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Archive for July, 2004

Aer Rianta Should Not Suffer From Political Interference

The history of Aer Rianta is shameful. Few Members are prepared to say that, because Aer Rianta has been a political satellite of the political parties for many years. As a result, it has been allowed to be an economic, commercial and political monopoly for as long as I can remember. That has resulted in it making notional profits while being left alone to plough its own furrow in an easy economic situation with no competition. (more…)

Honorary Degrees for 100th Anniversary

The sun was shining at the annual presentation of honorary degrees. As this is the hundredth anniversary of the entrance of women to Trinity, the degrees were all awarded to prominent women.

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From left to right were: Chancellor Mary Robinson, Ms. Hilary Weston, Judge Fidelma O’Kelly Macken, Dr. Shirley Anne Jackson, Ms. Garry Hynes, Ms. Eavan Boland, Dame Mary Peters, and Dr Alison Elliot.

National Monuments Bill gives too much Power to Minister

This Bill is a matter of direct interest to me because I live about 100 yards from the works we are talking about and it has been an ongoing saga for about five years. I am not looking for any sympathy, but I would not wish it upon anybody. There have been bulldozers in place for many years, a series of digs going on, court cases and difficulties in getting in and out of the area because of what has been happening and the saga the Minister outlined to us in his contribution. It is unsatisfactory from all sides, certainly for the residents, the motorists and the archaeologists. (more…)