Irish language needs to be supported or beidh sé bás

The census shows that number of daily Irish speakers in Gaeltacht areas continues to plummet, writesElaine Loughlin Political Reporter.

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Clodagh Finn: When there is an empty chair at Christmas

The jolt of realising that you’ve already sent the last card to a beloved relative is part of the emotional roller-coaster that is the festive season,writesClodagh ...

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Israeli move an opportunity lost rather than a crisis created

What the Trump administration seems to have in mind is to give outsiders such as audiArabia a central role in peacemaking, writes Richard N Haass

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There’s a political risk to doing the right thing

Democrats should do the right thing on sexual harassment claims and only make an exception when faced with worse policy outcomes for women, writes Scott Lemieux

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EU leaders won’t smile just yet as Brexit still has some way to go

Leo Varadkar trusts Theresa May. At least, that’s what he told journalists as he arrived for the crucial leaders’ summit in Brussels, writes Juno McEnroe. ...

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Eighth Amendment: One hurdle passed, so what’s next?

While Solidarity-People Before Profit TD, Brid Smith, heralded yesterday’s decision as “the beginning of the end of the Eighth Amendment”, the ...

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Ireland stronger after David Davis’ attempt to derail deal

Leo Varadkar’s main task at the crucial EU summit will be to lock down the special deal on a frictionless border and ensure it is, what one official termed, ...

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UK going from rule-maker to rule-taker

Far from prospering through leaving the EU as Brexiteers claim, Britain’s new freedom to negotiate trade deals with other countries will come at a cost.

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Making sure Oberstown’s children are kept in the picture

As a strategic plan for Oberstown Detention Campus is launched today, progress is already underway to ensure the interests of the child are central to everything ...

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Unseen Bollywood film a flashpoint for intolerance in India

Though not yet released, ‘Padmavati’, about a queen Indians consider sacred, but who might never have existed, has been violently condemned, says Shashi ...

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Michael Clifford: Whistleblowing can be matter of life and death

The divide is between those who want a wrongdoing addressed once highlighted and those who want it to remain buried, says Special Correspondent Michael Clifford.

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Patient voices are valuable for improving healthcare services

The National Patient Experience Survey allows the evaluation of patient experience in our public acute hospitals, explains Rachel Flynn.

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Gerald Fleming: Clear thinking needed on climate change

As Met Éireann holds a conference today, Gerald Fleming says the welfare of future generations depends on forming the right answers to challenges of changing ...

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Money is key to success of crucial One Planet Summit

Despite US attitudes, this week’s gathering in France will attempt to finance real measures to slow the process of climate change, writes Laurence Tubiana

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Yanis Varoufakis: Blind liberals ensure the rise of toxic populism

Greece’s former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, says bourgeois liberal bleatingshave long overlooked the attacks on the living conditions of working-class ...

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A very British scandal: The tale of Christine Keeler

Christine Keeler was the girl at the heart of the notorious Profumo affair in 1963 which rocked the British establishment, convulsed Westminster and ultimately contributed ...

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The cost of Trump’s Jerusalem move

Recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel pulls down the curtains, turns on the lights, and spray paints yellow the 500lb gorilla in the room, says Peter Van ...

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Victoria’s Secrets a modern-day emperor’s new clothes

The underwear brand is an unrivalled example of marketing masquerading as empowerment for women, says ClodaghFinn.

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Politicians need to get to grips with potential dangers of Artificial Intelligence

Stephen Hawking has warned of the dangers of ‘effective AI’. It needs to be governed before it gets too big, too quickly, writes Guy Verhofstadt.

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Blarney’s future must not be set in stone

Blarney has the potential to thrive and prosper but its distinct identity could be lost as the town becomes enveloped within a greater Cork City, writes Eugene Gribbin. ...

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'Don't deny us hope of a better tomorrow ... it is all we have left': Asylum seeker on the right to work

Giving asylum seekers the right to work is not just about money, it’s also about therestoration of human dignity, writes this anonymous author who lives in ...

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Donald Trump unlikely to start an outright global trade war

The world shouldprepare itself for theerosion of therules-basedtrading systemenshrined inthe WorldTrade Organisation,writes Daniel Gros.

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Michael Clifford: Deflections rather than answers in justice committee postmortem

There was what some might regard as a preliminarypostmortem on Frances Fitzgerald’s ministerialcareer yesterday.

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