IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Carnage in Gaza: Playing games with a real tragedy

The members of any representative political institution, elected or merely nominated, are entrusted with that body’s integrity and reputation, its sense of purpose and its sense of possibility.

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Callely jailed over fraud: An inevitable downfall

Former Fianna Fáil junior minister Ivor Callely, who was sent to jail yesterday over fraudulent mobile phone expenses claims, came, maybe even unjustly, to epitomise the hubris and disdain a certain type of politician expressed so very freely for what most people consider decent, common-garden honesty. His arrogance was as unfettered and boundless as his character was transparent.

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A proclamation for 2016 - Opportunity to rekindle our idealism

This weekend saw one of the first of many celebrations to mark the centenary of events that culminated in the Easter Rising of 1916.

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Russia’s ace card - Dependency untenable

Attempts to impose sanctions on Russia in the wake of the MH17 murders in Ukraine have been utterly ineffective and will remain so, because Europe is so dependent on Russian energy.

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Rape conviction rate offers no protection

The Annual Report of the Courts Service makes disturbing reading in relation to rape cases. During 2013, the Central Criminal Court dealt with a total of 567 rape cases.

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US Congress, not us, blocking tax reform

In the course of a strong attack on American businesses suspected of moving off shore to avoid taxes, US president Barrack Obama specifically mentioned Ireland as one of the havens during a television interview on the business network CNBC on Thursday.

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Israel’s militarism - Obama must curb Gaza atrocities

As our bloody history shows, and as its legacy never allows us forget, our capacity to inflict atrocity after atrocity on each other is almost boundless.

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Bank debt relief - A chastening assertion

Yesterday’s assertion by German MP and economic policy spokesman for Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU party, Dr Joachim Pfeiffer, that we have "no chance" of getting a deal on the €64bn used to rescue insolvent banks is at the very least chastening.

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HEALTH AND IRELAND - Required reading for new minister

Where you live in Ireland can have a fundamental bearing on your health.

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Party collections - Gombeenism at its worst

There is no more subtle form of blackmail than church-gate collections by political parties — especially in rural Ireland. Unsurprisingly, the anonymity of urban areas means people are less vulnerable to badgering at the church gate on Saturday night or Sunday morning.

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