IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Decisive weekend for France and for Europe

IN a world looking as if might be sliding backwards toward the division and horrors of the last century rather than embracing the bright tomorrow the hopeful among us believed was secure, history’s lessons assume a new relevance.

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Pension proposals are very welcome

THOUGH it can be difficult to get a person of a certain age to discuss pension provision, it is far, far easier to do that than face old age without one that might support a lifestyle other than the genteel poverty faced by many of today’s pensioners.

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Old and new Ireland

OVER the last number of days public debate has been animated by the prospect that the Sisters of Charity might be involved in the new National Maternity Hospital.

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Exploiting our marine resources: Bantry Bay kelp project questions unanswered

IT is difficult to imagine that the after-dinner, residents’ lounge conversation among any group involved in how our seas’ resources are managed, exploited or shared would be a cheery, celebratory affair. 

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Honesty always the best policy in reporting mental health issues

A SYMPOSIUM on how media covers mental health stories and suicide, organised by the journalism department at the University of Limerick yesterday, heard press ombudsman Seán Donlon argue that we cannot rely on social media, especially social media where output is filtered through an automated, conscience-free technological process rather than a human one, to understand the nuances of life’s tragedies and inevitable implosions.

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Still laughing - Enda Kenny and ‘The Simpsons’

WHAT do Homer Simpson and Enda Kenny have in common, apart, that is, from celebrating anniversaries? The Simpsons is 30 years in the making and Mr Kenny is today the longest surviving Fine Gael Taoiseach.

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Germany calling all students - Students working abroad

NEW ZEALAND is the latest English-speaking nation to announce tighter access to its skilled work visas, after the US and Australia announced similar restrictions on immigration. 

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Nama-type agency may be answer - Distressed mortgages

WHEN Fianna Fáil set up Nama in 2009, it was a painful but necessary response to Ireland’s financial crisis, notwithstanding the fact that the party bore major responsibility for the economic meltdown in the first place.

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Secular body must control new hospital - New National Maternity Hospital

MODERN Europe, the liberal, tolerant and inclusive one, recoiled in something pretty much like horror last weekend when Turkey voted to empower a monarchical, bullying and deeply conservative Islamic autocrat. 

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PM May calls a snap election - Power grab or a bid for stability?

THE announcement yesterday by Theresa May that she will today ask the House of Commons to facilitate a general election on June 8 will not help the Irish negotiators charged with protecting our interests during Brexit talks sleep any better. Irish businessmen and women — and workers — who depend on the British market will not sleep too soundly either.

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