Rooney’s book action could translate as discrimination –

Sally Rooney is quoted as saying: “The Hebrew-language translation rights to my new novel [Beautiful World, Where Are You] are still available, and if I can find a way to sell these rights that is compliant with the BDS movement’s institutional boycott guidelines, I will be pleased and proud to do so.” (‘Rooney wants a Hebrew translation of novel – just not by an Israeli publisher’, Irish Independent, October 13.)

y not accepting customary publishing business norms, Ms Rooney is, in effect, acting in a discriminatory manner because she is placing responsibility and blame for Israeli state actions – which she condemns – on the shoulders of all the Hebrew-speaking people living in Israel.

Anyone who has visited Israel, as I have, will know Israeli people are diverse and democratic in their attitudes and outlook.

They should not be treated as if they were not individual human beings. To do that is the basis of discrimination.

Ms Rooney by effectively disallowing her book to be translated into Hebrew in Israel is behaving in a discriminatory way that she claims to abhor.

Micheál O’Cathail

Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Budget has shown the door to students facing rent crisis

The Government has failed the students of this country in the Budget. It has failed to tackle the high cost of rents and, as a result, there have been cases of students sleeping in vans and tents or commuting huge distances each day.

The biggest failing in the Budget is the lack of action in the supply and affordability crisis in the rental sector. While the measure of 50pc discount on public travel is to be welcomed, we need affordable hostel-type accommodation for our students to be safe in our big cities, not crippling rents.

Noel Harrington

Kinsale, Co Cork

Pensioners won’t forget being short-changed as gap widens

The Government has, again, shown how alienated it is from reality. Ministers seem to think pensioners are either indoctrinated into voting for Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael (let’s not mention the wired-to-the-moon Greens) or that in our senility we will have forgotten the paltry €5 thrown to us when it comes to the next election.

It is not even enough for two cups of coffee – that is if we will be able to even afford that after all the other cost of living items in the Budget.

They seem to forget that this €5 they throw out is a diminishing percentage rise when everything else increases by a percentage every year. So, as the percentage pension increase diminishes each year, the outgoings increase year-on-year, creating a rapidly widening gap.

Eamon Ward

Co Wexford

Frost sets off alarm bells with his rewriting of history

Almost at the moment that David Frost began to deliver his speech in Portugal this week, the little Englander mindset became apparent.

He referred to Edmund Burke as “the Irish-British scholar-politician”. The fact that Burke was born in Ireland to Irish parents with a lineage back to the 1100s seems to count for nothing.

Frost’s attempt to dilute Burke’s nationality may be a case of an English person showing ignorance or attempting to insult. It may also be a sign that Frost’s own self-esteem is such that it requires the association with significant others to be sustained.

It would seem that an Oxford education, rather than developing individual integrity, is more focused on turning out an inward-looking clique.

Those tasked with the reasonability of entering discussions and agreements with him are strongly advised to tread warily.

Jim O’Sullivan

Rathedmond, Sligo

Health workers deserve real recognition for their efforts

As our Government is busy with its drill bit and lobbyists, and as the nation discusses the logic of opening our economy further before flu season, our nurses and doctors must be wondering what happened to them.

Only a few short weeks ago, the topic of discussion within government was how best to thank our doctors, nurses and those working in healthcare settings. Now, with hospitalisations on the rise, those very same heroes are forgotten about as though a trend falling out of fashion.

Should they be granted tough decision-making to lessen the current load on their shoulders?

Or are they set to be forever remembered from the sidelines or after they’ve buckled under the pressure with a bank holiday or a boastful bonus?

Marie Hanna Curran

Ballinasloe, Co Galway