I WANT to thank Ian O’Doherty for the article he wrote on Vladimir Putin (“For once the UN is right – we’re on the brink of a deadly nuclear cliff,” Irish Independent, 3 August). Ian is one of my favorite writers. He says it like it is, non-PC. I would like to have a beer with him.
Paddy Donovan, Mitchelstown, Co Cork
It is citizens who will bear the brunt of CO2 reduction
WITH inflation rising from 7.1 percent in April to 8.2 percent in May this year, the government wisely decided to impose a carbon tax on consumers to appease Greens and other pressure groups.
All this talk of reducing carbon emissions by 2030 at a cost of 119 billion euros while the citizens of this country have to contend with the ever increasing cost of living and rising fuel prices etc. let me remind the government what we are paying.
Electricity bills have increased by 41 per cent while at the same time some of our suppliers such as Electric Ireland are planning to increase electricity bills by 10.9 per cent and gas bills by 29.2 per cent from 1st August this year.
Then we have domestic heating oil, which posted a whopping 102 percent increase, while diesel and petrol posted increases of 41.6 percent and 25.9 percent, respectively.
Add to that penalties and other taxes that would bring tears to your eyes because of financial mismanagement by private insurance companies, private banks and the construction industry.
Oh, and let’s not forget the regulators who turned a blind eye.
Yet we, the ordinary taxpayers of this country, who have been repeatedly forced to foot the bills of incompetence, wrongdoing and greed for the few, while families skimp and save just to put the basics on the table, are heat their homes and pay their bills.
Christy Galligan, Letterkenny, Co Donegal
Israel remains sanctions-free as killing in Gaza continues
what just happened Israeli forces attacked Gaza civilians, killing 44 people, including six children cowering in their homes and a 74-year-old woman sitting in her car. In the three days of the “conflict” no Israeli died.
This is in direct contradiction to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Section 8, War Crimes, which prohibits “deliberate attacks against the civilian population as such or against individual citizens not taking part in hostilities”.
Israel claimed the dead included Islamic Jihad commander Taysir Al-Jahari, who was killed at his home in Gaza. They called this a preemptive strike.
The indiscriminate bombing of innocent people has become all too clear to us in Russia’s inhumane attacks on Ukrainian civilians.
The attacks on the innocent people of Gaza in recent days are no different.
Nonetheless, Israel remains sanction-free and continues to enjoy preferential trade with the EU under the Euro-Med trade agreement.
Betty Purcell, Dublin 6W
Why give 50 euros more to people who don’t want to work?
SINN Féin wants to give the unemployed among us another €50 a week…really? Speaking of which, why don’t we give the people who pay practically no money for their accommodation in this country 50 euros as well. After all, it’s the same people. What a wonderful incentive for the people who live well at our expense to go out and get a job and contribute to society.
In my ‘crushed middle’ of Irish life I don’t know anyone who is unemployed. I don’t think that’s unique.
There are so many jobs in so many industries that surely anyone who wants to work will find employment. Is this Sinn Féin’s last major push for Dáil Éireann? Summarize the voices of those who would rather chill everyday than go to work.
Be careful Mary, these guys would see the task of actually going to the polling station as a major intrusion into their daily lives.
Eamon Kearney, Ayrfield, Dublin 13
It’s funny how the weather produces the worst jokes
With the warm weather, only my computer seems to freeze to death. Unaccustomed as we are to such temperatures, I expect a lot of lame jokes.
So just to set a low bar from the offset: Why don’t celebs have to worry about the heat? You have a lot of fans.
Ed Toal, City of Galway
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/when-it-comes-vladimir-putin-ian-odoherty-tells-it-like-it-is-41898559.html When it comes to Vladimir Putin, Ian O’Doherty tells it like it is