IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Asylum policy - Opt-outs make reform a cop-out

The European Commission this week unveiled an overhaul of the European Union’s asylum policy in an effort to share the burden of hosting refugees more evenly among member states.

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Baby discovery - Echoes of a disturbing past

ANYONE with a trace of humanity must feel a mixture of shock, horror, and sadness at the discovery of the body of a newborn girl at a recycling plant in Co Wicklow.

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Michael O’Leary comments - Akin to Trump

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary is not one to mince his words, but his verbal assault on cyclists was, even for him, over the top. Exhibiting all the restraint of Donald Trump, Mr O’Leary told a conference in Dublin on Wednesday that cyclists “should be taken out and shot”.

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Government deal - Devil is in the lack of details

THEY say the devil is in the detail, Well, that certainly applies to the lack of clarity in a key part of the document issued by Fianna Fáil on the deal brokered with Fine Gael to facilitate a minority government.

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US presidential race - Confounding the critics

DONALD Trump continues to confound his critics. 

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Mental health - Olivia O’Leary is brave

HATS off to Olivia O’Leary.

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Undocumented entrants - Regularising migrants is a no-brainer

The original wording of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic guarantees fundamental rights and promises to “cherish all the children of the nation equally”.

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Future education policies - New thinking for better skills

The latest report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) shows the education system is continuing to produce high quality graduates and there is an increasing demand for those graduates at home.

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Decriminalising drug users - A new strategy

As revealed in yesterday’s Irish Examiner, a confidential report on Ireland’s drugs strategy recommends that those found in possession of illegal drugs for personal use be cautioned rather than prosecuted by the gardaí.

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Government formation talks - No deal thus far a cause for alarm

Like the tide, the prospect of Fine Gael forming a minority government by Thursday, a deadline set more in hope than in stone by Simon Coveney, receded before talks had even begun yesterday morning between Fine Gael ministers and a group of six Independent TDs whose votes are vital to prop up the tottering party. 

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