IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Frank Clarke to be Chief Justice - We wish him well

At last: A senior judicial appointment made by the Government without acrimony.

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Offshore tax havens - Liechtenstein on banks of the Thames

Back in 2009 Britain’s Liberal Democrat spokesman Matthew Oakeshott described Dublin as “Liechtenstein on the Liffey”.

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Going electric - Laudable goal but unrealistic

The Green Party’s call on the Government to “rise to the challenge being posed by the UK, France, Germany, and Holland, and target the complete phase out of combustion engines as soon as possible” is laudable but unrealistic.

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Princess Diana anniversary - What it means to be a mother

It was Mother Teresa who wrote: “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”

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Parents’ heartbreaking decisions - Greatest love may be to say goodbye

It was Pádraig Pearse who wrote “Lord, thou art hard on mothers: We suffer in their coming and their going.”

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Social media and the courts - Review timely

Chief Justice Susan Denham deserves credit for her initiative in launching a review of social media and its impact on the courts.

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Europe’s future - Barnier must wake up to EU’s failings

WHEN Michel Barnier next engages with David Davis, his British counterpart for Brexit negotiations, he might have the humility to acknowledge that not everything is right with the EU and that a lot of work needs to be done if it is to become a union of independent states that we can all be proud of – with or without the UK.

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Handling of safety claims - Note of caution on Air Corps files

CAUTION should be observed when comparing the characterisation of claims of a Defence Forces safety cover-up by Air Corps whistleblowers as “malicious” with the “disgusting” remark made by former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan in relation to Garda whistleblowers.

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Health benefits - Walking the dog

IT is strange to observe but gratifying to know that walking a dog in summer has the effect of keeping older people more physically active during the dark days of winter.

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Brazilian visitor held in jail - Humane treatment is the base line

IMAGINE being a young holidaymaker arriving from abroad to spend a couple of months with people you met as an au pair two years ago.

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