Alison O'Connor: Availability of abortion to Irish citizens is a sign of a mature society

Alison O'Connor: Availability of abortion to Irish citizens is a sign of a mature society

So many of us knew women who'd had to travel for abortions and understood the pain that involved, writes Alison O'Connor

MORE
Breaking News

Alison O'Connor: The portrait of Michael Collins will be back in the Taoiseach's office... but will Leo?

Micheál Martin had hardly received his seal of office from President Michael D Higgins but his Twitter bio was changed to reflect his new status: “Taoiseach ...

MORE
Alison O'Connor: No masking the fact we haven’t escaped virus threat completely

Alison O'Connor: No masking the fact we haven’t escaped virus threat completely

We have a major win on our hands against Covid-19. We don’t want to lose that now by being stupid or careless, writes Alison O'Connor

MORE
Alison O'Connor: Government deal not yet in the bag, for many reasons

Alison O'Connor: Government deal not yet in the bag, for many reasons

In the Dublin suburb of Phibsboro there is a cafe, which, on the basis of its website, looks to be really charming. Bang Bang is a greengrocer and deli with “top ...

MORE
Alison O’Connor: Sickness that infects Irish politics could sadly result in actual death

Alison O’Connor: Sickness that infects Irish politics could sadly result in actual death

It came about after Irish politicians – namely three parties - failed to agree to form a Government, despite the world being in turmoil owing to a once in ...

MORE
Alison O’Connor: Putting aside petty differences and taking what’s put on the table

Alison O’Connor: Putting aside petty differences and taking what’s put on the table

The perception is that Fianna Fáil ministers would be more flexible and creative in trying to find a solution, writes Alison O'Connor .

MORE
Alison O'Connor: Dysfunctional health service has shown that it can be transformed

Alison O'Connor: Dysfunctional health service has shown that it can be transformed

The future running of our health service, from the Covid-19 perspective, but also simply it’s long standing dysfunctionality, is a nettle that simply has to ...

MORE
Alison O’Connor: Re-engineering society needed to adjust to pandemic living and dying

Alison O’Connor: Re-engineering society needed to adjust to pandemic living and dying

Covid-19 has had a dramatic effect on how we respect, mourn, and bury our dead. As Irish people that seems especially hard, writes Alison O'Connor

MORE
Alison O’Connor: Trump’s downplaying of Covid-19 is a betrayal of the American people

Alison O’Connor: Trump’s downplaying of Covid-19 is a betrayal of the American people

In a few weeks’ time, I was due to be on a much anticipated trip to the US. It was to be a highlight of the 2020 calendar, writes Alison O'Connor

MORE
Alison O’Connor: A health emergency is no time for conspiracy theories or for agendas

Alison O’Connor: A health emergency is no time for conspiracy theories or for agendas

What is so difficult to understand are the cranks... casting their suspicious gazes around, writes Alison O'Connor

MORE
Alison O'Connor: Why the virus is good news and bad news for the media industry

Alison O'Connor: Why the virus is good news and bad news for the media industry

Trusted newspaper websites have had record traffic... but advertising has fallen off a cliff, writes Alison O'Connor

MORE
Alison O'Connor: Did your party go running during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Alison O'Connor: Did your party go running during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Are these not the questions we, in our tens of thousands, would have been asking before the general election if we had the benefit of coronavirus hindsight, the ...

MORE
Alison O’Connor: Hamstrung health system has battled admirably against Covid

Alison O’Connor: Hamstrung health system has battled admirably against Covid

US president Donald Trump, rather than protect his citizens, has been leading them towards a cliff edge and then over it, writes Alison O’Connor.

MORE
Alison O'Connor: Government formation talks - Parties mull over seismic societal changes due to Covid-19

Alison O'Connor: Government formation talks - Parties mull over seismic societal changes due to Covid-19

If ever a glittering trophy turned into a booby prize it is that of getting into Government. The prospect of running Ireland Inc for the foreseeable future must ...

MORE
Alison O’Connor: No-one should die alone from this virus. We must all stand together

Alison O’Connor: No-one should die alone from this virus. We must all stand together

Alison O'Connor asks, what are the death experiences that we collectively face into over the coming few months?

MORE
Alison O'Connor: Priority hoarding aside we are doing our best in a bad situation

Alison O'Connor: Priority hoarding aside we are doing our best in a bad situation

I watch my children walking or scooting ahead, and wonder what psychological scars will remain, writes Alison O'Connor

MORE
Alison O'Connor: We all have a hand in minimising the spread of the coronavirus

Alison O'Connor: We all have a hand in minimising the spread of the coronavirus

We live in a fearful world. At our most fanciful, we might, in the past, have imagined a cure for cancer or life found on Mars being our global “where were ...

MORE
Alison O'Connor: Mistrust of official guidelines on the flu outbreak can be contagious

Alison O'Connor: Mistrust of official guidelines on the flu outbreak can be contagious

Nations and health officials are working to protect everyone, but too many people see conspiracy.

MORE
Alison O'Connor: Shortage of HRT is causing huge stress ... so why the silence?

Alison O'Connor: Shortage of HRT is causing huge stress ... so why the silence?

I brokered a drug transaction this week. It involved two school mums.

MORE
Alison O'Connor: Politicians must resolve election result impasse

Alison O'Connor: Politicians must resolve election result impasse

More people than would normally after an election are wondering what the politicians will do with the challenge they have been set by the voters, with no party having ...

MORE
Alison O’Connor: Shanley pioneered a form of social journalism with courage and tenacity

Alison O’Connor: Shanley pioneered a form of social journalism with courage and tenacity

It was heart breakingly sad to reflect on someone so vibrant and alive, to die so young, aged only 51, writes Alison O’Connor.

MORE
Alison O'Connor: Same old territory for the election of women

Alison O'Connor: Same old territory for the election of women

It's been a “change” election in so many ways, but one certainty we cling to is that we’re stuck in the same old territory when it comes to the ...

MORE
Alison O'Connor: Leo Varadkar a long way from electoral poster boy of old

Alison O'Connor: Leo Varadkar a long way from electoral poster boy of old

Remember that time when it was difficult to imagine anyone other than Leo Varadkar leading Fine Gael? Now it’s difficult to see him in that leadership position ...

MORE
Alison O’Connor: Mary Lou has had her troubles as Sinn Féin leader, but is resurgent

Alison O’Connor: Mary Lou has had her troubles as Sinn Féin leader, but is resurgent

It was the 2004 European elections. Mary Lou McDonald was a candidate for the European Parliament. I was to accompany her on a canvass, preferably in her local neighbourhood ...

MORE
Alison O’Connor: There’s reason to admire Mary Lou and to mistrust Sinn Féin

Alison O’Connor: There’s reason to admire Mary Lou and to mistrust Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has found her mojo. But even she, in private, must be surprised at how well her party appears to be doing in this general ...

MORE
Alison O'Connor on the Canvass: Voters in Cork quiz Tánaiste on pensions, homelessness and crime

Alison O'Connor on the Canvass: Voters in Cork quiz Tánaiste on pensions, homelessness and crime

Alison O'Connor joined Simon Coveney as he canvassed at Douglas Court shopping centre in Cork over the weekend.

MORE
Alison O’Connor: Tweedledum and Tweedledee-like campaign lacklustre and uninspiring

Alison O’Connor: Tweedledum and Tweedledee-like campaign lacklustre and uninspiring

The simple combination of Fianna Fáil and SSIA is enough to send shivers down the spine of anyone, writes Alison O’Connor

MORE
Alison O'Connor on Election 2020: Green Party keeping it in the family

Alison O'Connor on Election 2020: Green Party keeping it in the family

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Turlough Duffy raised an eyebrow ever so slightly at his teacher’s suggestion that he be on the debating team opposing the motion: “We ...

MORE
Alison O’Connor: Will Fianna Fáil be as humble in power as they have been out of it?

Alison O’Connor: Will Fianna Fáil be as humble in power as they have been out of it?

Fine Gael are telling us what they will do in the future and Fianna Fáil want us to forget what they did in the past.

MORE
Alison O'Connor: The health service is sick, and  Dr Varadkar has failed to cure it

Alison O'Connor: The health service is sick, and Dr Varadkar has failed to cure it

There is strong evidence that the overcrowding that currently exists in our hospitals and emergency rooms results in people dying, writes Alison O'Connor

MORE
Alison O'Connor: Why Leo’s round of Christmas publicity didn’t make a splash

Alison O'Connor: Why Leo’s round of Christmas publicity didn’t make a splash

Here’s a new year wish: May our politicians remain clothed while there are cameras around.

MORE
Alison O'Connor: Chilled Robinson offers an urgent message on climate change crisis

Alison O'Connor: Chilled Robinson offers an urgent message on climate change crisis

Mary Robinson spoke of the movement to divest from fossil fuels and how the wealthy fossil fuel industry had learnt ‘a lot of bad tricks’, writes Alison ...

MORE
Alison O'Connor: Each decade brings stark choices that impact our nation’s children

Alison O'Connor: Each decade brings stark choices that impact our nation’s children

We still live with the scars of that time and those traumatic memories will live on, writes Alison O'Connor.

MORE
Alison O'Connor: The price of being female is that we are undervalued in workplace

Alison O'Connor: The price of being female is that we are undervalued in workplace

A male acquaintance who is self-employed says women don’t value their own time in business.

MORE
Alison O'Connor: Is Fine Gael standing by its candidate or just standing by?

Alison O'Connor: Is Fine Gael standing by its candidate or just standing by?

The Taoiseach canvassing alongside a woman who has made the remarks Verona Murphy has gives a certain imprimatur to her, writes Alison O'Connor

MORE
Tales of high drama and farce as RTÉ tries to focus in on its future

Tales of high drama and farce as RTÉ tries to focus in on its future

A mixed air of anger and hopelessness now pervades Montrose and a significant number of people describe the atmosphere as toxic

MORE
Ditch the shyness and just get on with talking to children about sex

Ditch the shyness and just get on with talking to children about sex

The last sex education programme was introduced in 1999, before the advent of smartphones. A Dáil committee has been looking at updating it, writes Alison ...

MORE
Abortion rights were secured by a thoughtful, inclusive campaign

Abortion rights were secured by a thoughtful, inclusive campaign

Given that the issue divided Ireland so bitterly and for so long, it is difficult to believe abortion is now available here.

MORE
Fixing the HSE is a major operation and Reid will need billions to do it

Fixing the HSE is a major operation and Reid will need billions to do it

The newish head of the Health Service Executive seems well-aware of the power of social media. Paul Reid keeps his followers informed and rather than offer relentlessly ...

MORE
Fianna Fáil smarting from voting scandal so close to an election vote

Fianna Fáil smarting from voting scandal so close to an election vote

We’ve learned in the past few days that all sides have engaged in button pushing for colleagues during Dáil votes, says Alison O’Connor.

MORE
Will Irish voters care about Brexit whenever Varadkar calls election?

Will Irish voters care about Brexit whenever Varadkar calls election?

II has been quite the week in politics, filled with expectation, nerves, and dollops of anxiety and crankiness. And that is just in Leinster House. The public are ...

MORE
Taoiseach talks up his Brexit team in preparation for general election

Taoiseach talks up his Brexit team in preparation for general election

Strike me down if politicians of all hues have not been dusting down their puffy polar coats and sufficiently warm head gear that manages to look vaguely presentable ...

MORE
#Budget2020: In the end, no expected unexpected

#Budget2020: In the end, no expected unexpected

It goes against all Irish political instinct — reining in the lolly when there is a general election coming down the tracks.

MORE
Daly resignation is a canary in the mine warning for our democracy

Daly resignation is a canary in the mine warning for our democracy

Being appointed minister of state in June 2017 meant that an already busy job became crazy, writes Alison O'Connor

MORE
Pressing outrage button on climate activists is foolish and shortsighted

Pressing outrage button on climate activists is foolish and shortsighted

WHEREVER Greta Thunberg is right now I hope it is quiet and somewhere that gives her enjoyment. It is the least the 16-year-old deserves after a sustained period ...

MORE
The State broadcaster is in trouble and Government has tuned out

The State broadcaster is in trouble and Government has tuned out

Richard Bruton appeared to be wondering why on earth he should get involved in RTÉ’s survival, writes Alison O'Connor

MORE
Ireland has kept calm and carried on, despite all the madness

Ireland has kept calm and carried on, despite all the madness

These are crazy times. Ireland is the long-life meat sandwiched between bonkers Brexit in Britain and the lunacy of the Trump presidency in the US. But the good ...

MORE
Clock is ticking down on Martin’s bid for top job of taoiseach

Clock is ticking down on Martin’s bid for top job of taoiseach

Micheál Martin celebrated his birthday recently. It was one of those birthdays that usually gives pause for thought, the one before the one with a zero.

MORE
No matter how you dress it up, the Rose of Tralee contest is just sexist

No matter how you dress it up, the Rose of Tralee contest is just sexist

It was a Tuesday evening family dinner chat. Then someone mentioned the Rose of Tralee ‘beauty pageant’, which was on TV that night. It’s not traditionally ...

MORE