IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Northern Ireland at the polls - Decades of real progress in jeopardy

FANTASY has all but achieved parity of esteem with reality in political debate, so maybe it’s possible to use it, even if a nightmarish kind, to make a point.

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97% of landlords fail test - End home rental exploitation

It has long been suggested that our obsession with owning our homes is a cultural insecurity left over from the days when we were a colonised people, when the idea of a secure home of your own only existed underneath a gravestone. 

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Threat to EU solidarity - Must do better...

The decision by Viktor Orban to make it more difficult for immigrants to enter Hungary epitomises the greatest challenge facing the EU. How does it, how do we, deal with immigration? 

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Establishment avoids real issues as Trumpism advances

A WEEKEND opinion poll shows Sinn Féin is enjoying its strongest support in over a year. 

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Is weedkiller a cancer threat?

YOU don’t have to be a member of Greenpeace to understand that chemicals thought of as game-changers when introduced — DDT or Thalidomide say — might, in the fullness of time, be viewed differently. The law of unintended consequences applies to chemicals in a very forceful way.

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Ireland playing catch-up when it comes to releasing official records

IN an environment where opposing traditions sustain their animosity by clinging to very different versions of the past, access to historical documents assumes a particular importance. 

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Oscars are the apex of glitzy marketing

IN a world often too glum, in a world where scepticism is increasingly a plausible reaction to nearly any suggestion, we use escapism as a refuge. We use it as a safety valve so we might not, as Col Brandon threatened in Sense and Sensibility, run mad. 

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Cardinal Connell's legacy prompts a challenging question

CARDINAL Desmond Connell, who died earlier this week aged 90, was buried yesterday. 

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Hoteliers cash in on low Vat rate

THE hotel sector has very favourable Vat arrangements and has for generations been a low-pay industry. That suggests the sector expects to advance while having comparatively low tax bills as well as low staff costs.

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Pollution fines need to be stronger as minority flout environment rules

THIS week’s story, that it is necessary to put cameras on waste collection trucks to identify those who abuse the free waste recycling scheme by smuggling black-bin rubbish into green bins, says a lot about Ireland and not too much of it is admirable. It does though touch on a common theme.

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