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OPINION

All tax exemptions need regular review

TAX benefits are not for free. They have to be paid for by the taxpayer. Those receiving them need to show they are fulfilling a socially desirable goal.

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Labour inspectorate - New agency must be given teeth

THE principle of protecting workers' rights, a major plank of the national partnership talks, would be significantly advanced by the creation of a new super-agency to replace the current ineffectual system.

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Farming falls to ludicrous EU nitrates order

THE imminent farming crisis as a result of the nitrates directive is a far greater scandal than mere official mismanagement in Ireland.

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Stand with the Danes

WHY are Irish diplomats allowed to remain in countries where the Danish flag has been burnt?

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Apathy at root of homeless problem

By Shaun Connolly, Political CorrespondentAMID the countless positive things about the thrusting new Ireland we've all become so familiar with over the last decade of bewildering change, a few nagging questions keep popping into my head.

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Illegal dumping - Roadstone case should set precedent

THE unusually tough stance adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency in the Roadstone dumping controversy will be welcomed up and down the country, especially in scenic areas where cowboy operators have been tipping waste for years.

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Revelations could sink greyhound industry

THE unfortunate events recently could well sink the greyhound industry. Greyhounds have been a part of my life in a small way for over 40 years. Anyone can keep a greyhound, or a few, in their garden.

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Media should emulate legend of Danish king's wartime gesture

By Ryle DwyerIT is surprising to find Denmark at the centre of the international furore over the cartoons that have inflamed Muslim opinion because it has traditionally been one of those countries least associated with religious intolerance.

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Dáil committees are not the real thing

I BELIEVE Verona Ní Bhroinn, PRO for the Houses of the Oireachtas ('All in the line of duty,' Irish Examiner letters, February 9), completely missed the point in her response to my letter headlined 'TDs and MPs: how they rate' (Letters, February 1).

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Not so funny

THE RTÉ series Joy in the Hood was obscene. Many who performed in the so-called workshops were sucked in by Des Bishop's attempt to give them a chance in comedy.

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LETTERS

All tax exemptions need regular review

TAX benefits are not for free. They have to be paid for by the taxpayer. Those receiving them need to show they are fulfilling a socially desirable goal.

MORE

Farming falls to ludicrous EU nitrates order

THE imminent farming crisis as a result of the nitrates directive is a far greater scandal than mere official mismanagement in Ireland.

MORE

Stand with the Danes

WHY are Irish diplomats allowed to remain in countries where the Danish flag has been burnt?

MORE

Revelations could sink greyhound industry

THE unfortunate events recently could well sink the greyhound industry. Greyhounds have been a part of my life in a small way for over 40 years. Anyone can keep a greyhound, or a few, in their garden.

MORE

Dáil committees are not the real thing

I BELIEVE Verona Ní Bhroinn, PRO for the Houses of the Oireachtas ('All in the line of duty,' Irish Examiner letters, February 9), completely missed the point in her response to my letter headlined 'TDs and MPs: how they rate' (Letters, February 1).

MORE

Not so funny

THE RTÉ series Joy in the Hood was obscene. Many who performed in the so-called workshops were sucked in by Des Bishop's attempt to give them a chance in comedy.

MORE