IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Restaurants’ pay plea leaves a sour taste

EVERY now and then an individual or an organisation says something that shows them in a poor light that, in the fullness of time, they might come to regret. 

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Inaction is dangerous and utterly delusional

TOMORROW, Hungary votes on whether or not it will be bound by the European Union’s quota system for refugees. The question is simple: “Do you want the European Union to be able to mandate the obligatory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens to Hungary even without the approval of the national assembly?

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Growing concern

THE warning from the Central Bank that we are returning to the habits and excesses that undid us — if that is dramatic enough a description — almost a decade ago, must give us pause for thought. 

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Cold Ireland - Ireland to deport 4,000

Ireland is expected to refuse entry to around 4,000 people this year. 

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Volunteers pay levy for good deeds - Compo culture

Volunteerims supports some of the best human endeavours. That truth was celebrated earlier this week at the Tidy Towns awards and some weeks ago at the uplifting Paralympics in Brazil. 

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Why exacerbate victims’ agony? - Minister decries ‘shameful’ role

When Health Minister Simon Harris yesterday said that the treatment of women who suffer tragedies during childbirth is “quite shameful” and “completely unacceptable”, he returned to a theme raised by HSE general Tony O’Brien when he addressed an Oireachtas health committee last December.

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In praise of GAA amateur status - Sam Allardyce scandal

Like art, music, and literature, sport has the ability to inspire, enhance, and in many other ways exalt the lives not just of participants but also those of a more sedentary disposition who enjoy the spectacle of performers exhibiting the best of human physical achievement.

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Use business to make the argument - Proposed all-island Brexit talks

Remember ‘Ulster Says No’? That was the slogan of a mass campaign by unionists in Northern Ireland against the 1985 Anglo Irish Agreement which, for the first time, gave the Irish government an institutional role in the governance of the North. It was led by DUP leader Ian Paisley who also opposed the Good Friday Agreement 14 years later.

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Path of peace - Death of Shimon Peres

The death of Shimon Peres marks the departure of the last major figure of Israel’s founding generation. Whether he will be remembered as a peacemaker or a warmonger depends on which side of the Middle East conflict he is viewed.

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Extend to all - Tax break for returning emigrants

PUBLIC debate in the days and weeks leading to budget day is traditionally enlivened by Government figures floating ideas they are unsure of or ones they want to generate more support for. This year is no exception.

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