COMMENT/ANALYSIS - IRISH EXAMINER

Refugee Crisis: Sitting on the fence is not good enough

One family’s desperate attempt to forge a new life for themselves in fleeing the Syrian civil war has focused world attention on the refugees’ plight by means of one extraordinarily powerful image, writes Caroline O’Doherty.

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Refugee Crisis: Mealy-mouthed ministers shamed into belated action

ON THURSDAY evening, as he talked of “leadership” and how Ireland will accept “thousands [of migrants] over the coming months and years”, Environment Minister Alan Kelly was asked why it had taken a heartbreaking picture of a three-year-old boy lying dead on a beach for Government to act.

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Máire Whelan: Has 'absolute confidence of Enda Kenny'.

Fennelly Fallout: Vote of confidence from Taoiseach may be poisoned chalice

As Alan Shatter knows only too well, receiving a public vote of confidence from Taoiseach Enda Kenny is no good thing if his back is against the wall.

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Hands up if you still question what you are told

Children starting school constantly ask ‘why’, but they soon learn that questions are deemed ‘stupid’ by an education system that demands conformity, and this fear of being sceptical continues into adulthood, writes Clodagh Finn.

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Fennelly Fallout: Unprecedented events mark a dark chapter for Government

Having read the full 350-page Fennelly report, in which the Taoiseach and the Attorney General take a pasting, Cormac O’Keeffe concludes that it is clear politics took over from due process

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Enda Kenny disconnect from reality evidenced again by Fennelly Report

The Fennelly Report this week showed up how badly An Garda Síochána was being mismanaged. The Coalition has no appetite for justice reform, writes Clare Daly

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Matylda Dyrda in the junior infants class, North Presentation Primary School, Cathedral Walk, Cork City

Should children be starting school at a later age?

The trend towards a later school starting age is growing. What implications — if any — does this have have on policy and costs, asks Education Correspondent Niall Murray.

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Identity – the key to the migrant crisis and Ireland’s future

As the refugee crisis in Europe reaches breaking point, Brian O’Flynn appeals to the sense of nationalism that is hardening so many hearts towards the desperate migrants. He points out that anti-immigrant sentiment is largely a British import and that our true Irish identity is much more generous.

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Forget cynicism and greed, the State should protect staff from rogue restructuring

Government, in the interests of the workers of this State, should also take action when it appears to be clear that a company is restructured to avoid paying its employees or its suppliers, writes Paul Mills

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PTSD sufferer: ‘I know how lonely it is to be a victim’

Audrey O’Carroll suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after she was attacked by a man who had ’invaded’ her life, writes Catherine Shanahan

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