IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Using the Earth’s resources - Unsustainable demands

Today is “Earth overshoot day” — the ever-earlier date on the calendar that marks the point in the year when we have consumed all of the resources the planet is capable of producing in a full year. 

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New consumer banking rights - Empowering

The EU directive that gives everyone living in Europe a right to access to a bank account must be welcomed. That it will give consumers a better opportunity to compare bank fees will make it even more welcome. How easy it will be to avail of the most advantageous rates remains to be seen.

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Race riots in Missouri - King would recognise this hatred

"A riot," said Martin Luther King, "is the language of the unheard."

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Student accommodation - Every cloud ...

Now that third-level college places have been offered to more than 40,000 students the scramble for accommodation approaches a climax. Competition is fierce and rents are daunting. Securing student accommodation represents a considerable burden for some families, especially those who have to fund more than one child at more than one location.

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Genocide in Iraq - Silence is hardly a good choice

When, in September, 2005 a Danish newspaper published cartoons depicting Mohammed and offended many Muslims there were violent protests and needless deaths around the world. The cartoonist was the subject of death threats.

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Abortion legislation - Issue is far from being resolved

No other issue is as divisive as abortion. You either, even if reluctantly, regard the procedure as a right or maybe a last option in extreme circumstances. Others regard it, and it seems that they always will, as an abomination — many people consider it an affront to their religious and social beliefs. There may be shades of grey on the issue but the middle ground is hardly less populated on any other issue.

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Greyhound racing - Facing an uncertain tomorrow

The greyhound racing industry— track racing not coursing — is struggling to make ends meet despite continued Government support worth something around €10m a year.

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Violence in Missouri - Lessons we might learn

The continuing violence in Ferguson, Missouri, is another sad reminder of how very deep-rooted race issues remain in one of the most integrated societies in the world.

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A valuable restoration - Good example

Today, as the decade of centenary celebrations continues apace, we report on a major conservation project on a Cork City landmark — the city’s National Monument.

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Sean Brady

Cardinal should have resigned long ago

There has been no surprise at the announcement that Cardinal Seán Brady has offered his resignation to Pope Francis. This was obligatory once he reached his 75th birthday yesterday. There are unlikely to be many regrets, because he should have resigned some years ago.

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