Srinivasan Devrajan

  • Swindle-at-TSB

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    Swindle at TSB: 2016, and 1958 to 1993

    JUNE 2016 The day before Brexit, Permanent TSB shares soared amid speculation that the 75%-state-owned bank may eventually merge with another lender. Shares surged by 10 per cent though they had fallen by more than half since the government sold shares last year. Michael Noonan said: “The share price has been under pressure for a […]

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  • Site for data centre,
Newtownmountkennedy

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    Wicklodium

    A controversial proposal to de-zone lands for a data centre in county Wicklow has been defeated by local councillors. The successful motion to retain the zoning was proposed by Councillor Pat Vance. According to the council chief executive and the Department of the Environment the zoning of the lands at Newtownmountkennedy, was “piecemeal and random.” […]

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  • Photo montage of new development on City Quays

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    Church in the Lurch

    The foundations of the historic St Mary’s church on Dublin’s City Quay are in danger of being undermined by the construction of a giant office block on its neighbouring site, according to local residents. The site is being developed by Targeted Investment Opportunities (TIO), a consortium of Bennett Construction, Oaktree Capital and NAMA (a public […]

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  • coughlan-varoufakis

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    Fixers and floaters

    The colourful former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’s new book, ‘And the Weak Suffer What they Must?’, provides insightful reading for those who want to understand how the EU and the euro-currency have reached their present pass. Varoufakis shows in his book how the EU ‘project’ is now held together more by fear of the […]

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  • "Take your entitlement"

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    Next: Nexit

    The spectre of strict border controls surfaced during the UK referendum on membership of the European Union (EU). Certainly, it was part of the ‘Project Fear’ tactic of the Remain campaign. It has also struck a chord with many in communities on the border. However, this ignores the historical fact that controls were at their […]

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  • waters-brexit

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    The pencil and the mouse

    For nearly 20 years before his death in 1989, my father, who left school at 11 and drove a mailcar for a living, railed against the undemocratic evil of the European Thing. He brought me to understand that its operation depended on replacing intelligent politicians with stupid ones for the purpose of absolute control – the […]

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  • mcgonagle

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    Culture is ethics not just aesthetics

    We need to address the future through a new lens, that of citizenship, if arts and culture are to play their necessary role in improving the quality of life for all. In looking forward we have, firstly, to understand that we are not just dealing with a recession and its aftershocks. There is a resetting […]

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  • 22% of Dáil

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    22% of Dáil

    Ireland had, until this year, an appalling record on women’s participation in politics. Men always represented at least 84% of TDs. The proportion of women TDs had never increased above 16%. Voter choice was severely restricted, with no women candidates of any party fielded in several constituencies in both the 2007 and 2011 general elections. […]

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  • Here's Rupert

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    Wireless is Wiremore

    Rupert Murdoch’s proposed move to buy up the Wireless Group (formerly UTV’s non-television assets) as June drew to a close has livened up the stolid Irish radio market with the introduction of a sharp new player. The cash offer of 315p per share has added summer excitement to a radio market so settled in its […]

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  • crowley-governmentprogramme

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    We’re already doing/not doing it

    You would have to wonder who put this one in the Programme for Government. There seems no intention actually to do it. That, sadly, is not a new phenomenon. This time is different though. They don’t even seem to know what it is. Nonetheless they said they “would develop the process of budget and policy […]

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  • connolly-wallace

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    (Wall)aces it again on Nama

    The charging of another former NAMA official with the leaking of confidential information has added to the already significant pressure on the agency’s chairman and chief executive and on finance minister, Michael Noonan, to concede an independent inquiry into its activities. Paul Pugh (56), from Clontarf Road in Dublin, is charged with disclosing confidential information […]

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  • deane-clinton

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    Claire as Hillary

    Season 4 of ‘House of Cards’ came out on Netflix earlier this year and was gobbled up in a matter of weeks by its fans. The opening sequence will be familiar to them, a series of shimmering images of Washington DC, first in morning light and ending with the channels of motor traffic pulsing through […]

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  • village_april-2016

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    Class not gender is intractable

    There are well-meaning campaigns to increase the number of female voices in Irish media and politics. Equal treatment of the sexes is a war that needed to be fought. It doesn’t just benefit women, it benefits men as well, as men can be freed from a race to the bottom of macho culture that tends […]

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  • village_april-2016

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    Polar Czechs

    Aflons Mucha’s Slav Epic enjoys glorious pride of place in the Czech National Gallery in Prague. It is a cycle of twenty large and portentous paintings completed between 1910 and 1928 recalling the history and myths of a heterogenous people inhabiting territory from the Asian steppe to the shores of the Mediterranean. The artist imposes […]

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