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The Irish Times - Ireland | 06/11/2012

Irish president doing fine after a year

Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins has been in office for one year. The left-liberal daily Irish Times gives the president good marks and praises above all his forthright European policy, which doesn't always make him friends: "In a tightly circumscribed constitutional role, President Michael D. Higgins has performed assertively and well during his first year in office. Pushing traditional boundaries and shaping public discourse is always difficult, as [former presidents] Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese discovered. But that is what distinguishes a dynamic presidency. In his inaugural address President Higgins spoke of establishing a different set of values as the basis for a profoundly ethical and inclusive society. Since then, he has been a consistent critic of neo-liberal economic policies and of the EU's failure to balance austerity with growth and job creation. His views are not always regarded with approval in Government circles."

The Irish Times - Ireland | 23/10/2012

Hope for Ireland's banks

In talks with Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has encouraged hopes that Ireland's banks will be able to recapitalise directly through the euro bailout fund, the ESM. After the meeting the Irish government announced that "Ireland is a special case". The left-liberal daily The Irish Times expresses relief: "Following Chancellor Angela Merkel's intervention after last week's European Council [when] she told a press conference there would be 'no retroactive direct recapitalisation' of Spanish banks ... there was understandable concern that it ruled out relieving any of the sovereign debt used to rescue major Irish banks. That this debt is unsustainable is clear. Securing relief requires smart and hard Irish multilateral negotiations in a wider political setting. In that sense little has changed as a result of this EU summit. The progress registered by Taoiseach Enda Kenny on a deadline for the European Central Bank to supervise euro zone banks by the end of the year is significant, even though the details will take more time to work out."

The Irish Times - Ireland | 08/10/2012

Only a haircut will get Ireland out of crisis

Only debt relief can ensure economic recovery for crisis-stricken Ireland, the left-liberal daily The Irish Times stresses: "The arguments for debt relief are persuasive at national and European levels, even if there are real difficulties in getting it agreed. Ireland faces a huge problem to achieve a primary surplus on its public income and expenditure through spending cuts and tax increases. This has to be tackled irrespective of what is done about public debt and is the principal focus of the support programme from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. But it will not be possible to stimulate recovery and growth on the basis of a more competitive economy if the burden of debt remains. That in turn would undermine returning to the markets, in a signal the programme had failed."

The Irish Times - Ireland | 06/09/2012

Abuse in the Church finally comes to light

In Ireland, the church-appointed National Board for Safeguarding Children presented further reports on child abuse in Irish diocese and congregations on Thursday. The left-liberal daily The Irish Times praises the board's work but points out that much still needs to be done: "The importance of the work being done by the board was reflected by the immediate acceptance of its criticisms and recommendations by the four dioceses and the three religious congregations concerned. The fact that it took a review by this church-appointed body to ensure child protection guidelines are implemented is, however, a cause for concern. It is clear that remnants of a culture involving denial, cover-up … still persist. … Sixteen dioceses and 159 religious orders remain to be assessed. Many of those may have blameless records and high standards of child protection. But, on the basis of what has been revealed so far, further distressing revelations are likely."

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