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Brown Envelopes

There is a perception in the public that our corruption index is high. Only full and open investigation and punishment of offenses will reduce this perception.

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The Brussels Regulation

n Ireland, we have not introduced provision for injured persons to claim against the insurers of the malfeasor who caused the loss. This provision is available in the UK and, it would appear from Knight v Axa, France.

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Institutions

When will we have an investigation of the complicity (or ignorance, if such be the case) of our politicians, particularly our Ministers for Justice etc. during those years, in relation to those matters?

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12th January 1943

On 12th January 1943 the German 6th Army was trapped (approximately 190,000 men at that point) at Stalingrad. The Soviet Union had launched counter-offensives code named Uranus and Saturn (followed, later, by Mars).

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The Madoff Mess

Financial management is, reputedly, a highly regulated field. Whether that is so in Ireland is already in doubt. The Madoff Mess may show the truth of the situation. That aside, Ireland’s financial regulatory laws make provision for claims in civil law for breaches of certain duties imposed by statute. The facts of each case will determine if these are available to investors to recover their losses.

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The Detectives

The job of the police who carry out these investigations is not easy. Every police officer is trained in the giving of evidence. If they do not wish to disclose the true course of events it is easy for them to tailor their account to suit the needs of the situation.

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A protester is not just for Christmas

n 1984 President Ronald Reagan visited Ireland. There were public protests and demonstrations at his visit. He stayed for a time in the residence of the US ambassador in the Phoenix Park. A number of women took up position in a grassy area across the road from the entrance to the ambassador’s residence with the apparent intention of signaling their protest to President Reagan as he entered and left. He never saw them.

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My Attorney General, Bernie

Reading of Lord Goldsmith’s interventions in the BAE scandal brings to mind Blossom Dearie’s rendition of “My Attorney Bernieâ€?. Here are the words, but it’s essential to hear Blossom singing it to appreciate it. My Attorney Bernie (Words and Music by Dave Frishberg) I’m impressed, with my attorney Bernie I’m impressed, with his influential friends He’s got very big connections and I follow his directions Bernie knows his way around and so I always do what Bernie recommends. I am […]

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The Web

Eoin O’Dell asks a valid question. What is a website for?

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Ireland’s privacy ranking

Ireland’s report card does not read well in the Privacy International “2007 International Privacy Rankingâ€?

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