Echo Letters: Balance needed on Jobstown protest

Dear Editor,

I THINK it is good thing to have a balance of views, as recently expressed in your paper regarding the Jobstown protest when the former Minister Burton and her assistant were imprisoned in their car for hours. While some politicians may have big egos, I do respect those who are willing to stand up for what they believe in.

Councillor Ronan McMahon of Renua is surely right to ask the question about what type of democracy we want.

Joan Burton Protest 04 27 October 2016

Is it one that advocates peaceful protest or another that advocates “revolution”? My concern is that the Jobstown protest, while making celebrities of some politicians, may actually, in the long term, lead to Jobstown become more disadvantaged and isolated.

I think Jobstown may be perceived as a hostile environment for more moderate politicians, particularly those in government, and also less attractive to those thinking of starting up a business. I believe politicians should make their arguments assertively, repeatedly but always peacefully.

Yours sincerely,
Frank Browne,
Templeogue

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