Future wars will be fought over access to clean water, not oil

Future wars in the Middle East will be fought over water rather than oil as countries becom e increasingly reliant on clean, green renewable energy .

The accessibility, affordability and quality of water should be a basic human right. Mass displacement, conflicts, persecution, exclusion, discrimination, poverty, economic outrages, human rights violations, inequalities and sudden-onset disasters such as the flooding witnessed recently in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands are impediments to safe and clean water for natives and forcibly displaced populations alike. If governments fail to provide sanitation, hygiene and clean water for their peoples, diseases such as malaria, diphtheria, whooping cough, diarrhoea and the coronavirus pandemic are likely to once again prevail.

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

London, United Kingdom


Overfeeding children is equal to child neglect

Liz Kearney’s article about how unhealthy and obese our nation has become is accurate in that the Irish have become greedy, lazy slobs (‘We’re fat and getting fatter but no one wants to talk about it,’ Irish Independent, July 24).

However, this notion that it’s the Government’s fault or that anything the Government will do will make a difference is nonsense. The whole weight thing is simple:

eat less, move more; get off your phone; get off your bum; cook your own meals; drink less alcohol; and say no to your kids

If a child was malnourished it would be considered neglect. Well, the same applies to overfeeding children: it is neglect. The link between improved mental health and physical health is beautiful in its simplicity. Eating healthy food and taking regular exercise has been proven to improve one’s well-being. No one is too busy to exercise.

I have four children, I run a seven-day-a-week business with my husband and I have another part-time job. I exercise for at least an hour every day. This nanny state we live in is utterly self-destructive.

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The fleeting beauty of our heavenly heatwave

As I contemplate the end of our heavenly heatwave, the first two lines of The Wayfarer by Patrick Pearse come to my mind:

“The beauty of the world hath made me sad,

This beauty that will pass”

Thank God for the few weeks of heaven.

Brian Mc Devitt,

Glenties, Co Donegal


Shaming of employers over vaccines is a breach of trust

The duty of trust between employees and employers implies the employer will honour the terms agreed with the employee and that the employee also honour those terms and do nothing to destroy lawful business, from which both parties benefit, of the employer.

Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste and Minister for Employment, in his recent call to staff to “name and shame” employers who were making it difficult to get vaccinated, is inciting breach of trust, endangering employment and business. This outburst, without all the facts, is an effort to continue his relevance and media presence and is unacceptable.

Hugh McDermott

Dromahair, Co Leitrim


Irony in O’Malley’s influence on Irish political system

The late Des O’Malley was without doubt a major figure in Irish politics. He was an able and incisive politician and the only one in the Fianna Fáil party of the time that Charlie Haughey feared as a rival for leadership. In the end the party was not big enough for the two of them and Mr O’Malley launched his own party, the PDs.

Looking back now, we can see that O’Malley and his new party were major factors in breaking the mould of the old two-and-a-half-party system that dominated the politics of the State following its foundation.

Directly and indirectly, the PDs moved Fianna Fáil closer to Fine Gael, as they both increasingly promoted business interests and foreign direct investment. This also coincided with the ending of any attachment to the old republicanism that had long been associated with Fianna Fáil.

In this way, O’Malley paved the way for the current situation where Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil sit happily together in government, barely distinguishable from one another, and a new predominantly left-wing (if largely fractured) opposition, led by O’Malley’s life-long bete noire Sinn Féin, has emerged.

Clever man that he was, the irony of this legacy would not have been lost on the Limerick man. May the late Des O’Malley now rest in peace.

John Glennon

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