IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Broadband plan - Going backward

The National Broadband Plan was launched to much fanfare in 2012. The scheme promised to bring internet speeds in Ireland up to the best international standards.

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Court Service figures - Use of the court ‘poor box’ a bit rich

The use of the “poor box” to avoid criminal convictions and fines is a strange, bizarre and constitutionally dubious practice that has become increasingly part of judicial
enforcement in Irish district courts.

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Women living different lives - A lot done but a lot more to do

VERY few things in the West have changed as much for the better as the way a woman can imagine her life.

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Appeal on pylons rejected - A backward step for our society

THE great protection we afford property is seen at its sharpest in our shameful housing crisis.

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We’re too fickle - Taoiseach unfairly criticised

WHAT a fickle bunch we are. Leo Varadkar has been Taoiseach for two months and a few days but the warm, or at least the lukewarm, general welcome that greeted his elevation as a manifestation of generational change, and as a person with a more progressive worldview than his predecessor, has soured already.

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Climate change: Killing our world with indifference

That US president Donald Trump seems to have been energised by the opprobrium expressed over his ambivalence on racism is another indication of his lack of character. 

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New approach required to HSE bureaucracy

Hardly a day passes without some story of failure in our health services. 

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Honouring war veterans’ widows: Reflection saves lives

AS America tears itself apart again, the fact that Alberta Martin, one of the last known Confederate war widows, died as recently as 2004 and that Gertrude Janeway, the last known widow of a Union veteran, died just a year earlier, reconfirms William Faulkner’s perceptive line: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

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Maternity services delayed - Another fiasco on planet HSE

Over the weekend the BBC rebroadcast a documentary about Alan Bennett. In it, Bennett made a speech at the opening of a London health centre during which he sings the praises of Britain’s National Health Service. 

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Dangerous forces of radicalisation - It’s time we recognised our real foes

When Susan Bro spoke at a memorial for her daughter, Heather Heyer, who was murdered by a right-wing extremist in Charlottesville just over a week ago, her powerful response resonated with families on this island who had lost a loved-one to bewildered extremism.

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