FERGUS FINLAY: Donohoe failed to put personal stamp on maiden budget speech

Back in 1967, on April 11 to be precise, the then minister for finance delivered a very long and very remarkable budget speech. 

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FERGUS FINLAY: For all our sakes, democracy must always trump nationalism

Fergus Finlay has never come across nationalism that seemed essentially to be based on snobbery. If there is one in the world, he thinks Catalan nationalism might qualify

 

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FERGUS FINLAY: In troubling times globally let’s focus and budget for our children

Early education is seen internationally as one of the keys to breaking the cycle of poverty — wouldn’t you think that a country that has one-in-nine of its children living in consistent poverty would finally start to put a value on the things that can break that cycle, writes Fergus Finlay.

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FERGUS FINLAY: One’s flying a steady course, the other is flying solo into turbulence

I hope O’Leary comes through this crisis... But I also hope he learns some humility, writes Fergus Finlay

 

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FERGUS FINLAY: The rebirth of rural Ireland is down to the hard work of women

One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is the drive and the creativity of people living and working in rural Ireland, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: Is Britain bordering on conceding that it will leave Northern Ireland?

The only logical solution... is for Britain to declare that it will withdraw from the North, writes Fergus Finlay.

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FERGUS FINLAY: We have the money and land to build houses — let’s do it Leo

We are raising a generation of children without hope because we are unwilling or unable to start building local authority houses again, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: The best and worst of public service, and brave man who taught us how to die

EVERYONE who knew Ross Coakley, especially as he approached the end of his life, respected and admired him, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: Student loans for higher fees encourages elitism in education

Every third level college in Ireland keeps the points for a number of their courses artificially high, with the points system nothing more than a rationing process, writes Fergus Finlay.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Presidents should fight for their right to hold highest post in land

It may, right now, seem a bit inconsequential, but we are going to choose a President
of Ireland next year. It will — at least it ought to — matter at the time.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Parents have learned the hard way that school system is underfunded

On average, it’s €355 for a child starting school — that’s more than €1,000 if you have three children, writes Fergus Finlay.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Leaders whose rule left nation in tatters deserve no honours

They decided to devote it all - all of the resources they inherited - to buying every election they possibly could, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: With special enterpreneurialism like this we are sure to survive

Weddings are one of the few places now wheere generations come together, says Fergus Finlay.

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