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How government has dismantled the equality infrastructure.

How government has dismantled the equality infrastructure.

By Rachel Mullen. The Equality Tribunal has been an important part of the Irish equality infrastructure. The system whereby the former Equality Authority provided support to those taking cases of alleged discrimination and a specialist Equality Tribunal heard and decided these cases had been lauded as best practice by the European Commission. The Equality Authority


In the bath with Sean Quinn, 3.2bn loser

In the bath with Sean Quinn, 3.2bn loser

                Seán Quinn lay back in the gilt bathtub that he had got the Quinn Group to buy for him, and was hiding from Anglo, and reflected on how honest he was.  I am a very honest man, he thought, decent and humble, wrecked by Anglo.  I don’t

30 years after 1984.

30 years after 1984.

By Tom Hanahoe. The social class hierarchy of Oceania, where George Orwell’s 1984 is set, has three levels – the upper-class Inner Party, the elite ruling minority, who make up 2% of the population; the middle-class Outer Party, who make up 13% of the population; and the lower-class Proles, who make up 85% of the


99% gone, and still going.

99% gone, and still going.

  By Tony Lowes. 99% of the actively growing raised bog in Ireland has gone, with one third of the remaining 1% lost in the last 10 years     “I would like to draw your attention to the outright carnage bestowed on hundreds of acres of our historical raised bog lands in County Westmeath.”

The Twitter Power 100

The Twitter Power 100

By Gerard Cunningham Imagine you wanted to open a bookshop, but you knew nothing about books. You could research the book market professionally, find out who the best-selling authors are, or which genres do well. But maybe you’re lucky enough to know a lot of authors. So instead of extensive research, you ask your ten


Competition confounding community confusion.

Competition confounding community confusion.

By Ann Irwin. New legislation and changes to  funding arrangements, community development programmes and institutional structures are all sowing confusion and frustration among community organisations. The rhetoric behind these changes has been about bringing coherence to the community sector, avoiding duplication and ensuring value for money. So far the opposite has happened. Bringing about so

Social welfare privatisation kicks in, quietly and unquestioned.

Social welfare privatisation kicks in, quietly and unquestioned.

By Mary Murphy. The Department of Social Protection has contracted two private companies to deliver JobPath, a new activation programme for Ireland’s 178,000 long-term unemployed. This follows a tendering process supported by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion in London. A British recruitment firm, Seetec, has been contracted to deliver these activation services in


Quality, not just quantity.

Quality, not just quantity.

Don’t forget the biggest lessons of the last 20 years (editorial Nov 2014) November’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

Safe pair of hands

Safe pair of hands

By Jonny Baxter Laura Harmon is on the phone when I meet her outside the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Trinity College. She finishes, apologises gratuitously, and we make our way into the Arts block to locate an empty lecture theatre. A sensor notes our presence and the lights beam into action as we find seats



Unravelling Gogarty

Unravelling Gogarty

By Frank Connolly. Planning Tribunal costs as well as findings based on James Gogarty’s evidence are being successfully challenged (Oct 14). 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

Village, the Irish Examiner, Mark Dearey and the Press Ombudsman

Village has taken the Irish Examiner to the Press Ombudsman over its misreport of the Mark Dearey case against Village which Dearey dropped in April after the parties agreed non-financial terms including a reiteration of an apology. Village had already given for a mistake but no concession of the alleged defamation for which Dearey had


Ireland’s Chimerical competitiveness.

Ireland’s Chimerical competitiveness.

  By Constantin Gurdgiev (November 2014). Of the 196 appointments to state boards made by the current Coalition, only 35 resulted from open public competition. Pay increments for civil servants – for length of service not performance – remain in place. Only .75% of civil servants received less than  three out of five in the

The Irish Times and abortion.

The Irish Times and abortion.

By Ruth Cullen The Irish Times was once seen as the paper of record. But its coverage in some social areas like abortion shows it to be more engaged in agendism than journalism, less a paper of record than a paper of advocacy. Cynics, of course, would say with AJ Liebling, “freedom of the press


Wicklow Council Consultant sought tender for clean-up of illegal waste.

Wicklow Council Consultant sought tender for clean-up of illegal waste.

  By Frank Connolly.   The multi-million scandal surrounding the illegal dumping of waste in county Wicklow is another legacy left to the new environment minister, Alan Kelly, by his predecessor, Phil Hogan and another reason why the latter’s proposed elevation to the post of European Commissioner has been questioned. In October last, Nessa Childers,

Another gynaecological cancer misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome

Another gynaecological cancer misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome

Dublin Coroner returns verdict of medical misadventure in Mater Hospital case. By Rónán Lynch.   The inquest into the death of Dublin woman Maureen Desmond has indentified a number of ways to improve the early diagnosis of, and continuity of care for, women’s cancers. Dublin Coroner Dr Brian Farrell returned a verdict of medical misadventure


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

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