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No One Shouted Stop

The late John Healy published ‘Death of an Irish Town’ in 1968, republished as ‘No One Shouted Stop’ 20 years later in 1988. On the 50th anniversary of its publication, it’s interesting to look back at the original. Slow Decline
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That would be an ecumenical matter

A Craggy Island If ‘Yes Minister’ was the essential program in the 1980’s for understanding the public-school educated Westminster mandarin, the aphorisms of Father Ted fulfilled the same function in informing a British audience about the surreality of rural Catholic
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Electricity prices, something a little smelly perhaps?

Yes, Ireland is tops again Eurostat, the EU body responsible for providing statistical information to the institutions of the European Union are a sober lot. What they don’t know about EU statistics could be written on the back of one of An Post’s
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Round up the Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects There’s a wonderful moment at the end of Casablanca. The Vichy Captain Renault faces Rick (Humphrey Bogart), just as the Gendarmes arrive to discover the Nazi Major Strasser bleeding to death from a recently acquired gunshot. Having
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We’ll stick to the terrace, not the grandstand

Our job at ISME is to call it as it is for our members; those SMEs who provide the vast bulk of indigenous jobs in Ireland. Yesterday, in a news release, we stated that citizen ‘privacy is not an absolute
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The (broken) Homes of Donegal

Singer/songwriter Paul Brady, sang; “For there’s no place on earth just like, The homes of Donegal” When one of the country’s master lyricists wrote those lines over thirty years ago little did he know that parts of Donegal were about
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Government ministers’ drug problem damaging the country

The Twelve Steps programme for TDs The first step of the renowned Twelve Steps to Recovery programme, as recommended by Alcoholics Anonymous, is to admit that you have a problem. But there’s the problem. Senior government ministers are unwilling to
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So, it never rains in Ireland

It’s no joke It must be some kind of Irish joke that the rainy-day fund that is meant to save us during the next economic downturn, won’t see that light of day for another two years. By that time we
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Casting a Hawkeye on GAA tax proposals

Those lazy, crazy days Ah yes, remember those glorious summer days of yore? The rain. The delicate exfoliation delivered by damp, sandy, beach towels to post swim shivering, skin. That same sand that put the sand into sandwich. And all
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Can We Handle The Truth?

Lying What is perjury? You and I as laymen have a pretty good idea what perjury is- telling a lie under oath or affirmation. There are two old English statutes of perjury on our books, the Perjury Act 1586, and
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