We are creating a hell on earth with our betrayal of the planet

BETRAYAL is a universal theme commemorated today, Spy Wednesday. This is the liturgical memorial when, by tradition, Judas took 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus, and entered into a pact he would live to regret, but could never escape — no matter that he would end up “throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple”.

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IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Sport on TV: He who pays the piper...

Yesterday’s announcement that TV3 has secured the rights for all 48 games in next year’s Rugby World Cup is another blow for public service broadcaster RTÉ. It rubs salt into the wound left by the divisive GAA decision to sell a number of significant inter-county matches to pay-to-view broadcaster Sky.

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Budget prospects: Discipline remains essential

It would be nice to imagine that the good-cop bad-cop routine around yesterday afternoon’s fiscal policy document was no more than the transparent choreography usual at these events. It would be nice to imagine that it is possible — and prudent — to plan for an October budget that reflects the growing sense of optimism around the economy.

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Child protection: Better late than never

The generosity in the consoling line — better late than never — is stretched to its utmost by the fact that it has taken 21 years to introduce child protection legislation. They are, even if tremendously overdue, more than welcome.

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Climate change: How many warnings do we need?

We have “at most two decades to save the world”.
Former president Mary Robinson

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