GERARD HOWLIN: We enter a period where the scale of change is going to outpace events

Grand-coalition would be a selfeating ebola, and leave its advocates more discomforted than ever, writes Gerard Howlin

More

GERARD HOWLIN: Opening presidential vote to diaspora is an exercise in comic gigantism

By engorging the presidency... it disturbs a delicate equilibrium in which the president is primarily a bulwark for restraint in the face of potential irresponsibility, writes Gerard Howlin.

More

GERARD HOWLIN: Sinn Féin must pivot from exploiting alienation to delivering cohesion

Sinn Féin is at the edge of the centre. Whether it is Promised Land or quicksand remains to be seen, writes Gerard Howlin.

More

GERARD HOWLIN: Our tax base is too narrow to support our spending profile

With income tax we are dangerously out of kilter with the tax norms of countries we want to emulate, writes Gerard Howlin

More

GERARD HOWLIN: It is not enough to be a safe haven for a once-in-a-generation storm

Fine Gael today has no sense of how to become competitive outside its own comfort zone, writes Gerard Howlin.

More

GERARD HOWLIN: Government struggles to survive one crisis as another appears

It is in the gritty detail of difficult policy decisions that lies the ultimate test of character. In that regard, there is more going on this week than the main headlines indicate, writes Gerard Howlin

More
Sharon and her daughter Megan, 13, who is suffering worsening scoliosis on 'Living on the List'.

GERARD HOWLIN: Vested interests within the health system adding to pain of 'living on the list'

Vested interests within the system benefit from work practices that are costly in cash, and contribute to keeping people ‘living on the list’ in pain, writes Gerard Howlin.

More

GERARD HOWLIN: No to arbitrary exercise of power no matter how unpopular the cause

Free speech is upheld, but political caprice is unrestrained, in an Oireachtas where voluntary restraint is in short supply, writes Gerard Howlin.

More

GERARD HOWLIN: Finding the right route for the future of bus services

Revitalising small towns takes many things: A bus or rail service is one of them, writes Gerard Howlin.

More

GERARD HOWLIN: Society and politics are forever changed as indeed we should be

In ruminating repeatedly on the alleged horrors of what is happening, there is too little consideration of why and how, writes Gerard Howlin

More

GERARD HOWLIN: Year ahead will be a test of leaders’ abilities to reform governance

The single issue wholly within our control, amid much uncertainty, is public sector pay, writes Gerard Howlin

More

GERARD HOWLIN: Today everyone preaches something but no one believes in anything

Martin Luther shattered the notion of universal or objective truth. ‘I’ was placed at the centre of the cosmos, undermining all hierarchy, writes Gerard Howlin

More

GERARD HOWLIN: Arts offered authentic retrospection, unlike State, media, and academia

The architecture of commemoration in 2016 was the State’s, but many of the ideas were bought-in, writes Gerard Howlin.

More