COMMENT/ANALYSIS - IRISH EXAMINER

Real IRA shooting: Gardaí had not been alerted to any threat to dissident

Locals speak of the fear of reprisals in the aftermath of Aidan O’Driscoll’s killing. Noel Baker reports

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Moria refugee camp: Where refuge becomes torment

In September, Moria refugee camp was burned to the ground by the very refugees it was supposed to house. Kevin O’Regan recently visited the camp and explores the system of fear, inadequacy, and deprivation of human rights that led to this violent outburst. He asks why it is that grassroots initiatives can meet the needs of refugees whereas government-run camps are woefully, perhaps wilfully, lacking

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Vital work of restoring mental wellbeing to those in need

Having escaped war zones, undertook a treacherous journey across thousands of miles and finally risked death in a leaky dinghy, how can a refugee leave their awful experiences behind and get on with life? Surprisingly, the answer begins with swimming lessons and art classes, according to Tommy Flavin

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To feel the (algo) rhythm of life is to feel the powerful beat

Journalists are the awkward squad asking difficult questions, and should be cherished for that, writes Allan Prosser, acting editor of the Irish Examiner

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Ireland caught between an EU rock and a Brexit hard place

A report from the German Chambers of Commerce Worldwide and the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce concludes that of all the EU members, Ireland has most to lose from a hard Brexit and based on the level of trade between Ireland and the UK it is hard to disagree with that conclusion, writes Dr Declan Jordan of UCC.

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Refunding of water charges would be unfair on rural dwellers

Calls to refund water charges in the interests of fairness ignore rural dwellers who always paid for water and waste water services, writes Jim Daly

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Almost 40 years on, Pope Francis is coming to a very different Ireland

The gap between 1979 when Pope John Paul visited Ireland and 2018 is much more than 40 years. It’s unquantifiable— a tsunami that defies description, says Fr Brendan Hoban

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Civil servant TK Whitaker had public interest at heart always

As TK Whitaker celebrates his 100th birthday this week, Ryle Dwyer examines his phenomenal contribution to Irish life and politics

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New figures point to culture of ‘have’ and ‘have not’ in third-level education

Should the day arrive when attendance at third-level is not quite so easily predicted based on which school a student went to, it may be easier to say with confidence that all children are educated equally in Ireland, suggests Education Correspondent Niall Murray

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Crises will be the norm if we don’t plan for disability services

Paddy Connolly highlights how Ireland has not ratified the UN convention on rights of people with disabilities, and fails to plan how it will provide for vulnerable people in the future

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