Nuclear energy is our best chance to achieve goals

It is encouraging to read a letter criticizing the government for the lack of a coherent energy policy and the dire situation for which Eamon Ryan is allegedly responsible (‘When it goes to alternative energy generation, Ireland finds itself in a very precarious position “, Letters, 3 September).

It is difficult to accept the government’s ‘shock’ at Ireland’s current position.

I continue to hope for an honest, national debate on Ireland’s lack of a realistic and sustainable energy policy. Support for a nuclear contribution comes from former Natural Resources Secretary Dermot Ahern (among others).

If you add the 18for0 group of pro-nuclear scientists, engineers and economists, surely the government needs to remove the regulatory barriers to nuclear power on the grid. This would allow for an in-depth study of the new small reactors and the role they could play in a truly low-carbon energy future in the 2030s.

The national phobia is reflected in the refusal to consider nuclear energy
as a means of raising the level of
renewable energy.

Any hope of meeting our energy needs while reducing our (very high) carbon emissions rests on nuclear power.

By the early 2030s—if we remove the legal barriers now—low-carbon small modular reactors that come online over the next few years could replace high-carbon natural gas to support increasing levels of wind and solar.

Anne Bailey

Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary

Vera’s team gives us all a lift at just the right time

Let us extend a warm welcome to Irish Maid of Honour, Vera Pauw. I can feel the same spirit that came over Ireland in 1988 when Jack Charlton and his team went to West Germany and performed so well at the European Championships.

Jack gave us all a belief in ourselves that lasted for years and hopefully Vera and the girls can inspire the next generation of young girls.

With a bit of luck, the songs, the banter and a Christy Moore special will follow.

All we’re missing is the “man of remembrance” Jimmy Magee, Charlie O’Leary and – I almost forgot – the Pope.

Aidan Hampson

Artan, Dublin 5

Restore balance and rename our streets after great women

Opposing a plan to name a bridge in Dublin after the 1920 Bloody Sunday massacre at Croke Park, Michael Foley asks if we need any more reminders of our violent past (“Do we need more reminders of our violent, wild Past?”). Letters, September 5).

Naming a place or structure is usually a political statement and I fully support the Bloody Sunday commemoration initiative.

Mr Foley’s letter could be the nudge our local authorities need to reflect on some of the monuments and street names in our towns and cities that commemorate those associated with mismanagement in Ireland over the centuries.

The removal of the statue of Queen Victoria from the Leinster House precinct in 1948 was a worthy initiative.

The roles played by generations of Irish women in Irish political, cultural, religious and civic life are immeasurable. However, they are not yet sufficiently recognized by the central government or local authorities.

Dublin City Council can begin to remedy this misogynistic omission by formally recognizing the sacrifices and heroism of Mná na hÉireann. It is pathetic that in this state we keep buildings, quays and streets reminiscent of Queen Victoria – who reigned in Ireland when millions were starving – while ignoring women who fed the hungry.

Tom Cooper

Templeogue, Dublin 6W

Little to admire from Liz Truss’ appointment day

Yesterday Liz Truss – or more precisely Mrs. O’Leary – became British Prime Minister.

As a Liberal Democrat, Truss once called for the abolition of the monarchy and voted to remain in the EU in 2016. She is now giving up both previous positions.

The unelected, 96-year-old Queen remained in Balmoral, Scotland to accept Boris Johnson’s resignation and appoint Truss in his place, rather than return to London to carry out her duty.

Britain has a record six living former Prime Ministers: John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson. Perhaps Truss will become the seventh in the near future.

I prefer the standard of Irish politics to that of Britain. There are no snakes in the Emerald Isle, while most British vipers thrive in the House of Commons.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, United Kingdom

https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/nuclear-energy-is-our-best-chance-of-meeting-targets-41967314.html Nuclear energy is our best chance to achieve goals

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