Government needs to be on the money with forthcoming budget

WATCHED the first episode of The West Wing, for the first time in years, the other night. I’d forgotten how good it was: a dense, fast-paced political drama, packed with dialogue and incident. You knew you were watching something good.

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IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Israel set on path to self destruction - Another West Bank land grab

Every comment on Israel’s recent behaviour must recognise that the country was under attack by Hamas. Every comment must recognise that any country under attack is obliged to defend itself. Every comment must acknowledge Israel’s right to exist and its citizens’ right to live free from persecution or discrimination.

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Target the punters - Laws on prostitution

The welcome intervention from former US president Jimmy Carter, in which he encouraged legislators to take the advice offered last year by a Dáil committee on laws around prostitution, highlights again our tardiness in introducing legislation designed to protect the exploited and vulnerable. Even if we know it is good advice and it is supported by all political parties. $90.

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Far too slow - School patronage

It should come as no surprise that Jan O’Sullivan, the education minister, had to concede yesterday that plans to divest primary schools from the Catholic Church to other patrons are not progressing as quickly as had been hoped.

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Still turning a blind eye - Confronting sex crimes

We are very quick to condemn the public gang rapes, sometimes followed by the victim’s murder, that seem routine in India.

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