IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Scotland’s day of reckoning - Another terrible beauty born?

Tomorrow the people of Scotland will vote on those most powerful and seductive ideas — the freedom to manage their own affairs and the intoxicating prospect of ending a relationship with a once-brutal and dominant neighbour that Scottish nationalists have, for centuries, described as exploitative, limiting, outdated, unwelcome, and a tarnished relic of a kind of Rudyard Kipling imperialism no longer acceptable, in Europe at least.

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The Dáil resumes - Make sceptics eat their words

The Dáil resumes after the summer today and, as Gerard Howlin puts it so succinctly elsewhere on this page, it does so “serene in the knowledge that alone of the five main legislative assemblies on these islands, it is impervious to the possibility of effective change”.

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Close gap or prepare for social chaos - EU report on social inequity

Any country, especially one as rich as this, where the capital’s city council is “seriously looking” at building prefabs on derelict sites to house homeless families probably does not need an outside agency to warn it that destructive and dangerous social inequity is growing.

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We must do more to help - Migrants feared murdered

Yesterday, as asylum seekers protested over the very difficult conditions and the inordinate delays they face in direct provision centres right across the country, reports, as yet unconfirmed, that about 500 migrants fleeing from North Africa had been murdered by human traffickers who sank their boat following a dispute, emerged. Two survivors were the source of the story published by Maltese media.

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Brady is right - U2’s deal with Apple

Musician Paul Brady’s criticism of U2’s $100m (€77.3m) — reputedly — deal with Apple to release their new album free to iTunes users will resonate with anyone whose work can be accessed through the internet without payment.

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A new set of Garda allegations - Immediate action is essential

If weekend reports that gardaí are still cancelling penalty points for law-breaking  drivers are true, and there is absolutely no reason to imagine that they are not, then our police force has become a sorry, dysfunctional and, though it is tragic and frightening to have to use these descriptions, a corrupt and out-of-control force.

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Democracy disdained - The right to vote is a privilege

In a week that will culminate, in Scotland at least, with the most profound and far-reaching  expression  of democracy,  it is disheartening to learn that nearly one-in-three - 30% - of   Irish people aged between 18 and  25 are not registered to vote.

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Welcome and Unwelcome visitors - Go Find One

The exceptional summer weather stretching into autumn has brought unusual visitors to our shores.

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Ian Paisley: The bigot who died a peacemaker

Nearly every culture clings to the idea of redemption, because without that prospect, whether it is real or not, it would almost be too hard to be human.

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Undermined for telling the truth - Health minister rebuked

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s insistence that the real focus of his rebuke to recently-appointed Health Minister Leo Varadkar was the negativity — or objectivity if you prefer — that shaped the briefing report given to the new minister by civil servants is not credible.

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