IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

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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Early release sought - Recognising terrorism

MICHAEL McKEVITT, one of four men found liable for the 1998 Omagh bomb in a civil action taken by relatives of the dead, is coming towards the end of a 20-year jail term for directing terrorism. He was also convicted of membership of the Real IRA. He had a cancerous kidney removed in May.

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Lone parents’ allowances - Another U-turn

NOT so very long ago, Tánaiste Joan Burton ruled out cutting of allowances for single parents until a “gold-standard” childcare system was in place.

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Rushing through legislation - Irish Water charade continues

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his cabinet have done so many U-turns on Irish Water that they should consider taking dancing lessons.

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Transport links - Cork Airport flying high

After years in the doldrums, it looks like Cork Airport is on the cusp of flying high again.

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Baltimore deaths - Triple tragedy

From a balcony collapse in Berkeley, California, to slaughter in Tunisia and now to an horrific accident in West Cork, unspeakable tragedy has visited our shores over the past few weeks.

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Privatisation of Olympic Games - A lot more than Games at stake

IT may seem off-target to talk about the privatisation of the free-to-air broadcasting of the Olympic Games — still, despite everything, a magnificent international spectacle — at the very moment the great European project, and especially the unfortunate, vulnerable people of Greece, is facing its greatest challenge.

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