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Letters: Stardust’s intransigence is comparable to the injustices of Guildford and Birmingham

Vaseline 2 months ago

The treatment of the victims of the Stardust fire by the Irish legal and investigative system can be similarly compared to those events.

Moreover, there was no evil intention that could be attributed to the dancing.

Sometimes the similarities are more disturbing than the differences.

Eugene Tannam, Firhouse, Dublin 24

Inadequate recommendations for abortion services as the three-day rule in question

There has been a lot of media attention over the past week about the recommendations in the review of the operation of abortion services in Ireland.

The review recommended a large-scale liberalization of the current law, such as removing the mandatory three-day reflection period from the first consultation with a doctor until the start of the abortion procedure.

Figures from the Health Service Executive show that each year around 20% of women do not return to the abortion provider after this three-day reflection period.

Appearing before an Oireachtas committee, the chair of the review, barrister Marie O’Shea, confirmed that the review process did not address any of these women who changed their minds during this reflection period.

This recommendation has undoubtedly been discredited because there is no independent assessment of whether it makes sense to give women the time and space to make an informed decision about whether to continue their pregnancy.

Eamonn O’Hara, Manorcunningham, County Donegal

Relaxing pregnancy termination rules will kill more babies due to biased messaging

I started to wonder if anyone else had seen Aoife Hegarty’s ‘documentary’ on abortion, as no letter or article about it subsequently appeared in the newspaper. Irish independent.

I don’t see how this can be described as a “documentary”, which I would expect to be based on facts and not emotions, and certainly have some semblance of balance, which was sadly lacking in this programme.

Then the Irish independent published Ellen Coyne’s article in which she endorsed it, while she is campaigning here for further expansion of abortion.

How sad to see that the reference to a diagnosis is not ‘fatal enough’ to access a termination here.

Apart from examples where a diagnosis has been proven incorrect, the joy of parents who continued with the pregnancy and spent even a limited time with their baby despite such a diagnosis is not taken into account.

How sad that more than 95% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are taken abroad for abortion.

Next, it appears the three-day waiting period before accessing abortion, which she admitted was “really helpful for some women,” will be abolished.

As someone with “extreme anti-abortion beliefs,” I object to being vilified for my position, which includes extreme anti-death penalty beliefs – but that is somewhat less toxic to pro-abortionists.

Heroic pro-life groups volunteer to help people in crisis pregnancies who want to continue their pregnancies but need financial and emotional help to do so, despite spending more than €40 million on abortion and being denied by the government, and I would say to Mrs Coyne that such help does not involve lies.

It would be helpful if women affected by abortion were allowed to be heard (they were not even allowed to address the Oireachtas committee before the repeal referendum), as all the facts regarding the most serious decision to choose abortion should be provided .

Regarding the said assessment, this has been a complete sham, with the Minister of Health refusing to speak to anyone concerned about abortion.

It should be pointed out that the referendum was passed with restrictions that are now completely undermined.

Was this a deliberate tactic by the government and those promoting abortion here to ensure this continued? If not, there is no reason to delete them.

Now that more than 30,000 abortions have been performed here since the legislation, the question may be asked: isn’t this enough? In these current so-called compassionate times, surely we can offer something better than killing babies in the womb?

Why isn’t adoption promoted when so many couples are unable to conceive but there are no babies available to adopt here?

Life is precious and must be protected. There are unwanted pregnancies, but no unwanted babies.

I look forward to a day when there will no longer be a need to be anti-abortion, anti-death penalty, or anti-assisted suicide – when all support is given to preserve life, not destroy it.

Mary Stewart, Ardeskin, City of Donegal

If the EU does not want to punish Israel, the Irish government should impose its own sanctions

Following the Iranian missile attack on Israel, the EU responded immediately and agreed to introduce new sanctions against the Iranian regime.

In contrast, the EU has not yet punished Israel in any way for its war crimes in Gaza. In fact, Brussels is broadly ignoring Ireland and Spain’s formal request for a review of the EU-Israel trade deal, which contains a human rights clause.

Under these circumstances, it would be completely understandable if the Irish government were to take unilateral action and introduce its own trade and other sanctions against Israel. For example, the Occupied Territories Law could be passed.

The government has repeatedly expressed its solidarity with the Palestinians. What is really needed, however, is action against Israel. It is long past time for meaningful sanctions.

Fintan Lane, Lucan, Co Dublin

Too many drivers are blind to the dangers associated with ignoring red lights

During my daily walk I often take a break, sitting on a low wall at a traffic intersection.

Lately I’ve been taking note of the number of cars going through red lights.

Every time red lights up, there’s bound to be one car speeding through.

Unfortunately, with all the road safety messages, warnings, graphic advertisements and other messages, it seems like the lights are off when it comes to reaching some drivers.

Tom Gilsenan, Beaumont, Dublin