One-step plan to solve2018 ev­ery Brexit dilemma

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - LETTERS -

I AM sur­prised there is so much has­sle in Lon­don and Brus­sels try­ing to solve the Brexit dilemma.

Mas­sive in­te­gra­tion of the six coun­ties with the Irish Repub­lic might solve the prob­lem.

The bor­der prob­lems would dis­ap­pear overnight.

Based on in­te­gra­tion, there will be no hard bor­ders to worry about as we would all be part of the EU in one united Ire­land.

There would be no need for a Good Fri­day Agree­ment, us be­ing uni­fied into one na­tion.

Theresa May could get on with de­tach­ing the UK from Europe with­out the present dif­fi­cul­ties.

The Irish lan­guage prob­lem could be solved and the gov­ern­ment could be restarted in the North straight away.

It seems so sim­ple and ticks all the boxes.

Well, why not start to­mor­row, re­al­is­ing our dreams for a happy, peace­ful and uni­fied fu­ture? Best of all, there would be no more Brexit to worry about.

Your read­ers will be happy to for­give th­ese rant­ings of an 85year-old Irish di­nosaur.

Pat O’Brien,

Ev­ery life mat­ters

I’VE lost count of the num­ber of times I’ve heard peo­ple ex­press re­lief or even ap­proval when a news re­porter an­nounces that one gang­land thug has killed an­other.

It’s partly un­der­stand­able, given the mis­ery and may­hem gen­er­ated by such crim­i­nals.

But a life is still a life and mur­der is still the most de­spi­ca­ble of all crimes. Apart from that, th­ese thugs who can turn so quickly against each other are more than ca­pa­ble of killing peo­ple with no in­volve­ment in their own un­der­world ac­tiv­i­ties.

So, when gar­daí ap­peal for help in solv­ing a gang­land killing, we should be as will­ing to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion as we would if the vic­tim had no crim­i­nal con­nec­tions what­so­ever.

It’s worth re­mem­ber­ing too that even a gang­land fig­ure has fam­ily and friends who are left griev­ing. No­body de­serves to end his/her life rid­dled with bul­lets and laid out on a cold mor­tu­ary slab, an­other statis­tic to be shrugged off as ‘just one of them’.

Ev­ery mur­der, re­gard­less of mo­tive or vic­tim (in­tended or oth­er­wise) di­min­ishes us. John Fitzger­ald,

I couldn’t vote

WE ARE told that those Catholics who voted Yes in the abor­tion ref­er­en­dum have sinned and must go to Con­fes­sion to re­ceive ab­so­lu­tion.

What of the many Catholics who in good con­science would not vote, my­self in­cluded? We would not vote Yes be­cause we be­lieved it was too ex­treme. We would not vote No be­cause we be­lieved the sta­tus quo needed to changed, but not to the ex­tent en­vis­aged by the Yes cam­paign.

Paddy Daly,

Boylan’s fail­ures

DR Peter Boylan did not be­come the ‘bete noir’ of the No cam­paign be­cause he was ‘so knowl­edge­able, calm and dig­ni­fied dur­ing the cam­paign’ (Joe Duffy, MoS, June 3), but be­cause he sim­ply replied to any con­trary opin­ion put to him with ‘not true’ or ‘in­cor­rect’.

This in­cluded when the Med­i­cal Coun­cil guide­lines were involved and he ‘was urged to go back to school by a col­league’ when he ques­tioned the de­vel­op­ment of a 12-week baby in the womb and was pulled up on it by the col­league quot­ing Dr Boylan’s own pre­vi­ous con­tra­dic­tory de­scrip­tion.

Dr Boylan’s con­sis­tent stance on the tragic death of Savita Halap­panavar was at odds with three in­de­pen­dent in­quests, which, in­ci­den­tally, did not ac­cept his ev­i­dence but gave ver­dicts of sep­sis and dread­ful med­i­cal

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ne­glect, for which a num­ber of staff were cen­sured.

He bears a big re­spon­si­bil­ity for con­tin­u­ing to claim the Eighth Amend­ment caused her death and ig­nores the con­fir­ma­tion from Dr Michael F. O’Hare, chair­man of the Joint In­sti­tute of Ob­ste­tri­cians & Gy­nae­col­o­gists/ HSE Work­ing Group on Ma­ter­nal Mor­tal­ity, which is no­ti­fied of all ma­ter­nal deaths, that no deaths have oc­curred be­cause of the Amend­ment.

Dr Boylan also ig­nored the call of four of his pre­de­ces­sors to re­sign be­cause of his base­less claims.

It is very dis­ap­point­ing that jour­nal­ists al­lowed Dr Boylan to con­tinue to make claims about ma­ter­nal deaths which were not based on facts.

Mary Ste­wart,

My prob­lem with ‘r’

ONE thing that annoys me in speech is peo­ple putting an ‘r’ in sen­tences where it doesn’t be­long. Such as: ‘Jes­sica rand her sis­ter watched their lit­tle sis­ter draw-ring a pic­ture.’

It is used on ra­dio and TV. I’ve heard news­read­ers, sports com­men­ta­tors, doc­u­men­tary nar­ra­tors, pro­fes­sional speak­ers who know bet­ter, us­ing that an­noy­ing ‘r’. Do they think it makes them sound posh?

W.T. Mur­phy,

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