Ireland's only serious political magazine Friday - Dec 19, 2014

Fuck you, Mattie McGrath

Fuck you, Mattie McGrath

In the bath with Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Alan Kelly. Alan Kelly contemplated his navel over the water, Irish Water, in his dirty bath. Thank Jaysus it was only thirty thousand.  Thanks the lord. And the  Garda tallymen. I fully accept the dirty bath, he practised, ministerially.  Errors were made in

Village, the Irish Examiner, Mark Dearey and the Press Ombudsman

Village has taken the Irish Examiner to the Press Ombudsman over its misreport of the Mark Dearey case against Village which Dearey dropped in April after the parties agreed non-financial terms including a reiteration of an apology. Village had already given for a mistake but no concession of the alleged defamation for which Dearey had


Likudation: The ascendant Israeli political party is committed by ideology to oppressing the Palestinians.

Likudation: The ascendant Israeli political party is committed by ideology to oppressing the Palestinians.

  By Frank Armstrong. There are two possible solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: one realistic the other miraculous. The realistic solution conjures divine intervention; the miraculous, a voluntary agreement between the parties. The latest round of conflict is, mercifully, largely over. On August 26th, both Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) accepted a ceasefire agreement

Democratic Féin.

Democratic Féin.

By Anton McCabe. The North’s Executive and Assembly are under threat of collapse. As of  mid-October the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) was refusing to attend talks aimed at resolving the impasse – objecting to the “media circus” and even, apparently, the very involvement of the Irish government. The UK government is requiring the Assembly to


Ireland’s Chimerical competitiveness.

Ireland’s Chimerical competitiveness.

  By Constantin Gurdgiev (November 2014). Of the 196 appointments to state boards made by the current Coalition, only 35 resulted from open public competition. Pay increments for civil servants – for length of service not performance – remain in place. Only .75% of civil servants received less than  three out of five in the


Imprison fewer women

Imprison fewer women

by Ivana Bacik Women are a tiny minority in prisons and a particularly marginalised and vulnerable group. On average, only about 3-4% of those in prison are women. While prison numbers in Ireland generally have stabilised and even reduced in recent years, there have been increasing numbers of women committed to prison. There was an

On the Irish Times and the Israeli lobby

Dear Editor I would like to draw your attention to an intriguing piece of editing in the Irish Times. It concerns the (excellent) dispatch from their US correspondent Simon Carswell (Thursday 31st July) regarding the influence of the ‘Israel Lobby’ on US Foreign Policy which included a reference to John Mearsheimer’s and Stephen Walt’s 2007


All changed…

All changed…

By John Gormley. Was it a mere co-incidence that the election of Paul Murphy took place at the same time as the biggest ever anti-water charge demonstration; or was it just a case of Jungian synchronicity? Jung’s theory on the ‘collective unconscious’ can sometimes be a better guide to understanding history than a description of


Labour should seek repeal of Eight amendment.

Labour should seek repeal of Eight amendment.

By Ivana Bacik. This summer we saw yet again the tragic consequences of the Eighth Amendment. In the Ms Y case, a young rape victim, an asylum seeker with a crisis pregnancy, was denied the abortion she sought, and ultimately forced to endure invasive medical procedures against her will. She had sought an abortion early

Wicklow Council Consultant sought tender for clean-up of illegal waste.

Wicklow Council Consultant sought tender for clean-up of illegal waste.

  By Frank Connolly.   The multi-million scandal surrounding the illegal dumping of waste in county Wicklow is another legacy left to the new environment minister, Alan Kelly, by his predecessor, Phil Hogan and another reason why the latter’s proposed elevation to the post of European Commissioner has been questioned. In October last, Nessa Childers,


The Homestore effect hits Labour

The Homestore effect hits Labour

By John Gormley. Labour’s W****loo: political luck comes and goes on the grandest scale. Eventually a tabloid sub-editor will  come up with a headline to sum up the imminent demise of the parliamentary Labour Party. It will involve  some bad puns on water, loos and the party’s final Napoleonic election battle.. Older Labour heads are

Vegan up, George

Vegan up, George

Monb[id]iot Give it up, hero George, and learn how to cook. By Frank Armstrong     In an article published in the last edition of Village George Monbiot exhibits a surprising naiveté towards veganism for a writer who is generally authoritative, and clearly a big Village favourite. He recalls how he had “tried it for


Eden not Apocalypse: a golden future for investigative journalism.

Eden not Apocalypse: a golden future for investigative journalism.

By Gerard Ryle. I was at a global conference in Rio late last year listening to Glenn Greenwald declare journalism in a “golden age”. Greenwald is the reporter credited with breaking the Edward Snowden story. He said the profession’s largest institutions are experiencing tough times because of the changing way people consume news. This was

Equality of outcome: an ethical imperative

Equality of outcome: an ethical imperative

Village has always tended to support a vision of equality of outcome in society. Unfortunately, the most widely supported form of equality is equality of opportunity. Since it has more of the qualities of “freedom” than of “equality” even Margaret Thatcher revered it, for example. Unfortunately, too many human rights these days are being pursued


Dodgy Donegal’s ex-Manager sues Village Editor.

  By Michael Smith. Michael McLoone, former County Manager in Donegal is suing me. He wants damages, punitive damages, aggravated damages and an order prohibiting the further publication of unspecified statements the subject of the proceedings. We’re not worried. The proceedings relate to material the substance of which is privileged because it refers to affidavits

Aarhus: State drags feet on legal costs in environmental cases.

Aarhus: State drags feet on legal costs in environmental cases.

  By Kieran Fitzpatrick. The Aarhus Convention aims to protect the environment and proclaims the public to be the best guardian of the environment. There are three strands to the convention: 1) Access to information; 2)Public participation; and 3) Access to justice to review environment-related decisions or to enforce environmental law. Ireland was the last