IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Dirty work at the boundary - Time to close this tainted chapter

‘If Christopher Columbus had an advisory committee, he would probably still be at the dock.’ US Supreme Court justice, Arthur Goldberg

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Healthy food for schools - New standards

A number of government departments have combined to cook up a menu of mandatory nutrition standards for meals provided in state schools. 

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Merkel returns to power - Germany votes for safe hands

Germany has spoken and, as ever since 1945, it sends in its election results mixed messages, thanks in part to a constitution designed to prevent one party getting an overall majority in the Bundestag.

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Inaction on pensions cannot continue

There are very few areas where the report-to-inaction ratio is as disappointing as in pension reform. 

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Natural gas escape in Mayo and Galway homes

The first reaction to the news that odourless gas was pumped into homes in Mayo and Galway must be relief that nobody was injured as a consequence. 

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End Dickensian worker exploitation

The election of Donald Trump, Brexit, the rise of Marine Le Pen, and, maybe to a lesser degree, the fragmentation of the Dáil, are all a consequence of so many workers believing that the system they had supported all of their working lives has betrayed them.

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Learning hard lessons - Time to put a brake on car debt spiral?

WE all too easily blame fate for the misfortunes that afflict us. Fate is a convenient catchall that hides behind the fatalism underpinning the Calvinists’ Westminster Confession of Faith which declares that our lives are “freely and unchangeably ordained whatsoever comes to pass”.

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Conflicting messages - Farming and climate change

THERE seem to be conflicting messages in the Irish Examiner/ICMSA opinion poll on how farming contributes to climate change.

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Rainbow nation - The changing faces of Ireland

THE latest tranche of census results shows that there has been a drop in the number of non-Irish living here.

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A test of character for Varadkar - Will he be a chairman or a chief?

SINCE the foundation of the State, we have had a succession of taoisigh with various modus operandi, some prepared to work with those in opposition in a collegiate manner, others preferring to take the confrontational route.

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