8 June 2006 Edition

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The public disenchantment with the politicians daily grows proportionally, as a deeper public sense of the wider breakdown of our society becomes ever more evident. Tom McGurk, Sunday Business Post, 4 June.

Government plans to encourage the construction of private hospitals on the grounds of public hospitals promote a two-tiered health service and should be abandoned, according to research published this week. Eoghan Rice, The Sunday Tribune, 4 June, on the recently published How Ireland Cares by Professor A Dale Tussing and Maeve Ann Wren.

Corruption and ill-discipline are endemic in the Garda Síochána rather than merely confined to a rogue element in Donegal. Retired High Court judge Frederick Morris. Ireland on Sunday, 4 June.

Having peered over the cliff edge last Friday no one in Government wants to be that close again any time soon. Brian Dowling The Irish Independent, Monday 5 June, on political fallout from the statutory rape law crisis.

Sir Reg's frank admission that, along with DUP machinations, Ulster Unionists also played fast and loose with paramilitaries is refreshing. Roy Garland, The Irish News, Monday, 5 June.

It's crazy to have this loyalist band parade in an area where you are living cheek by jowl with Catholic residents. Sinn Féin councillor Gerard O'Neill on sectarian abuse directed at nationalist residents during a loyalist march in Suffolk estate, Belfast last Saturday. The Irish News, Tuesday 6 June .

His arrogance is, as always, impeccable. It is rooted in a profound lack of respect for others, in this case children and those who defend their rights. Susan McKay on Micheal McDowells's handling of the child sex abuse crisis. The Irish News, Tuesday 6 June.

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