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One of the lessons we should have learned from the political and economic failures of the recent past is that simply putting off hard decisions does not make them go away.
Charges have finally been laid against some of the senior executives who were running Anglo Irish Bank during its collapse. More charges against others may follow.
The Dáil adjourned for its eight-week summer recess last week, rising until September 18.
There has been much argument over the past few years about whether different standards apply to white collar crime, compared to more everyday offences.
There has been an important shift of emphasis in the messages coming from the government in relation to the EU/IMF bailout.
Politicians regularly complain about the low public esteem in which they are held. But is it really any wonder?
The government will soon publish the results of its review of the system of allowances, special payments and premium rates to employees in the public service.
Irish people have an outstanding record when it comes to giving money to those less fortunate than themselves.
At some point in the next week or two, the government will adopt its budget strategy memorandum.
The payment of billions of euro to private sector holders of bonds in dead banks such as Anglo Irish Bank has been one of the most unjust elements of the Irish financial crash.
The report on childcare deaths is a deeply depressing document. As the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, put it, "what we have found, in one word, is a disgrace".
If Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary really wants to take over Aer Lingus, he knows he will need some other airline or airlines to provide competition on key routes in and out of Dublin.
So the Croke Park agreement has been found to be "delivering" in all its facets, according to the government's review body.
Nobody knows how today's Greek election will play out or how the outcome will affect an already volatile European situation.
Can Europe find a compromise between what is needed to save the euro and what is acceptable to its electorates?
The flags are appearing on cars, windows and balconies. The streets will empty tonight as the country stays indoors to watch the match.
The Yes vote on the fiscal treaty should be greeted with relief more than celebration.
The investigation by the Director of Corporate Enforcement into Anglo Irish Bank is, we are told, nearing completion.
There are valid arguments on both sides - albeit few of the real ones have featured much in the public debate.
Few things are more important to Ireland's future prosperity than a thriving third level sector.
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