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18 September 2008 Edition

Wages and wealth in Ireland today

18 September 2008

BONUS SCHEMES, pension top-ups, share options, company cars, expense accounts - these are all salary issues that are not being discussed at the partnership pay talks this week. Yet they are the accepted perks of the job of a significant group of Irish workers: the politicians and executives who are asking the majority of Irish workers to take a wage freeze in 2009, or even a wage cut. Free article

Obair dheonach

18 September 2008

BHÍ mé imo shuí i lár cruinniú Bhord Bainistíochta na scoile an oíche arú nuair a dúirt an Príomhoide go raibh sé ag iarraidh roinnt dátaí a shocrú do chruinnithe idir anois agus deireadh na scoilbhliana. Free article

Remembering the Past: Executed IRA men reinterred

18 September 2008

IN September 1948, it was announced that the Irish Government had agreed to hand over to their relatives the bodies of the six IRA Volunteers executed in Mountjoy and Portlaoise prisons between 1940 and 1944. The decision was made following representations from the National Graves Association (NGA), the organisation responsible for the care of the final resting places of republicans. Free article

Matt Treacy

18 September 2008

SIMILAR to Kilkenny, if Kerry win their third title in a row on Sunday, they will have established themselves as the best team of the last ten years. Unlike the Cats, however, they have competition and the competition, if successful, will be entitled to make the very same claim. Free article

Hired hacks and paid perjurers

18 September 2008

HAS RTÉ 1 decided to take a leaf from TG4's book and pay more attention to Irish history? The autumn season got off to a good start with high-standard history programmes on RTÉ 1. The two-part series on Oliver Cromwell (presented by Mícheál Ó Siochrú) was excellent and used interviews with historians and dramatic reconstructions to tell of Cromwell's campaign of slaughter and conquest in Ireland. A testament to its worth is that it has greatly displeased Eoghan Harris. Writing in the Sunday Independent he's very worried that it might "further feed the kind of nationalist myth that has landed us with the Lisbon debacle"! Free article

Fifth Column

18 September 2008

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