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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Garda corruption: the stripped down truth

offsite link Will Pat Hickey turn up for his trial? Anthony

offsite link Garda breath tests letter Anthony

offsite link Daniel McConnell: Happy to wear establishment blinkers Anthony

offsite link State failing in its duty to enforce law Anthony

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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link The Olympic betrayal of Russia Fri Dec 15, 2017 02:12 | The Saker
The IOC?s decision to ban the Russian flag and anthem from the Winter Olympics is grossly discriminatory and makes no legal or moral sense by Alexander Mercouris (cross-posted with Russia

offsite link Silk Road fever grips the Russian Far East and boosts economy Fri Dec 15, 2017 01:06 | The Saker
China’s Belt and Road Initiative heralds a new era with mega infrastructure projects dotting the landscape by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author)

offsite link Syrian War Report ? December 14, 2017: Syrian Army Prepares For Idlib Operation Thu Dec 14, 2017 16:35 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces have established control over the hilltops of al-Ahmar, al-Madjahan and al-Khazzan inside the Beit Jinn pocket in southern Syria.

offsite link Debunking the flagwaving myths about an attack on North Korea Thu Dec 14, 2017 05:20 | The Saker
(This analysis was written for the Unz Review) First, the bragging dummies Trump and Haley are still at it. The want to force China to take action against the DPRK

offsite link A short commentary on Trumps latest SNAFU Wed Dec 13, 2017 22:51 | The Saker
Okay, I admit it: Trump is a Russian agent. I tried really, really hard to deny it, but now I can’t continue anymore because I am presented with an absolutely

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link Liberty, the ICCL, and other NGO groups? landmark challenge against the UK Government?s mass surveil... Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:56 | admin

offsite link What Ireland can gain from international guidance on Article 19 UNCRPD Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:53 | Eilionoir Flynn

offsite link Repeal or Replace? Tue Oct 03, 2017 06:31 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link An Abortion Law Immune from Constitutional Review? Thu Sep 28, 2017 20:14 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Should the pro-choice movement support a new constitutional provision on abortion? Wed Sep 27, 2017 16:19 | Eoin Daly

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Changing hearts and minds? 10:42 Fri Dec 15, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Heads we lose, tails they win 09:40 Fri Dec 15, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link The sky has fallen! 08:43 Fri Dec 15, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link This Week At Irish Election Literature 06:59 Fri Dec 15, 2017 | irishelectionliterature

offsite link Net loss 19:24 Thu Dec 14, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

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Puerto Rico Oversight Board Warns Island Can't Pay Vital Services

category international | economics and finance | news report author Wednesday March 08, 2017 20:53author by Greg Williams Report this post to the editors

The Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico warns "the Commonwealth soon will be unable to pay essential services, including pensions, education, healthcare and public safety,"‎ as soon as June.

The Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico warns "the Commonwealth soon will be unable to pay essential services, including pensions, education, healthcare and public safety,"‎ as soon as June. The warning came in a letter sent from the oversight board as a response to the Governor's recent fiscal plan.

"Puerto Rico's situation is getting worse, noted Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development group Jubilee USA. LeCompte testified on Puerto Rico's debt to the board and to Congress last year. "The island needs to see significant debt relief as soon as possible."

The board calls for other extensive cost saving measures in its letter, including substantial furloughs of government employees and contract renegotiation.

"Puerto Rico cannot cut its way out of this crisis," warned LeCompte. "The island needs substantial debt restructuring combined with Congress following through on health care and child tax benefit recommendations."

In December, a bipartisan Congressional task force recommended increasing Medicare funding and extending 3 billion dollars in child tax benefits for people on the island.

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations and 650 faith communities working with 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee USA builds an economy that serves, protects and promotes the participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA wins critical global financial reforms and won more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org

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