IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Steady figures

THIS week, an Irish Times political poll recorded a five-point increase in support for the main Government party, Fine Gael, suggesting the economic recovery is beginning to bear fruit — that theory is being translated into spending power.

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A less strident form of Catholicism

PEOPLE of a certain age will remember, though many have deliberately forgotten, how strident some Catholic churchmen were in the pronouncements they made about issues that had little or nothing to do with religious life or faith.

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Time parties united to oppose extremism

THERE has been a consistency to political polling over the last two or three years that suggests the next Dáil will be very different to any elected in at least 50 years. 

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Mental health system - Time for a radical overhaul

DESPITE the much-vaunted promise to cherish all the children of the nation equally, successive governments have been grossly negligent towards young people with mental health problems — the very children who deserve to be cherished above all others. 

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Taking action - Action finally on human rights

THERE is a certain satisfaction to be derived from convincing tardy politicians to take action on human rights issues. 

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Germanwings crash - Scary element

THE picture of a young man, believed to be 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, sitting calmly beside San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is a classic image of the proverbial ‘boy next door’.

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Irish Water billing - Muddying the waters even further

IT becomes harder by the day to divine what decision-makers at Irish Water are thinking.

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Alcohol awareness - Diageo boss steps down

NOT before time, the Diageo boss in Ireland, David Smith, has withdrawn from the board of an alcohol awareness campaign established last month and which the international drinks conglomerate is funding to the tune of €1m.

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Henry Shefflin’s retirement - A true superstar

IF hurling was an international game, there can be no doubt Henry Shefflin would share a pedestal with the likes of soccer star Lionel Messi of Barcelona and world number one golfer Rory McIlroy.

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Water charges - Like it or not, we will all have to pay

IT seems that the Government has finally accepted that if the water charge regime is to succeed and sustain its legitimacy, then they must establish a mechanism to collect the charge from those who can pay but refuse to.

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