IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Adi Roche a real hero of Chernobyl children

Like a post-apocalyptic horror movie, a decaying and rusting amusement park ferris wheel is all that remains of the Soviet Union’s dream of non-military nuclear power expansion.

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Taoiseach finally rules out Lowry

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has finally ruled out making any deal with Independent TD Michael Lowry in establishing a future minority government.

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Another river tragedy

Considering the number of coastal drownings and accidents that have occurred over the past year, most people in Ireland are now aware of the danger that high winds, high waves, and rough seas pose for offshore boaters.

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A ‘big house’ put up for sale: Strong case for intervention

During the War of Independence, many of the ‘big houses’ dotting our coutryside were razed because they were symbols of the forces that regarded most Irish people as second-class citizens in their own coutry. Most of these houses represented privilege beyond the imagination, certainly beyond the reach, of the great majority of people living in Ireland.

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Election 2016: Debate on immigration unavoidable

Once upon a time, a guest who had overstayed their welcome could often be seen off by the suggestion that they join the family for the nightly rosary. Forgotten appointments were remembered and the visitor bolted into the shadows barely breaking stride to wish their hosts a good night’s sleep.

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Child protection failings: Moral cowardice

Reports that the Health Information and Quality Authority has found that 177 cases of retrospective referrals of child abuse remained unallocated to social workers last August in Tusla’s Dublin South-East and Wicklow area is another indication of the great cultural change needed around these issues.

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America’s death penalty: What cruelty

YESTERDAY the American state of Georgia excuted a 79-year-old man for a murder he committed in 1979 — 37 years ago.

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International Cancer Day: Noble work of beating cancer

THIS is International Cancer Day, one of the many events designed to raise awareness around various cancers and raise funding for research and support.

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General election 2016: Economy rebuilt but more to do

AND they’re off ... finally. Taoiseach Enda Kenny asked President Higgins to dissolve the 31st Dáil yesterday and the election campaign will immediately intensify culminating with voting on Friday, February 26. 

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Foster home scandal: Shamefully, we are all to blame

THERE is a certain justice, a shaming irony, that the stage management around calling an election has been disrupted by an escalating scandal involving an as-yet unreformed public service, albeit an under-resourced one, and yet another appalling betrayal of the most vulnerable citizens entrusted to care services. Events, dear boy, events.

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