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OPINION

Auditing GPs - Doctors must not avoid scrutiny

WITH pressure growing on Government to give taxpayers better value for the money being poured into the bottomless pit of the health service, it makes much sense to audit the performance of doctors.

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Bird flu - Officials in a flap inspire no confidence

THE bewildered response of officialdom to the reported finding of a dead swan in Co Waterford does not inspire confidence in Ireland's preparedness to cope with the threat of bird flu.

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President visits world's worst sectarian state

I WAS dismayed that President Mary McAleese addressed an economic forum at which women were screened off in Saudi Arabia.

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Stem-cell scandal

LAST December during EU talks, Austria, Italy, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Malta united to oppose the use of European taxpayers' money for destructive human embryonic research. To our eternal shame, our Government refused to join them.

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Why promote beef from South America?

I WAS appalled to hear that South American beef was championed during a cookery item on a RTÉ television programme aired recently

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Name game

THE Garda Reserve will never catch on.

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Top of the polls with God on their side

THE fundamentalist organisers of the 'Free the DUP from Secularism' campaign need have no fear that the party's main movers are out of touch with the Lord.

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Promise kept at last?

NOW that the State delivery company is going into banking, will I be believed if I say "the cheque is in the post?"

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Let's put an end to Ugandan aid

THE president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, a great friend of the Irish Government, is attempting to make himself president for a third time.

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Free speech withers under a storm of religious rage and historical lies

By Rónán MullenIS FREE speech dying in the western world? First you had the Muslim cartoons saga and the remarkable spectacle of liberals everywhere finding a new respect for religion.

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LETTERS

President visits world's worst sectarian state

I WAS dismayed that President Mary McAleese addressed an economic forum at which women were screened off in Saudi Arabia.

MORE

Stem-cell scandal

LAST December during EU talks, Austria, Italy, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Malta united to oppose the use of European taxpayers' money for destructive human embryonic research. To our eternal shame, our Government refused to join them.

MORE

Why promote beef from South America?

I WAS appalled to hear that South American beef was championed during a cookery item on a RTÉ television programme aired recently

MORE

Name game

THE Garda Reserve will never catch on.

MORE

Top of the polls with God on their side

THE fundamentalist organisers of the 'Free the DUP from Secularism' campaign need have no fear that the party's main movers are out of touch with the Lord.

MORE

Promise kept at last?

NOW that the State delivery company is going into banking, will I be believed if I say "the cheque is in the post?"

MORE

Let's put an end to Ugandan aid

THE president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, a great friend of the Irish Government, is attempting to make himself president for a third time.

MORE