Political turbulence

Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

 

Sir, – The Department of Justice has recently been described by the Taoiseach as dysfunctional. When did the change from functional occur and which minister for justice presided over the transition? – Yours, etc,

CHRISTY GOGGIN,

Barntown,

Co Wexford.

Sir,– In defending his ministerial colleague for about as long as was feasible, the Taoiseach recognised the boundary in Roy Keane’s famous insight that there is “a fine line between loyalty and stupidity”. Such judgment is necessary in political careers, and I would suggest that he correctly identified when that line was crossed. – Yours, etc,

BRIAN O’BRIEN,

Kinsale,

Co Cork.

Sir, – Perhaps early to rise does not a Taoiseach make wise. – Yours, etc,

GERRY CHRISTIE,

Tralee, Co Kerry.

A chara, – In the wake of the traumatic events of earlier in the week one thing is clearly evident. The Taoiseach is going to have to pull up his socks if he is to survive.– Is mise,

JOE STAUNTON,

Ennis,

Co Clare.

Sir, – Paradoxically,the Frances Fitzgerald affair has probably increased the chances of the “confidence and supply arrangement” running its full course. There’s certainly no way Fianna Fáil – Fine Gael’s de facto coalition partner – will come looking for another head for the duration of this parliament. – Yours, etc,

PAUL DELANEY,

Dalkey,

Co Dublin.