IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Securing smartphones - Making thieves redundant

Smartphone theft accounts for 30% to 40% of all American urban crime according to the Federal Communications Commission.

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Peacekeepers kidnapped - Crisis looms

The detention — or kidnapping if you prefer — yesterday of 43 UN peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights by militants fighting the Syrian army, introduces a new layer of complexity and danger into an already dreadful situation.

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Ceasefire anniversary - Time up for intransigent leaders?

This Sunday, as we mark the 20th anniversary of the IRA ceasefire, celebrations must by tempered by the fact that, three decades after that great, bitterly-won opportunity, the past still holds a crippling grip on the future.

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NPPR charge outcry - Department must take the blame

IF public sympathy has been in scarce supply for the owners of ‘second homes’ or or "Non-Principal Private Residence" to use the convoluted language of bureaucracy, it is growing as it becomes increasingly clear that much of the blame for this mess lies squarely at the door of the Department of the Environment.

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Back to School - Be pro-active against bullying

TODAY is one of the most exciting of days for children going to school for the first time, joining thousands of others already on the pathway of knowledge, an experience that will shape the course of their future lives. But while school can open the mind and fire the imagination, it can also be a scary place.

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The Disappeared - Tragic Chapter

ON Saturday it will be 20 years since Ireland, north and south, heaved a collective sigh of relief as the IRA declared its ceasefire, followed two months later by loyalist paramilitaries.

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Unemployment falling - Alarm bells ring despite jobs advance

Yesterday’s unemployment figures show that slow, steady progress is being made in confronting the jobs’ crisis. 

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E-cigarettes — friend or foe? - No smoking without fire

Our eating and dietary habits are as varied as we are. One year’s super diet, one season’s super food is destined to become next year’s leftovers.

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Ceasefire in Gaza - Deal brokered

The news that Israel and the Palestinians have agreed a ceasefire in Gaza must be welcomed even if that welcome is tempered by experience.

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Preparing Budget 2015 - Inequities on pay must be confronted

The weekend suggestion from Simon Harris, the junior finance minister, that income tax should be cut adds momentum to statements made by senior cabinet ministers Michael Noonan and Simon Coveney. If that expectation is not met, then the political consequences will be severe.

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