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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


Nothing left to lose?

Nothing left to lose?

have absolutely nothing left to lose. Being told to vote responsibly is likely to goad them into a further radical response. They have had their fill of being patronised. Socialist Party leader, Joe Higgins, knows better than anyone the galvanising effect of the water-charges issue. The water-charges campaign not only helped to get him elected

What’s happening with housing policy in 2014?

What’s happening with housing policy in 2014?

Planning Bill, more houses, social houses, measures against homelessness – but little about quality; and rezoning speculation to be shortsightedly reinvigorated. By Michael Smith Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government has announced major reforms of the planning system as part of the forthcoming Planning Bill which was approved by Government in


Pressing a Point

Pressing a Point

By Villager The Irish Times made seven mistakes in its court report of Mark Dearey’s defamation action against Village last year, including that Village had actually defamed him (which it had not) and that he was seeking damages, when he wasn’t. Under pressure they corrected two of them. Village then took a case to the

Rocking the anti-establishment

Rocking the anti-establishment

By Villager Past pupils at rugger-loving, unisex, feepaying Blackrock and Belvedere Colleges have written to alumni urging them to campaign against the Education Bill which is intended to remove “soft barriers” to admission by forcing schools to publish entrance policies. The Belvedere students’ union has circulated a smug sample letter directed against Minister for Education


Quality, not just quantity

Quality, not just quantity

Don’t forget the biggest lessons of the last 20 years This month’s Village contains several disconcerting pieces about the state of housing and the property market (Michael Smith on the new Planning Bill [p 26], Paul Newsome on our obsession with Landlordism [p38] and Ronan Lyons on the social imperative to reduce costs for beleaguered

Desmond extracts an apology from the Sunday Times

Villager loves Irish offshore billionaires who take on the free press, or preferably own it. Dermot Desmond has gratifyingly extracted an immense and humble apology from the Sunday Times for a 1998 defamation. That year, a Mr Tom Doyle wrote to the Moriarty Tribunal stating that the Irish Financial Services Centre (IFSC) was his idea


Dublin: An enclave for the wealthy?

Dublin: An enclave for the wealthy?

The danger of the ‘Shoebox’ myth . By Ronan Lyons It is accepted by almost everybody that, in a city with Dublin’s geography, a home with a south or west aspect is preferable to one that faces north or east. Similarly, who could argue that having 60-square-metres to live in is better than 50? Everything


We need to talk about the Gardaí

We need to talk about the Gardaí

Political compliance and media silence on scandals redolent of police state. By Tom Hanahoe, Terence Conway and John Monaghan BETWEEN May 2007 and November 2009, 111 complaints about alleged Garda violence and intimidation were submitted to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission – established in 2005 and invested with more public hope than legislative power –

Everywhere yet nowhere

Everywhere yet nowhere

How we push climate Armageddon to the back of our minds. John Gibbons interviews Kari Marie Norgaard   A few minutes into Dr Kari Marie Norgaard’s recent lecture in Trinity College, Dublin, she ran a short animation showing the steady ratcheting up of global surface temperatures over time. The clip began in 1950. By the


Economic hopium for the masses

Economic hopium for the masses

The Interloper: Ireland’s national accounts extraordinarily manipulated. By Constantin Gurdgiev.   Since the publication of the second quarter 2014 (Q2 2014) National Accounts on September 18th, Irish media have virtually abandoned any critical assessment of the economy in a fog of fawning, culminating in some wayward demi-jubilation over the Budget. The ‘crisis easing’ narrative of


Unravelling Gogarty

Unravelling Gogarty

Planning Tribunal costs as well as findings based on James Gogarty’s evidence are being successfully challenged. By Frank Connolly IT is bizarre that the very people whose wrongdoing gave birth to the long-running Flood/Mahon tribunal into planning and payments may yet get the Supreme Court to reverse the decision to withhold payment of their costs

Eurout of line on the environment

Eurout of line on the environment

European Parliament should block Juncker’s shocking attempt to undermine EU environmental policies. By James Nix   As currently proposed, the EU Commission would, for the first time in more than two decades, have no dedicated environment Commissioner. Instead environment is rolled in with fisheries and maritime to make up one of what are essentially 20