Mary Kinane

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    Now not Then

    The recent multitude of events commemorating the centenary of the 1916 rising has provided ample opportunity to reconsider and admire the original wording of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic. “The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness […]

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    Villager – April 2016.

    Old masters – of bad practice. Christies is the agent for the export and proposed sale by auction of nine paintings and a drawing – including paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, David Teniers II and Francesco Guardi – from the Alfred Beit Foundation’s collection, mostly based in Russborough House, Co Wicklow. Scandalously, and in breach […]

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    Smur fit-up for Merrion Square.

    Norma Smurfit is now proposing a €2m pavilion for the west side of Merrion Square in Dublin. The plans will go before the full council at its April meeting, to see whether they should move forward and should go out to public consultation.

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    Universities’ Seanad Elections

    Village is a campaigning magazine. Two of its key agendas are equality and sustainability. Two thoughtful and evidence-based champions of these issues are respectively Oisín Coghlan of Friends of the Earth and Rory Hearne of Tasc, standing for the Trinity and NUI panels. We decided to give them some space. In the same spirit NUI […]

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    NUI Gal way or the highway

    A senior member of administration at NUI Galway has made a complaint under the 2014 whistleblower Act about alleged irregularities in the appointment of people to senior teaching and administrative positions. The controversy is the latest in a succession of rows between staff and management at NUIG which has seen the Equality Tribunal make serious […]

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    Fragile Ukraine

    Each revolution, including Euromaidan against President Yanukovych, has brought disappointment. The oligarchs remain dominant, led by President Poroshenko, the richest man in the country’ Stalin’s policy of de-Kulakisation killed between two and seven million Ukrainians and annihilated the fabric of village life

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    Biased media, Election 2016.

    By Harry Browne. During the election campaign the mainstream media confirmed their bias against the real left and Sinn Féin   From the point of view of the media, one of February’s biggest stories almost got lost in the election chaos. On Friday, February 19th, one week before polling day, the newspaper circulation figures for […]

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    World Crass

    What was Richard Bruton thinking of when he referred to setting up a “world class” service, to establishing a new entity that is “all about making Ireland the best small country to do business in”, when he launched a “new era for employment rights and industrial relations”? The answer, surprisingly, is the Workplace Relations Commission […]

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    Fianna Gael

    The former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds once said that an Irish General Election was a series of 41 constituency by-elections. The vagaries of our proportional representation system mean that a modern Irish election can throw up all kinds of results. The landscape of Irish politics has been thrown into even greater uncertainty by the extraordinary destruction […]

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    The Crookedness of Irish Politics.

    By Frank Armstrong. In the 2012 documentary ‘Dreamtime Revisited’ poet-philosopher John Moriarty climbed Derada Hill in his adopted home of Connemara. Observing its hinterland he remarked that all about him was crooked, from the contours of the Oranmore River to the crooked coast towards the Aran Islands and the crooked horizon of the Twelve Bens. […]

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    Editorial – Election 2016.

    In 2011 we wrote in this space, “You would think from our recent history of some of the most notoriously bad governance on the planet, that we would have learnt that our political classes need to be replaced. In fact, this election time we see no new ideas”. Sadly democracy in Ireland needs an overhaul […]

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