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    Hypocrisy about Whistleblowing. Official Ireland is indifferent. This time about Donegal.

    Editorial, Village, April 2014 Gerard Convie is a whistleblower, but you won’t have heard of him. Over the last few years Village has helped a number of other whistleblowers whose cases are to varying degrees unassailable but have not been championed by the media or pursued by the authorities: Jonathan Sugarman on Unicredit Bank, Noel […]

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    Balance is a foreign land. The media, the BAI and the referendum.

    By Gerard Cunningham. Daniel O’Donnell best showed RTÉ’s literalist interpretation of broadcasting balance in its full absurdity. In an afternoon interview with Ray D’Arcy the Donegal crooner was asked about the referendum, and spoke on the topic for three minutes. As he finished, D’Arcy asked “have we got a stopwatch on that?”, and made a […]

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    New Left alliance taking shape.

    By Frank Connolly. The prospect of an alliance of left-wing, trade-union and progressive organisations in advance of the general election took a tentative step forward following a meeting hosted by the Communications Workers Union in Dublin on Mayday. A gathering of up to 200 political, trade-union and community activists heard speakers from the Syriza government […]

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    Too big (and weird opes).

    By Michael Smith. In 2013 the ESB announced its  intention to demolish its Dublin headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street. The edifice had been designed in 1962 by then-fresh-faced young (subsequently Ansbacher-account-holding) architect-tyros Sam Stephenson and Arthur Gibney. The ebullient young pair won the competition to replace the street, which dates from 1792, after a report by […]

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    Beades.

    By Frank Connolly. If you want to know a bit more about New Land League founder, Jerry Beades, just ask Frances Cullen. She was made a widow when she and their three children in Coolock in north Dublin lost her husband, Gerry, three years ago. He died just a few years after he fell, in […]

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