WB Yeats once told an audience they had disgraced themselves. On Saturday we needed a reverse Yeats to tell us we had done the right thing.

TERRY PRONE: In casting our referendum votes, we showed faith, hope, and love

IT WAS politics at its best, the referendum. Political parties looking at a proposition decided to espouse it. Ways were found by both sides in the argument to engage the public. The clearest of decisions was made by the electorate, and countless lives were changed for the better.

TV presenter and academic Mary Beard gave a job reference to a young man who had abused her online.

TERRY PRONE: When you’re giving a reference, don’t do a job on the candidate

People will swear to the capabilities of employees for no good reason other than doing a favour, writes Terry Prone


TERRY PRONE: Coffee-maker had rich market until customers gave it a roasting

THEY were wrong from the start, but that didn’t stop them taking off like a bullet, those tiny little plastic coffee pods you insert in a machine to make an alleged perfect cup of java. 


TERRY PRONE: If it is my right to take my life, then it is my right to have assistance

It is a basic human right to end one’s life. It is not a privilege earned by intolerable suffering writes Terry Prone



TERRY PRONE: Medical jargon is just the tonic to help the medicine go down

MY NAME is Terry and I am a medical groupie. 

Micheal Martin's poll results are consistently ahead of thoseof his party.

TERRY PRONE: Beware the worm casting its opinion as the election looms


Enda Kenny suffered years of negative polls, related to his personal popularity, before coming to power writes Terry Prone


TERRY PRONE: Being a minister is a test of character. So is passing an end-of-year exam

EDUCATION Minister Jan O’Sullivan is the personification of the rule ‘cometh the role, cometh the woman’.


TERRY PRONE: When your teeth bite the dust, life becomes a series of indignities

The toothless person’s chin rises up to their nose, just like the profile of a witch in a Hallowe’en mask, writes Terry Prone



TERRY PRONE: Important message: Beware texts claiming to be important messages

THIS column is a warning and an apology. At bedtime last Thursday, I hit the scratcher and went to sleep. An hour later, my phone chirped. It was a text. Would I emerge from a good dream to deal with it? No. Just as sleep reclaimed me, the phone chirped that it had an email. 

Eddie Hobbs and Lucinda Creighton at the Renua launch. Is he or isn't he a candidate? Opinion poll, anybody?

TERRY PRONE: Let me be the Devil’s advocate and start ... by setting the agenda

A man named Ambrose Bierce once published a volume called The Devil’s Dictionary, filled with unorthodox definitions of terms common to late 19th century America, writes Terry Prone.

Harper Lee was acclaimed in 1960 for To Kill A Mockingbird, but her second novel is only being published now.

TERRY PRONE: Why success as a writer became a life sentence for Harper Lee

GEORGE Best is sitting up in a hotel bed with a gorgeous blonde beside him, when the waiter arrives with a bottle of vintage champagne. The waiter looks at the former soccer star and asks: “George, where did it all go wrong?”


TERRY PRONE: It’s time we all take responsibility for our risky binge-drinking culture

TV ads for beer establish an atmosphere and context of collective happiness, writies Terry Prone



TERRY PRONE: Nursing homes exporting their demented problems to hospitals

THEY PUT her in a home, the two sisters and their brother. They couldn’t believe that the pejorative phrase would apply to them and to their mother, but it did.