Thursday - Oct 02, 2014
Great Economics debate.

Great Economics debate.

Economist Constantin Gurdgiev v Village Editor, Michael Smith Constantin Gurdgiev writes: The Global Financial Crisis and the Great Recession are actively reshaping how we analyse social phenomena, and how that analysis should shape public-policy choices. In many ways, changes in our attitudes to social inquiry have been positive. For example, more critical re-appraisal of rational-expectations-based

Debt’s dominion

Debt’s dominion

By Sinead Pentony. Is Ireland’s level of debt sustainable? The Troika drew attention to our high public debt in their final review of Ireland’s bailout programme. The first few weeks of 2014 have seen good news on Ireland’s cost of borrowing on the bond markets and the decision by Moody’s ratings agency, after all the


Inexorable ascent of women electoral candidates

Inexorable ascent of women electoral candidates

By Ivana Bacik. Selection conventions are now being held across the country to bring forward candidates for the May 2014 local and European elections. It is timely to revisit the issue of women’s representation in politics, especially in the new context created by the enactment of the Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Act 2012. This Act

Enduring Irish sculpture

Enduring Irish sculpture

By Kevin Kiely. Public sculpture in Ireland includes many monstrosities that are heavy and clumpy in their use of materials and ultimately non-artistic. The heavy-gang includes Edward Delaney, John Behan, Rowan Gillespie and Conor Fallon, but there are plenty of others. Delaney is egregious; his ‘Wolfe Tone’ and ‘Thomas Davis’ are part of street-lore. Tone


Ireland raw, happy and dysfunctional

Ireland raw, happy and dysfunctional

Shirley Clerkin While viewing the images in The Photo Album of Ireland exhibition, currently showing in the Gallery of Photography in Dublin’s Temple Bar, it occurred to me that we know exactly who we are. We just do not always want to admit it, or show it. Photos can make judgements just like words; on

Crevices of culture

Crevices of culture

Richard Callanan Seeing is Believing: The Politics of the Visual Rod Stoneman Black Dog Publishing £19.95 There is nothing to which Rod Stoneman is not willing to turn his attention so a broad canvas had to be created to encompass his writings on everyone from Andrea Mantegna to Banksy. The hoary old statistic about our


Satire: Denis shares some hard-earned business wisdom

Satire: Denis shares some hard-earned business wisdom

Denis O’Brien Dear Dermot, INM gobshites. Badly run with  no internet strategy. My mini-Afghanistan, basically. Bloody Sir Anthony blew up the group. Everyone loves him, bloody poetry-reading patrician. Daddy always  told him “it’s easy to win but it’s hard to lose”. Triumph and disaster, that sort of thing. But check-mate to Denis O’Brien, as Business


Stasis in the Southern heat

Stasis in the Southern heat

  Ken Phelan On a typically fine July afternoon in California, three buses pull into the small, parched border town of Murrieta, but don’t outstay their welcome. Awaiting their arrival is a group of protesters, ventilating placards and pent-up vitriol in the heat. “USA, USA”, they chant,  “Go back home!”. Inside the buses, approximately 140

Isis crisis

Isis crisis

Frank Armstrong Iraq came shuddering back into the news this summer after the spectacular conquest by ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, now preferring the term ‘The Islamic State’) of Mosul, the country’s second city. This was closely followed by the fall of Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s birthplace, and threats to a petrified


Getting married in China

Getting married in China

  Garreth Byrne Confucius (d. 479 BC) was an ethical teacher who laid down guiding principles for intending mandarin rulers in a feudal society. He stressed the importance of observing traditional rites to elicit harmonious responses from the Will of Heaven. A central part of his teaching was the duties of husbands towards wives and


Dick Roche hits out

Dick Roche hits out

  Frank Connolly A former Fianna Fáil Minister for the Environment, Dick Roche, has accused Wicklow County Council and two other state agencies of outrageous treatment of a family which has tried to build a data centre on lands near Newtownmountkennedy in recent years. In the latest zoning and planning controversy to erupt in Wicklow,

Equality of outcome: an ethical imperative (editorial September 2014)

Equality of outcome: an ethical imperative (editorial September 2014)

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


If Ireland were Palestine

If Ireland were Palestine

  John Gibbons It’s almost 30 years since an IRA no-warning bomb exploded in the Grand Hotel, Brighton, killing five people. Its primary target, British PM, Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet, escaped serious injury. Thatcher defiantly responded by saying that “all attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail”. Her composure in the immediate aftermath

Parklife

Parklife

  Ciaran Cuffe It’s Sunday morning in the Phoenix Park. A group of Brazilians are playing football under the shadow of the Wellington Monument. In the distance a herd of deer look on. One suspects the Duke of Ormond would be happy to know that 350 years after he purchased the lands for a royal


Fixing the world

Fixing the world

Lorna Gold Since mid-2012 talks have been going on under the auspices of the UN to decide what will replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015. The new development framework under discussion is to be universally applicable across all countries, rich and poor. This could be described as an exercise in ‘fixing

Serious questions about Law Society conduct

Serious questions about Law Society conduct

Solicitor struck off after Law Society falsely imputed an undertaking, and relied in part on a forged document and evidence from a fraudulent solicitor By Frank Connolly Allegations of “repeated skulduggery on the part of officials of the Law Society” are likely to be aired in the Supreme Court in the not too distant future


Standoff: Frank Armstrong v NDC’s Catherine Logan, on dairy

Standoff: Frank Armstrong v NDC’s Catherine Logan, on dairy

Armstrong wrong on dairy by Catherine Logan Frank Armstrong’s article ‘Contrary about Dairy [Village, June-July) contains numerous inaccuracies regarding dairy. Dairy foods play a significant and important role in a healthy, balanced diet and are included in dietary recommendations throughout the world. Inaccurate information and communications on dairy, or indeed any food/nutrient, may lead to