Full marks to Shane Coleman for his column on Mary Harney (News, 23 January).

It's refreshing to find a commentator who can see past the last lurid headline and appreciate the courage, commitment and integrity of our outgoing health minister.

It has always seemed to me that her detractors, over the years, have largely been individuals with a vested interest or those who insist that there is a simple solution to every problem.

And no, I am not now, nor have I ever been, associated in any way with Mary Harney, the PDs, or indeed any other political grouping.

Seamus McKenna

Farrenboley Park

Windy Arbour, Dublin 14