Perhaps Minister Eamon Ryan should heed Timothée Chalamet’s premonition

“I think it’s hard to be alive now. I think social collapse is in the air – or it smells like it,” are words attributed to actor Timothée Chalamet at the Venice Film Festival where he is promoting his new movie ‘Bones and All,’ which opens on Thanksgiving Day to be published in the US.

While he may have been primarily referring to the impact of social media on young people, he might as well be talking about what’s in store for Europe this winter as it battles an energy crisis, rising interest rates and ongoing electricity and gas prices out of control. Add to this combustible mix for Ireland a housing crisis, an unpredictable new Prime Minister in Britain we depend on a gas link from and it won’t be long before total anarchy erupts.

I have great respect for Eamon Ryan, but his continued ideological opposition to importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) at a time of a looming fuel emergency will earn him few friends (“Nevertheless, Eamon Ryan is redoubling his opposition to the new Shannon gas plant in the crisis Of Ukraine’, Irish Independent, 5th September). It could even be the spark that knocks out the coalition – pun intended – if, as is expected in this part of the country, An Bord Pleaneála votes in favor of the LNG terminal to continue government and sector opposition.

Tom McElligott

Listowel, County Kerry

Lunar Module 1: Space travel has to be cheap

After reading over the weekend that thousands of Americans had gathered to watch a launch that had to be delayed twice because of rocket failures, I remembered a famous and very relevant quote from Neil Armstrong, the first person to do so set foot on the moon, who said, “As we hurtled through space, one thought kept popping into my head—the fact that every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.”

Brendan Casserley

Bishopstown, City of Cork

Decision to give TDs 6,500 salary increases should be reversed

As a member of Fianna Fáil, I am calling on the government to reverse the decision to give TDs a €6,500 pay rise as part of the new pay deal with the unions.

Seamus Dunphy

Tramore, County Waterford

When energy costs become an absolute joke…

Two impoverished men sleep on a park bench.

One says: “I’m here for alcohol and gambling, what about you?”

“I left the light on,” the other replied.

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont, Dublin 9

If Truss takes over, maybe it’s time to play hard

Yesterday’s sobering editorial (“Truss problems – the government could soon have many of them”, Irish Independent) casts another shadow over the nation by predicting that Liz Truss will use the Northern Ireland Protocol to cloud her own domestic problems.

In the line of fire is the Good Friday Agreement (GFA), which the DUP voted against but is now being used in a Machiavellian ploy to essentially split northern nationalists.

I’m afraid I don’t share the editorial’s confidence in Secretary of State Simon Coveney.

According to this author, he seems to easily honor the British. I also wonder what the government’s real policy is regarding the protocol. To me, it seems like a handbrake approach: reassuring both sides, but mostly to make sure Sinn Féin is sidelined in the process.

Ireland’s Northern problem will only be solved if it is accepted that Sinn Féin is the largest party, both in the North and in the South. The establishment may not like that, but they should accept it anyway.

Maybe Dublin could play a hard ball. Publicly state his position: no border on the island, no reduction of the BGF deal. Or maybe we’re looking back for Articles 2 and 3.

Britain does not back down. We neither.

John Cuff

Dunboyne, Co Meath

The new leader will fail to calm the disgruntled British public

Liz Truss will have an uphill battle to regain public trust.

The UK faces myriad problems – from rising energy bills, the cost of living, inflation, housing shortages, poverty, unemployment, immigration, racial inequality and long NHS waiting lists. On the global stage, it is unable to influence global events – from the invasion of Ukraine to Russia’s decision to halt its gas supplies to Europe, to the Arab-Israeli Imbroglio and the wars in Yemen, Syria, Libya, etc.

Unfortunately, there is no one in the British Labor Party who could take over the office of Prime Minister.

dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

London Perhaps Minister Eamon Ryan should heed Timothée Chalamet’s premonition

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