Minister departs but questions remain

 

Sir, – Even without the benefit of the Taoiseach’s medical qualifications, I would hazard a guess that a sticking plaster is of no use whatsoever in treating a broken leg. – Yours, etc,

RITA O’BRIEN,

Lucan,

Co Dublin.

Sir, – The Taoiseach is reported to be a fast learner. The first rule of political self-preservation: never throw yourself under a bus. – Yours, etc,

DAVID DOYLE,

Jalan Loyang Besar,

Singapore.

Sir, – The bus was parked on the plinth for at least a week. The Taoiseach just failed to see it. – Yours, etc,

EDDIE KELLY,

Mount Pleasant,

Waterford.

Sir, – Can we assume the Grand Old Duke of Cork will confine his troops to barracks for the foreseeable future? – Yours, etc,

PAT O’SULLIVAN,

Templeogue,

Dublin 16.

Sir, – To quote Mr Spock from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.” – Yours, etc,

KEVIN DEVITTE

Westport, Co Mayo.

A chara, – This is no ordinary panto – it’s the Leinster House panto. – Is mise,

CHRIS O’KEEFFE,

Waterford.

A chara, – Frances Fitzgerald deserves a great deal of credit for her decision to step down. Even though she has made it plain that she believes she did nothing wrong, she decided to put the best interests of the country first and did what was needed to avoid a general election. Indeed, no one elected to high office who is unwilling to put the country first, whatever the personal costs, is worthy of that office.

Therefore, it is much to be hoped that in the future we will see a great many more public officials, whether elected or appointed, following the example of Ms Fitzgerald and standing aside when they become embroiled in scandal or controversy to the extent that it impedes their ability to do their job; and that it will not require the threat of collapsing the Government in order to persuade them to do so. – Is mise,

Rev PATRICK G BURKE,

Castlecomer,

Co Kilkenny.

Sir, – The pantomime is over. It wasn’t that funny, and the audience might go somewhere else next year. – Yours, etc,

SEAMUS HEGARTY,

Belfast.

Sir, – The eternal political dichotomy: the need to know everything while retaining the ability to deny knowledge of anything. – Yours, etc,

JEREMY HARRISON,

Rathconrath,

Co Westmeath.

Sir, – Katie Hannon has done the State some service. – Yours, etc,

LINDSAY ARMSTRONG,

Ranelagh,

Dublin 6.