Chávez loses constitutional vote

  • 3 December 2007
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With rare exceptions, foreign correspondents have taken their lead from the US in their coverage of elections in Venezuela and Bolivia.  Presidents Hugo Chávez and Evo Morales are ridiculed and vilified.  But warmonger and global warming denier George Bush is treated with respect, and evidence of US-funded attempts to influence election results, even through assassination, is ignored.

The Irish language for or against

  • 27 November 2007
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I fail to understand why political parties like Labour and Fine Gael are so dead set against the Irish language. Their idea of reducing Gaeilge to a mere choice subject on the Leaving Cert is akin to the State saying that the language is of no use any more.

Conduct of Foxhunting in Ireland

  • 27 November 2007
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In light of the media reports that a foxhunting club is under investigation it would be helpful to put in context the organisation of foxhunting in Ireland.

Response to GM food article

It's as if Village described the PDs as having decontaminated politics in Ireland and made he political system here utterly inclusive: in other words, Rosemary Dolan's description of GM foods in the November issue of Village – 'GM foods are older than we think' - is so far removed from the reality of the GM foods issue that it reads like a fairy story.

Hidden Subsidy for Nuclear Power

In the British Parliament on 11 October, John Hutton MP, Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, said "There will be no taxpayer subsidy and no hidden subsidies for new nuclear [power] if Her Majesty's Government reach[es] that decision."

People Power needed for Bray Fire service

  • 16 October 2007
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The people of Bray are deeply saddened to hear how two brave firefighers, Brian Murray and Mark O Shaughnessy, lost their lives fighting a  fire in a disused factory.