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OPINION

Fee-paying pupils are collateral damage in phoney school class war

WHO created the fee-charging schools? The State, not parents speeding up to the school gates in red Ferraris and not Protestants in wide-brimmed, black hats.

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Delayed discharges - Cost over patient care?

With an overnight in hospital now costing more than a room at a five-star hotel, delayed discharges are draining the country's ailing health service of money it can ill afford, according to Home and Community Care Ireland, which represents private home care organisations.

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CSO wage report - Pay gains for public sector perplexing

There is both good news and some that can only be described as downright perplexing in the latest report on wage trends from the Central Statistics Office.

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LETTERS

Religious freedom

I wish to respond to the Muslim women's demand for a full apology and financial donation to a charity for not being allowed to publicly pray, as reported in the Irish Examiner (Aug 23).

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US had role in spread of chemical weapons

According to recently declassified CIA documents and interviews with former intelligence officials like retired Air Force Col Rick Francona, the US had firm evidence of Iraqi chemical attacks beginning in 1983.

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Pensioners paid high taxes in previous era

An article on Monday, Aug 19, in the Irish Examiner re the reduction of State pensions, will infuriate every OAP in the country who in the 1970s and '80s had more than 60% deducted from their wages with a combination of income tax and PRSI.

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Country was held to ransom by mortgage triads

In his article 'Stronger Action Needed', Tim Pat Coogan (Irish Examiner, Aug 22) blames corrupt and lazy politicians, senior civil servants, bankers, businessmen, lawyers, accountants and stockholders for Ireland's affliction. But he has overlooked the dreaded fiscal triads, who scoured city streets and rural roads seeking mortgagees.

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Talk of FF-FG coalition 'misguided'

Bill O'Herlihy and Mary O'Rourke were born about 15 years after the slaying of Michael Collins and the ravages of the brutal Civil War, both of which must inevitably influence their perception of the political landscape, ambition and sense of idealism.

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