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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….

a family crossing into Mexico from Guatemala

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…

the meaning of terror

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…

a balance: professionalism and participation

Arts Council still relegates participation to consumption

  By Niall Crowley. Sheila Pratschke, chairperson of the Arts Council, has boldly declared that the Arts Council needs “to conceive of our activities in a different way. We can’t…

stirrings of equality in Maoist propaganda

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…

Dick Roche: complaint

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…


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…

obliterated power plant: what if it had been Moneypoint?

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…

Eyre Square, Galway


  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…


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…


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…

Mater Hospital Dublin

Inquest continues this week into death of Dublin woman at the Mater Hospital

by Ronan Lynch Although Belfast woman Una Crudden is terminally ill with cancer, she’s using her time to raise awareness that ovarian cancer is commonly misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome….


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…

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Marian Finucane Show: professionals over weekend brunch. By Ronan Lynch

Formulaic and incestuous – promoting journalists and politicians along with a strange number of PR and legal voices (see spreadsheet below) The discussion on Marian Finucane’s radio show (Sunday 25…


Whistleblower threatens Sean Mulryan

Whistleblower auctioneer Gabriel Dooley was manoeuvred out of €4m as Bray Council benefited from land sale. By Frank Connolly A prominent auctioneer in county Wicklow has made serious allegations against…


Kevin Kiely puts boot into Seamus Heaney

Heaney:going through the poetic motions Ireland’s timeless bard of farmyard, bogs and prehistory by Kevin Kiely After his death last year the Independent newspaper described Séamus Heaney as “probably the…

A woman holds a poster during a vigil in Dublin in memory of Savita Halappanavar and in support of changes to abortion law. The 31 year old died at a Galway hospital last month. Her family claim she was repeatedly refused a termination during a miscarriage

The current law on abortion (Village Aug 2014). By Cathie Doherty

Little Change on Abortion. Abortion remains sidelined in this society, and others, to the point where it is almost impolite to raise the issue – as “divisive”, “already dealt with”…

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Economic smugness without statistical substance (June 2014)

Outside multinationals it’s grim – even for property and competitiveness. By Constantin Gurdgiev ‘The national property price index peaked at 70.0 in December 2013 but slipped to 69.1 in March…


Blowing the Whistle so hard on Donegal even the people who haven’t been following so far, will hear it.

By Michael Smith. As Frank McBrearty, the whistleblower whose attempted framing for the murder of Richie Barron led to the instigation of the Morris Tribunal, told Village: “without whistleblowers you…