Alina Mungiu Pippidi

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  • FIFA president Sepp Blatter looks on with fake dollars note flying around him thrown by a protester during a press conference at the football's world body headquarter's on July 20, 2015 in Zurich. FIFA said Monday that a special election will be held on February 26 to replace president Sepp Blatter.   AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    socceruption: FIFA and integrity.

    Corruption and soccer. By Alina Mungiu Pippidi The international football association is so corrupt that if it was a country, it would be ranked somewhere in the bottom half. Intervention by the US Justice Department would be entirely justified.   Speaking on Thursday, December 3, on the corruption indictments of additional FIFA officials (bringing the […]

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    Hypocrisy about Whistleblowing. Official Ireland is indifferent. This time about Donegal.

    Editorial, Village, April 2014 Gerard Convie is a whistleblower, but you won’t have heard of him. Over the last few years Village has helped a number of other whistleblowers whose cases are to varying degrees unassailable but have not been championed by the media or pursued by the authorities: Jonathan Sugarman on Unicredit Bank, Noel […]

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    The meaning of civilisation

    When Ibrahim Al Sabe reached Eftalou beach, on the legend-suffused island of Lesbos in Greece, he was soaking wet, but indescribably happy to be alive. The engine of the rubber dinghy, carrying 45 Syrian refugees, had stopped working five times during the four-mile journey. The boat started to fill with water and almost went under. […]

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    No panacaea for unmarried fathers

    By Dr Ruth Barrington The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 was passed in April this year. When it is commenced, the legal landscape for families in Ireland will change dramatically. From Treoir’s perspective, the guardianship provisions are the most significant and are the subject of this article. It is likely that the guardianship provisions […]

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    Dominic Dunne: Obituary.

    By Ruadhán MacEoin. Irish-Army soldier, fisherman, truck driver, horseman, horticulturalist but above all campaigner, Dominic Dunne was many men during his tragically curtailed but eventful life.  He has died after a very short illness. It was typical of Domo’s mischief: his friends thought he was 55 but in fact he was born in 1954. He […]

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    A beady eye on plastic toxin balls.

    By John Gibbons There are some products, notably tobacco, that are only tolerated because they have been around for a very long time. These days, no one in their right mind would expect deliberately to bring such a toxic product to the market in western countries and to be allowed to promote and sell it […]

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    Migration gyration

    By John Gormley It didn’t take the political establishment long to adapt to the outpourings of public sympathy for the refugees. The initial limit of 600 was quickly upped to 1,800 when Fine Gael spokespersons were asked about the numbers of refugees that Ireland would accept. Not to be outdone, Labour leader, Joan Burton, mentioned […]

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    Obesity obeisance obtuse obscenity

    By Michael Smith A recent article in Village, ‘Obesity obeisance’ (June 2015) suggested Ireland was in the manipulated throes of a spurious fatness ‘epidemic’ contrived by industry machination, junk science and twenty-first-century angst. The article was an example of truthiness, a righteous gloss on truthfulness – minus the core ‘truth’ element; and thankfully a number […]

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    Template for Equality in Budget 2016

    By Sinéad Pentony A real plan for reducing inequality is needed as we approach Budget 2016 and this is what Anthony Atkinson offers us in ‘Inequality: What Can Be Done’. Inequality is not inevitable, he states, and the process of reversing the trend of growing inequality requires political engagement and concrete steps. This conclusion is […]

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    Rugby all and end all.

    By Brian John Spencer George Orwell wrote that sport is war minus the shooting. Like a ritualised clash between two tribes sport allows men and women to spill their primal energies, growing and bonding as human beings in the process. I played rugby every weekend from the age of seven with Instonians at Shane Park, […]

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    No market is an island

    By Constantin Gurdgiev Stock and bond markets have been rocked on the waves of volatility, the doom of deep corrections and the highs of rapid reversals. The summer of 2015 will go down in history books as a period when the markets have finally reverted to pricing in real fundamentals. And the process of market […]

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    North’s unions wary of South’s embrace of Sinn Féin

    By Anton McCabe Growing links between some unions in the Republic and Sinn Féin are causing certain concerns in the Northern trade union movement. While in the North the trade unions largely succeeded in holding together in a period of communal division, as part of wider society they are not immune from its tensions. In […]

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    Justice in the dark

    By Michael Smith The Equality Tribunal, the Employment Appeals Tribunal, the Labour Relations Commission and the National Employment Rights Agency will soon be merged together into the Workplace Relations Commission (as recommended by An Bord Snip Nua). Many of the reforms envisaged by the Workplace Relations Commission are necessary and will benefit both employers and […]

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    Affray in Bray

    By Frank Connolly Yet another storm is brewing in Wicklow following a decision by county council officials to dispose of its freehold on a significant commercial property on the Bray seafront. A number of elected members were shocked to learn in recent months of the disposal for just €10,000 of the freehold on the property […]

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DUP’S NEW MINISTERS TAKING UP OFFICE
The DUP ministerial team announcement at a Stormont Castle.
First Minister: Rt. Hon Peter Robinson MLA 
DCAL Minister: Nelson McCausland MLA 
Finance Minister:  Sammy Wilson MLA 
Environment Minister: Edwin Poots MLA 
DETI Minister: Arlene Foster MLA 
Junior Minister in OFM Robin Newton
  -Photo by Stephen Hamilton- Presseye.com.

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    Contagious

    By Frank Connolly Is it possible that the row that has engulfed the National Assets Management Agency (NAMA), a leading solicitors firm and senior politicians in the North over the disposal of its Project Eagle portfolio of distressed loans could spill over to its controversial operations south of the border? The involvement of the US […]

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    Fingering McCreevy, Dunne and Mulryan

    By Frank Connolly The recent appearance of Michael Fingleton at the banking inquiry served only to reinforce the widespread view that the Oireachtas hearings have done little to elucidate the real causes of the Irish financial collapse. The former head of Irish Nationwide Building Society accused everyone else but himself and his poor and self-serving […]

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    My first sculpture.

    By Kenneth Ruxton The passion for art had been there since I was a child though I hadn’t created any works of art since I was fifteen years old, thirty-three years ago. In early 2012 I was sitting on my mother’s couch, unemployed for over a year and I decided to start creating some art […]

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    Perspective

    Enda Kenny was not in fact damned by the Fennelly report. It found he did not sack or seek to sack hapless Garda commissioner Martin Callinan. Admittedly there are caveats and a “however”, but from the fury of commentators and opposition politicians you would think Kenny was Bertie Ahern. When people need to be fired, […]

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