Our obligations to all refugees must be equal whether they are Muslims or refugees fleeing dictators from Africa or elsewhere’.

Not long ago, Irish workers looking for work in the UK encountered the sign: “No Negro or Irish.”

Hugh Duffy, Cleggan, Co Galway

The Russians are not the only ones instigating an illegal war

Much of it is created by the obvious overlap in Russia’s diplomatic strategy regarding Ukraine. The West is offended. In 2002, against the wishes of the United Nations, Nato unilaterally declared war on Iraq.

The grounds for that war are also fake and baseless, the infamous British Chilcot The report called it “unnecessary”.

In Ireland, 100,000 people protested, but this did not prevent the government of the time from facilitating Nato by allowing the use of Shannon Airport during that protracted conflict, during which more than a million people died.

Eugene Tannam, Firhouse, Dublin 24

Billions of dollars in Kremlin looted that led to Putin’s rise to power

Rory O’Connor was right about money (‘War is not about NATO, it’s about bad Russian spoils’, Letters, March 16) in telling the truth about Putin et al.

Another fact is that – as we read every day in the UK media – Western banks are ‘happy’ to accept without question the billions robbed, knowing they were stolen from status Kremlin coffin.

The blame also lies with Western politicians who turned a blind eye to banking malpractice. They remain blind to the fact that ‘robbing’ will lead to a ‘strong man’ coming to power, under the guise of demanding money back. The rest is tragic history.

The greed of a few today, no matter how much money they have, they can’t spend it because they have everything they want while giving away their spiritual needs, willrely on the end of a farce or tragedy.

Declan Foley, Melbourne, Australia

Begorrah and begob, let’s hear it for elves

Ian O’Doherty was right in praising St. Patrick’s Day (‘Perhaps it’s time to recognize the well-deserved St Patrick’s Day – other countries too’, Irish independence, March 16).

Only when you experience the day being celebrated outside of Ireland, as I did in Tel Aviv in 2016, do you see how positive, inclusive and fun it is.

On Wednesday, I heard an RTÉ celebrity claim that nobody says “Top of the mornin” in Ireland. Begorrah, I have news for Ryan Tubridy. I do sometimes. And I think elves are cool and Quiet man is a classic movie.

However, I draw a line in the cafes – they are best left to the people of Cork.

Karl Martin, Bayside, Dublin 13

Foreign scammers do not appreciate the heart of the circuit breaker service

The phone rang. I picked it up. The caller was a very friendly man named Stephen. He was supposed to be from Eir’s engineering branch and told me my computer was malfunctioning.

It’s Seachtain na Gaeilge, I thought it appropriate to try a few sentences of my Irish to greet him, thank him for calling me and wishing him a happy Saint Patrick’s Day, when no forewarning my good friend Stephen disconnected.

Is he frustrated with my language expression or does he not appreciate the beauty, color and richness of our native language?

One thing impressed me: It’s useless to give a couple of foils to a stranger with a foreign accent, especially when they’re trying.g to scam you.

Cristoir O Chathasaigh, Patricia Park, Castlebar

The saints are alive – let’s call this celebration

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day. Not by any other name.

Oliver McGrane, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/let-us-never-forget-that-irish-neutrality-has-served-us-well-41455534.html Let us never forget that Irish neutrality has served us well

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