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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

NAMA decision (update) – The Story

NAMA decision (update) – The Story: "The court has found in favour of the OCEI and dismissed NAMA’s appeal. We will publish a copy of the judgment as soon as we have it."?

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NAMA loses appeal over requests for environmental information | Irish Examiner

NAMA loses appeal over requests for environmental information | Irish Examiner: "The High Court has today dismissed an appeal by the National Assets Management Agency against a ruling by the Commissioner for Environmental Information it is a public authority and therefore subject to freedom of information requests.

The Commissioner, Emily O'Reilly, ruled in September 2011 NAMA should be subject to information requests under environmental freedom of information on the basis of her finding it is a public authority within the meaning of provisions of the 2007 European (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations.

NAMA appealed that decision to the High Court, and had argued claimed the Commissioner's decision was wrong and argued its establishment under statute does not mean it is a public authority. "?

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Other News - Major Conference on Irish media and social justice www.siptu.ie

Other News - Major Conference on Irish media and social justice www.siptu.ie: "A major conference in Dublin on Saturday, 9th March, will examine how Ireland’s media treats social justice issues and will ask how social justice can be brought to the forefront of the conversation by broadcast, print, community and social media. 

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Shatter on collision course with judges over cuts to holidays - Independent.ie

Shatter on collision course with judges over cuts to holidays - Independent.ie: "A special meeting of High Court judges was held this week to discuss the contents of Mr Shatter's letter, which was circulated to judges by Chief Justice Mrs Justice Susan Denham on the eve of the Croke Park extension talks."?

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Dearbhail McDonald: We're blind to the new Magdalene scandals happening in our midst - Independent.ie

Dearbhail McDonald: We're blind to the new Magdalene scandals happening in our midst - Independent.ie: "Ditto for the treatment of children in prisons", the failure to provide hundreds of children in foster care with social workers and the plight of children and young adults in aftercare without proper supports."?

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Emer O'Kelly: Religious must pay for warping our society - Independent.ie

Emer O'Kelly: Religious must pay for warping our society - Independent.ie: "Nobody listened then to his cry for the voiceless; we remained deaf for generations."?

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Bill restricts Dáil banking crisis probe | Irish Examiner

Bill restricts Dáil banking crisis probe | Irish Examiner: "“While such inquiries can look into the activities of past governments, it is important to note they cannot make findings having a direct adverse affect on the reputation of individuals.”"?

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Shame on Kit Cunningham and Father Myers - My Telegraph

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Shame on Kit Cunningham and Father Myers - My Telegraph: ""Where is the English justice system in this case?"THE SAME PLACE THE IRISH "LEGAL"JUSTICE SYSTEM IS?"

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Critiquing the McAleese Report. - Human Rights in Ireland

Critiquing the McAleese Report. - Human Rights in Ireland: "Sean Aylward and others were entirely wrong to claim that the Magdalene Laundries were largely private institutions outside the remit of the state and that the majority of women who lived and worked in the laundries entered voluntarily"?

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Editorial July-August 2012 Why no prosecutions? | Village Magazine

Editorial July-August 2012 Why no prosecutions? | Village Magazine: "The law on corporate crime and corruption is no longer really the problem. The problem is not the rules, it is their enforcement.

Nothing enshrines inequality in our society so well as inertia in prosecuting white-collar crime.  As a first part of a continuing series we look [pp24-29] at why bankers and people fingered by our zealous, if over-priced, tribunals have remained with one or two exceptions free, the beneficiaries – apparently and so far – of impunity."?

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PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?: December 2011

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?: December 2011: "TO GET THE IRISH DIRECTOR OF "PUBLIC" PROSECUTIONS TO GIVE HONEST AND JUST REASONS FOR SOME OF HIS CONTROVERSIAL DECISIONS.?"

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PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?: December 2011

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?: December 2011: ""A report by the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body also concluded there was a danger of political influence being exerted on the gardai and the Director of Public Prosecution in politically sensitive corruption issues"?"

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Beppe Grillo's Blog

Beppe Grillo's Blog: "The reconstruction of Italy can now begin on the basis of social justice, of equity, of community, and of solidarity. The Italian has lost the idea of beauty, of happiness, even the awareness of self, of self worth and of personal identity. We can succeed in coming out of the darkness, of seeing the stars once more. It won’t be the spread that stops us if each person plays their part, if we get involved fearlessly. We are the State and they have convinced us otherwise."?

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Young Filipino cardinal could be next pope

Young Filipino cardinal could be next pope: "A younger person is needed to deal with the problems of the times.'"?

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HSE putting hundreds of foster children in danger, says report - Independent.ie

HSE putting hundreds of foster children in danger, says report - Independent.ie: "A damning report into foster care in north west Dublin has revealed how the safety of 368 children was still not protected.

The inspection took place just a few months after a report revealed that 196 children in state care or known to social services died between 2000 and 2010."?

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Ex-judge pleads guilty to new charge - The Irish Times - Fri, Feb 22, 2013

Ex-judge pleads guilty to new charge - The Irish Times - Fri, Feb 22, 2013: "Perrin of Lambay Court, Malahide today pleaded guilty that between May 25th, 2004 and February 2nd, 2009 within the State dishonestly with the intention of making a gain for herself or another or of causing a loss to another she did falsify an account, namely an eight page document entitled “Cash Account, Estate of Gary Doyle Deceased”."?

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Brady under fire ahead of papal conclave | Irish Examiner

Brady under fire ahead of papal conclave | Irish Examiner: "However, Cardinal Brady, who played a role in the cover up of abuse, is refusing to bow to his critics, and his office last night said he will attend and vote in the forthcoming conclave to elect the 266th pope."?

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Column: Industrial action by gardaí is unacceptable – and here’s why

Column: Industrial action by gardaí is unacceptable – and here’s why: "The Garda Representative Organisation was formed in the wake of the “Macushla Revolt” in November 1961, when many gardaí started to meet and organise in protest of their poor pay and conditions. Back in those days there was a force-sanctioned body to represent gardaí that was stuffed with the officer class, old guards who looked after themselves and didn’t much bother with the conditions suffered by younger and increasingly well-educated rank and file."?

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Sophie suspect Bailey becomes a master of law - Independent.ie

Sophie suspect Bailey becomes a master of law - Independent.ie: "His thesis for the masters was entitled 'Policing the Police – Garda Accountability in Ireland'."?

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Decisions, Decisions – The Story

Decisions, Decisions – The Story: "When I began looking at how Freedom of Information works in Ireland, one of the first things I did was look for decision notices. To my astonishment, there were very few: the Irish Information Commissioner publishes only a selection of decisions. With fewer appeals because of the high fees, the result is a much smaller base of information to draw on. The Scottish Commissioner has published 1,568 decisions in just over eight years; in Ireland, after fifteen years, we have just 435."?

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BBC News - Child abuse inquiry to launch poster campaign

BBC News - Child abuse inquiry to launch poster campaign: "The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland is to launch a promotional campaign later in an attempt to get more victims to come forward."?

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BBC News - Child abuse inquiry to launch poster campaign

BBC News - Child abuse inquiry to launch poster campaign: "The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland is to launch a promotional campaign later in an attempt to get more victims to come forward."?

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Outspoken HSE critic to lose core funding | Irish Examiner

Outspoken HSE critic to lose core funding | Irish Examiner: "These include cases with extremely serious concerns around “unexplained deaths, injury, late diagnosis, complaints to regulators, and outstanding requests with the HSE advocacy unit for independent reviews”.?
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Two get suspended jail terms over French death - RTÉ News

Two get suspended jail terms over French death - RTÉ News: "She said they were dismayed that they were not permitted to deliver a victim impact statement in court.
John French said they had seen their daughter slandered but no one pointed out that she had been making efforts to stay clear of drugs."?

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Two get suspended jail terms over French death - RTÉ News

Two get suspended jail terms over French death - RTÉ News: "She said they were dismayed that they were not permitted to deliver a victim impact statement in court.
John French said they had seen their daughter slandered but no one pointed out that she had been making efforts to stay clear of drugs."?

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Two get suspended jail terms over French death - RTÉ News

Two get suspended jail terms over French death - RTÉ News: "She said they were dismayed that they were not permitted to deliver a victim impact statement in court.
John French said they had seen their daughter slandered but no one pointed out that she had been making efforts to stay clear of drugs."?

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CONNECT TO MY ANGELS

CONNECT TO MY ANGELS: """Unbelievably, the last of these asylums was closed only in 1996."?SOCIAL CLASS AND ECONOMICS PLAYED A LARGE PART IN WHO WAS SENT TO THESE INSTITUTIONS,THEN AND NOW?""

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Column: The war on drugs isn’t working. We need to medicalise heroin.

Column: The war on drugs isn’t working. We need to medicalise heroin.: "WE NEED TO have a very serious think about our drug policy because it is not working. While the use of other more discretionary ‘recreational’ drugs such as cocaine declined somewhat with the recession, there are as many heroin addicts now as there were at the height of the boom and drug crime has increased."?

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Tackle gangs by legalising drugs

Tackle gangs by legalising drugs: "Peter McVerry SJ was pulling no punches on the Pat Kenny's radio programme on Tuesday 8 January. He was discussing the impact of Gangland culture on young people and Irish society in general. Peter said the gangs would only cease to exist when the sale of drugs became legalised and controlled."?

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10 things we learned from RTÉ’s Inside Irish Nationwide

10 things we learned from RTÉ’s Inside Irish Nationwide: "The warning signs were there long before its collapse"?

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10 things we learned from RTÉ’s Inside Irish Nationwide

10 things we learned from RTÉ’s Inside Irish Nationwide: "The warning signs were there long before its collapse"?

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

WHAT IF?

WHAT IF?: ""“Perhaps new forms of research-based investigation might better address such issues as the Magdalene Laundries or the quality of care in some mother-and-baby homes "and other institutions,”"?"ALL INSTITUTIONS WITHIN THE STATE OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND?

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Harvard's Bruce Western advocates new prison, rehabilitation policies | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2013

Harvard's Bruce Western advocates new prison, rehabilitation policies | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2013: " Western is studying what happens to prisoners after their release and has come to interview Jerry about his experience."?

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WHAT IF?

WHAT IF?: ""We are being plagued by social media. If it was Facebook (that tries the case), I would swear in Facebook," he said."?

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Taoiseach's nephew jailed for burglary, drugs and car theft - Independent.ie

Taoiseach's nephew jailed for burglary, drugs and car theft - Independent.ie: "He has now enrolled to complete his leaving certificate and had been offered scholarships in Trinity and in Galway."?

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sprit2008′s Weblog

Sprit2008′s Weblog: "Ellen junior would have a child out of wedlock on 19th june 1926,father unknown "?

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Goretti Horgan: Changing women's lives in Ireland (Part 1)

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Goretti Horgan: Changing women's lives in Ireland (Part 1): ""While the price of sex within marriage was high, the penalty for sex outside marriage was exorbitant. If a working class woman became pregnant outside marriage, she had to leave her home in disgrace and go to one of the Magdalen Laundries or “Good Shepherd” convents. Her parents had no choice but to turn her out. Any parents who tried to stand by their daughters had the priest hammering at the door, telling them it was their Christian duty to turn their back on their child"?"

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UK seeks source of horse and pig DNA found in beef | FAIR

UK seeks source of horse and pig DNA found in beef | FAIR: "Polish horse meat mislabeled as beef is the likely source of the equine DNA found in Irish beef products, but the Food Safety Agency in the United Kingdom is still going ahead with tests on more meat samples collected from retail outlets throughout the UK, including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland."?EQUINE DNA =Donkey,Zebra?

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Silence on the slaughterhouse floor | FAIR

Silence on the slaughterhouse floor | FAIR: "Meat tainted with E. coli sickened a four-year-old boy and numerous others, resulting in the facility being shut down for a month and thousands of workers laid off."?

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WHAT IF?

WHAT IF?: " "Even at the risk of his reputation and livelihood, Edgar Schmidt couldn’t stay quiet any longer. For more than a decade, the senior justice department lawyer has been trying to convince his bosses that they are breaking the law by inadequately evaluating whether proposed bills violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. When he was finally satisfied that no one would ever listen to him, he decided to sue the government."?"

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Public Inquiry · DPPs directive: Some citizens are more equal than others?

Public Inquiry · DPPs directive: Some citizens are more equal than others?: "Its very existence seems to confirm what ordinary citizens have long suspected – that some citizens are more equal than others."?

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: WHAT IF?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: WHAT IF?: " """’READ MY LIPS,THERE IS NO ‘PROACTIVE ADVOCACY’ FOR CERTAIN PROFOUNDLY DEAF PEOPLE IN IRELAND?’THE REASONS PROJECT?JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED?”NOW MARCH 2011?’FROM 2003 to 2011?DISMAYED?””""""2013?

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The Catholic Institute for Deaf People | LinkedIn

The Catholic Institute for Deaf People | LinkedIn: "Supporting Deaf people to achieve their full potential"?

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Catholic Institute for deaf people - whats new

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Catholic Institute for deaf people - whats new: ""Globally, many Deaf citizens encounter the general population’s perception of being Deaf as one of disability. This “disability mindset” contributes directly towards the exclusion and devaluation of all people who are considered “different” including those who are Deaf. As a result, Deaf citizens in many countries are still hindered and "excluded" from participation in the larger society. Many are prevented from equal access to decision making, employment opportunities, and quality education"?"

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Public Inquiry · Garda Ombudsman: You are not entitled to any information whatsoever

Public Inquiry · Garda Ombudsman: You are not entitled to any information whatsoever: "Dublin TD Clare Daly believes that her arrest on a drink driving charge and the leaking of the story to the media was a deliberate attempt to discredit her because she has raised issues of malpractice within the Garda Siochana.

I agree with her conclusions."?

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Freedom of information legislation to be extended - The Irish Times - Sat, Jul 07, 2012

Freedom of information legislation to be extended - The Irish Times - Sat, Jul 07, 2012: "Minister for Reform Brendan Howlin said significant work had been undertaken to create a “legal mechanism which will achieve once and for all the application of freedom of information to all public bodies”. He said the Government “is determined that our legislation in this area should rank alongside the best of such legislation” internationally."

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Magdalene apology urged as UN envoy recommends payout - National News - Independent.ie

Magdalene apology urged as UN envoy recommends payout - National News - Independent.ie: "It found women were incarcerated by the courts for petty crimes, escapees were returned to laundries by gardai, foster families sent them to workhouses when allowances ran out while others were sent because they were orphaned, abused, mentally or physically disabled, homeless or poor."?

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

UN Committee against Torture calls for independent investigation into Magdalene Laundries - Public Interest Law Alliance

UN Committee against Torture calls for independent investigation into Magdalene Laundries - Public Interest Law Alliance: "UN Committee against Torture calls for "independent" investigation into Magdalene Laundries"?

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UN committee hears ‘vast majority’ of women entered Magdalene Laundries voluntarily or with consent

UN committee hears ‘vast majority’ of women entered Magdalene Laundries voluntarily or with consent: "THE DEPARTMENT of Justice has told the UN that, as far as it is aware, the vast majority of women who went to Magdalene Laundries run by Catholic institutions in Ireland “went there voluntarily or, if they were minors, with the consent of their parents or guardians”."?

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Alan Shatter, 17th December 2009

Trouble in the Garden: Critical Legal Studies & the Crisis | Critical Legal Thinking

Trouble in the Garden: Critical Legal Studies & the Crisis | Critical Legal Thinking: "That he has an impov­er­ished sense of the garden meta­phor is per­haps restrict­ing his ima­gin­a­tion."?

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Rate-Your Solicitor website closed down - Indymedia Ireland - paddy o'connell

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Rate-Your Solicitor website closed down - Indymedia Ireland - paddy o'connell: "CLASS INEQUALITY IN IRELAND."?

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PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?: Rate-Your Solicitor website closed down - Indymedia Ireland

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?: Rate-Your Solicitor website closed down - Indymedia Ireland: ""A special Committee of the Law Society has said it was utterly appalled at reports that some solicitors had double-charged for work done for victims of institutional abuse.
In a lecture given to students in Cork, the Master of the High Court Edmund Honohan SC advocated independent regulation of the profession saying that no spinning by the Society could disguise the systemic failure of self-regulation. He said most solicitors must now realise they had been let down, not just by a few rogue negligent solicitors, but by the Law Society itself.
A website launched in February 2006 by the Victims of the Legal Profession, www.Rate-Your-Solicitor.com has become an increasingly popular place for people to vent their frustrations with solicitors.?"

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Magdalene survivors reject Taoiseach's apology | Irish Examiner

Magdalene survivors reject Taoiseach's apology | Irish Examiner: "Mary Smyth said she endured inhumane conditions in a laundry, which she said was worse than being in prison.

“I will go to the grave with what happened. It will never ever leave me,” said Ms Smyth, also of the group."?

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Magdalene Laundries report: Mary Lou McDonald calls for full state apology and redress scheme | An Phoblacht

Magdalene Laundries report: Mary Lou McDonald calls for full state apology and redress scheme | An Phoblacht: "TAOISEACH Enda Kenny’s refusal to issue a public apology immediately on the publication of the report on Tuesday afternoon by Senator Martin McAleese into the state’s involvement in the Magdalene Laundries has disappointed campaigners.

Thousands of women were used as unpaid labour in ten laundries operated by religious orders with the knowledge, compliance and active support of the state."?

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A life unlived: 35 years of slavery in a Magdalene Laundry

A life unlived: 35 years of slavery in a Magdalene Laundry: "Samantha Long’s mother Margaret Bullen was placed in Gloucester Street (now Sean McDermott Street) Laundry c.1967 and died 35 years later, never having been released into society and her own home. Margaret died of an illness known as Goodpasture Syndrome, a disease of the kidneys and liver – one of the causes is exposure to industrial-strength chemicals such as those used in the Laundries."?

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Henry Wallace, America's Forgotten Visionary

Henry Wallace, America's Forgotten Visionary: "Stone raises several titillating but unknowable questions: Had Wallace become president, would the United States have dropped the atom bomb on Japan? Would the country have spent several decades engaged in a costly cold war and arms race with the Soviet Union? Would we have created a permanent war economy (one that President Eisenhower later warned had become a "military-industrial complex") and replaced England as the world's most assertive imperialist and colonial power, leading the country into numerous military adventures, including Vietnam? Would our society have postponed for at least a decade the civil rights and women's rights revolutions?"

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Judge: Lack of DPP explanation ‘hurtful for family’ | Irish Examiner

Judge: Lack of DPP explanation ‘hurtful for family’ | Irish Examiner: "Stressing that he was not making observations behind the DPP’s back, Mr Justice Moriarty said there was no doubt from the evidence the pair and their family were demoralised and bewildered when it was indicated no prosecution was to be brought and, according to practice, no reason was given. "?THE"REAL"REASONS PROJECT?

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Businessman awarded part of legal costs in promissory notes case | Irish Examiner

Businessman awarded part of legal costs in promissory notes case | Irish Examiner: "In his ruling on Thursday High Court President Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns found the businessman lacked the legal standing to bring such a challenge which would be better if it were taken by a member of the Dáil. "?

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