FERGUS FINLAY

Emily Logan

FERGUS FINLAY: Ten years on, our Ombudsman for Children is more important than ever

A LITTLE over 10 years ago a group of young Irish people were brought together to conduct an interview. It was the first time in Ireland’s history – as far as I know, the only time — that the advice of young people was sought on a major public appointment.

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FERGUS FINLAY: The British are friends, but I wouldn’t invite them to the 1916 celebrations

ONE thing really jarred with me about the State visit of President Michael D Higgins to Britain. Actually, there were a couple of things, but one of them didn’t occur until the interviews, as part of the massive coverage of the visit. Let me explain.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Tapes, telephony and television — how they are entwined on this isle

SOMEDAY, someone is going to write a play or a novel about Shattergate or Gardagate or Tapegate, or whatever the right nickname for the current controversy suits.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Government has acted properly in wake of Garda bugging controversy

THE politics of the last week reads like a John Le Carre novel.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Floundering Government has taken its eye off the political ball

TWO political crises on a Monday morning. Isn’t that great!

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FERGUS FINLAY: Why do we Irish favour so-called light-touch regulation, or none at all?

THREE of us who work in the community and voluntary sector went to Belfast the other night to meet a group that runs charities in Northern Ireland and to brief them about happenings in our sector in the Republic.

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FERGUS FINLAY: I want an equal society, not a repeat of Bertie’s politics of the tax break

IN A country of petty injustices, why does nobody in authority mention them?

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FERGUS FINLAY: Culture of covering up mistakes is a sickness within the health system

NOBODY says it better than Terry Prone.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Shatter may not do humble, but he has what it takes to survive bugging affair

DO you remember Smiley’s People? It’s one of the great classic TV series, based on the novels of John LeCarre and starring Alec Guinness as the deep-thinking, slow moving British intelligence officer.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Stand up for the love rights of gays and of people who have disabilities

FULL equality for gay, lesbian, and transgender people has been described as the last civil and human rights campaign. I support that proposition.

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FERGUS FINLAY: We can’t let fear get in the way of backing same-sex marriage

IN THE course of the children’s rights referendum campaign — on October 31st, 2012, to be exact — I took part in a debate with John Waters and Kathy Sinnott.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Ethics, not religious bigotry

I would simply like to pay the highest of compliments to Michael Clifford for his piece last Saturday, (Opinion, February 2), re religion in education — one of the most cogent, succinct and necessary columns seen in any paper for many a long day.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Villages and towns outside of the Pale will die without urgent action

DO you know Ballydehob? It’s a beautiful village, way down in the south west of our country.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Pause for reflection before we make final decision on pylon network

I WAS listening to Pat Rabbitte on the radio the other day, talking about pylons. He was convincing and passionate on the subject, and one thing he said struck a chord with me.

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