The hospital plan is another betrayal of Irish women


Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly’s plan for the new National Maternity Hospital looks set to be approved by Cabinet without argument this week. It is extremely disappointing that the previously vocal voices of women in government are now being silenced.

It is to her credit that two women, Professor Deirdre Madden and Dr. Sarah McLoughlin, of the HSE Board, have maintained their staunch opposition to this plan of Donnelly, which was secretly conceived and developed.

Let’s hope that Irish society will not bow its head again to the betrayal of Irish women for years to come.

Brendan Butler

Dublin 9

Give northern corporations the truth about the protocol

Certainly it is time that business people in Northern Ireland, together with the Chambers of Commerce, made the important facts of the Protocol available to the public.

Above all, those businesses that have flourished since Brexit thanks to exports to both the EU and Great Britain.

Or is this another episode of the “no capitulation” policy where unionists insist, as usual, on cutting off their noses to annoy their faces?

Declan Foley

Melbourne, Australia

Why so many column inches for such an empty pair?

I can just about understand the redhead “news” papers showing interest in the Wagatha trial, but can someone explain to me why the more reputable press – not to mention international television and radio – give so much time and column duty to such a one Couple devoted by meaningless and foolish women?

Who really cares about two trophy wives we’d never have heard of if they weren’t married to well-known footballers.

So one can only assume that both were ill-advised to appear in court.

As usual, the only winners will be their learned friends; Sue, Grabbitte and Runne.

Both wives of footballers deserve it

David Ryan

Co Meath

Complicity in Israel’s war crimes must be confronted

The European trade in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories directly funds human rights abuses, land grabs and illegal annexations.

The EU quickly and correctly imposed sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, including a ban on trade with Ukrainian areas under Russian military control, such as Donetsk and Luhansk.

But for 55 years, Europe’s trade in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise has funded apartheid and the annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories.

Last week the BBC announced that a veteran Palestinian-American correspondent, wearing a vest for Al Jazeera clearly marked “Press”, was shot dead while covering an incursion by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. The Qatar-based network said Shireen Abu Aqla was shot dead “deliberately” and “in cold blood” by Israeli forces in Jenin. Her producer was also wounded.

Colonial hypocrisy kills Palestinians. In two decades, Israel killed 2,171 children, including 73 in its bombing of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip last May.

As EU citizens we need to send a strong message to our politicians that we expect the EU Parliament to ban trade that finances colonisation, war crimes and apartheid wherever they are committed. In this way we can contribute directly to ending the EU’s complicity in these war crimes.

Daniel Teegan

co cork

If the will were there, then diesel gouging would come to an end

Is there a reason why diesel has outperformed petrol at the pump even though it requires less refinement? Of course there is. Oil companies recognize that most petrol-powered cars are for urban, domestic use and are therefore vulnerable to under-utilization as sensible people take public transportation or go to school and shops instead of driving. Diesel vehicles are usually in continuous use – for transport, agriculture, factories and shipping. Now that gas mileage is falling, why shouldn’t fuel suppliers garnish that golden goose?

Gouging is trade’s middle name and only freezing the price of imported fuel on arrival in Ireland during this emergency will prevent this constant stoking of inflation. Traders’ profit margin should be compared between now and last January. No prizes for the answer.

Eugene Tannam

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