Desertification, drought and flooding are posing huge challenges for people in North Africa, with up to 250m people on the continent set to suffer from water and food insecurity in the 21st century.

We need to address deep-rooted causes of African migration

Michael Werz and Max Hoffman say the effects of climate change, such as drought, flooding and the undermining of agriculture, are among the drivers of migration and policymakers need to face up to that.

There is no evidence of a relationship between money spent on research in universities and the prosperity of a country, city or region.

Time to rethink how we educate young people

Funds must be redistributed from the university sector and towards vocational training if we are to have any hope of developing a true innovation economy, writes Finbarr Bradley.


SiteServ sale: Dukes’ gentle anger may be deceptive

Johnny Rotten once hollered into a microphone that anger is an energy but the anger that Alan Dukes expressed at his press conference at first seemed akin to wind energy supplied by a five-year-old blowing the seeds off a dandelion clock.

Soldiers carry a coffin during a funeral service yesterday for 24 migrants drowned trying toreach the southern coast of Italy last Saturday. Picture: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

EU must get on board to tackle refugee crisis

Wealthy countries like to portray themselves as unfairly shouldering the burden of the world’s refugee population but this simply is not true, writes Éamonn Meehan


Growing old waiting for aging strategy to be implemented

It took six years just to write the national ageing strategy but it seems that there is no still urgency by the State towards implementing the plan, writes Justin Moran

Believe Omoregie, Dara Coker, and Gaberial Ukaina during a protest at the Ashbourne House Direct Provision Centre at Glouthaune, Co Cork,in September last year. The working group met for the first time just two months later. Picture: Jim Coughlan

Direct Provision: Failure to follow through on decisions hurts the vulnerable

It should have been easy to decide on an allowance increase for those in Direct Provision. However, these people have been let down again, writes Sue Conlon            

German Red Cross workers carry bottles of liquid to help revive those who succumbed to a chlorine gas attack during World War I. Picture: AP

The war to end all wars only led to new conflict

One hundred years ago this week chemical weapons were used for the first time, opening up a new chapter in conflict. Ann Cahill talks to some of the troops still cleaning them up    


Industrial unrest likely in the absence of guarantees to union

If the national bus strikes go ahead next month they will be almost two years to the day after the last time services were ground to a halt.


Michéal Martin seeks to return Fianna Fáil to its community roots

MICHEÁL Martin says he wants to be the next Taoiseach (not Tánaiste), that Enda Kenny is becoming increasingly detached from ordinary people, and that any talk of a split in Fianna Fáil is now buried.


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.