Declining Cork airport needs new direction

Stephen Rogers and Eoin English examine Cork Airport’s decline and its attempts to take off again


The US involvement in Iraq: Did they make a difference?

One former soldier tells Bette Browne how his view on US involvement in Iraq has changed


Iraq’s dirty reality defies Hollywood shine

In his debut novel ‘Fives And Twenty Fives’, former marine Michael Pitre joins a long line of US writers who fictionalised their war experience, reports Michael Clifford


STATE OF UNREST - The threat posed by religious extremism

With the rise of Islamic militancy in the shape of the Islamic State, it is important to remember that the causes of this extremism are both internal and external, writes TP O’Mahony


Pre-school support a right for all children

Funding is needed to ensure additional resources for assistance in ensuring special needs children have adequate support in pre-schools, writes Lorraine Dempsey

Toni Maguire, archaeologist and anthropologist, right, with three former Bessborough babies, from left, Edel Byrne, Fiona Sugrue, and Mari Steed, during a visit to the Angels plot and surrounding area at Bessborough in Cork.

Government has to finally do something courageous — act

The revelations about mother-and-baby homes point to a scandal pushed down the agenda by successive governments for decades. It is now time to take action, writes Conall Ó Fátharta


State has failed its children again and again

There is no reason for us to believe that the mother-and-baby homes investigation will change anything, even if the State apologises, writes Susan Lohan

The children's ombudsman believes it is not good enough that children with disabilities must depend on whatever resources can be spared locally to enable them to fully participate in the system.

System must do better for children with disabilities

Access to free pre-school for children with disabilities depends on where they live because of inconsistent distribution of resources, reports Education Correspondent Niall Murray

Bessboro: A 'beautiful institution, built on a lovely old house' hid a shocking truth of baby deaths that had been going on for years.

The deaths had been going on for years...They were complacent about it

As a State, we are either unwilling or unable to face up to our past, and our shameful treatment of women, writes ConallÓ Fátharta


Middle East’s artificial borders crumble

They were created by imperial powers, but war and terrorism is posing risks to the shape and future of many nations, writes Shlomo Avineri