IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

2016: a jamboree or a real challenge?

This weekend thousands of re-enactors, that wonderful blend of the theatrical, the fantastic, the historical, the childish and the borderline weird, will imagine themselves heroic defenders of the fatherland as they mark the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf.

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End drink sales ban

Like so many things in life the symbolism of something can far outweigh the impact it actually has on our lives.

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Anglo Irish Bank trial - Landmark verdicts a triumph

Deep-seated fears in the public mind, verging almost on suspicion, that bankers would ‘get away with it’ after being directly involved in the kind of financial crisis which brought this country to its knees, have finally been dispelled.

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Ukraine crisis - Putin claim is chilling

However superficial the comparisons between Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Putin may appear, the chilling similarities between their mutual strategies have become more ominous by the day.

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Water rates skirmish - The pace of reform is uninspiring

Yesterday’s Cabinet skirmish over water charges, if that is what it really was, can be interpreted in several ways.

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Sports funding - Investment in health

Yesterday’s announcement by the Irish Sports Council that it will spend €7.4m to support major field sports’ governing bodies — the FAI, GAA, and IRFU — is very welcome but it would be even more welcome had more money been available.

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Sport on TV: He who pays the piper...

Yesterday’s announcement that TV3 has secured the rights for all 48 games in next year’s Rugby World Cup is another blow for public service broadcaster RTÉ. It rubs salt into the wound left by the divisive GAA decision to sell a number of significant inter-county matches to pay-to-view broadcaster Sky.

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Budget prospects: Discipline remains essential

It would be nice to imagine that the good-cop bad-cop routine around yesterday afternoon’s fiscal policy document was no more than the transparent choreography usual at these events. It would be nice to imagine that it is possible — and prudent — to plan for an October budget that reflects the growing sense of optimism around the economy.

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Child protection: Better late than never

The generosity in the consoling line — better late than never — is stretched to its utmost by the fact that it has taken 21 years to introduce child protection legislation. They are, even if tremendously overdue, more than welcome.

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Climate change: How many warnings do we need?

We have “at most two decades to save the world”.
Former president Mary Robinson

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