COMMENT/ANALYSIS - IRISH EXAMINER

We must still address disparities in access to higher education

The success of many schools in helping most of their students get a place in third-level institutions is highlighted in today’s Feeder Schools supplement inside today’s Irish Examiner.

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Troika of change point way for commissioner

Nóirín O’Sullivan has had luck on her side but she will have to perform her new role under greater scrutiny than any of her predecessors have faced, writes Michael Clifford

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Obama’s feeble dithering on racism is an American tragedy

The images of Barack Obama urging peace alongside footage of angry protesters shows the yawning gap between substance and symbolism, writes Peniel Joseph

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We shouldn’t be deriding Geldof, we should be saluting him

Concern in Sierra Leone have buried thousands of bodies in the last few weeks from the ebola virus. Even if you hate the song — buy it, urges Dominic McSorley

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UN loud and clear on need to end violence

As the UN campaigns to end violence against women, European Correspondent Ann Cahill

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Working together to champion equality between the sexes

The active participation of men and boys in challenging gender stereotypes and attitudes is crucial if we are to become a fully inclusive and equal society, says Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

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Rocky history of our right to natural riches

The 1937 Constitution removed Irish citizens’ rights to the natural resources of their nation that are enjoyed by the citizens of other countries the world over, writes Vincent Salafia

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A group of women wash used plastic bags for re-use at the shores of the river in Nairobi.

Nairobi slums work on cleaning up their act

A water development project is starting to make an impact, but many fear it is inequitable that residents have to take out small loans to have access to clean water, writes Elijah Wolfson

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Opinion: Water charges boil down to a matter of principle

The Government’s new measures on charging for water have dealt with all but one of the major concerns expressed by protesters, writes Michael Clifford

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Conservation grant a half-measure that muddies the waters

In 2012, public expenditure on water in Ireland was €1.5bn. This money is being spent on a system that does not work.

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