Remove the Irish Harp from the Royal Standard

With the death of Queen Elizabeth and the succession of Charles to the throne, this is an ideal opportunity for the Irish Government to request that the harp, Ireland’s national symbol, be removed from the UK’s royal standard.

Here’s time for that before Charles is crowned. New stamps, coins, banknotes, mailboxes, the national anthem and other symbols are changed to reflect the change of monarch.

The British people would be open to a relatively small change in the royal standard as it would better reflect the changed status of relations between Britain and Ireland.

As the Duchy of Cornwall is inseparable from the Crown, perhaps a symbol of Cornwall could be inserted into the royal standard to replace the harp of Ireland?

It is time for calm but firm diplomacy from the Irish Government on this matter.

Seanán Ó Coistín, An Caisleán Nua, Contae Átha Cliath

Why take away that last bastion of everyday humor?

My local newspaper has decided to stop publishing comic strips due to “changing reading habits” based on “extensive research”.

Comic strips have always been a source of fun, some wisdom or a long story told on three panels a day, so why bother with this little treat? Is it the syndication costs?

I can get most of the now-missing comic strips online and still appreciate the positivity of Garfield, the surreal (but occasionally real) work environment of Dilbert, or see if Charlie Brown can finally kick the soccer ball Lucy is holding.

Why take out the comics when they could have removed the horoscopes (funny but wrong) or the celebrity news (funny but wrong) or even the crosswords (funny but challenging)?

Too much news is sad or bad. Please continue to give us our daily laughter.

Dennis Fitzgerald, Melbourne, Australia

No explanation for the closure of our embassy in the Vatican

It was good to read Salvador Ryan’s fair and balanced review of Mary Kenny’s book, As we were (“Kenny adds color to the picture of our Catholic past,” weekend magazine, September 10). However, I would like to comment on his reference to the closure of the Irish Embassy to the Holy See under Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and his scathing remark that Mr Gilmore was “a former member of the Marxist Workers’ Party”.

I think that was very relevant as the closure appeared to be a done deal, agreed behind closed doors and announced as such.

I was shortly thereafter at a meeting at Buswells Hotel attended by politicians from all parties and there was total objection to this action. There was no justification for the move, and it was pointed out that the Vatican was the first state to recognize our own. Many efforts were made to find an explanation for the closure, but none came.

An explanation and apology would be appreciated, as would the reinstatement of this historic building as our embassy.

Mary Stewart, Town of Ardeskin, Donegal

Neutrality is not jeopardized by supporting the Ukrainian nation

In recent days, Ukraine has dealt a serious blow to Putin’s army with the decisive and swift liberation of most of Kharkiv Oblast. Ukraine has shown what it can do with Western military hardware, and its leaders are demanding more to help them liberate the rest of their country. It is incumbent upon all Western countries, including Ireland, to broadcast what they can.

We still have hundreds of unused anti-tank missiles gathering dust in a warehouse at Curragh Camp. We don’t use them, we don’t need them, so we send them to Ukraine. Britain sent 36 L116 105mm howitzers. We have six that we don’t need. Why can’t they be sent to Ukraine?

For those who still have a sentimental attachment to our policy of military, but not political, neutrality and who do not want to send military equipment to a war zone, remember that there is no war in Ukraine, only a “special military one Operation,” and our neutrality would not be compromised.

Jason Fitzharris, Swords, Co Dublin

The Low Pay Commission needs a break on minimum wage

The Low Wage Commission has recommended increasing the minimum wage by 80 cents an hour, the equivalent of a sack of coal a week. How many members of the Low Wage Commission receive the minimum wage? How many minimum wage tenants with children?

Eugene Tannam, Firhouse, Dublin 24 Remove the Irish Harp from the Royal Standard

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