The Taoiseach must seek a peaceful path to Irish unity

In his speech at the Seán Lemass memorial, Taoiseach Micheál Martin spent much of his time chiding others for peacefully pursuing the goal of Irish unity in ways he disapproved.

We also referenced Lemass’ alleged frustration with those who called for unity but had no strategy to achieve it.

Has the Taoiseach failed to notice that there is now a very clear strategy and path to Irish unity? This is foreseen in the Good Friday Agreement through Irish unity referendums on both sides of the border.

Instead of ticking off those who want to push these referendums forward, he should set up an Irish Unity Citizens Assembly to lay the groundwork.

It could begin by outlining the shape of a new Ireland in all its aspects – constitutional, political, social and economic.

For decades, Micheál Martin’s predecessors, including Lemass, urged people to use politics instead of violence to achieve Irish unity. It seems strange that now that such a clear political path exists, Micheál Martin should be so reluctant to tread it.

Tony McDarby

Dublin 15

An amazing performance against the All Blacks that lifts us all

Ireland’s series win over the All Blacks should be seen as an amazing victory despite the enormous odds. While both countries have similar populations, New Zealand has about ten times as many rugby players and maybe five times as many professionals. Rugby is their national sport, while in Ireland it is only number three in big ball games.

It’s doubtful we’ve ever had a more balanced pack and if there’s a better lock-cum-flanker than Tadhg Beirne at the moment please let us know. A man of all trades, but also a master of things.

To me, these Test wins are better than beating Italy at the 1994 Fifa World Cup. Winning the series in New Zealand is probably the best Irish team performance of all time. A little light against the economic gloom.

David Ryan

Co Meath

When you have confidence, you can achieve almost anything

The Ireland rugby team’s recent success abroad should give us all hope and confidence in what we can achieve if we believe in ourselves.

As the old saying goes, “If you don’t succeed the first time, try, try, and try again.”

But remember, “If you think you’re going to lose, you’ve lost.”

Leo Gormley

Dundalk, Co. Louth

A bunch of Tory sneaks will not solve the problems at hand

Britain is at the mercy of prime ministerial candidates hoping to lead the UK and the Conservatives. All out for their own glory, they are a dark bunch of backstabbers.

Is there a chance a Republican politician can step in as an alternative to restore sanity and arrange Scottish independence, Irish reunification, abolition of the monarchy and Brexit referendums?

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, United Kingdom

Not much celebration for Djokovic and Rybakina wins

Contrary to the excitement following the success of Ukraine’s Eurovision Song Contest, has anyone else noticed that Elena Rybakina and Novak Djokovic’s big victories at the 2022 Wimbledon tennis tournament didn’t get proper credit from mainstream media? Is it because both countries take a neutral stance on the Russian-Ukrainian military conflict, or maybe for other reasons?

Joe Terry

Blarney, Co. Cork

Call me Rudolph while frivolity reigns supreme, dear

The Taoiseach’s apparent frivolity and appeal to street gatherings shows that the influence of Leo Varadkar is ever prominent in the governance of our modern republic.

Romping around the streets and waving happily with the most agreeable and colorful citizens is probably where I lose contentment and I have decided to follow Mr. Martin’s example.

Yes, I no longer have to identify as a mere man in this enlightened society of equality. I can begin my transition to wonderfulness by stating that I would like to be addressed as a member of the reindeer community and to go by the name Rudolph.

Our government teaches us every day to be whoever and whatever we want.

I am all the happier when we, the different people, are properly entered on our public ID cards for free travel.

Ah, diversity and inclusion, sure, where would we be without it?

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co. Cork The Taoiseach must seek a peaceful path to Irish unity

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