Government has no shame in claiming victory for fishermen over Russian war games

Clearly, the fishermen’s decision to sail into the Russian theater area and resist the threat of the Russian fleet by fishing as they normally would on February 1 won the chicken game.

anyone will argue that it was a masterstroke by the russians to draw attention to flexing their military muscles in nato’s backyard, and so win the propaganda war graciously relocating at the behest of helpless little old Ireland.

Even with the relocation of its fleet, Russia has not lost face in this development. They always hold back their maneuvers and push NATO in the eye.

I can’t help but think that there is a Russian strategist, now somewhere in Siberia, who has overlooked the fact that the timing of these military operations coincided with the period allotted to the Irish fleets under the fisheries regulations EU to fish in this area for a limited period.

Knowing Russia, they had no intention of backing down until they realized that a fleet of fishing vessels from this small neutral country would defy the threat of death and randomly ply their theater of operations.

The Russians may not care what other countries think of them, but even they couldn’t risk international outrage if an Irish fishing boat were accidentally fired upon, rammed by a warship or dragged down by a nuclear submarine entangled in its nets.

Moreover, is there no shame in seeing how far our government is willing to go to try to win votes? The sheer audacity to claim that it was foreign diplomacy that persuaded the Russian fleet to move the war games is breathtaking.

The only reason I can find for this outrageous claim was an excuse to have yet another Champagne kneeling in the Foreign Office.

Anthony McGeough

Dublin 24

Calls to join NATO are lost for a disenfranchised public

Like tensions rising between Russia and the West, there are calls for Ireland to join NATO or be part of an EU defense order.

Why? As things stand, following the financial crash of 2008, young Irish people are guaranteeing the wealth of European bondholders, property investors and pension funds insofar as they cannot afford a house in their own country.

Is it conceivable that people think it is right that these same disenfranchised people put their lives on the line in order to maintain the lifestyles of European industrialists as well as the aforementioned wealthy classes?

Perhaps a battalion called “The Hibernian Helots”?

Eugene Tannam

Dublin 24

Russians not welcome, but EU trawlers can do whatever they want

“Is this a Russian sub I see ahead of me” may well become the slogan of Ireland’s fishing fleet as it sails out of Bantry Bay for the foreseeable future. The Russians will have nowhere to hide, but EU trawlers can strip our fishing grounds of every herring that shows its face.

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, County Cork

Nothing civil about the exorbitant salary of the general secretary

With ministers and others approving the €295,000 salary of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Health, Robert Watt (“McGrath faces questions over Watt’s €81,000 salary increase”, Irish Independentsaturday 29 january), it’s time to rectify the myth, especially in the civil service, that inflated salaries are the way to find the best people for the job.

It is difficult to justify Mr. Watt’s huge salary and determine the benefits it will bring. His salary is 22 times the full state pension, 15 times the annual full-time minimum wage and 12 times the annual living wage offered by Living Wage Ireland and supported by many other charities and organisations. It is time for the people of Ireland to recognize the duplicity perpetrated within our society.

Hugh McDermott

Dromahair, Co Leitrim

Marcus Rashford once condemned anti-Semitism

Even before the publication of Ian O’Doherty’s comments about Marcus Rashford (“What will Rashford’s Jewish fans think of his photo with rapper Wiley?”, Review, January 29), Rashford had taken to social media to condemn antisemitism and recognize The fight against antisemitism should be an integral part of football’s anti-racist position. It is unfortunate that O’Doherty’s article did not include Rashford’s wonderful response.

Therese Trainor

Dublin 16

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