IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

So disheartening - Hospital overcrowding record

IT must be terribly disheartening for those involved in trying to reform our health services to have to acknowledge that overcrowding in hospital emergency departments and wards has increased by 51%, when compared with the same month last year.

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Compromise only realistic possibility - Greek crisis continues

DESPITE the Athens euphoria that followed Sunday’s “No” vote, and despite the resignation of the unclubbable Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis in a flurry of self-righteous claptrap, the weary, battered and bruised people of Greece are, more or less, in the exact same postion they were this day last week — except they have even less cash.

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Contemptible arrogance - Clerys liquidation

IF the Greek crisis shows international capitalism in its very worst light then the scandalous treatment of Clerys workers by that company’s new owners is a perfect example of the abuse of financial power at a domestic level. Yesterday the High Court confirmed the appointment of joint liquidators to the company which once operated Clerys.

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Allegations on Nama sale: Credibility stretched

NEARLY every parish in Ireland has a version of Independent TD Mick Wallace’s startling Dáil revelations about the sale in 2014 to Cerberus Capital Management of Nama’s Northern Ireland loan book. 

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A mother’s anguish: A nightmare

IN a country as susceptible to brainwashing as any — after all, we had a notorious Republican described as a political prisoner just last week — we should listen carefully to the words of Radhia Manai.

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Lansdowne Road pension deal: Increases strengthen inequities

AS any court functionary will confirm, the lower levels of our justice system would have far less to do if, like those socially peculiar countries Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, we banned alcohol.

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Europe must do all it can to avert calamity

THE people of Greece arrive at a crossroads tomorrow, even if it seems that all roads lead to more or less the same unattractive, unavoidable destination.

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Child care a duty, not a passing whim

THERE can hardly be a country in the world better placed than this one to understand the need, the absolute obligation, to have robust and effective child protection services and policies in place.

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Such unusual urgency

IT is hard to think of another issue that was so very quickly brought before an Oireachtas committee as last Wednesday’s anti-water-charge protests at Leinster House that involved delays for some politicians leaving or entering the Houses of the Oireachtas.

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Banking inquiry testimony - Where are the laws to curb banks?

THE banking inquiry hearings of the last two days have reminded us, like old, slightly embarassing wedding photographs, that the past is not always as we might wish it to be.

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