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, at OireachtasCommittees or even in the courts, of absolutely crucial importance is how these different strands are mediated by the press and on the airwaves. These opinion-shapers exist in a hierarchy, with radio and television probably exerting greater influence on public opinion than print media. Throughout the M3 campaign there was a palpable sense that, dealing in the currency of sound-bites, many national broadcasters were paralysed when faced with the apparent complexity of archaeological and historical arguments against the route of the motorway. Even more
OireachtasCommittee on Health
and Children held three days of hearings on the government decision to
introduce a combination of legislation and regulations to implement the
existing constitutional right to an abortion in Ireland, it did not invite
any women who had had abortions to share their views – in particular,
the decision to exclude the women from the Termination for Medical
Reasons group, all of whom had travelled abroad to terminate pregnancies due to fatal foetal abnormalities, was striking as abortion in these
cases could arguably be permissible in Ireland
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well, there is a need to provide greater funding for public enterprise as,
currently, investment can only be carried out through retained earnings
Nor does public enterprise have to be confined to the traditional
Minister-as-shareholder model. There are a range of public sector-led
enterprise strategies34 that could be pursued: municipal enterprises
(in effect, public enterprises owned by local/regional governments);
community enterprises (owned by local communities through traditional share-holdings or