I agree with the sentiments expressed by your correspondent, Frank Coughlan, regarding Taoiseach Michael Martin (Irish Independent, Notebook, March 22).
It was Mr. Martin’s destiny that, as Taoiseach, he had to face “the two greatest global tests of this century” – namely the Covid pandemic and Russia’s war against Ukraine.
So far, I’ve felt that the crowning triumph of the Taoiseach’s career was his visionary move when he introduced the smoking ban in 2004.
Given the tremendous challenges he has faced, I believe Mr Martin’s performance can be compared to that of WT Cosgrave and Éamon de Valera in leading our people in times of great peril.
Cosgrave led the fledgling Free State through the horrors of the Civil War (1922-23) and Dev managed to steer the state through the dangerous seas of World War II, clearly favoring the Allies.
Of course, the real political hero of the moment is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who led his people to defeat Vladimir Putin much like Winston Churchill led his country against the last totalitarian despot to terrorize Europe, Adolf Hitler. started.
Father Iggy O. Donovan, Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary
How can such a great nation cause so much evil and terror?
the Massacre of the people of Ukraine must be one of the darkest chapters in history.
The spectacle of swarming lines of young, tormented mothers dragging their frightened children into the unknown—leaving behind their homes, husbands, and all that matters to them in life—is unspeakable cruelty. Everything that sustains life—schools, hospitals, trees, birds, flowers—everything is destroyed in their wake.
There are no limits to the suffering that comes at a man’s command – premeditated, purposeful devastation. Meanwhile the world is watching.
Unfortunately, sanctions, for all intents and purposes, do little to heal the wounds in broken little bodies innocent children, despite the best efforts of the medical staff, with dejection and despair on their faces. I am constantly reminded of the sheer despair of Henry VIII when I speak of Thomas Becket: “In God’s name, who is going to free me from this damn priest?”
May I say in the name of God, where are the proud young Russians whose ancestors gave the world the grace and beauty of the Bolshoi Ballet? the powerful intellectuals of Chekhov, Dostoyevsky and Solzhenitsyn; and the delightful music of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Stravinsky? With a Legacy like this, how can they fail to stop the current barbarism that is leaving such an indelible black mark on the history of their generation?
Mairin Quill, Wellington Road, Cork
Shame on Ukraine’s neighbors who did nothing
Imagine do business with the neighbor. Then one morning he breaks into your house and starts murdering your family. Of course you would stop all dealings with him. Imagine how you would feel if your other neighbors continued doing business with him. One has the feeling that many neighbors will eventually hang their heads in shame.
Anthony Ryan, Loughrea, County Galway
I got a compliment (I think) – and it only cost me 10 shillings
More Years ago, as I like to remember, I drove my Shiny into a gas station
Vauxhall Viva. I asked the assistant on duty for “10 shillings”. With a quick glance at the suit, collar and tie, he remarked, “I always see the 10-bob customer.” To this day, I don’t know if he complimented me or not.
Tom Gilsenan, Beaumont, Dublin 9
An alternative look at England’s murky rugby performance
I to take Edition with Máirín Ní Dhomhnaill (Irish Independentletters, March 21).
My compatriots in England shirts did their best to beat France, if only to show the world that we are capable, to show that we can play a decent game. source dommage.
Since you have an English coach, you can at least offer us the services of one of yours.
Harry Charalambou, Muswell Hill, London
Triple crown glory, but we’re a long way from becoming world champions
We won the Triple Crown, and Italy beat Wales, but France still looks like the Grand Fromage. All the best, but in relation to the World Cup: a lot done, more to do.
Ed Toal, City of Galway
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