Our education system is failing the test for pre-schoolers

IF there’s anything that makes us universally smug, it’s the wonderful unbeatable quality of our education system. The best little education system in the world, isn’t it? Only the other night I saw young people on the 9 o’clock News, clutching their Junior Cert results, their faces awash with relief and happiness at their results. They were on track to get the points they needed for college.

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IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Close gap or prepare for social chaos - EU report on social inequity

Any country, especially one as rich as this, where the capital’s city council is “seriously looking” at building prefabs on derelict sites to house homeless families probably does not need an outside agency to warn it that destructive and dangerous social inequity is growing.

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We must do more to help - Migrants feared murdered

Yesterday, as asylum seekers protested over the very difficult conditions and the inordinate delays they face in direct provision centres right across the country, reports, as yet unconfirmed, that about 500 migrants fleeing from North Africa had been murdered by human traffickers who sank their boat following a dispute, emerged. Two survivors were the source of the story published by Maltese media.

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Brady is right - U2’s deal with Apple

Musician Paul Brady’s criticism of U2’s $100m (€77.3m) — reputedly — deal with Apple to release their new album free to iTunes users will resonate with anyone whose work can be accessed through the internet without payment.

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A new set of Garda allegations - Immediate action is essential

If weekend reports that gardaí are still cancelling penalty points for law-breaking  drivers are true, and there is absolutely no reason to imagine that they are not, then our police force has become a sorry, dysfunctional and, though it is tragic and frightening to have to use these descriptions, a corrupt and out-of-control force.

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