IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

EU leaders should back Kenny on ECB

How demeaning it is to our democracy, and how chillingly illustrative of where power really lies, that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has had to intervene to request the European Central Bank to attend our banking inquiry.

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Such a hard lesson

The tragic deaths of eight people in a single car crash were recalled at Letterkenny Circuit Court this week when the driver of one of the cars involved, 26-year-old Shaun Kelly of Buncrana, Co Donegal, was sentenced to four years in prison with the last two years suspended for dangerous driving causing the deaths.

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Why do we tolerate this appalling abuse?

It was inevitable that the shocking abuse of residents uncovered at Áras Attracta in Swinford, a care home for adults with intellectual disabilities, was not an isolated case.

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Absent MEPs’ expenses - No show, no pay

Rather than be upset that members of the European Parliament might have their expenses cut by anything up to 50% because of poor attendance records, most people will wonder why they get any at all if they do not turn up for work.

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America and Cuba - Deal ends a half century of failure

The announcement, more than half a century and 11 White House presidents in the making, that Barack Obama has decided that America will end its aggressive economic isolation of Cuba and restore diplomatic relations, ends a tyranny that diminished America by sustaining poverty— and facilitating human rights abuses in Cuba — is a victory for pragmatic decency and considerable political courage.

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EU obesity ruling - Disabling yes, avoidable yes

Those who subscribe to the traditional, hard-nosed school of thought around personal responsibility and the consequences of ill-discipline will be at least bemused if not outraged by the European Court of Justice ruling that people who are obese could also be considered disabled.

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Abortion laws - Our greatest moral dilemma

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has proven himself to be a man of both courage and conviction when it comes to addressing the most controversial topics in Irish society.

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Oireachtas banking inquiry - We are all to blame for the boom to bust

Despite our predilection to blame the banks for everything bad, the reality is that, while our financial institutions were mostly responsible for our economic crash, they were by no means the only transgressors.

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Fish quotas deal - A good catch

Irish fishermen deserve credit for helping to conclude a deal with the EU commission on quotas by exercising restraint and commonsense.

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Click ‘n’ tell: Google knows all about us

Time was when you might be able to come to some sort of a judgement about a man if he knew what a jigger button was, for but now it seems his Google history is the tell-all Rosetta Stone to his life, loves, and interests.

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