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    Direct Provisi on and on…

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    By Sue Conlan. Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman, recently described Direct Provision as the “human-rights elephant in the room”. The Working Group on the Protection Process [for asylum seekers], that recently submitted its final report, has looked at the elephant but, perhaps not emboldened enough given its terms of reference, it decided to look away again. […]

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    O’ Brien – Desmond Letter (parallel universe)

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    As he prepares for the hols, Denis shares his thoughts on life in business, with his fellow billionaire, Dermot.                                                                                 D E N I S  O’  B R I E N Dear Dermot, I woke up in Haiti on the morning of April 29th to a phone message saying that RTÉ […]

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    Drumclay Crannóg: no action against illegal destruction

    By Anton McCabe. For years, coming up to the the marching season news in the North was dominated by controversy over parades and street violence. That still simmers. However, this summer news coverage has been dominated by allegations of corruption in the sale of NAMA properties in the North. There has been blanket coverage of […]

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    Greywash

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    By Seamus Maye What do you get when you merge two failed quangos? Last year the National Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority merged and became the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC). To put the intended role of the CCPC into perspective, it should be pointed out that the Authority has estimated that competition […]

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    Up their own ileum

    By Michael Smith In 2013, I wrote in Village that Denis O’Brien, Ireland’s most powerful media owner was exercising an extraordinarily chilling effect on journalism and journalists after grossly negative findings against him in the Moriarty Tribunal. I detailed his litigious “promiscuity”: how a large number of Ireland’s best-known journalists including Eamon Dunphy, Sam Smyth, […]

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    The politics of disillusionment

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    By Ronan Burtenshaw Since it emerged in mid-2014 the water charges movement has grown to become Ireland’s largest social movement. Beginning with small-scale, self-organised resistance to meter installations in Cork and Dublin, the campaign progressed with the formation of Right2Water to a kind of mass politics unseen in Ireland in decades. It successes include five […]

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