Colin Murphy: Charity begins at home - and that’s the problem

Voluntary organisations filled the space left by Church and state – and have long since been left to their own devices

3rd July, 2016

If you’re struggling to understand what happened at Console, you may find some enlightenment in Brexit. Central to the Leave campaign was the claim that leaving the EU would allow Britain to “give our NHS the £350 million the EU takes every week”. Could you imagine a comparable political campaign in Ireland where “our NHS” was replaced with “our HSE”? We have never loved – or even particularly respected – our institutions of state....

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