Vendors should be instructed to forget profits for a year

It makes my blood boil to see how the government contributes to energy company profits. They will do that by delivering €200 – and probably more – to companies on behalf of all bill payers.

could understand when suppliers make losses, but they make huge profits. The government should make it clear to suppliers that this is not just about profits.

The higher the bill, the more tax the state collects. Paschal Donohoe and Michael McGrath know this, and it’ll make their budget giveaway that much cuter.

We will all deduct the money offered from our bills, but it is unethical behavior on the part of heads of state and energy companies. Government Minister, please sit down with the suppliers and demand that they not make a profit for the next year.

Gerry Conway, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Politicians thrive while the weak fret in the dark

A 79-year-old woman removed all lightbulbs from her home for fear of falling behind on her electric bills. The next increase in the minimum wage is 80 cents an hour. In the meantime, politicians have received a salary increase of 6,000 euros.

The constitution enshrines the equality of citizens, which our government must implement. Fear is everywhere in our society.

Margaret Docherty, Terenure, Dublin 6W

Ladies first is nice politics, but what about equality?

As a concerned woman, I was encouraged by a story on Tuesday’s RTÉ news. It affected 130 refugees who arrived in the country and were left without shelter.

Women, children and people with disabilities were given preference, while men were left to their own devices and had to sleep poorly.

Aside from my own feelings, I also couldn’t help but wonder why nobody was demanding equal rights for all in this case? Why should men and women be treated differently? Certainly, in the interests of equality, no gender should be singled out for special treatment.

I often wonder what the proper protocol is these days to save lives on a sinking ship. Should it be women before men or just one of each sex?

To paraphrase Groucho Marx, it might just be a case of “We have principles and if you don’t like them, we have others”.

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The acceptance of give and take is at the forefront in protocol conversations

The Northern Ireland Protocol impasse appears no closer to being resolved. Here’s a suggestion that might help.

Would it be possible to change the word “protocol” to “agreement”? EU officials are quoted as saying “there is very little difference between our two sides” on the protocol issue.

The parties involved have to put their heads together and agree on a give and take.

Leo Gormley, Dundalk, Co Louth

Kudos to those who support the male headwear industry

According to a recent piece on Claire Byrne’s radio show, men’s hats and caps are making a comeback. It reminds me of the old saying don’t kick the hat, there’s a man under it.

Tom Gilsenan, Beaumont, Dublin 9

Truss should go through with the speech with a referendum

It was nice to see Michelle O’Neill shaking hands with King Charles. I admired the late Queen Elizabeth. But after the state funeral, the reality of everyday life returns.

Britain’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss – who gave a speech in 1994 calling for the abolition of the monarchy – should consider referenda on Scottish independence, Irish reunification, EU membership and the abolition of the British monarchy. This is democracy in action.

Dominic Shelmerdine, London

The corgi-watching role leaves Andrew behind in the kennel

I note that Prince Andrew is to be put in charge of the late Queen Elizabeth’s corgis. A new lead, so to speak.

EdToal, Galway Vendors should be instructed to forget profits for a year

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