Yes, Queen Elizabeth leaves behind an immense legacy… but her death also raises questions about the monarchy

While we sympathize with Queen Elizabeth’s family at the death of her mother/grandmother, all this pomp and ceremony is a little over the top. This family of the rich and elite will never see a day of hunger, homelessness or poverty.

All this privilege and pageantry is paid for by the hard-pressed British taxpayers, who sadly believe their lives are better thanks to this monarchy.

While deserving of the accolades bestowed upon it by commentators and media alike, there are many problems surrounding the monarchy’s oversight of countries like Ireland, where people have been enslaved, countries’ resources stolen and any sign of independence violently crushed .

Yes, she left an immense legacy, but this monarchical system left many open wounds.

Christy Galligan

Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Why would anyone vote for flip flops like Rabbitte?

The flipping of principles and beliefs now seems to be a daily occurrence. Another example emerged at Fianna Fáil’s recent think tank. In a side chat, Anne Rabbitte not only joined her party leader on the other side of the abortion debate, but now believes the current law doesn’t go far enough. It’s worth reminding us at this point that not only did she oppose repeal of the Eighth Amendment, she also campaigned seriously for its retention.

This is a seismic shift by any standards as the new UK Tory PM somersaults on the Brexit issue.

So what is happening to the political establishment? Do they only despair while others grow in popularity? Do they feel power and privilege slipping out of their fingers? This gives the appearance of entities desperately trying to squirm and shift position to stay relevant. The real danger they face now is that the electorate will think them small.

With the party grappling with accusations of incompetence and too many egotists at the helm, the perception that the party will now bend where the wind blows could well be death. Who votes for a party when you have no idea what it will stand for tomorrow? Perhaps some more properly focused thinking is in order.

Jim O’Sullivan

Rathmond, Sligo

Power of Attorney cost too prohibitive

Eilish O’Regan gave us an informative article on Enduring Powers of Attorney and told us that only 6 per cent of Irish adults have one (‘Campaign to boost take-up of Enduring Power of Attorney’, Irish Independent, 12th September). One detail was left out: the
cost to get it. Google states that the fee for registering the document is between 800 and 3,000 euros. In times of rising costs, who has so much money? If Safeguarding Ireland would like an increase to the 6 per cent rate they might wish to explain how this can be achieved. One of the Troika’s recommendations was to reduce litigation costs here.

Paddy Murray

Castlepollard, Co Westmeath

Death does not constitute an obstacle to the tax officer’s work

After the deceased has paid taxes for a lifetime, the deceased’s pockets are said to be searched again as the tax officer wants to reduce the amount left to the heirs and family (“Family inheritance at risk as state asked to take larger share take”, Irish Independent, 12th September). Nice.

B Rusks

Address with publisher

Why should our young people be forced to go abroad?

According to news from the National Youth Council of Ireland that over 70 per cent of 18-24 year olds are considering emigration (‘Majority of Ireland’s young people are considering emigration for a better Irish Independent, 12.09.), a concrete decrease in concern among young people can be observed. The assertion that this has “always been so” deserves serious rebuttal.

Why should young people be forced to seek opportunities abroad? Why should young people fear for their future or have their mental health worsened as a result of the crises in Ireland? Is it asking too much that the place where I was born is an attractive place to grow old? Is it too much to imagine owning a house, raising a family, living happily and without difficulties, making ends meet?

My grandmother recently passed away and I was incredibly grateful for myself and my family that none of us had to travel across the world to attend her funeral.

I want to stay here forever to cherish my time with my family and all those I have had the privilege of calling friends in my short 24 years.

Criodan O Murchú

Ollscoill na Gaillimhe Yes, Queen Elizabeth leaves behind an immense legacy… but her death also raises questions about the monarchy

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