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WorldbyStorm - 19:01 Aoine Beal 29, 2015
…it’s not exactly a full-throated defence of parliamentary privilege. The good: Speaking to reporters after the announcement of the Lansdowne Road agreement on Friday, Mr Howlin said the use of Dáil privilege was an ?important hallmark? of a functioning democracy. ?Having utilised provisions of Dáil privilege myself, I think it is an important hallmark of […]A
WorldbyStorm - 15:29 Aoine Beal 29, 2015
A grim piece here in Slate about creationism in the US, and an account by a science writer of how she grew up in a creationist household and community and what that meant in her interactions in biology classes. But one aspect highlights just how thin the nature of those who oppose science and in […]A
WorldbyStorm - 13:36 Aoine Beal 29, 2015
And now the Oireachtas weighs in: Oireachtas sources say they believe ?standing orders were not breached and privilege was not abused? by Ms Murphy while moving a Private Members? Bill through the Dáil last night. And: Oireachtas sources also said they believe the current situation whereby the contents of a Dáil speech are not being […]A
WorldbyStorm - 11:31 Aoine Beal 29, 2015
This piece on Slate on the fact that Northern Ireland is now the only part of these islands where same sex marriage is prohibited is intriguing. One has to wonder how long they can hold out? It suggests that the DUP is the main stumbling block. Clearly it?s one of them? what do others think? […]A
irishelectionliterature - 07:03 Aoine Beal 29, 2015
The two three seaters of Tipperary North and Tipperary South united to form the new five seater Tipperary Constituency. A part of North Tipp has gone to the new Offaly constituency. It is thought that this area was an area where Labours Alan Kelly would have polled well. Currently the sitting TD?s are Noel Coonan […]A
WorldbyStorm - 21:33 Déar Beal 28, 2015
…so much for Dáil privilege. RTÉ, the Irish Times, etc aren’t reporting on what Catherine Murphy TD said today in the Dáil due to legal pressure from you know who. The concept of Dáil privilege appears very shaky – does it not? Addendum, Broadsheet are made of more resilient stuff. As is Murphy herself.A
WorldbyStorm - 20:08 Déar Beal 28, 2015
From the Guardian… The BBC has defended a new TV reality show pitting unemployed and low-paid workers against each other for a cash prize, which has been accused of echoing film the Hunger Games, arguing it is a ?serious social experiment?. The show, called Britain?s Hardest Grafter, is seeking 25 of Britain?s poorest workers with […]A
WorldbyStorm - 15:00 Déar Beal 28, 2015
It shouldn?t but it does surprise me when I read about stuff like this. For all the cant about regulation it is disturbing how little there can be. For a new Consumer Rights Bill is being introduced. And what does it cover? … ?a basic imbalance? between consumers and retailers and service providers. Other proposals […]A
WorldbyStorm - 13:14 Déar Beal 28, 2015
Apparently so…. Labour deputy Michael McNamara looks likely to lose the party whip after stating that he will not support the sale of Aer Lingus.A
WorldbyStorm - 12:54 Déar Beal 28, 2015
I?ve been wondering what the left and further left in Britain might make of the election there, and here?s the CPGB/Weekly Worker with their take on it. Some interesting thoughts in there, to put it mildly, not least one very obvious one that left of social democrat challengers in Europe have, with one exception – […]A

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