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ESTEEMING APPRENTICESHIPS

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17 Jan 2019 Comments Off on ESTEEMING APPRENTICESHIPS
ESTEEMING APPRENTICESHIPS

The launch at Combilift in Monaghan on Monday of the new OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturing apprenticeship initiative marks both a significant advancement in the development of training opportunities for young people but also an important shift in the way in which the apprenticeship option is regarded and presented. The hosting of the event at the global headquarters of one of Co Monaghan’s most eminent and successful business concerns was appropriate. Combilift have, in concert with the Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board, done much to mould and refine the ...

2019

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4 Jan 2019 Comments Off on 2019
2019

The soothsaying that traditionally goes on when one year turns into another has been in full swing over recent days, and in some respects its focus suggests that the months ahead will be preoccupied with much of the same concerns that came to define 2018 for the people of Co Monaghan and Ireland as a whole. The shadow of Brexit that grew increasingly larger over the course of last year certainly looms with somewhat menacing aspect as 2019 starts its course. As our story on page one this week illustrates, the ...

CHRISTMAS SPIRITS

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21 Dec 2018 Comments Off on CHRISTMAS SPIRITS
CHRISTMAS SPIRITS

They say that Charles Dickens invented much of the traditions and practices that still attach to the modern Christmas. If true, there are others who would say that he has a lot to answer for. But we cannot hold the great novelist responsible for everything that people sometimes describe complainingly as the cloying sentimentality or excessive commercialism of a time whose essence, even going back to the pre- Christian era, is entwined with the ethereal and spiritual. Indeed it is perhaps more Dickens’ interpreters than the writer himself – who possessed ...

HOLDING OUR NERVE

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14 Dec 2018 Comments Off on HOLDING OUR NERVE
HOLDING OUR NERVE

It is very difficult to comment with value on the evershifting morass that the handling of the Brexit process by the political institutions of Britain has become. Events change with such frequency that analysis and assessment become redundant almost as soon as they are uttered, and the changes are often so bewildering and chaotic in nature that scorn and sarcasm too easily take the place of sober commentary. Ireland finds itself in the uncomfortable position akin to a householder listening to an ever rowdier Christmas party going on next door. We ...

BREXIT – BRING IT ON!

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16 Nov 2018 Comments Off on BREXIT – BRING IT ON!
BREXIT – BRING IT ON!

Brexit, we are being told, is reaching its negotiation end game – and as we went to press british Prime Minister Theresa May was attempting to find a winning position for the draft text of a withdrawal agreement on the chequered chessboard of an emergency meeting with her recalcitrant Cabinet. Ms May’s starting position is anything but strong, and even if she pushes it past the Cabinet pawns, the deal will have to avoid checkmate when it faces the scrutiny of a special EU summit in brussels on November 25 and ...

CARRY ON, MICHAEL D!

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1 Nov 2018 Comments Off on CARRY ON, MICHAEL D!
CARRY ON, MICHAEL D!

It would be fallacious, perhaps, to try to extract some definitive ‘state of the nation’ diagnosis from the outcome of last week’s Presidential and referendum votes. The return of Michael D Higgins to Arás an Uachtaráin for another seven-year term is undoubtedly a strong endorsement for Mr Higgins personally, with his often passionate and unerringly inclusive discharge of his stately duties obviously conforming closely to what the majority of voters expect from the holder of this particular office. But the parties of the Irish political establishment who explicitly or tacitly ...

SEYMOUR

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26 Oct 2018 Comments Off on SEYMOUR
SEYMOUR

Shakespeare has Mark Antony pay a memorable funeral eulogy to the fallen Julius Caesar. While the speech’s primary intent is masterful political manipulation, Antony’s regard for his dead leader is palpable. Eventually, “the plain, blunt man that doth love my friend” declares to the crowd he has impassioned, “Here was a Caesar, where comes such another?” The former Fine Gael TD for Cavan/Monaghan Seymour Crawford would, with characteristic modesty and a selfdisparaging wave of his large hand, undoubtedly have dismissed any Caesarean comparison. But the high standards he set for himself ...

SAFETY AND REASSURANCE

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5 Oct 2018 Comments Off on SAFETY AND REASSURANCE
SAFETY AND REASSURANCE

The shell-shocked residents of Magheracloone and the surrounding area still coming to terms with the impact and ongoing effects of the major land subsidence in their midst on Sunday night September 23 last have two compelling requirements that all those involved in dealing with the incident and its aftermath must have uppermost in their considerations. One is an assurance of their current and continued personal safety, and the other is a reassurance that the causes of the incident will be expediently identified and communicated to the public and that measures ...

SORT IT OUT, MINISTER!

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31 Aug 2018 Comments Off on SORT IT OUT, MINISTER!
SORT IT OUT, MINISTER!

It is surprising and disappointing that many parents in Co Monaghan, in common with families across the country, have had to contend once again with the flawed operation of the School Transport Scheme this week as their children returned to education after the summer holidays. Alterations made to the scheme in 2016 after an operational review have caused distress and inconvenience to a significant portion of families because of rule changes that foreground the worst sort of bureaucratic inflexibility at the expense of compassion and common sense. Somewhere in the ...

ON THE CUSP OF GLORY

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10 Aug 2018 Comments Off on ON THE CUSP OF GLORY

Of the many beguiling facets of the profound triviality that is sport, one of the most compelling is its ability to bring people together under the flag of a common cause. With a power that even the most persuasive of political dogmas and religious tenets can only envy, the prospect of conspicuous sporting success, the journey of an individual or a team towards a prized goal, disintegrates everyday differences and makes a unity of the many who fall under its spell. Thus, at national level in recent weeks, did Ireland ...