Pendulum swinging away from the right?

IT has been a difficult few years for anyone who holds cautiously progressive beliefs, for anyone who believes that considered liberalism and broad, but qualified, ...

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Soaring economy is at an Icarus moment

As we march towards the climax of Christmas, a well-exercised credit card at the ready, the Greek fable about Icarus, the boy who ignored his father, Daedalus’ ...

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Next greenway please

Waterford’s Greenway, a spectacular 46km all-weather cycling-and-walking trail that stretches from Waterford city to the coastal town of Dungarvan is a resounding ...

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Parliaments vote to test status quo - Two seismic political changes

IT is not uncommon to overestimate the heft of contemporary events.

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One good figure in a dark crisis - Mortgage arrears fall again

THE proposal that empty shops and other commercial units, as well as vacant properties above shops, might be redeveloped for residential use without planning permission ...

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Thirsty times - Wine consumption

WHETHER you greet the news that the capacity of wine glasses has increased sevenfold in 300 years and most steeply in the last two decades with a sigh, bemoaning ...

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Violence among Travellers: We must admit that it is a problem

There is a disquieting culture of violence in Ireland’s Travelling community. Monday’s shooting in west Dublin, in which a woman, an eight-month-old ...

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Excessive awards for defamation: Strong case for reforming law

Traditional media like newspapers, television and radio are circumspect in voicing complaints about the very high level of court awards for damages in Ireland for ...

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Cork a magnet for tech workers: The right balance

The days of the mega-city may not be over but it is gratifying to know that young professionals are beginning to realise that there is more to life than urban strife. ...

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Legislation on grooming: A Fagin’s law is sadly now a necessity

Filmed in February, 2015, the footage of three London teenagers at Gatwick Airport, beginning a journey so they might join the Isis terror campaign, remains one ...

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House prices up 86% since 2013: End this insanity

Our shameful housing crisis has many tragic expressions and consequences.

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Environmental responsibilities: EPA is driving positive change

The Environmental Protection Agency, along with Hiqa, have become game-changing watchdog agencies. Each one is a positive force for good, driving cultural change ...

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Climate action court challenge - Landmark case

The High Court is scheduled to hear a landmark case today.

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Accountability in health - Ready reckoner on HSE reforms

HIQA may have broken away from our national tradition of kicking the can — no matter how toxic its contents — down the road.

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Facing the challenges of aging - Blueprints for a new, older Ireland

Three health reports in recent days point to an inevitability facing most of us — old age and the challenges of that journey.

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About time we protect vulnerable - Ratifying UN convention

WE have come a long way in the past six decades or so in how we treat our most vulnerable citizens.

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German village auctioned off - Haves and have-nots

WHEN most of us think of today’s Germany, we picture a united and unified country that enjoys widespread prosperity as a result of being the economic powerhouse ...

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Age-old issue - Modern inequality

WHO to blame for social inequality? Was it the 18th-century British and their expanding empire? The late-19th-century capitalists of the US? Could it be traced back ...

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Our DNA tells a colourful story

Genealogy and archaeology offer opportunities for what might be described as romantic interpretations of our past.

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Deal raises biggest Brexit question of all

THE considerable relief that greeted the 11th-hour deal between the EU and Britain may cause a modest flutter indistant corners of the EU but it will certainly be ...

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The noble sacrifice of peacekeeping troops

The death of at least 14 UN peacekeeping troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo is another tragic reminder that these humanitarian missions are not without considerable ...

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Protecting workers’ rights - Law aims to to challenge exploitation

It is comfortingly accepted that the First World War ended the age of deference. Democracy and social equity replaced beliefs that allowed monarchs to command armies ...

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Public recruitment difficulties - Benchmark everything

In the coming weeks, many of us will meet relatives or friends we might not have seen for a year.

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Recognising cultural gold - Union pipes

Trying to agree which of this island’s expressions of our culture(s) is the most endangered has the makings of a lively parlour game. Indeed, it may even help ...

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