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    Build More Social Housing

    Local authorities built only 394 homes in 2017 by Mel Reynolds   MINISTER FOR FINANCE Paschal Donohoe set out the stall for Social Housing in Budget 2018: “I am allocating a total of €1.83bn for housing in 2018. Some 3,800 new social homes will be built next year by local authorities and approved housing bodies…1”. […]

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    From Senna to Joyce

    Exile from hypocrisy, lack of standards, formalism, begrudgery and betrayal by David Langwallner   The legendary Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna was famous for flamboyant risk taking. His great rival Alain Prost would complain about his dangerous overtaking and bumper-to-bumper manoeuvrings. Senna was, without doubt, the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time both in […]

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    FIRE, after Grenfell

    ”Nothing to see here” approach means Ireland’s Fire Safety Task Force was wrongly comprised, only looked at buildings over 6 storeys and assessed only half of the 226 buildings identified as at risk By Orla Hegarty and Lorcan Sirr   IT WAS PURE LUCK that the March 2015 fire in Millfield Manor in Kildare didn’t […]

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    Vertical Sprawl

    Obfuscating high-rise with high density serves only deregulatory market-driven ideology by Gavin Daly Rule #101 of the neoliberal playbook – when faced with a housing supply crisis, attack the planning system! It has been thus at leasgt since Michael Heseltine, Thatcher’s bouffant environment secretary in the 1980s, launched his famous broadside against the “jobs locked […]

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    (S)height

    Eoghan Murphy’s crude and desperate guidelines on Building Heights risk the aesthetic of our towns and cities By Michael Smith   Density is desirable We should all be able to agree the desirability of densification of the Dublin City area – in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. The advantages of density include being […]

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    LauraKennedyWatch

    Recent publishings in the Irish Times from Laura Kennedy: Freelance writer, doctor in philosophy, columnist @IrishTimes and beauty columnist @IrishTimesMag   I wonder, not for the first time, how it is that many of the changes in my life have been punctuated by sitting on some park bench or other, listening to the faint trilling […]

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    430,689 not 85,799

    We need to face up to what mature countries call housing need by Rory Hearne   There is general acceptance that the housing crisis has reached unacceptable levels. However, the government’s current policies are inadequate to address the crisis because, firstly, they underestimate the scale of the crisis. Secondly, they deny the overall housing policy […]

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    McWilliams Plagiarises

    But it’s only his own old articles by Emma Gilleece   The fourth Defendant in the recent rape trial of rugby players in Belfast was Rory Harrison of Manse Road Belfast. He was acquitted of perverting the course of justice by lying to police when he gave a witness statement about his dealings with the […]

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    It was about McCabe not O’Sullivan and Fitzgerald

    Fine Gael learns the wrong lessons from the Charleton Tribunal report by Frank Connolly   The almost hysterical reaction of her former colleagues to the finding by Justice Peter Charleton that Frances Fitzgerald had done nothing to warrant her resignation from the cabinet in November 2017 is little short of mind-boggling. Instead of focusing on […]

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    Dial M for Murder

    HAS SPOOK-TURNED-THRILLER WRITER DAME STELLA RIMMINGTON FORGOTTEN WHAT IS IN MI5’s TOP SECRET FILES? By Joseph de Burca Dame Stella Rimmington has just published another of her bestselling Liz Carlyle spy yarns The Moscow Sleepers in time for the Christmas market. In it, the redoubtable Liz is set against some  very nasty men from Russia. […]

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    We Are Totally Facebooked

    We’re enslaved by social media which will manipulate emotions for money By Mark Kernan This year Facebook filed two very interesting patents in the US. One was for emotion recognition technology; which recognises human emotions through facial expressions and can assess what mood we are in at any given time -happy or anxious for example. This […]

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    EU’re in the Line of Fire

    EU Digital Copyright Directive aims to reward content providers but overreaches on ordinary web users By Laurence O’Bryan   Our world is experiencing a cathartic period of change, thanks to the internet and social media. The President of the United States uses Twitter to rally popular support among his base, including people who believe, as he […]

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      The Boy on the Meat Rack

    A Life Derailed, Part 1 of the Story of Alan Kerr; By Joseph de Burca.                   INTRODUCTION Alan Kerr was sexually abused by three men at Williamson House, a Belfast Corporation Welfare Department care home in Belfast. He was only six years of age when it started.  One […]

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    The Secret Barrister, reviewed by David Langwallner

      The rage of London at the moment is a self-consciously anonymous blog called “The secret barrister” which is an exposé of the profession of a criminal barrister and indeed of the criminal justice system written by a junior counsel specialising in criminal law. This blog aims to provide a fly-on-the-wall view of the criminal […]

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    THE DUP SKELETONS IN THERESA MAY’S CLOSET

      By Joseph de Búrca     SIR ANTHONY BLUNT, BRITAIN AND MI5’S ARCH TRAITOR, WORMED HIS WAY BACK INTO THE GOOD BOOKS OF BRITISH INTELLIGENCE BY PROVIDING THEM WITH DETAILS OF A PAEDOPHILE NETWORK IN IRELAND OF WHICH HE WAS A MEMBER AND WHICH THEY LATER EXPLOITED FOR BLACKMAIL AND DESTABILISATION PURPOSES.   THERESA […]

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    Nada from Nama

    The revelation that the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) has failed to disclose “relevant material” to the Commission of Investigation into its controversial sale of its 11.5 billion (£1.24 million) Project Eagle loan portfolio in the North in 2014 will not come as any surprise. Many NAMA watchers have been wondering how the Commission, headed by […]

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    State land could provide 114,000 dwellings

    Both NAMA (The National Asset Management Agency) and Local Authorities have been criticised for ‘land-hoarding’, ‘sitting’ on sites particularly in Dublin and the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) and not developing land that could be used to address the current housing crisis. Despite the amount of land under their control, Minister Eoghan Murphy has recently asked the […]

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    Mr Eddie Sheehy and Village

      Mr Eddie Sheehy and Village   The Press Council of Ireland has decided to uphold an appeal by Mr Eddie Sheehy that two statements complained about in an article published by Village in March 2018 were inaccurate and therefore a breach of Principle 1 of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of […]

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    Law is boring

    by David Langwallner   I-am-a-lawyer. I’ve said it. You may feel that positions me on the level of an amoeba or vermin but I believe I am ethical, professionally competent, creative and that I and many of my colleagues often do good things fighting on behalf of the voiceless and the victimised. But I must […]

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