IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Making education more secular: Patronage a relic of an old dominance

THE divisive issue of school patronage is unlikely to lead to riots on the streets anytime soon but it is, nevertheless, symbolic of the friction generated when Ireland’s tectonic plates collide. 

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An extra €9bn needed for health: Tough warning we can’t ignore

WERE he alive, the extremely influential civil servant TK Whitaker, who died aged 100 just last week, would certainly have an opinion on the weekend assertion by HSE chief Tony O’Brien that we will need, over the next decade, to spend an extra €9bn on our health services to end hospital over-crowding.

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A deadly legacy: The lasting scourge of landmines

WAR leaves many legacies, none appealling. One keeps on killing long after the soldiers have gone home. Civillians are the primary victims.

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What a very sad end to the presidency of yes-we-can Obama

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”

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Use of internet for ill - Can web be rescued from darkness?

NEXT Friday, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America.

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Nicosia ‘dead zone’ - Hubris a threat to NI’s stability

NICOSIA is Europe’s last divided capital. For more than four decades UN peacekeepers have patrolled a dead zone — others call it a green zone — but whatever it is called it bisects the Cypriot capital and stands as a monument to the hatreds dividing the island’s Greek-Orthodox Christian majority and minority Muslim Turks.

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New car sales - A record year

CAR sales, as a measure of consumer confidence, are revealing enough. They also point to the availability of credit and lenders’ enthusiasm to lend money.

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Stormont political crisis - Stubborness an own goal for Foster

“ALL political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs.”

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Trump dashes all hopes - Bombastic and unhinged

THE phrase, “campaign in poetry, govern in prose” attributed to New York governor Mario Cuomo, has been turned on its head by the US President-elect Donald Trump.

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Young scientists - Superb platform

NOW in its 53rd year, the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition continues to expand and provide a platform for thousands of young Irish students to exhibit their talents and abilities in science.

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