IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Tackling human trafficking - Ireland cannot be a soft target for traffickers

It was entirely appropriate for the Immigrant Council of Ireland to mark the first UN designated World Day Against Trafficking by urging the Government to ensure that shortcomings in Irish law are properly addressed in its new action plan on human trafficking to this country.

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Tough driving laws - Changes are not before their time

So many young drivers have died in the carnage on Ireland’s roads in recent years, it has been a tragic harvest of lives cut short before their time.

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A catalyst for widespread rejuvenation - Justice Department report

It may have taken the bones of four years but, at long, long last, the kind of purge needed to bring real change to a section of our public life, change promised before the 2011 election, seems to have begun or at very least been put in train.

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Unhelpful objection - ‘Star Wars’ on Skellig Michael

Hurling and Gaelic football may be our dominant, most popular national games but our real national obsession seems to be objecting.

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Carnage in Gaza: Playing games with a real tragedy

The members of any representative political institution, elected or merely nominated, are entrusted with that body’s integrity and reputation, its sense of purpose and its sense of possibility.

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Callely jailed over fraud: An inevitable downfall

Former Fianna Fáil junior minister Ivor Callely, who was sent to jail yesterday over fraudulent mobile phone expenses claims, came, maybe even unjustly, to epitomise the hubris and disdain a certain type of politician expressed so very freely for what most people consider decent, common-garden honesty. His arrogance was as unfettered and boundless as his character was transparent.

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A proclamation for 2016 - Opportunity to rekindle our idealism

This weekend saw one of the first of many celebrations to mark the centenary of events that culminated in the Easter Rising of 1916.

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Russia’s ace card - Dependency untenable

Attempts to impose sanctions on Russia in the wake of the MH17 murders in Ukraine have been utterly ineffective and will remain so, because Europe is so dependent on Russian energy.

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Rape conviction rate offers no protection

The Annual Report of the Courts Service makes disturbing reading in relation to rape cases. During 2013, the Central Criminal Court dealt with a total of 567 rape cases.

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US Congress, not us, blocking tax reform

In the course of a strong attack on American businesses suspected of moving off shore to avoid taxes, US president Barrack Obama specifically mentioned Ireland as one of the havens during a television interview on the business network CNBC on Thursday.

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