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OPINION

Fás scandal - Resignations should have come sooner

YESTERDAY'S announcement by Fás chairman Peter McLoone that the organisation's 17-member board will resign at its next meeting will be loudly applauded from one end of the country to the other.

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Farming in crisis - Time to shout stop

FARMERS have often been accused, and with good reason, of crying wolf over the state of Ireland's agri-industry.

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LETTERS

Five points worthy of consideration

CONSIDER 1 ... In June 1992, we were told if we voted for Maastricht Europe would give us 800 million ECUs (European Currency Units) The ink was barely dry and we discovered it was only 600m ECUs.

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Treaty does not change tax regime

IN his recent letter headlined 'EU taxing issue', Brian McDermott claimed that article 311 of the Lisbon Treaty will give the EU power to establish new categories of own resources and therefore power to raise an EU tax.

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Six-figure politicians are not listening, so they need to be sent a second reminder

THE twin Government mantra over the past nine months has been around how they "are working hard" and "taking difficult decisions".

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Lisbon: binding legal document needs no quotation marks

MAUREEN O'Donnell's misconceptions on the Lisbon guarantees and her reckless casting of Angela Merkel as a modern-day Hitler (Letters, September 7) cannot be left unchecked.

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As a Catholic vehemently opposed to abortion, Cóir does not speak for me

RTÉ radio is to be commended for their investigative piece on the anti-Lisbon group Cóir last Sunday (September 6).

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Minor cuts

THE reductions in TDs' and senators' allowances are miserable.

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Backing horses

SURELY the funding of €61 million of taxpayers' money in 2008 to Horse Racing Ireland finally exemplifies the often used, but perhaps not always grasped, expression — "That's a bit Irish".

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Ministers should learn from the real achievers

THE forthcoming inaugural Global Irish Economic Forum, which is the brainchild of the visionary economist David McWilliams, is to be welcomed.

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Knowledge economy is the height of ignorance

SO the OECD has published its latest report comparing the education systems in various countries.

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Adoption – not abortion – is the best way

YOU report (September 1) that "Ireland is in the midst of a baby boom with the highest number of births in more than a century".

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Why the unseemly rush to establish NAMA?

WHY the rush to establish NAMA?

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