According to your political editor, the fuel allowance is to be extended to a further 80,000 people (“€1,100 Budget lifeline to help pensioners pay bills”, Irish Independent, 27 September).
or people in this category who own their home, I recommend applying for the free Home Energy Improvement Scheme by visiting the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland website (seai.ie). Obtaining the fuel allowance is one of the criteria to qualify for free energy upgrades.
I recently pumped my exterior walls with insulation; my attic was additionally insulated; and additional vents and fans were added to my bathrooms, all as part of the program.
The faster you apply, the faster you’ll get the job done and save money on heating your home in the future.
Tommy Roddy, Ballybane, County Galway
Save yourself heartache by learning more about the “system.”
One of the strategies “of the left” is to support every unrealistic labor issue (wage demands, improvement of working conditions – 35-hour week for example).
Through these struggles, working people are realizing that the economic system in its current form cannot provide decent living conditions for all – so the theory goes. Whether that’s true or not, my point is that even the left doesn’t seem able to come out and say what’s what.
On the other side of the argument are those who claim that you will succeed if you work hard, that economic growth has no ceiling, that rich and poor are the natural order, and other fairy tales.
What both sides claim is that ordinary people need to be pampered as they don’t understand reality.
Perhaps the “intellectual left” thinks they must lead the masses to the promised land; the other side wants the masses to exist in a misconceived idyll. As these strategies develop, the advice to both is simple: educate yourself on what’s going on.
Louis Shawcross, Hillsborough, Co Down
We cannot wait for the war to escalate to the nuclear level
War is terrible. It tears apart the social fabric of communities. It leaves behind orphaned and traumatized children. As a result, women become widows and are at increased risk of sexual violence, rape and disease.
The war leaves entire communities struggling with communicable and non-communicable diseases and myriad psychological scars that take decades to heal.
Does the international community really need nuclear Armageddon to prevent the escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian war?
dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob, London
Banning books would lead us down a dark, dangerous path
Once again, Ian O’Doherty’s article on the back of the review insert highlights the horrible stupidity of mankind (“How long before book-banning mania catch on in Ireland?”, 24 September).
Ban books or burn them? My God! Next, as Ian writes, burn people? where does it end Keep writing Ian.
Brian McDevitt, Glenties, Co Donegal
What good is a Catholic majority in a united nation?
Northern Ireland census results confirm that the main division within the Wee Six is sectarianism. A Catholic majority now, right? Well, just give them all a lollipop in appreciation.
Where is the basis for a “united” island through a quasi-political imperative not desired or required under the guise of religious change?
Robert Sullivan, Bantry, Co. Cork
The border survey is not the only obstacle to ending the partition
In recent months I have seen much written about the prospect of a Northern Ireland vote on Irish unity.
Much has been written about how Ulster unionists would fit into such a scenario and what precautions should be taken.
As a citizen of Southern Ireland, I do not see the success of a Border survey as the only obstacle. I am assuming that the citizens of the republic would also have a say in a referendum as to whether they wanted to integrate the north into the republic.
But I haven’t seen any discussion about it. Why is that? Will there not be a referendum on this issue in the republic? Wouldn’t our constitution require it?
Tom Crean, Boston, Massachusetts
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/home-energy-upgrade-is-a-no-brainer-apply-for-it-now-42022126.html The energetic renovation of your own home is child’s play – apply now