FERGUS FINLAY: Bodies in receipt of taxpayers’ funds must be fully accountable

One of the great clichés in Ireland is “best practice”. It’s time for some basic practice, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: We need leaders with passion and an unwavering focus on the cause

The extent to which they will be leaders will be determined by that mix of passion, ego that isn’t selfserving, and fierce undivided loyalty to the project, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: A child who gets a good start is a child who has a decent chance

Well, we made quite a stir last week in my day job when we published the annual Barnardos’ survey of back to school costs, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: West Cork initiative could see rural Ireland bloom like its hedgerows

There are signs now though that rural Ireland has lots of fight in it yet, writes Fergus Finlay.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Hot air and kites fill summer sky as politicos prepare ground assaults

You can expect a raft of of articles on how dreadful it is that ministers need advisors to do their jobs, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: We’re witnessing signs pointing to a massive global failure of politics

In the face of rampant extremism, social democracy, it seems, has nothing to say, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: Wise old owls are wide-eyed as government starts to self destruct

It’s hard to imagine anything more destabilising of the government than a heave against the leader, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: Barbaric hare coursing is not a blood sport, it’s a blood industry

We really can’t pretend that hare coursing is about some notion of rural living and culture, writes Fergus Finlay.

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FERGUS FINLAY: We have to begin rebuilding a politics of equality or we’re goosed

The party Boris Johnson will lead will not just be hopelessly divided, it will have no real mandate, in a country that is itself torn down the middle, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: Wake up world — it’s time to fight back against politics of hate and fear

There is a fundamental difference between understanding fear, and stoking it for political motives, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: Time stands still as a major milestone is marked by old age

Now that I’m old (and vulnerable) my state wants to keep me safe while they’re giving me stuff, writes Fergus Finlay

 

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FERGUS FINLAY: Don’t give Trump a platform — wound him with your silence

Abraham Lincoln wouldn’t recognise the Republican Party today, write Fergus Finlay 

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FERGUS FINLAY: Better pay for recruits would help morale and reform in the gardaí

A government interested in morale and reform would enable the Garda Commissioner right now to abolish the bottom two points of the Haddington Road pay scale for junior gardaí, writes Fergus Finlay

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