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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

Well Worn Arguments

Is there anyone in the country who doesn't have a fixed opinion on the subject of abortion? Now with the publication of the Government's bill to finally try and fix the confusion around the X Case, nearly 2 decades later, it seems like all the same old arguments, pro and con are being trotted out yet again. But to what benefit? Of course it is only right that people have the chance to air their views on any piece of legislation that any Government might be contemplating, but when it comes to abortion it seems that we are stuck in a perpetual groundhog day. It seems that there is very little room for those in the middle who might be won over to either side. Abortion it seems is not an issue where there are any grey areas

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Good News For Waterford

When the story broke last week that former Waterford Wedgwood employees won a significant victory over the Government at the European Court of Justice regarding their pension rights it came as very welcome news. The workers with the full backing of their union Unite fought the court case all the way and after many years they finally received a judgment which means that they will now be many thousands of Euro better off. And after all it is their money which they paid into for many years under a mandatory pension plan that was implemented by the company that they worked for. However when the company went bust they were left with virtually nothing and when they turned to the Government for help the Government said that it was not their responsibility to bail them out. However

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Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

Not Over Yet

The recording of the death of Savita Halappanavar as one of medical misadventure by the Galway's Coroner's Court has brought at least one part of the events surrounding her death to a close. Although it was conducted in a very efficient and respectful manner and it brought many things to light about the death of Savita Halappanavar it has not satisfied perhaps the most important person involved in this matter and that is her husband Praveen. Following the adjudication of the court he said that there were still very many things that he needed to find out about the death of his wife and that many questions needed to be answered. While the coroner's court can do many things there are also many things that they cannot do, they act in a strict remit and primarily there to

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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

Few tears shed

Just when you thought that history was a thing of the past an event comes along to show that it is far from the case. The death of Margaret Thatcher last week and her burial this week has stirred up many memories for many people. For some it is the chance to talk eloquently about her achievements and how she was one of the finest British politicians of the last century. For others though it is a far more complicated affair. To say that she was hated in some parts of Britain is to put it mildly. It came as no surprise that on hearing about her death some people stood up and cheered. She was the kind of person who elicited that kind of reaction when she was alive so it is no wonder that she remains

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Wednesday, 10th April 2013

Who's Next?

The decision of Nessa Childers, Labour MEP, to resign from the party over her concern regarding the direction that Labour is taking doesn't really come as any surprise. Her stance takes the number of high profile dissidents from the Labour Party to 7. To misquote Oscar Wilde, to lose one high profile member might look like carelessness but to lose seven seems like folly. The fact is that Labour appears to think that it is on the right track and despite the drubbing they got in the Meath bye-election they haven't come out and said they need to change focus. Nearly everything they have done in coalition with Fine Gael appear to be the actions of a right wing party and not steps taken by a political party that was set up to defend the interests of the working

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Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

Highs And Lows

The election of Helen McEntee to her late father's seat in the recent Meath East bye election should not have come as a surprise to anyone. Of course there were rumblings about how this was going to be a test of the government but honestly how anyone thought that she wouldn't get the seat considering that it was her father's, won at the last general election and also given the nature of his death was being seriously deluded. No doubt she will prove to be an effective T.D. in the Dail but that wasn't really what was at issue here. A significant proportion of the electorate is dissatisfied with various measures taken by the government in recent months, especially since the budget, and many made those misgivings known to canvassers. But this was an election about a person

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Wednesday, 27th March 2013

Who'd be a Cypriot?

The talk of the financial crisis in Cyprus has dominated all the news bulletins every single day since the story broke that the government there was going to impose a levy on all savings deposits in order to come up with some money in an attempt to alleviate the looming economic meltdown. Understandably a lot of the Cypriot people took to the streets to show their anger that the government would even think that such a thing was possible. In the end the government backed down and told the Troika that such an imposition would not be possible. The rest of the Eurozone, or at least its citizens breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that such a dangerous precedent had been averted.

If Cyprus had managed somehow to implement its plan then not only would Cypriots with savings

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

The announcement last week that Cardinal Jose Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was to be the next Pope was met with enthusiasm from many members of the Catholic Church. The first Pope from outside Europe in 1,300 years the Cardinal is also the first Pope elected from the Jesuit Order. The name he has taken, Pope Francis I was also taken as a sign that his leadership of the world's largest religion was also going to be a very definite departure and in some ways a return to the humility and basic tenets of the Church. As soon as his name was made public from the conclave journalists rushed to find out as much as possible about this man who is going to have a huge role in world affairs. On being appointed as Cardinal of Buenos Aires Bergoglio made a

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Letters to the Editor


    Cultural AttitudesThe recent survey by Price Waterhouse Cooper into cultural attitude that exist in the police force made for some interesting reading. One of the main findings in the report was that respondents felt that it was best to keep your head down and if you did think that something was wrong that it was better for yourself if you kept quiet about it.Another finding was that a significant amount of Gardai felt that it was who you knew and not what you knew that determined how far you advan …

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