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We shall overcome

Fri, Oct 31, 2008

People power is back in vogue in Ireland. Last week’s marches on Dáil Éireann by first the elderly and then the youthful brought the nation’s capital to a standstill. These marches were followed up with a 5,000 strong protest outside Leinster House by teachers, students, parents and the concerned average Joe on Wednesday evening.

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Time to protect the old, the poor and the young

Fri, Oct 24, 2008

It’s typical of the media in this country - we pick an issue, focus on it, give it endless column inches and time on the airwaves, while other equally damning issues get swept under the carpet.

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Not even the most vulnerable escaped

Fri, Oct 17, 2008

So have you calculated yet how much worse off you are going to be as a result of Budget 2009? Nobody, least of all the most vulnerable in society, has been spared by Brian Lenihan’s first attempt. Lenihan’s levy will affect us all, but the most vulnerable, the lowest income earners in Ireland, will be hit hard.

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Positives in the face of a recession

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

It’s official, the recession is here. There’s been talk of nothing else over the past few months with the Government coming under fierce criticism from opposition parties this week for not holding an adequate debate on the issue when the Dáil resumed after its summer recess.

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Are you going to the final?

Fri, Sep 19, 2008

All Ireland final day looms again and we’ll make the long trip to Dublin in hope of seeing a Mayo team climb the steps of the Hogan Stand to lift the Tom Markham Cup this time. Hopefully it’ll be Sam next year. It’s been a long road for the Mayo minors to get to where they are and the Mayo faithful are hopeful that they will bring home the victory.

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Who said volunteerism is dead?

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Looking out at the deluge of rain that is hammering our office window at the moment, it’s hard to imagine how the thousands of Tidy Towns volunteers across the county kept the enthusiasm for the task in hand this year given the depressing and atrocious weather we’ve been experiencing.

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Next stop the foothills of Iraq

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

Us cute hoors of Irish people just love to talk about our “place” abroad. We don’t do it in an openly boastful way like our American friends might be accustomed to but we’re mighty at slipping it into conversation that we’ve taken the plunge. Sure why not, you couldn’t be dealing with the rain and the wind which is now part and parcel of our Irish summer as well as our winter. We seem to have only one season these days apart from the odd showing by the summer sun.

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While we grieve, let’s take stock

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

There is not a person in Mayo today who hasn’t felt the inescapable grief that has come with the recent tragedies in the county.

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Close our coast to drugs

Fri, Jul 25, 2008

The sentencing this week of three men who attempted to smuggle 62 bales of cocaine, worth €440 million, into west Cork last year has sounded the sirens of alarm.

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