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Even if economic dangers were there before, they are clearer now than a few months ago
RTE should do something interesting to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bishop and the nightie controversy
The space for civil society is shrinking as states use the threat of terrorism and the need for security to restrict the journalism that in fact makes them free.
The absence of an overwhelming argument for change should give those campaigning for continuity the advantage in the final days
For many young people raised in poverty, either numbing out through drug use, or becoming a tiny cog in the criminal machine, can seem like rational options
Cuts to income taxes and the USC are being replaced with increases in indirect taxes and charges such as waste, A & E, medical prescriptions and so on, which do not affect higher income earners in the same way
At this stage, regardless of how you look at it, outgoing government will fall about a dozen seats short of overall majority
She has become a weather vane for our times - complete with all the miserable stupidity which that entails
Time for a mature and informed national debate on reality of multicultural Ireland
A good idea in principle it has been tortured into submission by exemptions, bands, multiple changes to rates and promises of abolition.
Despite being far from the hard leftist portrayed in sections of the US media, Sanders does represent something different
New developments are mired in what appear to be old fashioned planning rows, driven as much by local political concerns as anything else
Anything that comes into view during an election campaign automatically takes the shape of a football before the eyes of a politician
Sexist fool with retrograde opinions should just have been ignored
Somewhat inexplicably the Government do seem slow to take up his offer of help
The force has the will but it does not have the organisational capacity to meet current and future demands
Threats to journalists shows perpetrators’ willingness to target civilians, non-combatants or anyone who gets in their way
Too many unanswered questions
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