Has state provision of Irish failed?
The most popular debate on Politics.ie in the past week was one centred around the idea of state provision for Gaelscoils and whether or not state policy around the compulsory education of Irish has failed. The ranged from those who though the state was doing too much, to those who argued the state wasn't doing enough around Irish. The debate in particular drew upon a range of ages and experience and is certainly worth looking in on.
IMF calls for cut in dole payments
The debate which got the most views, and second after the Gaelscoil debate (above) in terms of comments was a result of an IMF report which revealed proposals for dole payments to be reduced. Some of the replies sought to query an attitude that reducing the payment would encourage people to go and find a job...
School's out for summer, and Dáil's out for a little longer...
The Dáil rose on Thursday for two months, and normally on the last day of
... but not before a planned march-out
The last day of school brings with it the usual rowdyness before the summer holidays, and the Dáil was no different on Thursday, despite nobody doing the usual-grandstanding protest about the Dáil's holidays, the Ceann Comhairle did at some points how to tell the TDs that sixth-class school children would be better behaved. It came to a head during the Gaeltacht Bill, where the entire opposition benches marched out en masse in protest at the Government pushing for the Gaeltacht Bill to be passed before the Dáil recess.
Mountjoy gets some new residents
Mounthoy got itself some new residents in the past week. Éirígí councillor Louise Minihan was arrested on Wednesday and taken to Mountjoy for non-payment of a €1500 fine related to a pain attack on then-Minister for Health Mary Harney, whilst Sean Quinn junior and Peter Quinn found themselves being sentenced to at least three months for contempt. The Quinn discussion has evolved since June when the High Court ruled on the Quinn's contempt of court for putting assets beyond the reach of Anglo Irish Bank.
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