THE LAST WORD By Pat Coughlan When ever we talk about the Members of the European Parliament, or MEPs as they’re known, it’s like talking about the unsung heroes of our day-to-day. These folk have a hand in everything from the air we breathe to the safety of the food on our plates. But, let’s …

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AS I SEE IT BY MARIANNE HERON Well, maybe she didn’t win the Eurovision with Doomsday Blue, coming a creditable sixth, but Bambie Thug came first in other ways. In the contest staged in Malmo Sweden where anything went as an attention grabber, like underpants and a flesh coloured cod piece (Finland’s Window95 Man’s No …

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The Kilkenny Heritage Walkers are renowned for celebrating aspects of local heritage, but on Saturday they went a step further: Marianne Kelly, who had the honour of giving the day’s presentation, uncovered a part of the city’s past that had almost disappeared without trace. She revealed evidence for Kilkenny’s forgotten Market House. This took the form of an inscription on an …

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FURTHERMORE  By Gerry Moran It’s that time of year again – exam time – and straight away may I wish all you students oceans of calmness, confidence and, all going well, correct answers, not like the following answers purportedly from actual exams, which I hope give you all a giggle at this stressful time (and …

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BY JOHN ELLIS, FINANCIAL ADVISOR There has been a significant rise in utility arrears among households and businesses according to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU). The CRU is Ireland’s independent energy and water regulator and its latest figures highlight a troubling increase in the number of consumers struggling to pay their energy bills, …

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THE FACT OF THE MATTER BY PAUL HOPKINS The relentless treadmill that is the ever-evolving world of newspapers, by its nature, commands a lot of team work, as do indeed a lot of trades and industries. With 50 years in this game under my belt and the free travel pass well worn into the fabric …

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