Monday 16 September 2019

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Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Editorial: 'People's real needs must be met now' 

After the local elections last May, the Government dutifully acknowledged the not quite "wallop" of some ferocity delivered to Fine Gael five years earlier, but the reality all the same that it had not fully heard in advance the public's demand for better government. That demand followed a series of concerns in the main, though not exclusively, related to housing issues, overspending on public projects and the environment. "We hear you," was the response after the votes had been counted to what was, in the round, an accusation of being arrogant and out of touch. Three months later...

'Perhaps the most concerning aspect of today's opinion poll is that the proportion of people saving for a home mortgage deposit has fallen dramatically from 22pc to 10pc.' (stock image)

Editorial: 'Environment and housing concerns' 

In the third and final part of our Kantar consumer sentiment opinion poll published this weekend, the public mood is tested on housing and the environment, or what could be said to be the respective two big issues which have dominated the Government's agenda from the outset and as it nears its end. The findings show that the public remains as deeply concerned now as it was three years ago in relation to housing issues while conflicting sentiment is found in relation to environmental issues. In short, much work remains to be done to both satisfy public demand on housing and also to bring...

'Health Minister Simon Harris pointed out himself yesterday how the new health-led approach could draw in 12,000 people a year who come to the attention of gardaí for drug possession for personal use.' Photo: Steve Humphreys

Editorial: 'Resources must be in place for new drugs initiative' 

There has been a persistent argument down the years: drug addicts don't need jail, they are already prisoners of their addiction. Addressing drug abuse through the health system as opposed to through the penal system is a logical follow on. There will be opposing views either way; but one thing not open to dispute is the current system is failing everyone except the crime lords. The dismal evidence of our total inability to handle the problem is seen in our prisons crammed with drug users.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Damien Eagers/INM

Editorial: 'Further extension to Brexit required' 

The first task of the new prime minister of the UK should be to seek an extension to the already extended withdrawal agreement date of October 31. The two remaining candidates have, so far, failed to give a firm indication of such an intention. But there are only nine working days between the election of a new prime minister and the deadline date. Even if the European Union were minded to, such a short time frame does not allow for proper engagement let alone a new deal to be negotiated, as is the stated intention of the remaining candidates, particularly the favourite Boris...

'Trump’s scornful attitude to proven allies has grated – but he is still welcome.' Photo: Liam McBurney/Pool via Reuters

Editorial: 'Our ties to America go far beyond politics and policy' 

President Trump's arrival in Ireland in the week of the 75th anniversary of D-Day should give pause for thought. The 45th President of the US has propelled himself to the top, harnessing untapped disruptive energies. Yet the nation he represents has played a pivotal role in establishing and maintaining world order, something that in this of all weeks should not be forgotten. On June 7, 1944, under the headline, 'The Great Invasion', this newspaper wrote about the Normandy landings in an editorial.