IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Transatlantic flights go-ahead - Cork Airport can soar if set free from DAA

THE decision by the US Department of Transportation to grant a permit to Norwegian Air International to operate a transatlantic Cork-Boston service is the most welcome news that Cork Airport has received in years.

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ESRI outlook for Irish economy - Sobering report must be heeded

THE latest ESRI medium-term outlook for the Irish economy is both reassuring and worrying. 

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HSE must prosecute wrongdoers - Hospital attacks

WALK into almost any emergency department in a state hospital and you will be met by posters prominently declaring that assaults or abusive behaviour towards staff will not be tolerated. It is not a pleasant sight but a necessary one.

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Facts are changing, so must our views

WE will know, early next week, if the fear and the disappointment that swept Donald Trump into the White House and that swept Britain — probably — out of the European Union were isolated game-changers or early warnings of a gathering storm.

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Sanity prevails in jail charade on fines

THE integrity of our prison system, and the respect in which it was generally held, were dangerously undermined by the fleeting but expensive imprisonment of offenders who refused to pay court-imposed fines.

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Diesel’s last hurrah?

THERE are at least 2,515,322 private cars on our roads.

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Focus must be on needs of patients - Healthcare decisions

For patients with life-altering illnesses, and for those who love them, this has been a heartening and disheartening week, depending on the luck of the diagnosis draw.

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Drink driving destroys lives - No excuses for just the one

It’s only the one. It’s only once a year. Sure you’ve had a big meal. And the roads are quiet out.

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Hard decisions - Child protection

In the past, social services faced criticism for not moving fast enough to protect children from abuse or neglect, but figures for the babies taken from their family each year raise the question of whether the other extreme is now the case.

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Bringing Bertie back into the fold - Fianna Fáil’s invite to rejoin party

“THERE’S nothing as ‘ex’ as an ex-taoiseach,” Jack Lynch once remarked. That has been certainly true of Bertie Ahern. Apart from running for the Presidency, there is nowhere for a former Taoiseach to go in public life in Ireland and remain central to national affairs.

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