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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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    Undaunted austerity fighter

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    Frank Connolly interviews Mick Wallace When Mick Wallace raised some uncomfortable questions in the Dáil last October about the sale of Siteserv to Denis O’Brien and the role of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) in the deal, he was roundly abused by government ministers, including his constituency rival, Brendan Howlin. Phone calls were made […]

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    Fine Gael may run

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    By Frank Connolly Rumours and predictions of an Autumn election have been spreading like summer gorse fire over recent weeks with reports that Fine Gael is preparing its national advertising campaign for a run to the country soon after the October budget. A number of factors could point to a November campaign including the opinion […]

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