No place for bureaucracy and bureaucracy while Ireland is grappling with so many crises

It is clear that private developers and market forces are not enough to handle the real estate crisis.

However, there are no signs of a concerted action by the government to increase capacities in the construction industry and ensure the provision of sufficient affordable housing through public tenders.

We have had a shortage of doctors and nurses for many years, but there are no signs that the intake and training capacities of medical and nursing colleges are increasing sufficiently.

Simple productivity measures such as portable electronic medical records could eliminate many unnecessary duplicate tests and procedures and speed up diagnosis and patient outcomes.

Thousands of private individuals offer refugees their houses and holiday apartments, but even in winter there is no sign of any use of these offers.

At a time when we need every kilowatt hour of sustainable energy we can get, wind farm planning permission processes remain remarkably slow.

We are in the process of decommissioning the Derrybrien wind farm, although decommissioning could be more damaging to the local environment than keeping it operational.

Public transport remains grossly inadequate, although it could hold the key to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and reducing road spending.

And meanwhile, our dependence on imported cars and carbon-based fuels is increasing.

Can someone please light a (non-carbon) fire under government so they can realize that a crisis situation requires strategic thinking and emergency response without the usual bureaucracy and bureaucracy?

We cannot afford to wait until the next election to elect a government with the necessary strategic vision and sense of urgency. Act now or make way for those who will.

Frank Schnittger, Blessington, Co. Wicklow

There is only one remedy for political stupidity

Christy Galligan’s wishes and thoughts (‘Britain at its knees after shambolic mismanagement’, Letters, 21 October) reverberate in the minds of millions of people who yearn for social democracy to replace the current political chaos, that of selfishness a few is kindled.

His phrase, “Maybe there are parties in this country that aren’t in government that could take a few clues as to what’s happening across the water,” is completely ignored.

Here in Australia we had a Prime Minister who spent 16 years on the benches of the opposition.

When he came to power, he wanted to return to the ideals of the 1970s, which he did, leaving a mess that is still felt today.

I believe there is only one way to fix the stupidity – because it is – that has crept into political parties around the world.

Remove all university-trained political advisors from government buildings – many of whom have never even spent a day at the coal mine. Allow the independent public/civil service to do its job without fear or favour, with ministers having to tell the truth and face facts, not ideology.

I would advise Christy not to hold her breath and wait for changes in any political party.

Declan Foley, Melbourne, Australia

No justification for delay in Covid bonus payments

Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly apologizes again when discussing the reasons for the delay in paying out the €1,000 Covid bonus to private care home workers.

Even some private hospitals have paid their staff a bonus for their dedicated and selfless hard work during the pandemic.

As the saying goes, don’t make promises you can’t keep.

Susan Burke, Cahir, Tipperary

All is not lost for Truss if she only moves goalposts

Amazingly, Liz Truss is in good company.

Brian Clough was also Leeds United manager for just 44 days in 1974. He then went on a quest for fame and fortune with Nottingham Forest. All is not lost.

Aidan Hampson, Artane, Dublin

Rotten PM just couldn’t stay in power

You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t have a certain amount of sympathy for Britain’s shortest-serving Prime Minister, Liz Truss.

Lettuce hopes her short-lived premiership isn’t just the tip of the rotting iceberg in British politics these days.

Tommy Roddy, Ballybane, Galway

Britain looks more like an idiocracy every day

The UK looks less like a democracy and more like an idiocracy with each passing day.

Jason Fitzharris, Swords, Co Dublin

Maudling would probably choose not to go home

When Reginald Maudling was Conservative Home Secretary in 1970, he paid a flying visit to Northern Ireland.

At that time the riots were raging. On the RAF plane from Belfast back to London, he wiped his brow, ordered a double Scotch and declared: “Got a bloody horrible country!”

If Mr Maudling were around today he would probably choose to stay in Belfast.

Brendan Dunleavy, Killeshandra, Co Cavan

New leader must bridge huge gap of distrust

Liz Truss will be remembered as the shortest-serving Prime Minister in British history. She was inept, hasty and incompetent.

However, it would be naïve to expect her successor to solve Britain’s stubborn problems: homelessness, rising living costs, Brexit, child poverty, housing shortages, mental illness
and economic turmoil.

There is a rift of distrust between the populace and the government, which uses the land as its personal fiefdom. The British people deserve more transparent, accountable and honest leadership.

dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob, London

How did the incompetent Liz get to the top in the first place?

So Liz Truss finally accepts that she has no idea and is doing the right thing. Uh, not exactly. It took 12 members of the 1922 Committee to remove her from the Prime Minister’s chair. Let’s hope she disappears back into the tall grass.

However, the question must be asked: how did such an incompetent and indecisive politician come to be prime minister? Answer: Mostly by allowing Tory party members to speak.

In my letter last month (“A level of incompetence that seems to know no bounds”), Irish IndependentSeptember 30th), I suggested the PM might be happy to pull her Christmas cookies into #10. She didn’t even get trick or treating.

David Ryan, Co Meath

Boris Johnson’s comeback would not come as a surprise

Don’t be surprised if Boris Johnson pulls off a Roy Keane-type comeback. The best and the patient are hard to keep.

Interesting times to live.

Robert Sullivan, Bantry, Co. Cork

Muggles got themselves all in a mess again

Lay down quietly Daily Prophet, Dumbledore added thoughtfully to Luna, “Now the British Muggles need a new Prime Minister. Gosh, they seem to go through them like we do Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers, don’t they?”

“You should make the next one a werewolf,” Luna said. “They are used to being changed every full moon.”

Mark Boyle, Renfrewshire, Scotland No place for bureaucracy and bureaucracy while Ireland is grappling with so many crises

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