IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Allez Paulie: A tribute to Paul O’Connell

IN a country more than willing to celebrate great sportsmen and women, very few have made such a positive and inspiring impression as Paul O’Connell, the Young Munsters, Munster, Ireland, British and Irish Lions forward, and leader among leaders. 

More

Our parliament cannot be silenced

WHEN a person stands for election to any forum they can expect a considerable degree of scrutiny. Their objectives are questioned. Their record and abilities are examined in an intrusive and unforgiving way. If they have skeletons in the cupboard, even very small ones, they will be dragged into the full, merciless glare of public judgment and criticism.

More

Remember atrocities, but do not live in hate

IT seems tragic that none of us on this small island can fully escape the atrocities of the past or that we cannot live beyond the cold, dark shadow cast by the memories of the terrible wrongs inflicted by one community on the other.

More

Banking inquiry: Toothless regulators

THERE was little enough unexpected in the evidence given by former financial regulator Patrick Neary to the Banking Inquiry yesterday. 

More

Animal welfare: Time to be considered, considerate

THE link between the very welcome news that there has been a 25% fall in the number of dogs destroyed in Irish pounds in the last year and a cattle feedlot in Broken Bow, Nebraska, one that can accommodate up to 85,000 cattle at any one time, may seem tenuous but the same issue is at the core of both figures: Animal welfare and the code of ethics we apply when dealing with domestic animals — how we treat the inhabitants of this planet that we fawn over or may eventually eat.

More

Death sentence: Choosing between cruelties

IT is a core belief of modern, vaguely liberal democracies that it is wrong to execute a person because of a crime they have committed, or at least one they been convicted of.

More

Fifa corruption investigations: Elections should be cancelled

IT would be hard to exaggerate the social, political and cultural importance of sport. And given soccer’s universal appeal, the already questionable image of the game has again been blackened by the astonishing events in Zurich where criminal investigations into suspected corruption have been opened by Swiss police concerning the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively.

More

Corporal punishment: Ban this violence

WHY is Ireland invariably found guilty of not signing charters which confer social rights on individuals?

More

Aer Lingus sale deal: Hard to dispel fears of workers

FOLLOWING two days of sterile debate, nobody should be surprised when the Dáil votes today to sell off the Government’s 25% stake in Aer Lingus to the British airline investment group IAG. Sterile because this crucial debate began nearly nine years ago when the other 75%was sold by the previous Fianna Fáil administration in October 2006.

More

Homelessness crisis: Moral challenge

THERE have been so many warnings about the housing and homelessness crisis that the sense of urgency needed to confront the problem might waiver. 

More