Sisters, for the love of God — tell us where the Bessborough babies are

It was a miserable day on Sunday in Cork. Rain teemed from a dark and unpleasant sky, the grass underneath turned to mud, there was no respite from the cold.

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A fiscal council without regard for society is not worth the money

Isn't the Fiscal Advisory Council a disgrace?

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A toast to Lakers, Irish Distillers spirit and Difference Days like this

I watched a three-part phenomenon at work last week. The promise it made was remarkable — so much so that I admit I was sceptical about the possibilities.

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Cut down on car usage, not the trees, to keep the buses moving

Dublin is a city of trees. They shape the city, give light and shade, colour some of the busiest thoroughfares and add incredible atmosphere and charm to the city.

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Green Party could be stronger again following another election

The oddest thing about the election results so far has been the Taoiseach’s reaction.

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There is no justice in how survivors have been treated in daily lives

Survivors of abuse are often obstreperous.

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Words that soft-pedal wrongdoing are just another form of corruption

I’m getting really sick of the euphemisms.

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Here’s hoping we’ll be free to make up our own mind on divorce

Lads, what’s going on? Have ye forgotten the floodgates? The end of civilisation as we know it? The heavens falling in? Or have ye just lost your bottle, and ...

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In the North, they abandon peace; in the South, we abandon babies

Public policy yesterday, public policy today. The more things change, the more they sometimes stay the same.

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Down the road, we will have to switch to driving on right-hand side

Ireland and Malta will be the only EU countries that drive on the left-hand side after Britain departs the bloc in October, writes Fergus Finlay

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Unending, inconclusive public inquiries another form of abuse

In four reports, they haven’t made a single finding of fact. We knew more about what happened in that foster home before this inquiry than we do now, writes ...

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UK’s bird-brain politics that could leave us all in a very dark place

There is a bird in legend. It’s called the Oozalum bird (you can look it up if you don’t believe me).

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Financial services industry has more neck than it had before the crash

It's night time. A pensive, maybe angry, man sits at the wheel of his car, trying to decide.

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Hate speech on the internet may yet bring democracy to its knees

Why write about hate? St Patrick’s Day is a time of celebration for all of us. My grandchildren are proud to march, even in the coldest of weather, and it ...

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Ignorant and crass: Maybe the Tories really are that stupid

It’s as if they learned everything they know about Ireland from comic books when they were eight, writes Fergus Finlay

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Relationship between State and institutions is not always healthy

FOR A number of days spread over a couple of years, I’ve had reason to be lying on a hospital bed staring at the wall opposite me. Nothing life-threatening ...

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The Church’s leaders can’t hold a candle to the survivors of abuse

Who would ever, in any sense, regard the lighting of a candle as an act of atonement or reparation? asks Fergus Finlay.

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Housing comments send out a deadening message to the needy

Fergus Finlay thinks that Owen Keegan, Dublin City Council chief executive, appears to have stopped caring about the housing crisis.

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We need a project management team to handle major capital works

When all is said and done it’s the way we go about procuring capital projects that is the problem, says Fergus Finlay.

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Getting jobs for disabled people shouldn’t be such hard work

‘So, Samuel arrived in. We knew he had always wanted to be a pizza-maker, so I said, ‘Hey, Samuel, do you want to try your hand in the pizza kitchen?’ ...

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Never forget horror of Holocaust underpinned by ideology of hatred

We want to think of it as ancient history, but it isn’t. It was unspeakable, unforgiveable, and it has to be unforgettable.

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Balanced diets: The way we eat threatens us all unless we change

I wouldn't often say this, but a farmers’ representative stopped me in my tracks the other night.

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Brexit: We’d be mad to trust anyone associated with it unless on our terms

I spent a couple of hours last week glued to a drama documentary on Channel 4.

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Don is a citizen: He should be able to bank on respect, nothing less

There’s one phrase that I hate above all others.

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Rees-Mogg makes global headlines and Leo conquers the Universe

I was really tempted to start off 2019 with a load of rugby predictions.

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Democracy is suffering for the lack of a robust, combative opposition

We're holding the government to account. We’re only acting in the national interest. There’s a need for a bipartisan approach. How often do we hear those ...

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UK takes unique, unprecedented road nobody wants to go down

No one wants to govern it, because no one wants to take responsibility for the unbelievable mess they have created, writes Fergus Finlay

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Angela’s family are home and dry, but the years in a hotel still linger

Mashed potatoes, Angela said. It was mashed potatoes that made her cry.

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Reckless, incompetent Brexiteers make Trump look statesmanlike

The reason the DUP hates the deal is because the Irish Government helped negotiate it, writes Fergus Finlay

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What Brexit Britain really needs is a tactical genius like Joe Schmidt

Look. I know I’m no Donal Lenihan — even if by Saturday night I was as hoarse as he was on the telly.

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My friend was sexually abused in childhood by a priest. I never knew

Fr Naughton had been an abuser of children for 25 years, transferred from parish to parish.

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Howlin may well have planted the first seeds of Labour’s recovery

In my Labour days it used to be my job to draft the speech that the party leader would give to his conference in the live television slot.

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Leo kicked off the silly season, but serious politics are back with a bang

How do you know when the silly season has begun? When the pages of the newspapers are full of a spat between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the entire journalistic corps. ...

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