IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Let’s not waste yet another crisis

One of the clutching-at-straws lines we used in the early stages of our economic collapse was that the calamity was too good a crisis to waste; the hope being that the failure was so great that the response, the unavoidable reform, would be on an equally dramatic scale.

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A flagship project for city’s rejuvenation

That more than half of Cork city centre’s biggest ever office development — the hugely impressive €50m One Albert Quay project — has been reserved just a month after ground was broken, and 16 months before the project is scheduled for completion, suggests a vote of confidence in the region that will generate real momentum in the economic recovery.

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A dog’s life ...

At this time every year, as the immediacy of Christmas turns normally pragmatic and sensible people into something altogether less so, animal welfare organisations make the very same appeal. Yet statistics suggest that their campaigns are not having the desired impact.

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Laws around domestic violence - It’s time to update laws

We may not jail women for going to volleyball matches but, as yesterday’s report from Women’s Aid suggests, we still have some way to go before we can say that this is an equal society where all citizens, irrespective of their gender, are as protected by the law as they might be.

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Real power -Corruption in Ireland

The perception that corruption plays a role in public affairs is as strong as our record in confronting white-collar crime is weak. 

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St Vincent de Paul appeal: The new poor are still with us

It is all very well for the Government to speak about an improving economy, and there is no doubt that Irish exports are up, domestic demand has begun to recover, and we are enjoying the kind of growth not seen for years.

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Irish Water: Levy cuts may be too little, too late

It is abundantly clear that the extent of the water charges backlash has caused the Government to panic to such an extent that it was prepared to offer almost anything to the electorate to quell the protests and let it get on with business.

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Domestic abuse: Male victims too

It has been a busy year for the Amen, the charity which helps male victims of domestic abuse.

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Our witnesses: A shared newspaper heritage

The work of understanding history — or the work of trying to understand history — has never been easier. 

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Concessions on water charges: Privatisation assurances not enough

Today’s conciliatory and humiliating Government announcements on Irish Water may be the defining moment for this Government. 

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