IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

There’s no alternative to resourcing Health

THE healthcare directive introduced in 2014 to provide for medical treatment in other countries of the European Union, has been used by 535 Irish people since it was implemented. 

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Fitting tributes to an exemplary politician

PETER BARRY was widely regarded as the best leader Fine Gael never had. He served the party, his constituency, and the country loyally during 28 years in the Dáil, spanning four decades.

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Push for Pat Hickey’s bail

AFTER an interview extending over four hours on Thursday Rio police said Irish Olympic officials, Kevin Kilty and Stephen Martin, had co-operated fully and were very helpful.

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Axing USC - Rash pledge was a blatant political ploy

AS the old saying goes, there is no such thing as a free lunch. That truism certainly applies to Fine Gael’s much-vaunted plan to abolish the iniquitous universal social charge (USC) by 2020. 

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We must be able to trust doctors - Better oversight of practitioners

MOST people implicitly trust their doctor, which probably explains why, relatively speaking, the Medical Council receives so few complaints about them. With millions of patients attending local GPs, it is fair to say that a total of 369 complaints about doctors is not a lot.

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Harbour plan is disappointing - Cork left waiting

COMMUNITIES around Cork Harbour will be bitterly disappointed to learn that the €61m budget for cleaning up the old Irish Steel plant on Haulbowline, an unsightly source of toxic pollution going back decades, will not be enough to transform the site into a major public recreation amenity. For years, they have campaigned to see its potential fully realised.

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UK report on radicalisation - Global tech giants must do more

IN a report published today after a 12-month inquiry the UK Home Affairs Committee warns that social media giants such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are “consciously failing” to combat the use of their sites to promote terrorism. 

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Olympics tickets scandal inquiry - Co-operation is a civic duty

SPORTS Minister Shane Ross asked for submissions from the other political parties about the best way to deal with the inquiry into the controversy over the Olympic tickets.

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Web propriety - Maynooth seminary

IT is not only the select committee of home affairs in Britain that is worried about the internet. 

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Garda code of ethics - Guarding against corruption

MOST of the items highlighted in the new draft code of ethics for An Gárda Síochána are blindingly obvious, but it is significant that it is necessary to include them, because there have been indications in recent years that some members of the force have become confused about where their ultimate loyalty lies.

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