IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Remembering Auschwitz - Could it happen again?

I believe in the sun though it is late in rising. I believe in love though it is absent. I believe in God though He is silent.

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President Higgins in Strasbourg - An argument for a debt forum

SPEAKING to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg yesterday President Michael D Higgins touched on many issues but none more pertinent than how sovereign states regain control of the economic forces that shape our lives.

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Health insurance - More is needed

IN A country with a stretched and sometimes chaotic health system, private health insurance is almost mandatory for those who can afford it.

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Human touch - Santa letter

Sometimes, no matter what structures and safeguards a business or organisation puts in place, things will go wrong. 

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More than just an airline - Future of Aer Lingus

The proposed Aer Lingus takeover offer from the British Airways parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) is expected to come before Cabinet today.

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A new day dawns for Greece - Eurozone crisis

The election of an anti-austerity party to power in Greece may seem at first as if the lunatics have taken over the asylum whereas it could be the very thing to bring sanity to European Union finances. The election result should come as no surprise, considering that more than a quarter of the Greek population is without a job and youth unemployment remains above 50%.

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Conflict in Washington - Undermining authority

Henry Kissinger once complained that when he wanted to talk to Europe, he never knew who to phone.

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Confronting terrorism - Open the door

That US secretary of state John Kerry’s Davos call for an international plan to confront the roots of terrorism came as Japan faced the fact that Islamic State terrorists murdered a Japanese hostage; that Boko Haram attacked Nigeria’s major north-eastern city of Maiduguri, and as Spanish police arrested four people suspected of belonging to a militant Islamic network underlines the urgency around the proposal.

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Moderates obliged to avert instability

THIS week’s better-late-than-never announcement of a programme of quantitative easing by the ECB was a huge moment in the European integration project and the — so far — ineffective efforts to reinvigorate stalling economies, but tomorrow’s election in Greece may be even more significant.

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Sack the gardaí who defied points order

HOW wonderful it would be to live long enough to hear a Government minister say, without fear or favour, “those who ignored, for invalid reasons, clear Government policy, a policy reiterated and communicated by their superiors, have been permanently removed from public service and will not be entitled to any work-related payment until they reach the national retirement age”.

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