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    Villager March 2016

    LAUNDERING HISTORY Deep in the heartland of Donnybrook, hidden in a crescent behind the fire station, surrounded by houses and leafiness there sits, intact, a building which embodied part of our cruel social history. Known locally as the Donnybrook laundry, but more widely known in subcultures and State reports as the Magdalene laundry of the […]

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    Villager February 2016

    Electi On Right, Villager thinks there’ll be a hung Dáil. Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will struggle to work out whether they should coalesce, risking their exposure as ideological charlatans and the long-term growth of Sinn Féin. Another election within a year. The prognosis is tentative since around here there is no worse crime than […]

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    Villager – September 2015

    Spit on fingers Who is that shorn and beardless gent on the streets of Dublin 2? Why it’s old Michael Fingleton heading off to the Banking Inquiry to undo some of the unfairness done to him by the media. Without the beard and hat you might confuse him with an honest person, or a competent […]

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    Villager – July 2015

    Picking at Piketty “What struck me while I was writing is that Germany is in fact the single best example of a country that, throughout its history, has never repaid its external debt, neither after the First nor the Second World War. However, it has frequently made other nations pay up, such as after the […]

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    Villager April 2015

    Just shut up Villager is interested in the notion of ‘guest’ as applied to the ‘Tonight with Vincent Browne’ show. The status seems to be precarious. Tom Cooney, a pro-Israeli former advisor to Alan Shatter, was told to leave after interrupting, Jerry Beades was ejected after being invited to ‘shut up’ (“just leave if you’re […]

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    Villager – March 2015

    Trust me, I’m a journalist After warfare and driving, the biggest waste of energy in human history is…social media. The very name. For Villager Facebook is even more self-indulgent than Twitter since it calls less for a dialogue. Being a herd-like and sociable bunch, unsurprisingly 99% of Irish journalists use social media, one of the […]

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