Des O’Neill: Covid-19 deaths in care sector are a wake-up call to everyone
The C&AG’s report into nursing homes contained no real insight into the problems affecting the sector
The coronavirus-related deaths of almost 1,000 people in Irish nursing homes reflected an abject failure of policy and oversight by successive health ministers and the agencies they oversee, allied to untrammelled privatisation of a highly vulnerable sector.
Onto that deep, glaring wound was poured a hefty bucketful of salt by the Comptroller & Auditor General last week in a report on the Fair Deal scheme. It reinforced the sense that, like the Bourbons, the political class...
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Anton Savage: Michael D can point the way forward on the North
A recent trip over the border was a revelatory reminder of the changes that the passing decades have brought
Willie O’Reilly: Board appointment put Bass in difficult position
Surely, by now, politicians should be aware of conflicts of interest when making appointments to state boards
Biden administration continues hardline approach to asylum seekers
The harsh treatment and deportation of Haitians seeking to cross the border from Mexico into Texas has caused concern and disquiet among Americans
Ian Guider: Return of redundancy payments will give clarity on zombie companies
This is an important move not only for restoring workers’ rights but also for what it may show about the scale of long-term damage to businesses and employment caused by the pandemic