IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

We must find moral courage to do more

THERE are many, very many, legitimate reasons to be concerned about an influx of desperate refugees into a small country struggling to provide — or establish — reliable social services but none of them carry enough weight to give us an excuse to avoid doing what is so obviously the right thing.

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Lack of adequate policing creates dangerous void in rural Ireland

THE outrage generated by savage attacks on people, especially old people living alone, in rural areas is a hardy annual and the issue has been exacerbated by the closure of so many country Garda stations.

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A very good idea to help in obesity battle

SO many social, health, and environmental issues are rooted in the food we eat that it is time to reconsider our habits.

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North in crisis - War of words better than the real thing

A DUP delegation met Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers in Belfast yesterday to discuss the furore sparked by the recent murder of IRA man Kevin McGuigan in the city and a PSNI assessment that Provisional IRA members may have been involved.

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A matter of extreme urgency - Rural Ireland’s suicide crisis

HOLLYWOOD actor Jeremy Irons is to unveil a memorial today in Waterville, Co Kerry, to those who took their own lives. Located in the town’s community gardens, its purpose is to raise awareness of the extent of suicide in Ireland and in rural areas, in particular. 

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A dangerous occupation - Factory farms

THE Health and Safety Authority and gardaí are investigating a farming accident in which a 14-year-old boy died in Carlow on Wednesday morning.

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White Paper on Defence - Why we need a credible defence

THE Government is to provide new and upgraded equipment for the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps, including new aircraft and ships.

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Peace process in crisis - IRA’s ‘pilot light’ was left running

FORMER Justice Minister Michael McDowell may have taken many ordinary Irish citizens by surprise by revealing that the total abolition of the IRA was never part of the Northern Ireland peace process.

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Services in disarray - Mental ill-health

KATHLEEN LYNCH, the minister with responsibility for mental health, is confident she can secure extra funding in next October’s budget for services under her control.

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Gerry Adams’ credibility - Far too many denials to be plausible

THE anger and sense of betrayal building around the probability that the IRA still exists in one form or another is entirely justifiable. That anger is exacerbated by the fact that one of the central players in the current debate has little credibility when it comes to being trustworthy in these matters.

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