Recent displays prove Kenny is right man for Ireland job

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Congratulations to Stephen Kenny’s Ireland team on their seven-goal haul in the last two games. Surely that is enough to keep Stephen at the helm.

erhaps the metaphorical jab of disapproval Callum Robinson received helped inspire him to a five-goal booster.

Aidan Roddy

Cabinteely, Dublin 18

 

BDS movement places unfair scrutiny on Jewish people

The support of so many Irish people for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel is shameful.

Its endgame is a demand we make of no other country accused of human rights abuses – the destruction of a sovereign nation, Israel.

It seeks to deny to the Jewish people the same right to self-determination that it pretends to claim for Palestinians.

Sally Rooney’s logic in seeking a “BDS-compliant” publisher to translate her latest novel is no less perplexing.

She appears not to have blocked Israeli book stores from selling her book in other languages, so it will presumably still be available to the 20pc of Israeli citizens who speak and read Arabic, and smaller minorities who speak and read English, Russian and French, for example.

Is she going to make sure only BDS-compliant bookstores sell her books? Must all her publishers now declare for BDS? If not, her decision looks like simple discrimination against native Hebrew speakers.

Teresa Trainor

Dublin 16

 

Rooney deserves gratitude for taking a stand against Israel

In reference to Sally Rooney’s refusal to grant publication rights for her new novel to an Israeli publishing company (‘Rooney wants a Hebrew translation of novel – just not by an Israeli publisher’, Irish Independent, October 13), all I can say is thank you, Sally.

Paul Doran

Dublin 22

 

Cinemas are magical places, so get out and support them

It is wonderful to see our cinemas back in action. I have lovely memories from my many visits to the cinema. It is an age-old ritual and one that I loved deeply. The cinema took me to a different world. It helped me survive the many demons of my young life.

I remember such magic movie gems as Casablanca, Some Like It Hot, ET, Gone With The Wind and The Magnificent Seven, to name a few. We must return and support cinemas. There is no size TV screen that could possibly replace the magical experience of the cinema screen.

Brian McDevitt

Glenties, Co Donegal

 

Elderly were sold short after suffering most in pandemic

Older people were ignored in Budget 2021. In Budget 2022, the Government has lobbed a paltry €5-a-week rise at all those people totally dependent on the state pension.

The smug, conceited grins of the two budget ministers made me cringe. Throughout 2020 and much of 2021, oldies were ordered to cocoon for months and dared not travel more than a couple of kilometres.

Up and down the country, many – often frightened and confused – were being abruptly shipped from nursing homes and regular homes to hospital, where many soon expired and were buried without dignity. The Covid fiasco that ravaged nursing homes has yet to be investigated.

Wonderful benefits and inexhaustible funds are allocated to schools for facilities and teachers and so on. All of this is superb.

However, the only offering that can be made to pensioners is €5 a week. Shame on a country that does so little at national level to improve the lot of the older population.

Edward Boland

Galway

 

Johnson must drop the brush and focus on defeating Covid

Nero fiddled while Rome burned and Boris painted as England’s spirit went down in flames.

Churchill was another painter, but he was also a leader in times of need. What is Boris doing in a £25,000-a-week villa while so many are out of work? Apparently, it is a friend’s place, which disproves suggestions he no longer has any.

What Britain needs, as do many other countries, is a leader who devotes his or her efforts to getting the Covid pandemic stopped. More importantly, they need leaders who inspire, not paint.

Dennis Fitzgerald

Box Hill, Melbourne

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