IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

No place for secrecy in tobacco talks - EC fails transparency test

It is disheartening that, as David Cameron negotiates with the European Union to try to reshape Britain’s relationship with the bloc, the European Commission should offer a perfect example of how the EU and the EC have become so remote, untrustworthy, and symbolic of a growing democratic deficit.

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A plague on both their houses - CIRA claim drug war murder

The dangerous, murky world of drug gangs building and protecting their empires is hardly an environment where integrity and honesty are everyday characteristics. Competition is cut-throat, literally and metaphorically, and dominance is the objective, rather than integrity. Add to that explosive mix the dangerous delusions of those who style themselves as ‘dissident republicans’ and you have a heady cocktail of the insane and the dangerous.

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Think ahead - Preparing for the inevitable

Advocacy group Age Action has called for a ministry to represent the interests of older people in the next government, a call driven by the changing demographics of Ireland’s population. It is estimated that Ireland’s population of older people will rise to something around 1.5m over the next three decades.

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Resources key in this conflict too - Challenging gangland killers

The audacity of the assassins who murdered David Byrne, 32, a member of an Irish-led crime cartel based in southern Spain, in a northside Dublin hotel during a weigh-in for a boxing match last week, was as breathtaking as it was challenging. It also raises fears about the likelihood of a resurgence in gangland tit-for-tat murders.

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Community and city diminished - A synagogue closes its doors

An enriching and welcome tradition came to an end in Cork this weekend when the city’s synagogue closed ending a relationship that, in this iteration at least, stretched over 135 years.

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Kenny’s pledge - Airport link to America delayed

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s weekend commitment to enthusiastically support efforts to resolve the outstanding details around the long-awaited Cork-Boston air link are more than welcome but they must lead to a successful conclusion for the essential facility and the region. Electioneering must be turned into achievement and preferrably before a single vote is cast.

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Adi Roche a real hero of Chernobyl children

Like a post-apocalyptic horror movie, a decaying and rusting amusement park ferris wheel is all that remains of the Soviet Union’s dream of non-military nuclear power expansion.

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Taoiseach finally rules out Lowry

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has finally ruled out making any deal with Independent TD Michael Lowry in establishing a future minority government.

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Another river tragedy

Considering the number of coastal drownings and accidents that have occurred over the past year, most people in Ireland are now aware of the danger that high winds, high waves, and rough seas pose for offshore boaters.

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A ‘big house’ put up for sale: Strong case for intervention

During the War of Independence, many of the ‘big houses’ dotting our coutryside were razed because they were symbols of the forces that regarded most Irish people as second-class citizens in their own coutry. Most of these houses represented privilege beyond the imagination, certainly beyond the reach, of the great majority of people living in Ireland.

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