Niall Crowley

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    McKinseygalitarian

    Stephen Donnelly is an accidental politician. There he was sitting in front of his TV minding his own business, watching the news pictures of IMF officials striding the streets of Dublin. He saw the threat. “I’m trained in this stuff – what happens when the IMF arrives in your country, the mistakes that get made, […]

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    In which Denis gets himself sued

    Perhaps the strangest event on the Irish media landscape last month was prompted by Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan’s publication of a report into media ownership in Ireland, commissioned by the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) grouping in the European Parliament. The report itself – by Belfast solicitors Gavin Booth and Darragh Mackin of […]

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    Take the spat out of spatial

    Strategic spatial planning determines where development should take place in Ireland. It can improve the quality of life, improve society and the environment and underpin the delivery of effective public services and the capacity for economic growth at national, regional and subregional levels. In other words it decides where we live, work and play – […]

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    Logic dictates

    Our Equality legislation covers nine grounds of discrimination. This reflects the worthy ambition to be comprehensive in attacking discrimination. However, Central Statistics Office (CSO) data suggest we are far from realising any such ambition. They show that 41% of people who feel they have been discriminated against perceive this discrimination to be on grounds other […]

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    Moscow Never Sleeps, reviewed by Emma Gilleece

    Irish filmmaker Johnny O’ Reilly prises under the skin of his adopted city in Moscow Never Sleeps, puppeteering this fast-paced drama featuring a circus of urban characters from a cross-section of ages and backgrounds, unknowingly connected to each other. He shepherds the tensions created by the contradictions of modern Russia, cosmopolitanism and tradition, family loyalty […]

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    North parties agree Brexit practicalities not strategy

    On Sunday 28th August Dublin’s Croke Park hosted the all-Ireland football semi-final between Dublin and Kerry, with Dublin emerging victorious. As celebrations were taking place around Dublin that evening another significant event was taking place in the city. Prominent representatives from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Republican Sinn Féin and Sinn Féin assumed their places on […]

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    Small increases to Unemployment Benefits

    ‘Building a just society’ was the title for the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) Pre-Budget Submission. This title reflected our concern that without a strong commitment to addressing social exclusion and economic inequalities, many people will be left to observe, rather than participate in, Ireland’s economic recovery. The recent Budget provided a key […]

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    Oxfam: hypocrites or pragmatists?

    A man walks into a bar and orders a pint. The bartender turns to him and says: “€36.80 please”. Thinking this must be a mistake, the man asks the bartender why his drink is so expensive. “Well”, says the barman, “there was people in here earlier who got a meal and a few drinks, but […]

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    Investigation: Killusion

    The Smithwick Tribunal was set up in 2005, by the Irish Government on the advice of Michael McDowell, then Minister for Justice, and sat in public in Blackhall Place from 2011 until 2013, examining the possibility of Garda collusion in the deaths of Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan, of the Royal Ulster […]

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    Ethics cases to answer for FF in SIPO, and FG

    Long-running tensions between Fine Gael members in County Kildare are about to create difficulties for Kildare County Council and Fine Gael following the suspension of righteous Councillor Fiona McLoughlin Healy from Fine Gael for making well-founded allegations about the leader of Fianna Fáil on the Council, allegations met with a deaf ear by of cials […]

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    French Connections

    An intriguiging High Court action which featured allegations that a leading Kildare businessman used his political “connections” to secure favourable treatment from NAMA was settled in the High Court in late October. The judicial review application taken against NAMA arose from a dispute over valuable development lands at Straffan jointly owned by retired developer, Martin […]

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    Trustworthiness

    Village Magazine, Issue 49, October 2016 Editorial Village’s agenda remains as always: equality of outcome, sustainability and accountability. Defeated Democrat US Presidential contender, Bernie Sanders, thinks in these terms but his Democrat vanquisher Hillary Clinton is ideologically vague, compromised, jaded and ultimately conservative; and her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, is post-ideological/narcissistic with no interest in […]

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    Name, accessibility, procedures and agenda

    Our crumbling infrastructure for equality is symbolised by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). There are other symbols, but this one still stands out. The Commission was a product of the economic crisis, the official turn against equality, and the disenchantment with public-sector bodies designated by a hostile media as ‘quangos’. It was created out of […]

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    The answer – particularly to Islamic radicalisation – must be decency (not equality)

    There is much talk nowadays about the practical difficulties of multiculturalism (and of the rejection of tolerance by radicals promoting violence). With a shrinking world on our doorstep, integration of peoples of different cultures is preferable to ghettoisation and apartheid. Radicalisation is the byproduct of alienation which thrives where the legal system appears to be, […]

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    Limerick is a lady not a dame

    On Monday 19 September there was one city grabbing Irish headlines – Limerick. Unusually, it has remained in the news, as if in compensation for years of neglect. Ireland’s underdog has been thrown a €500 million bone in the form of the Limerick 2030 Plan. The fanfare for this much-needed recovery plan coincided with the […]

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    Radical copyright reform

    Outline proposals for a modernised Irish copyright regime announced by Enterprise Minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor at the beginning of August are now dead in the water, following the publication of draft directives by the European Commission in mid-September. The European plans, championed by Digital Economy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, lean heavily towards protectionism for traditional media, in […]

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    Man Booker Prize 2016: A demi-hypocrisy

    The 2016 Man Booker Prize, arguably the biggest literary prize of the English language, was awarded this year to American author, Paul Beatty. ‘The Sellout’ saw off a shortlist containing ‘Hot Milk’ by Deborah Levy, ‘His Bloody Project’ by Graeme Macrae Burnet, ‘Eilleen’ by Ottessa Moshfegh, ‘All That Man Is’ by David Szalay and ‘Do […]

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    The National Human Resources Department

    The modern State is a hybrid, an extraordinarily complex machine. Beyond the well-established remit of setting laws, collecting taxes and managing international relations, the Irish State has been involved in incarcerating women and children, commemorating the past and exploring outer space. Often, the State is idealised as a sort of referee who sets and implements […]

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