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national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Tuesday January 03, 2006 15:07 by Paul Kinsella   text 12 comments (last - thursday january 05, 2012 21:03)
The reason why I ask this is because I was under the distinct impression Monday, January 2nd, was indeed a Bank Holiday! read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Tuesday December 27, 2005 21:15 by Max   text 12 comments (last - tuesday june 12, 2007 22:25)
Fine Gael has called on the Government to introduce a five point plan to cut A&E attendances by up to a 1/3. The plan which includes penalizing people who attend A&E units and also happen to be drunk, may put lives at risk.

The proposals ignore the fact that the vast majority of those attending A&E units are actually in need medical aid and further that the majority of those in attendance never cause any disturbance to staff or fellow patients.

One of the key planks of the policy calls for the doubling of A&E fees for those found to be under the influence of alcohol. The proposed fee of almost Ä100 will discourage people who may need medical aid from seeking it and will hit those on low incomes hardest, students in particular. read full story / add a comment
dublin / consumer issues / feature Saturday November 26, 2005 19:32 by choking on the filthy froth of my double half-caf latte   text 50 comments (last - tuesday january 24, 2006 15:55)   image 10 images
Another multinational rolls into town unopposed. read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Thursday November 17, 2005 15:33 by Kathy Sinnott   text 1 comment (last - thursday november 17, 2005 15:46)
There is a very active organic college in Drumcollogher, Co. Limerick. Everyone there obviously loves what they are doing, in pursuing not just a different way of producing food but a different way of life. read full story / add a comment
Blanked-out receipt.
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Tuesday November 15, 2005 19:58 by Anton Mace   text 4 comments (last - wednesday november 16, 2005 02:22)   image 1 image
Today I bought a book and returned it but was refused a refund. read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Sunday November 13, 2005 15:15 by iosaf   text 4 comments (last - tuesday november 22, 2005 22:29)   image 1 image
36 days to go, and I'm sure many of the readers are like my good self, drawing up the list for Christmas Cards 2005.

I enjoy these gradually shortening days and evenings as Winter comes on. The garden becomes more manageable, all the roses are pruned, and flower beds have been dug, I find more time to relax and draw up the list.

Of course at this time of year it may number some thousands of names, and then the fun bit comes-

Crossing off the names. It is my annual project to "not send" christmas cards to many thousands of people, from both public and private life. & I have noted that they don't send me one either. read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Wednesday November 09, 2005 20:49 by Kathy Sinnott   text 18 comments (last - friday november 18, 2005 14:11)   image 1 image
This week, Iím going to venture into uncertain waters by doing my first column on football and by having my say on the great Keano debate. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Thursday November 03, 2005 11:42 by Kathy Sinnott   text 7 comments (last - saturday october 21, 2006 10:45)
One morning my mother was in the basement feeding wet-washed clothes into the ringer when she paused to rest for a moment. With the ringer off she suddenly realised the house was quiet - unusually quiet. She took a careful look around and thoughtfully headed for the stairs. It was equally quiet in the kitchen. She moved more quickly now as she headed upstairs. The bedromms were empty but before climbing to the attic, she noticed the bathroom door was fully shut. Approaching, she thought she heard a noise. Trying the knob she found it locked. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Monday October 31, 2005 12:14 by Tracy Donegan   text 5 comments (last - thursday december 13, 2007 10:37)
Still a routine procedure in many Irish hospitals learn how you can reduce your chances of getting an episiotomy. read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / news report Wednesday October 26, 2005 20:48 by Kathy Sinnott   text 2 comments (last - thursday february 16, 2006 21:05)   image 1 image
The consequences of abandoning the true purpose of food and turning it into a form of entertainment. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / feature Saturday October 22, 2005 13:52 by Kathy Sinnott   text 6 comments (last - thursday april 20, 2006 11:34)   image 1 image
From 1st June 2006 any town, village or city suburb that has not formally claimed its right to hold markets may find that they are permanently prevented from ever doing so. There is a revival in the popularity of such markets which will likely be snuffed out if we don't act now. Katy Sinnott explains how you can preserve these rights for your locality - and it's easier than you might think. read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Thursday October 13, 2005 15:10 by "John"   text 244 comments (last - friday may 06, 2011 16:11)   image 2 images
Alcoholism is a bad thing, right? Anybody who makes any attempt to eradicate it deserves our gratitude and encouragement. Well, thatís not the story at all, as it turns out. There is only one way to do it and itís the Alcoholics Anonymous way. At least according to AA themselves, that is. Theirs is the only thing that works and they are 100% infallible in what they say and do. Jesus Christ had more self-doubt than the AA. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Monday October 03, 2005 01:33 by John Mcdermott   text 3 comments (last - monday october 03, 2005 13:49)
Bertie is alarmed at the new cut price "Tribunals" read full story / add a comment
antrim / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Saturday October 01, 2005 23:08 by rattle your tins elsewhere   text 11 comments (last - monday april 23, 2007 11:28)
Belfast city centre, tin rattlers are wrecking it for people who want to shop!!! read full story / add a comment
armagh / consumer issues / news report Monday September 26, 2005 11:16 by Roger Clifford   text 3 comments (last - monday september 26, 2005 17:09)
Craigavon Trades Council organised another successfull petition signing in Portadown Town centre on Saturday 24th September. As expected the response was very positive and supportive.There being a huge grassroots opposition to the impossition of this unfair double tax. However the one worrying trend was a certain ammount of resignation that for all our efforts the government would push this through come what may. If feel this is due in no small way to the over all lack lustre campaign mounted by the "Coalition".. Craigavon Trades Council can see the potential for this campaign to get off the ground but there seems to be nothing happening anywhere else!! read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / news report Friday September 23, 2005 14:53 by Basil Miller   text 2 comments (last - monday august 07, 2006 13:07)
Norwegian scientists say the suicide risk involved in taking SSRI antidepressants indicates that warnings for adults are necessary. The research bolsters demands to the Irish Medicines Board to extend to adults the suicide warnings to children (under-18s) included with these drugs, and to make them more prominent. read full story / add a comment
wave around in a figure 8 at arms length before extinguishing in a bucket of water.
national / consumer issues / news report Wednesday September 14, 2005 15:16 by eoin   text 9 comments (last - thursday november 03, 2005 12:48)   image 1 image
This morning a joint operation between the GardaŪ and customs types saw 1.5 tonnes of fireworks seized en route to Dublin.

It has of course been only a few months since Michael Mc Dowell, suggested a new law "possession of a firework with intent to supply" and asked for public (your) input. read full story / add a comment
armagh / consumer issues / press release Tuesday September 13, 2005 11:02 by Roger Clifford
In an attempt to keep the momentum going on this campaign, Craigavon Trades Council held another public meeting in Lurgan last night (12th Sept)
Difficulties in advertising the event contributed to another disappointing turn out. However using the maxim of quality over quantity the meeting was a possitive one. The launch of the water charge petition in the area has been a great success. So much so the Trades Council has been encouraged to organise further signing days in the major towns in the forthcoming weeks.
It is vitally important that the postponement of the charges for a year does not bring about a false sense of security on this matter. There is still a massive job to be done, needing the focused attention of all the groups opposing this unfair double tax.
There is another meeting in Portadown Town Hall wednesday 14th September at 7.30.
Other meetings and events will be advertised in due course. read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / press release Saturday September 03, 2005 21:29 by Dr. Betty Martini
Original studies on aspartame revealed brain, mammary, ovarian, testicular, thyroid, uterine and pancreatic tumors. A recent study in Italy showed malignant brain tumors, leukemia and lymphoma. A movie, Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, www.docworkers.com exposes how Don Rumsfeld got aspartame approved. www.docworkers.com read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / press release Tuesday August 16, 2005 11:22 by Roger Clifford
Craigavon Trades Council hosted an open meeting in opposition to the introduction of water charges.
The meeting was designed to consider the best ways to progress the campaign which now includes a provence wide petition.
While the meeting was very useful, the fact that only one political party (Sinn Fein) attended the meeting was a clear indication that a lot of hard work was going to be nessessary.
The lack of interest from the political parties (apart from the above mentioned) was in sharp contrast to the "bluster" heard from ALL the political parties during the recent election campaign.
It seems clear that if any serious opposition to this unjust double tax is going to be mounted it is going to come from within local community groups, Trade Unions, and members of the wider general public.
Hopefully the campaign will now begin to take shape, and with a sufficient groundswell of support the other political parties might consider rejoining the fight. read full story / add a comment
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