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A society where everything is about money has left us bereft of ideology and values

Jim O'Brien


We pretend to ourselves that money isn’t everything, when at every hand’s turn, we are reminded that it is – and we have become estranged from ourselves

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Pointing the finger: Napoleon Bonaparte’s barb about Britain being a nation of shopkeepers applies just as much to Ireland today

Pointing the finger: Napoleon Bonaparte’s barb about Britain being a nation of shopkeepers applies just as much to Ireland today

Derry Girls has educated a lot of people about our recent history, despite being a comedy

Derry Girls has educated a lot of people about our recent history, despite being a comedy

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Pointing the finger: Napoleon Bonaparte’s barb about Britain being a nation of shopkeepers applies just as much to Ireland today

Napoleon famously described Britain as ‘a nation of shopkeepers’. A French political scientist friend who is teaching here at third level while completing a PhD has reached the same conclusion about the Irish.

He describes every political discussion in this country as a business discussion, saying there is no debate at the level of ideas, it’s all about costs and outcomes.


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