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    editorial abortion Jan 2012

    The State must provide for abortion Since a 1992 Supreme Court ruling, known as the X case, abortion has been theoretically legal in Ireland if there is a risk to the life of a pregnant woman. Bunreacht na hÉireann now allows Dáil Éireann to legislate on this; however, no political party has dared to, and […]

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    Day 100 (June 2011 Editorial)

    On Enda Kenny rests that most daunting of responsibilities in this battered society: the fulfilment of Hope In our last edition just before the general election we expressed, without confidence, the hope that having been the victims of some of the most notoriously bad governance on the planet, we would have learnt that our political […]

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    FF imploding, election called: time to implement the Vision (editorial, December 2010)

    As Village went to print, the main governing party had 13% support and its grumpy leader satisfied only 14% of voters.  The country looks likely to finish up losing 20% of its  predicted GDP to  ineptitude and corruption. The country is insolvent, unless it can maintain unsustainable 6.5% growth rates,  even though our leaders pretend […]

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    The Left: more ideas and more focus needed.

    This edition we look at Ireland’s Left. We scrutinise  the Labour Party and find it a little short on radicalism. We also  look at alternative political movements – particularly on the left – and find them somewhat wanting in clarity of purpose. More generally we also survey [ p80] Ireland’s currently-ubiquitous crisis-driven outpourings of ideas […]

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    The Green Party

    In this edition of Village we direct light at the Greens. Ministers John Gormley and Éamon Ryan are good influences in government. They are intelligent and articulate and seem open and honest. Unfortunately, their job of implementing a radical green and leftist agenda – with which Village is sympathetic – with only six seats out of an original eighty-seven on the government side, is exceptionally difficult. The Green ethos is diametrically different to that of their coalition partners, Fianna Fail – being idealistic, scrupulous and long-termist rather than realistic, parochial and populist.

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