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Yesterday’s News

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Wednesday 8 October, 2014

Opinion: How can we make the budgeting process fairer and more democratic?

Drafting a budget, or any form of legislation, will always be a difficult and divisive task but there are ways of listening to all sections of society in the process.

Thursday 27 February, 2014

Column: We have a duty to share our peace-building skills with the world

Ireland has seen first-hand the benefits a third party can bring to a peace process; it owes it to the forgotten conflicts throughout the world to help, writes Colm Bergin.

Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Column: Give the Dáil a conscience – let our representatives speak their minds

The whip system denies elected representatives their rights and belittles our democracy, writes Colm Bergin.

Sunday 1 December, 2013

Column: Let's recognise and appreciate the fine men and women who have served Ireland

The 50th anniversary of the death of JFK elicited understandable emotion here… but we must also appreciate our home-grown peace brokers, inspiring figures, and everyday heroes, writes Colm Bergin.

Friday 1 November, 2013

Column: Voting is too often seen as a "right" when it's actually a duty

Structures need to be put in place to get the most amount of people to vote, to ensure the structures of the country have the greatest legitimacy along with those who govern them.

Monday 28 October, 2013

Column: Reducing school holidays would help students, parents and the economy

More time in school would help students and teachers to tackle areas of underachievement in our education system – like mathematics, science and second language proficiency, writes Colm Bergin.