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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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  • Double rainbow forming on the western outskirts of Innerleithen, Scottish Borders

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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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  • tax-recording

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    Tax: Limited Public Appeal

    THE Department of Finance disregarded arguments by the Revenue Commissioners and its own civil servants that all tax appeal hearings should be held in public. Finance Minister Michael Noonan instead signed off on legislation whereby those involved in tax appeals can decide to have their hearings held privately … a choice that virtually all seem […]

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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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