Elaine Byrne: How Ombudsman negotiated an Irish solution to an Irish problem
The job of the Ombudsman is to stand up for the individual citizen against the institutions of the state and, despite finding his powers considerably restricted by the Irish system, that is what the quietly effective Peter Tyndall did
Joni Mitchell, the celebrated singer-songwriter, famously sang that “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”.
There is much in life we take for granted. For instance, the ability to drive a car, to go to hospital and receive the right care and medication, or to be awarded the correct marks in your Leaving Certificate exams. All of these diverse but essential areas of everyday life...
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James McDermott: If cash is no longer king, it shouldn’t be persona non grata either
The rush to replace our legal tender with credit card and smartphone payments disadvantages the more vulnerable in society, not to mention the fact that technology has a habit of breaking down
Redress scheme for school abused is failing survivors, Council of Ministers is told
Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission tells council that Ireland is taking a defensive position ‘informed by suspicion and distrust’ in relation to redress for those abused in the school system
Students and unemployed may be trained to work as homecare workers
Despite an increased budget, difficulty in recruiting staff means 5,000 people are still on the waiting list for visits
Elaine Byrne: The only difference between a drugs victim and a ‘junkie’ is their address
For as long as we empathise only with middle-class addicts, we will fail to tackle crises like the ‘tsunami’ of crack cocaine in the less leafy green suburbs