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    ‘The Supreme Court’ by Ruadhán Mac Cormaic

    Review by Máire Moriarty. Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, Irish Times journalist and former legal affairs correspondent, has written what is in effect a biography, the first, of the Supreme Court, bringing to life its stories through its judges and litigants. Clearly he has had unprecedented access to many of the most prominent judges and their papers. […]

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    National Planning Framework: toothless 

    The government is preparing a ‘Plan’ for the development of the country. It is intended that ‘the Ireland 2040 Plan’ will be a “high-level document that will provide the framework for future development and investment in Ireland. It will be the overall Plan from which other, more detailed plans will take their lead, hence the […]

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    I, Dónal Blake?

    Our new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD makes sure he gets out once a week, often to see a movie. Last year he went to see the English movie ‘I Daniel Blake’ directed by Mike Leigh. Discussing the movie at a Pobal conference he showed little sympathy for the plight of Daniel who, having suffered a […]

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    New morning for Ireland’s housing problems

    On 20 June the consumer advocacy group Right2Homes presented a National Co-Operative Bill to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform. Supporting the bill was an expert panel including Edmund Honohan, Master of the High Court, homeless campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, academic Dr Rory Hearne of Maynooth University and other industry professionals. […]

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    Church betrays its public-interest legacy by school-land sales

    Assets that are social not just financial Ireland’s housing crisis and swirling property prices threaten precious and irreplaceable green spaces in our cities and suburbs with housing developments. House prices have risen more in the first six months of this year than the entire twelve months of 2016. Recognising the opportunity for maximum prices to […]

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    The Health Halo: Marketing is killing us

    Several years ago I lectured in a management school in England. One of the classes I gave was on food marketing. I began the class by playing a clip from the then famous documentary, ‘Super Size Me’, where the protagonist Morgan Spurlock undertakes an extreme diet of McDonald’s-only food for a month to chart the […]

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    Henry Phelan: First Garda murdered

    The Garda is in trouble, morale is low and there are numerous investigations into alleged incompetence and cover-ups. Village has been to the fore in detailing these delinquencies.  The purpose of this article is something different: to highlight through a not untypical case the extent of the duty and the dangers of service.  Overall, 88 […]

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