Law and disorder: Public service chaos is managerial and political

BRIAN Purcell has taken a bullet for the State twice in his career. Once, when he was near the bottom of the pile, as a young official in the Department of Social Welfare, he refused payment to an applicant for the dole. That claimant was the notorious Dublin gangster, The General. Purcell was kneecapped for his troubles.

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IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

A catalyst for widespread rejuvenation - Justice Department report

It may have taken the bones of four years but, at long, long last, the kind of purge needed to bring real change to a section of our public life, change promised before the 2011 election, seems to have begun or at very least been put in train.

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Unhelpful objection - ‘Star Wars’ on Skellig Michael

Hurling and Gaelic football may be our dominant, most popular national games but our real national obsession seems to be objecting.

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Carnage in Gaza: Playing games with a real tragedy

The members of any representative political institution, elected or merely nominated, are entrusted with that body’s integrity and reputation, its sense of purpose and its sense of possibility.

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Callely jailed over fraud: An inevitable downfall

Former Fianna Fáil junior minister Ivor Callely, who was sent to jail yesterday over fraudulent mobile phone expenses claims, came, maybe even unjustly, to epitomise the hubris and disdain a certain type of politician expressed so very freely for what most people consider decent, common-garden honesty. His arrogance was as unfettered and boundless as his character was transparent.

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