IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Increase fines: Ocean stocks in jeopardy

THERE seems to be a growing sense that the worst excesses of commercial fishing on our oceans and their fish stocks cannot be policed in a way that reflects the threat huge, modern trawlers, equipped with state-of-the-art fish-finding technology, pose to once-abundant species.

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Lord of the Dance to retire: Flatley leaves the limelight

WANTED: Charismatic, unrelenting, imaginative, high-energy, world-class dancer (35 toe-taps a second is the required standard) to help change how a staid traditional idiom is perceived.

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Two victories for relentless policework: Cases show best side of gardaí

EVEN the most ardent, one-eyed champion of An Garda Síochána would have to concede that the force’s credibility took a battering over the penalty points scandal and how two whistleblowers — Sergeant Maurice McCabe and former Garda John Wilson — were treated so poorly by the force’s officer corps. 

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Steady figures

THIS week, an Irish Times political poll recorded a five-point increase in support for the main Government party, Fine Gael, suggesting the economic recovery is beginning to bear fruit — that theory is being translated into spending power.

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