IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Syria aid appeal: More is needed

A MAJOR UN donors’ conference that aims to raise billions of dollars for Syria has opened in Kuwait, with experts warning of an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe.

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Rights of persons with disabilities: Time to practise what we preach

MONDAY marked the eighth anniversary of Ireland signing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, yet the Coalition has stubbornly neglected to make it part of our domestic law, despite the fact it was part of the Programme for Government in 2011.

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Children and family bill: Getting close to cherishing all children

IT is probably no exaggeration to say that the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2015, which passed through the Seanad on Monday night, is the most comprehensive overhaul of the law on children and family relationships since the foundation of the State.

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Unacceptable: Tackling domestic violence

EVENTS of recent days exposed what can unfold when a violent, sadistic person targets a vulnerable woman.

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Remembering Easter 1916: Was the sacrifice justified?

THE Government will today publish the long-awaited details of how it proposes to officially mark the 1916 Easter Rising.

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Public sector pay claims: Deal with other priorities first

THE Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (ASGI) have set the pace but, as the unions’ conference season gets into full swing over Easter, union after union will argue for pay rises. 

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Increase fines: Ocean stocks in jeopardy

THERE seems to be a growing sense that the worst excesses of commercial fishing on our oceans and their fish stocks cannot be policed in a way that reflects the threat huge, modern trawlers, equipped with state-of-the-art fish-finding technology, pose to once-abundant species.

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Lord of the Dance to retire: Flatley leaves the limelight

WANTED: Charismatic, unrelenting, imaginative, high-energy, world-class dancer (35 toe-taps a second is the required standard) to help change how a staid traditional idiom is perceived.

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Two victories for relentless policework: Cases show best side of gardaĆ­

EVEN the most ardent, one-eyed champion of An Garda Síochána would have to concede that the force’s credibility took a battering over the penalty points scandal and how two whistleblowers — Sergeant Maurice McCabe and former Garda John Wilson — were treated so poorly by the force’s officer corps. 

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Steady figures

THIS week, an Irish Times political poll recorded a five-point increase in support for the main Government party, Fine Gael, suggesting the economic recovery is beginning to bear fruit — that theory is being translated into spending power.

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