All civilised peoples have a responsibility

Europe Correspondent Ann Cahill reflects on recent political responses to the crisis of migrant voyages on the Mediterranean and how inaction has added to the rising death toll.

Anti-water charge protesters take to the streets of Dublin on Saturday. The campaign is transforming Irish society and politics as we know it.

Temperature is set to rise in anti-water charge campaign

A study finds the water charge protest has politicised and energised Irish citizens who are no longer willing to take things lying down, writes Rory Hearne.


It’s all about Hillary in Obama’s New America

Barack Obama brought a more inclusive society to power in 2008. To win the presidency, Hillary Clinton must hold this New America coalition together and broaden it further, says Bill Schneider            

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New Constitution needed for a new 21st century Ireland

The centenary of the 1916 Rising would best be marked with the drafting of a new Constitution, not a new Proclamation, writes TP O’Mahony            

Former President Mary McAleese's support of same-sex marriage broadened the reach of the 'Yes' campaign, which had been preaching to itself.

We should think about the children and vote ‘yes’

Former President Mary McAleese and Justice Kevin Cross have reassured middle Ireland that a ‘Yes’ vote on same-sex marriage will not undermine the the rights and status of families.

TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly could both claim to be the victims of garda malpractice themselves in the last couple of years.

TDs should be careful to use parliamentary privilege sparingly

BACK in March of last year, I got a series of calls from a man in north Cork. 


Laughter is the best medicine in Ethiopia

A circus full of doctor clowns in Ethiopia is helping to bring joy to sick children, writes Maria Mocerino.

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman: In his minority judgment, he said he was 'horrified' at the majority decision, and 'gravely apprehensive' that the court had reversed one of the 'monuments' of its legal architecture.

Court ruling goes to the heart of policing and the rule of law

The Supreme Court this week made a ruling that impacts hugely on evidence gathering by gardaí. Cormac O’Keeffe reports on a landmark decision 


Hailing innovation to find road to prosperity

Europe should value the innovation brought by new market entrants like Uber’s taxi service more than it values the protection of existing participants, writes Alberto Heimler.        


IMF plays waiting game on reforms as US delays proceedings

IMF members agreed to a package of reforms more than four years ago, but the US has put a halt to progress, writes Paulo Nogueira Batista Jr.