I believe we are at a turning point in our nation’s history. Our leaders have decided to severely limit the ability to feed our people by culling our national herd of cattle.
What remains is a dispute over whose political career should be improved. It’s annoying and just messes with national politics when in reality it’s complying with orders from Brussels – our true seat of government.
It seems that the government has promised countless Ukrainians free entry to Ireland.
We are now in an extremely problematic situation in which we cannot provide adequate accommodation to those who have already come.
Soon we will no longer be able to feed them. Have we – instead of simply promising – provided a single additional school place or hospital bed for the influx of traumatized people?
Have we forgotten that “we” – according to Micheál Martin – are at war? As the conflict in Ukraine continues to escalate, we can expect mass migration to the West on an unprecedented scale.
Who in sane mind could argue that this is the right time to reduce our food supply while raising the human population on this small island to unsustainable levels?
There is a sense of desperation among the Irish. This is not supported by the notion of a government telling voters it is “doing the right thing” through a form of forced altruism devoid of pragmatism.
If ever there was a time to demand government work for the people who put you in power, it is now. Wake up Ireland.
Robert Sullivan, Bantry, Co. Cork
Negative things related to Brexit just keep piling up
How long do we have to wait for our neighbors across the water to finally admit that Brexit was, is and always will be a complete disaster?
The two would-be prime ministers appear intent on avoiding any reference to their country’s Brexit plight. They no doubt hope it might go away.
They seem unaware of the fact that Brexit is the root cause of so many problems, including freight delays and a sluggish economy.
Last but not least, it has contributed to the highest rate of inflation in almost half a century.
Having a Brexit opportunities department and making smaller trade deals with Canada and Australia – countries thousands of miles away – is no substitute for abandoning the world’s largest trading bloc.
David Ryan, Drumree, Co. Meath
We must stop howling racism at every slight opportunity
A black man and a white man approach a shopkeeper at the same time. When the shopkeeper serves the white man first, it is explained with racism. If the shopkeeper serves the black man first, it’s because he wants him out of his shop quickly because of racism.
This is how the world is presented when analyzed through the prism of critical race theory, in which racism is the preferred explanation for any thought, action, behavior or outcome.
Joy-Tendai Kangere adds tanning to the ever-growing list of racist things (“Why hopping on a sunbed or clapping on a fake tan increases racism and self-loathing”, Irish IndependentJuly 26).
As institutions across the West fall like dominoes, I hope so Irish Independent is not the latest to be gripped by this totally divisive “awakened” mania.
Alan Murphy, Knocklyon, Dublin 16
It seems that accommodation can be provided if the cause fits
I live on a small estate where there are several unfinished buildings. They are ugly, empty shells that have never been occupied (except by rodents).
I recently asked Kildare County Council (KCC) to derelict the building adjacent to my house (and its outside areas which have been converted into fly dumps) for health and safety reasons. KCC said the property was not forfeited and the matter would be reviewed in six months. I asked to look into the matter again but received no reply.
It now appears that the magic money tree has been shaken and means to make these unhealthy eyesores suitable for human habitation have become available.
I suspect these properties will soon be home to people in need of “international protection” (real or otherwise). Ireland’s homeless and those unable to afford housing will surely be happy if this is the case.
Terence Morrison, Castledermot, Co Kildare
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/irish-government-has-lost-all-sense-of-what-its-people-need-41875330.html The Irish government has lost all sense of what its people need