So, the Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin takes issue with the public service unions over some allowances which he contends are not part of the core pay and will be subject to review, (Howlin: Public service workers will see some perks stopped, Irish Examiner, Apr 26).
Thu, 03 May, 2012
THE North’s First Minister Peter Robinson, in opposing the state funding of Catholic education in the North recently, questioned the morality of segregated education there, saying “we cannot hope to move beyond our present community divisions while our young people are educated separately”.
Mon, 01 Nov, 2010
GIVEN that we live in a democratic republic where the rule of law should apply equally to all citizens, where culpability should be fairly apportioned, where parity of blame and punishment should be applied without fear or favour, I regard the decision of the taxing master to reduce a legal bill in a recent judicial review case by a whopping 82% as a welcome development.
Thu, 26 Aug, 2010
I WAS tempted to check the date of your edition that carried the report from Senator Liam Twomey (‘Lenihan slammed as speaker for Collins commemoration, August 12’) objecting to a “Fianna Fáil minister like Brian Lenihan” giving the oration at the Michael Collins commemoration in Béal na mBláth next Sunday.
Tue, 17 Aug, 2010
IN the aftermath of the Easter Rising in 1916 and the significant loss of life that ensued, the poet WB Yeats posed the question: “Did that play of mine send out certain men the English shot?” Yeats was referring to his 1902 play, Cathleen Ní Houlihan, which was overtly nationalist and republican in sentiment.
Fri, 19 Mar, 2010
REPORTS that GAA authorities have agreed to the formal recognition of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) is a welcome development, as is the report that they have dismissed a demand for a 5% share of gross income from all gate receipts, sponsorship and broadcast revenue.
Tue, 14 Jul, 2009
THE surprise expressed by Cobh “business chiefs” at the acceptance of an invitation to the Rev Ian Paisley to address the local chamber of commerce, and subsequent courtesy call on Cork City Hall, is matched by my surprise at the invitation being issued in the first instance (April 19).
Tue, 29 Apr, 2008
IN view of the decision by Social Development Minister and MLA Margaret Ritchie of the SDLP to pull public funding earmarked for loyalist areas in the North following the refusal of the UDA to decommission its arsenal of murderous weaponry, is it not incumbent on the Government here to pursue a similar line?
Thu, 25 Oct, 2007