To all the guests of this land, here’s a rhyming letter just to say Ireland is yours and mine

The letters that appear in this section contain important words.

hey are the voices of a few that speak to many.

Letters written by anyone, addressed to everyone.

I have written many letters in my life.

They were sent to friends and lovers, important people and everyone else.

My letters are produced by feeling and are an exercise in the search for meaning.

My voice is loudest when spoken silently in the pages of your diary.

These letters often contain questions, but I have never received an answer.

Letters sent to me should not be opened, as I do not have a permanent address, as I am a perpetual guest.

My home is yours because Ireland is mine.

I live on the south shore, on the windy beach, carved by the sea.

On the winds of the western lakes, I dance under diamond skies with white ladies blowing freely, with the corncrake and its natural symphony.

My heart is many shades of green and my blood the rivers that run through it.

I breathe the air of ancient forests and my house is surrounded by coasts and cliffs.

My hearth is warmed by the rising sun, and when the salmon come, I join them and run.

My home is yours because Ireland is mine, but only for a short time.

Although it is rare for a visitor to receive a letter, I send it addressed to all the guests.

To the names that have been here for centuries and those that are about to arrive.

To those who could see Ireland with new eyes.

To guests who are just visiting, to those who are passing through, to the guest in all of us.

I address these words to you.

I send these letters like reels of rhyme.

Because Ireland is yours and mine.

But only for a short time.

Elliot McCarthy, speech with the editor

If the protocol ends, so will access to the UK single market

I understood that when Boris Johnson negotiated the Brexit treaty with the European Union under which Britain would leave the EU, a major concession given to Britain by the EU was that even if Britain Britain would leave the Union, it would still have access to the single market. .

I have since read an article by a well-known economist in which he described the insurance premium income that the British insurance industry earned by selling policies to customers in the other 27 EU countries, which was a huge sum.

If the EU continues to abide by the terms agreed with Britain, it is perfectly entitled to expect the reverse to apply as well, including the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

It must then surely apply that if Britain passes legislation terminating the protocol, all UK businesses, including those in Northern Ireland, will lose access to the single market.

Brendan Casserly, Bishopstown, County Cork

Almost the perfect 10 for Liverpool, but for a text

After Manchester United lost 4-0 to Liverpool on Tuesday, having already suffered a 5-0 thrashing earlier, the United goalkeeper is said to have received a text message from his wife during the match, which read “come home before 10 “.

Leo Gormley, Dundalk, County Louth

Reunite Ireland and end the rule of the British monarchy

I appreciated Gerard Walsh’s letter (Irish Independent, April 21th). Although English, a nominal Protestant and a staunch Republican, I was delighted that Her Majesty The Queen celebrated her 96th birthday and I hope she achieves
his centenary and is still on the throne in 2026.

Then there should be an elected head of state, as there is in the Republic of Ireland, which is more democratic than Britain. The House of Lords should be abolished in favor of an elected senate.

It would be truly revolutionary if Sinn Féin could win the elections in Northern Ireland and Michelle O’Neill become Prime Minister.

Within two years, a referendum should be organized on Irish reunification, resulting, hopefully, in a yes.

A reunited Ireland governed from Dublin is the only acceptable solution, with protection for the Protestant minority that is an integral part of the Emerald Isle.

Dominic Shelmerdine, London

The Greens are mired in disconnected activism

All country people know that you can get man out of the swamp, but you can’t get the swamp out of man. Green Party activists, please copy.

Brendan Dunleavy, Killeshandra, Co Cavan

The ban on grass cutting is a small beer compared to the use of coal

With regard to Friday’s editorial (“We can make changes to avert climate catastrophe”, April 22), I suggest that until all the countries of the world reach unanimity on this issue, we will continue face enormous challenges related to climate change.

Of course, Ireland should play its part on climate change, but until the countries with the highest carbon emissions – which have the most coal-fired power plants – agree on a common approach on this issue, we will be faced with a brick wall.

In China alone, more than 1,100 coal-fired power plants are in operation. India has 285, the United States 240 and Japan 91. At last October’s climate change conference in Glasgow, two of these countries pushed back on phasing out the use of coal.

In the face of such resistance to reducing coal use, Ireland’s turf cutting ban is up to the task.

Tom Towey, Cloonacool, Co Sligo

Neutrality was the right step for Ireland and still is

As criticism of Ireland’s policy of neutrality, both current and historic, continues, it is understandably difficult for some to contemplate the state of public opinion on the issue of Irish neutrality during the Second World War.

As the world grapples with the terrible conflict in Ukraine, much has been said about the morality of our policy of neutrality between 1939 and 1945 and our current position.

Some even consider Ireland’s stance during World War II to be not so much neutral as pro-Nazi.

These criticisms make no reference to Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden, which adopted a policy of neutrality, while most of the nations involved in the war remained neutral until they be invaded or attacked, including the United States and the Soviet Union.

During the war years, the fallout from partition following the Anglo-Irish conflict was still vivid in the public mind, for it was only 17 years since the guns of civil war had fallen silent, and for the two sides in the bitter fratricidal bloodbath. the British were still the common enemy.

The decision of Dáil Éireann, and not just that of Éamon de Valera or the government, to remain neutral has in all likelihood averted the outbreak of a second civil conflict here.

Critics ignore the fact that all political parties in the Dáil favored the policy of neutrality. Indeed, only one TD, James Dillon, expressed his disapproval of our neutrality. Even Dáil members who were strong supporters of the Allied cause – and there were many of them – voted to remain neutral.

Additionally, Winston Churchill’s proposals in 1940 for the offer of a united Ireland as a quid pro quo for Irish entry into the war were rejected by De Valera. Our neutrality, our sovereignty and our independence were not for sale.

Neutrality probably saved us from being engulfed in a terrible war without the ability to defend ourselves.

Tom Cooper, Templeville Road, Dublin 6

Brilliant piece of writing by the intrepid O’Doherty

I always enjoy reading Ian O’Doherty’s article on the back page of Saturday’s Review section. His article, “Free society must tolerate eejitry – it beats the alternative” (Irish IndependentApril 16) was awesome.

In fact, many of his courageous articles over the years on many contentious issues, whether we agree with him or not, prove how lucky we are to live in a democratic and free society where we can all express our opinions without fear.

Brian McDevitt, Glenties, County Donegal

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