IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Airport abandoned in two-tier society

JUST as those people who live where public transport, decent broadband, a bank, a reassuring Garda presence, post offices, health services, and even schools are so easily accessible that they are taken for granted are bored by their country cousins’ constant complaints about the closure of what are, in 2015, basic social services, those people living in a hollowed-out, downgraded rural Ireland find the dismissive response from those lucky people insensitive, indifferent, and increasingly unacceptable.

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Educate people to work and to think

ABBOTT Mark Patrick Hederman, who was principal at Glenstal Abbey until 1991, is the latest in a long line of admirable commentators to point out that our educational system can hardly be described as such.

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NUIG is out of touch

HOW disheartening it is that a third-level institution charged with the higher education of tens of thousands of young Irish people should feel free to ask questions as detailed and as intrusive, as inappropriate and biased, as those asked of women who wished to apply for various positions at NUI Galway.

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Life on low pay is often far too hard - The Low Pay Commission

THE principle of having a minimum wage that can allow low-paid workers live with dignity is one of the most hotly contested interfaces between business and the ideas of human dignity and social equity.

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Have courage and speak ou- Savile reports

THE two reports on the sexual predations — and perversions — of the late paedophile Jimmy Savile published yesterday are a shocking reminder of what can happen when position and authority are misused to protect criminal behaviour.

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A first step - Commissioner rings the changes

THE scale of change — reform — announced by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan yesterday afternoon is unprecedented in the history of the force. It is welcome and overdue and will, hopefully, make a significant contribution towards rebuilding the organisation’s essential credibility.

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We need a new kind of web privacy - Online child abuse

BEING kidnapped at gunpoint is far more dramatic and terrifying than being kidnapped by malign forces on social media but the nicety of that differentiation will offer little enough comfort to the parents of London schoolgirls Shamima Begum, Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, who have, it is reasonably believed, reached the IS-controlled Syrian town of Tal Abyad with the intention of joining the terrorist organisation. What their future holds can only be a matter of the gravest speculation.

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We’re still far too dependent - EU energy unity proposed

IN a world that seems increasingly volatile, it is reassuring that the EU has decided to try to reduce its dependence on Russian energy.

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Grasp the nettle: Aer Lingus — to sell or not

VERY many Irish people, especially those who work for the company, have an emotional attachment to Aer Lingus that may cloud business decisions inappropriately.

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A lifeline to a bankrupt country - Greece reprieve

WHETHER or not Greece makes the best use of the deal sanctioned, in the broadest terms at least, by the European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund remains to be seen but it is certain that the country, its newly elected government and its embattled and often demeaned population will not have too many more plausible opportunities to bring some sort of stability to their society and their economy.

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