The unusual mindset of the Irish

Fri, Jan 25, 2013

The Irish public have some sort of perverse need to wallow in other people’s misery.

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The right decision but not an easy one

Fri, Jan 18, 2013

“It’s about time Castlebar turned its face on Lough Lannagh and not its back,” said An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the launch of the town’s ambitious €12.5 million National Pursuits Academy in June 2012.

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Bloggers beware — Twitter defamation case settled

Fri, Jan 11, 2013

The clock is ticking for bloggers who think they are immune from Ireland’s defamation laws and can libel and slag off who they like on social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook.

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Three and a half times more people now die by suicide than on the roads

Fri, Jan 04, 2013

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), An Garda Siochana, the Department of Transport, and road safety officers the country wide should be commended for their successful efforts in reducing the number of road fatalities in Ireland. The results have been staggering and far beyond the targets set.

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Offer support to those who might be feeling lonely this Christmas

Fri, Dec 14, 2012

Luckily for a lot of us Christmas is the time of year that is looked forward to with much anticipation for the fun and festivities which lie ahead over the coming weeks, however Christmas can also exacerbate the feeling of loneliness and bring great sadness for people, particularly for those who may have suffered the loss of a loved one during the year.

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There is not much more we can take

Fri, Dec 07, 2012

There was always going to be a sucker punch for most of us on Wednesday, when Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin did their double act in the Dáil. But unlike Vaudeville double acts of Abbot and Costelloe, Burns and Allen, or later comedy double acts like Fry and Laurie, no-one was looking forward to Wednesday afternoon’s matinée showing in the Dáil chamber.

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Shop local campaigns kicking into gear

Fri, Nov 23, 2012

What was a horrible, wet, and miserable November is fast coming to a close and no one will be sorry to see the back of it this year, especially not the business people of Mayo who are praying for a busy festive shopping period to end 2012 on a high note.

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Our Gathering is no scam but an opportunity to be seized

Fri, Nov 09, 2012

It was desperately disheartening and disappointing to hear Irish actor Gabriel Byrne hit out at Enda Kenny once again and call the Gathering 2013 a scam last week. The former Cultural Ambassador to Ireland made his comments on Matt Cooper’s The Last Word on Today fm which was broadcast live from New York.

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Do not suffer in silence from cyber-bullying

Fri, Nov 02, 2012

The tragic death of 13-year-old Erin Gallagher, from Ballybofey, Co Donegal, which was due to cyber-bullying has thrown the spotlight on how widespread this form of bullying is, and has sparked a very important debate on how such horrific abuse can be stamped out.

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Suicide should not be glamorised

Fri, Oct 05, 2012

The finality of death is like no other ending.

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We will have our victory dance

Fri, Sep 28, 2012

They came, they conquered, and they had a mighty fine party to celebrate their only second ever All-Ireland title.

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Final fever is descending upon us

Fri, Sep 21, 2012

The adrenaline is pumping, coursing through the veins. The team picked. Tactics discussed. Donegal’s performances analysed. Bags packed. Don’t mess with the routine. Be sure to include a miraculous medal. And that’s just the fans.

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