The US must embrace its role as the world’s chief diplomat

America’s global re-engagement should be welcomed, but not through a military lens. Diplomacy, not fighting, brings peace, says Carl Bildt.


Health of the nation remains a local issue

Special Correspondent Michael Clifford says that all Portlaoise Hospital needed to get preferential treatment was to have been to be located in the Taoiseach’s constituency.


The end of cash: The cost of a cashless society

India has withdrawn 86% of its paper money in a bid to eradicate tax evasion, but a world that follows suit may not be very democratic, writes John Hearne.


Citizens’ Assembly shows the way on abortion

The Oireachtas no longer has the excuse of saying it does not know the way forward on abortion after the Citizens’ Assembly delivered its judgments, writes Alison O’Connor.


French elections mirror a growing trend away from traditional politics

France is at the forefront of a global movement away from traditional politics and towards individuals free from party ties, writes John Lloyd.


CLODAGH FINN: It’s time to give the rape storylines on TV a break

Rape on TV appears to be having a sort of nauseating moment right now. When it isn’t the central storyline, it is often thrown in as a little attention-grabbing aside to keep you watching, writes Clodagh Finn.

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Leo Varadkar: Private gains need not come at the price of public pain

There is much more scope for expanding social insurance. I have proposed merging the USC into PRSI as part of a wider tax cut and reform plan, writes Leo Varadkar.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin says he believes the party can double in size to 14 TDs in the next election and double its number of councillors to 100.

Brendan Howlin: 'We’re not the PDs, we’ll recover from this low'

A year after the ‘worst election we’ve ever had’, Labour leader Brendan Howlin insists that his party can return to power, writes Political Correspondent Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.


We must engage with adverse effects of technology on children

Vicky Britton explores adverse effects of technology exposure on children and how health professionals are trying to grapple with a problem the extent of which is not yet known.