TERRY PRONE: Skips and new cars are a sign that economic recovery’s taking root

IF I WERE to say that Finance Minister Michael Noonan is off with his statistics on economic recovery, he would come after me and give me a black eye to match the one he’s sporting.

Terry had to sneak into the operatingarea of the hospital to learn how theman in her life was doing.

TERRY PRONE: Patients wait on trolleys while loved ones hang around in fear

More information on waiting times in hospitals would save everybody a great deal of anxiety, writes Terry Prone


TERRY PRONE: Gin Lane’s alcoholic miseries are still to be seen on streets of Ireland

IT’S a cartoon, drawn by artist William Hogarth in 1751. Entitled Gin Lane, it shows a crowded, chaotic, 18th century street scene, every detail of which tells the story of what one alcoholic drink — gin — was doing to the city life of the poor. 


TERRY PRONE: Learning the 10 lessons of recession lessens the load we have to bear

Terry Prone wonders if traffic congestion can be a measurable indicator that recession is over.

Asking Eugenie Bouchard to do a postmatch twirl was sexist and offensive but has probably done no harm to her or the career of the reporter.

TERRY PRONE: The microphone is mightier than the double-edged sword of sexism

THE up-side and down-side of rancid sexism are hard to distinguish from each other, these days.

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TERRY PRONE: Terry Prone: Give us our daily bread: gluten-free is not a lifestyle fad it’s a life-saver

THE symptoms of diseases are often misinterpreted. Diabetics, when they need sugar, talk nonsense or collapse, and people mistake it for drunkenness. But that’s a misunderstanding of the symptoms.


TERRY PRONE: New antibiotic is our best hope since penicillin in fighting infection

HEALTH Minister Leo Varadkar’s plan to take patients on trolleys out of A&E and put them, together with their trolleys, on wards, can be criticised, but medically it would have advantages. 


TERRY PRONE: An 18th century bright spark who let her mighty pen do the talking

The great thing about the days on which Christmas and New Year happened, this time around, was the way it provided a week-long holiday.


TERRY PRONE: When a country’s badly-managed assets become lethal liabilities

JUST as our personal virtues, over time, become our vices, so, too, our national advantages, over time, can become disadvantages.


TERRY PRONE: Terry Prone: My mother was never lighthearted about Christmas. It was an enemy

ON the face of it, I’m all set for Christmas. But not really.


TERRY PRONE: Cameras could be the best protection against crime of abuse

Back in the days when I was a junior reporter with RTÉ and the Troubles were going on north of the Border, a mad young producer got the idea that someone should go Up There and capture covert recordings of just how difficult the British Army and the RUC were to people from the Republic. 


TERRY PRONE: The organisation that helps people who have disabilities to get AHEAD

WORKING dogs are confusing.