In casting our referendum votes, we showed faith, hope, and love

IT WAS politics at its best, the referendum. Political parties looking at a proposition decided to espouse it. Ways were found by both sides in the argument to engage the public. The clearest of decisions was made by the electorate, and countless lives were changed for the better.

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IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Banking inquiry: Toothless regulators

THERE was little enough unexpected in the evidence given by former financial regulator Patrick Neary to the Banking Inquiry yesterday. 

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Animal welfare: Time to be considered, considerate

THE link between the very welcome news that there has been a 25% fall in the number of dogs destroyed in Irish pounds in the last year and a cattle feedlot in Broken Bow, Nebraska, one that can accommodate up to 85,000 cattle at any one time, may seem tenuous but the same issue is at the core of both figures: Animal welfare and the code of ethics we apply when dealing with domestic animals — how we treat the inhabitants of this planet that we fawn over or may eventually eat.

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Death sentence: Choosing between cruelties

IT is a core belief of modern, vaguely liberal democracies that it is wrong to execute a person because of a crime they have committed, or at least one they been convicted of.

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Fifa corruption investigations: Elections should be cancelled

IT would be hard to exaggerate the social, political and cultural importance of sport. And given soccer’s universal appeal, the already questionable image of the game has again been blackened by the astonishing events in Zurich where criminal investigations into suspected corruption have been opened by Swiss police concerning the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively.

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