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Migrant entrepreneurship

Migrant entrepreneurship

By Niall Crowley At best we see migrants as workers, and all too often as a source of cheap, exploitable labour. Integration policy tends to be concerned with what happens in the workplace or out in the community. We fail to see migrants as entrepreneurs. Economic policy and economic development programmes don’t do diversity and


Improved but still fundamentally flawed: men and guardianship

Improved but still fundamentally flawed: men and guardianship

By Michael Smith The Children and Family Relationships Bill is the most important piece of legislation affecting parents and children for a generation. There is much that is good in the bill but this article focuses on one surprising defect: the provisions on unmarried fathers and guardianship. While the extension of automatic guardianship under the

NAMA as morality tale.

NAMA as morality tale.

By Berni Dwan. The National Assets Management Bureau (NAMA) has written off €300m in debts for 23 major property developers, we hear. It has been reported from several quarters that representatives for the Quinn family and the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) are currently negotiating a settlement of their €4.5bn case against the former Anglo


Sheehy claims defamation

Sheehy claims defamation

By Frank Connolly As Village was going to print a writ threatening defamation proceedings against Gabriel Dooley was lodged in the High Court by Simon McAleese Solicitors acting for former Wicklow county manager, Eddie Sheehy. During the same week the editor of the Wicklow Times, Shay Fitzmaurice received a letter from solicitors McGuire McNeice acting

Wick-lowdown, 2015

Wick-lowdown, 2015

By Frank Connolly The controversy surrounding the acquisition of lands at Charlesland, near Greystones in Wicklow by property developers Sean Mulryan and Sean Dunne in 2004 continues to haunt the local authority even since the departure last month of county manager, Eddie Sheehy. Environment minister, Alan Kelly, is under pressure from junior finance minister and


Vultures leave their carrion to resurrectionists

Vultures leave their carrion to resurrectionists

By Frank Connolly So Johnny Ronan is back on top of the heap. According to the Sindo, the “maverick” developer is about to storm the most lucrative real estate sites in Dublin and London, with the help of US and Asian funds. The man with the magic touch has paid back €400m to get out

Wicklow manager retires.

Wicklow manager retires.

By Frank Connolly. The retirement of Wicklow County manager, Eddie Sheehy, has focused attention on the controversial legacy which his, yet to be announced, successor will inherit. Over the 14 years that he has been at the helm, the Council has been embroiled in a succession of embarrassing episodes and legal actions, from the illegal


Wellbeing not Economy.

Wellbeing not Economy.

By John Woods and Peter Doran. Even the American economist, Simon Kuznets, who developed ‘Gross Domestic Product’ (GDP) as a ‘crude’ aggregate measure of economic activity in a time of emergency during the 1930s, warned that it was never intended as a long-term approach to capturing information on important dimensions of progress such as welfare.

Political dynasties in Ireland and abroad.

Political dynasties in Ireland and abroad.

By Eoin O’ Malley. When the French UMP selected Jean Sarközy to run the party in the wealthy suburb of Hauts-de-Seine, a region his father Nicolas dominated for two decades, many saw this as an attempt to start a new political dynasty. The protests at the then French president’s later attempt to install his son


Lone parents want to work.

Lone parents want to work.

By Mary Murphy. Changes to the One Parent Family Payment (OFP) are now coming to a head and are causing stress and panic  for many families. Over half a million people live in families headed by a lone parent. These families are much more likely to experience poverty and social exclusion. In 2013, 63% of

Leftism demands nationalism ahead of socialism.

Leftism demands nationalism ahead of socialism.

By Anthony Coughlan. In last month’s Village, Yanis Varoufakis, Finance Minister in Greece’s Syriza Government, was quoted as saying that it is “the Left’s historical duty, at this particular juncture, to stabilise capitalism, to save European capitalism from itself and from the inane handlers of the Eurozone’s inevitable crisis.” He said the Left in Europe


Siteserv in the media.

Siteserv in the media.

By Gerard Cunningham and Michael Smith. The agendas and non-agendas associated with Ireland’s most powerful media owner, Denis O’Brien, are so complex that Village decided to try to bring some loose science to bear from a survey of newspaper coverage and front pages. The latest round of the Siteserv story broke on 19 April when

Pure Love and the Loss of Shame.

Pure Love and the Loss of Shame. Opinion

Coming from a country where there are no plans for marriage equality and stances toward gay unions are stifling, the mobilisation of supporters for marriage equality in Ireland has been humbling.


Radio is for old people.

Radio is for old people.

By Gerard Cunningham. Newspapers have grown used to the idea that they face an existential threat from the digital world, even if they haven’t quite figured out what to do about it.  But for a long time broadcasters, in particular radio,  thought they could be different. The truth is that, behind the chipper periodic press


What values underlie Irish foreign policy?

What values underlie Irish foreign policy?

By Lorna Gold. Academics, policymakers and NGOs met in early April at the Royal Irish Academy to examine how Ireland’s new foreign policy, ‘Global Island’, can be put into practice. The striking thing about this policy is an extraordinary clash between the two key sections: that on ‘Our Values’ which establishes a framework of values

After Aras Attracta, de-institutionalise!

After Aras Attracta, de-institutionalise!

By Niall Crowley. Political and media outrage is strangely hard to direct and seemingly impossible to sustain. There was a lot of it about, though, when ‘Prime Time’ did its exposé of Aras Attracta in Mayo and the inhumane treatment of people with intellectual disabilities there. The Taoiseach led the way with: ‘This was frightening,