It seems this is no country for old women

THE past rose up to meet the present this past week. Albert Reynolds’ passing and the furore over the latest abortion story to convulse the country brought to mind how the actions of yesteryear still resonate in today’s world.

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IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Extremism is a sign of failed policies

The Times of London reported yesterday that there are more young British men fighting as jihadists in the Middle East than there are Muslims in the British army.

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The price of beef

This week’s farmer protests about how powerful retailers can define the market and, to a very large degree, set farm incomes is another expression of the challenges faced by most workers today.

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Tragedy on our farms: A dangerous occupation

Despite launching campaign after campaign in a bid to alert farmers to the ever-present risk of death on the farm, the grim toll of fatal accidents continues without an end in sight.

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The death of Albert Reynolds: Unburdened by political baggage

THOUGH his term of office as Taoiseach was one of the shortest, the contribution made by former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died at the age of 81, to the making of an enduring peace on this island will go down in the pages of Irish and British history as one of the most important achievements of our time.

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The Leaving Certificate ‘leaves’ too many people behind

AS the drama of the CAO third-level places unfolded this week, I thought about what Burmese pro-democracy advocate, Aung San Suu Kyi, said in Strasbourg last year when accepting a prize for promoting freedom of thought: "I’ve always said there’s no hope without endeavour. Hope has no meaning unless we are prepared to work to realise our hopes and dreams, but in order to do that we need friends."

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