IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Brexit ambitions outlined - May ignores EU founding principles

THE gods who order these things have a perverse sense of humour. 

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Alternative energy regulation - Guidelines are needed now

IT’S a quarter of a century since the Ireland’s first windfarm was established at Bellacorrick in Mayo yet we do not have the kind of guidelines for these projects — or solar energy projects either — that inspires confidence or, more importantly, trust in our planning process.

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Liberty and terrorism - A very fine line

THE conflict between individual liberties and measures needed to protect society are hardly ever resolved to universal satisfaction.

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Stormont election is called: Play with fire and you’ll get burnt

WHEN NI Secretary James Brokenshire called the second Stormont election in 10 months late yesterday he set in train a central event in a series of possibilities that defy reasonable prediction. 

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Mr Trump and reality collide: Germany responds to tariff threat

DONALD TRUMP’S world and reality collided yesterday when Germany responded to his threat to impose a 35% tariff on BMW cars. 

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Irrational calls: Buying and selling concert tickets

U2 seem to have weathered the tongue-in-cheek accusation that they have become the ultimate U2 tribute band by promising to revive 30-year Joshua Tree concerts next summer. 

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Making education more secular: Patronage a relic of an old dominance

THE divisive issue of school patronage is unlikely to lead to riots on the streets anytime soon but it is, nevertheless, symbolic of the friction generated when Ireland’s tectonic plates collide. 

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An extra €9bn needed for health: Tough warning we can’t ignore

WERE he alive, the extremely influential civil servant TK Whitaker, who died aged 100 just last week, would certainly have an opinion on the weekend assertion by HSE chief Tony O’Brien that we will need, over the next decade, to spend an extra €9bn on our health services to end hospital over-crowding.

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A deadly legacy: The lasting scourge of landmines

WAR leaves many legacies, none appealling. One keeps on killing long after the soldiers have gone home. Civillians are the primary victims.

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What a very sad end to the presidency of yes-we-can Obama

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”

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