With almost typically British timing – in the midst of a summer of discontent and runaway inflation – the Tory party seems to have nothing better to do than tear itself apart.
The leadership and thus the election campaign for the prime minister is not about good versus evil, but poor versus worse. In our view we should hope Mr Sunak wins as Ms Truss agrees with Boris Johnson – no interest in the island of Ireland.
What a complete waste of time, money and effort to allow party members any say in the selection of a party leader/prime minister.
That should be the sole requirement of the elected MPs.
David Ryan, Co Meath
Time for the boys to flourish with their own rose contest
Having spent many years marveling at the truly talented procession of exceptional women who entered the Rose of Tralee competition, I wondered why such a competition was never organized for the men of the Emerald Isle?
The women have bravely thrown down the gauntlet. So isn’t it about time the boys picked it up?
I think it could be called something appropriately masculine, like The Oak of Offaly or The Thorn of Termonfeckin.
No doubt your readers may have better suggestions.
Ed Toal, City of Galway
Politicians make mistakes – just like all of us
Politicians are only human. We all remember what is due to us, but not what we owe.
Eugene Tannam, Firhouse, Dublin 24
Tánaiste’s true colors were revealed after this siege of Troy
Robert Troy resigned. Finally. That was right. He should also resign from the Dáil.
The Tánaiste took the view, “There’s nothing to see here folks, move on”. Leo Varadker should think about his own position. The Irish are fed up with the FF/FG’s political goal of staying in power at all costs.
Mr Troy acknowledged the cross-party support he had received. Those were probably FF and FG TDs. That the Tánaiste was firmly behind him, but could not hold the center Troy, indicates Varadker’s slip.
Ireland needs leaders, not political survivors at all costs. I will not mention the Taoiseach. The Tánaiste now appears to be leading the coalition.
John Cuffe, Dunboyne, Co. Meath
The Ukrainian community will be a blessing to the country
I am writing this letter shortly after attending a prayer service with our Ukrainian neighbors here in Glenties on Wednesday to celebrate their Independence Day.
Afterwards we all met in our community center for tea, coffee and treats. I can’t imagine how these lovely people feel deep inside themselves, but I believe they will help us in many ways. We are so lucky to have her.
Brian McDevitt, Glenties, Co Donegal
Collins heeded the people’s democratic desire for the treaty
Mary Kenny aptly describes the many qualities of Michael Collins but overlooks his greatest (Irish Independent, August 24). This was his respect for the desire of the Irish people to uphold the 1921 treaty he and Arthur Griffith signed with the British.
The treaty was approved by the Dáil Éireann on 7 January 1922. Tragically, this democratic vote was ignored by the anti-treaty faction led by Éamon de Valera.
The Fenian and author PS O’Hegarty (1879-1955) in 1924 attributed the root cause of the Irish Civil War to the anti-Treaty Republicans’ insistence that “a minority has the right to compel a majority” (The victory of the Sinn Fein1924).
When push came to shove, Michael Collins stood up for our democracy and the Irish people’s sovereign desire for peace. That should be his greatest claim to fame.
Karl Martin, Bayside, Dublin 13
New runway at Dublin Airport makes little sense
After setting a formal target of reducing transport emissions by 51 per cent by 2030, why did we open a new runway at Dublin Airport?
So much for strategic planning!
Ireland ratified the Paris Agreement in 2016, which commits us to reducing carbon, and in 2021 we passed legislation providing a legally binding path to net-zero emissions by 2050.
How can the government claim to be committed to low-carbon policies while allowing developments that blatantly contradict it?
Richard Coffey, Terenure, Dublin
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/sunak-a-safer-bet-for-ireland-in-a-dismal-race-for-tory-top-job-41937882.html Sunak is a safer bet for Ireland in a dismal race for the top Tory job