COMMENT/ANALYSIS - IRISH EXAMINER

New building would mark fresh chapter for historic library

Cork City Library is working hard to upgrade the existing building, and also lobbying for a new facility to meet modern needs, writes Liam Ronayne.

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‘Harry Potter’ continues to weave literary magic 20 years on

Twenty years since the debut of JK Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series, William A Gleason says it’s difficult to recall a day when audiences weren’t spellbound by the young wizard.

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Special Report: Documents reveal how senior officials prepared pro-merger information

Documents give an insight for the first time into the management of the Cork Local Government Review process, which resulted in the now-shelved controversial merger plan for Cork’s city
and county councils, writes Eoin English

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‘Having a place like this is the fulcrum from which to build a good life’

An innovative housing project is breaking new ground by setting young people on the cusp of homelessness on a new trajectory towards third-level education. Health Correspondent Catherine Shanahan visited Cork’s 39-bed Bishopsgrove campus to see for herself.

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Power of words is clear as George Hook gets a new job

Newstalk has concluded its review of the circumstances that led to George Hook’s recent rape remarks, which results in the radio presenter “stepping down” from his weekday slot to “take on” a new weekend show, writes Joyce Fegan.

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A stout defence of the Public Alcohol Bill

It is the clash of big business with the common good, writes Michael Clifford.

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Justice as Ibrahim Halawa acquitted on all charges in Egypt

Incarcerated in Egypt for four years and unsure of whether he’d ever get to return to his native
Ireland, Ibrahim Halawa is free. But what are the repercussions, asks Caroline O’Doherty.

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Dunnes or Dior? A question we ask ourselves daily

IT’S been a treacherous few days. We’ve had London Fashion Week, then hot on its (must-have platform) heels, Milan Fashion Week, and before you can say “midi skirt with matching bra top”, we’ll be assailed by perfection, French-style, at Paris Fashion Week.

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Leo Varadkar turns his focus very much to the right

By lurching so sharply to the right, Leo Varadkar is gambling that he can secure enough of a mandate from those who get up early in the morning to lead the next Government, writes Daniel McConnell.

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City slicker Leo Varadkar manages to put his foot in it at the Ploughing

Leo Varadkar took his first bold step onto the pristine furrow — time stopped, breaths were held, and ploughing matriarch Anna May McHugh put her hands to her face in shock.

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