We cannot do useful business with Dublin if Fine Gael pair Varadkar and Coveney emerge as Taoiseach

A letter from John Gemmell:

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 10:57 am
Letter to the editor

Your editorial of April 6 (‘There are still openings for constructive dialogue with Dublin,’ see link below) is full of good points, amongst them the positive comment about Taoiseach Michael Martin.

But, we should remember that there will be a change in Taoiseach at the end of next year, as part of the coalition agreement in Dublin.

We are faced with the return of Leo Varadkar, if he continues as leader, or possibly Simon Coveney, if there is a change at the top of Fine Gael.

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Unfortunately, I don’t think we can do useful business with either of these politicians, other than at a basic level.

Obviously, decent people condemn the threats being made against Mr Varadkar.

We need to calm matters, and the way to do that is to track down the small number of misguided offenders and ensure that they desist, but also to reach out to reasonable politicians across divides.

So, on numerous issues, not just the NI protocol and the chaos that it is causing, unionism will seldom have a better interlocutor in the Taoiseach’s office than Mr Martin.

We have him for about 21 months.

John Gemmell, Wem, Shropshire

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