Green Party dissenters

Sir, – Congratulations to Green Party TDs Neasa Hourigan and Patrick Costello who, in spite of tremendous political pressure, maintained their principled opposition to the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital onto privately owned lands. Six months of banishment to the political wilderness is a small price to pay for such courageous decisions. – Yours, etc,

BRENDAN BUTLER,

Drumcondra,

Dublin 9.

Sir, – I am delighted to see two Government TDs stand up for what they believe is right. I do wonder, however, if there is a touch of abandoning the sinking ship about it all. The question remains though, which ship will be passing by to save them from the choppy waters of political ignominy? The HMS Sinn Féin, or The Good Ship Soc Dem? – Yours, etc,

EAMON FARRELL,

Sandymount,

Dublin 4.

Sir, – It is remarkable that three men, Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and Steven Donnelly, make decisions on a national maternity (think about that) hospital, despite a chorus of protest and concerns from the three female leaders of the Opposition in the Dáil, Mary Lou McDonald, Ivana Bacik and Róisín Shortall. – Is mise,

ANDREW LALLY,

Paris.

Sir, – Should we suppose the Green Party whip is made of leather or is there a suitable plant-based alternative? – Yours, etc,

JOHN LEVINS,

Newcastlewest,

Co Limerick.