Year of the woman: 2018 has been a roller coaster when it comes to women’s advancement

From the Belfast rape trial to the historic referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, to the shocking CervicalCheck scandal and concerted interventions to address ...

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Fostering a climate of suspicion in child care

A case of a child removed suddenly from its foster parents raises questions about Tusla management and foster families’ rights, says special correspondent ...

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Border crossing: Cork councillor’s switch from Irish Army to Provisional IRA

Cork County Councillor Kieran McCarthy reveals that he was far from being the only soldier to quit the Irish Army and join the Provisional IRA, writes Sean O’Riordan ...

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Growing opposition to Skibbereen plastics factory scheme

There is a groundswell of opposition to the factory plan in Skibbereen, writes Noel Baker.

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Leave us kids alone: A look at child marriage in the US and beyond

While the global trend in forced marriage and child brides has seen numbers fall in recent years, the picture emerging from America is more disturbing, writes Bette ...

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Cork flood defence opponents ignoring ‘holistic approach’

The city council’s head of environment insists the Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme is the only solution, writes Eoin English.

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Denying transgender identity has serious impact on mental health

“Sticks and stones may break my bones – but words will never hurt me,” goes the playground rhyme.

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Brexit deadlock: This three-way referendum design could break it

The 2016 EU referendum resulted in a marginal victory for Brexit and a divided nation.

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State’s reaction is to deny, delay, and to buy silence

The Taoiseach is following the well-trodden path of treating the Magdalene laundries, mother and baby homes, and illegal adoption as separate scandals, writes Conall ...

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A cut above the rest: Cork salon offers helping hand to the homeless

Having a haircut is often an emotional experience for a long-time homeless person. When life is about surviving the elements, having your hair washed and styled ...

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Cork University Hospital copes when disaster calls

Major events with multiple fatalities have featured in the history of CUH, writes Denise O’Donoghue

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CUH marking 40 years of community service

The ambition for CUH to develop to become a ‘great hospital’ is both real and attainable, writes Tony McNamara.

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Women have been written out of science history – it's time to put them back

Uncovering forgotten history can help explain why science still has a masculine bias today.

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Special Report: Women forced to give up babies for adoption still failed by State bodies

Teenager Jackie Foley was told to sign a consent form under a fictitious name in Bessborough Mother and Baby Home. Her son was adopted and given a bogus name. Nearly ...

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George H.W. Bush: America’s last foreign policy president

George H.W. Bush was the last person elected president of the United States with any prior foreign policy experience.

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Worried you are dating a psychopath? Signs to look for, according to science

It may sound like a scene straight out of a horror movie, but statistically you are not that unlikely to end up on a date with a psychopath, writes Calli Tzani Pepelasi. ...

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Some familiar themes in deaths of children - here are their stories

The latest individual reports into the deaths of children known to the care services have some familiar themes — challenging family backdrops; sometimes substance ...

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All about data access - Refusal to give spy data ‘breaches’ law

The refusal of State agencies to publish statistics on their use of controversial surveillance powers is “in breach” of the State’s transparency ...

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Who owns your data and who decides on access to it?

State agencies’ power to access your phone and internet data has long been dogged by controversy. It has been challenged by successive court rulings and, last ...

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War between science and religion is far from inevitable

In his 2015 book Faith versus Fact, the biologist and polemicist Jerry Coyne launched one of his many attacks on religion in the name of science: science and religion, ...

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Prison Service whistleblower analysis: Is it ever legitimate to put an employee under surveillance?

A serving prison officer claims covert surveillance, including tracking devices on vehicles and listening tools in visiting areas, is being used in an effort to ...

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US presidential elections: Why a Democrat is now favourite to win in 2020

The results of the US midterm elections are now largely in and they came as a shock to many seasoned forecasters.

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37 years on and their lives are still engulfed by the Stardust nightclub fire

Derry and Dublin felt worlds apart in 1981, but the Stardust tragedy brought them together. Now, renewed bonds are helping them fight for justice for others, writes ...

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Past can’t be fixed - but we can change the future, says husband of cervical cancer victim

I ask myself which is worse, the day Irene died or the day I found out Irene didn’t have to die, writes campaigner Stephen Teap, whose wife was mistakenly ...

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Driverless cars will make you sick – but there’s a fix

New anti-sickness technology is needed for driverless cars to deliver on the promise of letting us read, work or watch films while we travel.

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Paramilitaries still cast shadows over lives of young people in Northern Ireland

It’s been more than 20 years since the Good Friday Agreement paved the way for peace in Northern Ireland. But violence and paramilitarism continue to have ...

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Iceland Christmas ad: banned, but it will help 2018 go down as the year of ‘corporate caring’

A Christmas advertisement for the UK supermarket chain Iceland, which tells the story of a young girl who tries to help a baby orangutan whose home has been destroyed ...

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Comment: War ends as political and military struggle heats up at home

An exhibition at Cork Public Museum shows how lives were transformed by the events of 1918, writes Niall Murray.

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Managing visitor impact on The MacGillycuddy’s Reeks is still quite a hill to climb

A new initiative aims to involve walking clubs in minimising effects on the environment and farming by hillwalkers on the Kerry mountain range, writes John G O'Dwyer. ...

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Ireland’s World War I casualties remembered

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, has conducted new research into Irish casualties in World War I.

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Life and potential lost on the battlefield: Ireland’s First World War soldiers

From shoe box to window box, Tom Burke recalls the journey of Ireland’s First World War soldiers on eve of the centenary of the November 11, 1918, armistice.

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World War I: What we've learned from the 'war to end all wars'

It would become known as the Great War, or the “war to end all wars”. Four years of bitter conflict from August 1914 to November 1918 which spread to ...

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Special report: Real lives and real stories behind those living on the streets

It is easy to forget there are real people behind the homeless statistics. In an attempt to put that right journalist Rebecca Stiffe took to the streets to gain ...

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Special Report: Fine Gael trio sitting on shared pension pot of €5m

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, and newly appointed Communications Minister Richard Bruton are entitled to a generous set of retirement benefits ...

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Taste for expansion: The Irish firms setting their sights on post-Brexit markets

Five days of deal-making at this year’s biggest food fair in the world gave Irish producers a vital platform as they seek new markets beyond the UK, reports ...

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Racism is ingrained in fabric of US society

To understand Charlottesville is to understand the divisive, divided, and vitriolic America we now know, writes Joyce Fegan.

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Haughey, the real Taoiseach and how Cork got its revenge

In the middle of the 1980s Cork was in chaos with major employers Ford, Dunlop and Verolme closing within 18 months. Every institution in the city seemed under threat ...

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Campaigners determined to keep tragic school shooting top of political agenda

Fred Guttenberg doesn’t think he told his daughter he loved her the last time he saw her alive, writes Joyce Fegan

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The unsolved murder of an unusual billionaire

Last December, Canadian pharmaceuticals boss Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, were strangled in their own home. No-one knows who did it, or why. Matthew Campbell ...

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30 years ago, the world’s first cyberattack set the stage for modern cybersecurity challenges

The very first cyberattack clogged up the nascent internet, halting digital communications. Now much bigger, the internet is still largely open to – and suffering ...

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DUP's red lines are based on a self-destructive Britishness many unionists don't share

There are two red lines holding sway over Northern Ireland’s politics.

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Parents help less with homework as kids grow, 'Growing Up in Ireland’ report finds

Parents’ involvement with their children’s homework drops off significantly once they move into second-level school, according to new research.

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War of the witches: woman are accused while men claim victim status

Halloween is a time when cultural norms are turned upside down.

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On yer broom to see scares of Halloween in the South-West for yourself

A demon policeman is directing traffic, there are freshly dug graves in the middle of the village, and a coven of witches danced in the streets over the weekend.

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Migrant caravan members have right to claim asylum – here’s why getting it will be hard

Roughly 5,000 people, mostly from Central America’s violent and unstable “Northern Triangle” of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are reportedly ...

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Separating tourism pushes from Cork city centre initiatives

We are Cork. We’re Pure Cork. We’re on the Wild Atlantic Way, in Ireland’s Ancient East, living in a city rising on an island of discovery. Or ...

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Mental health: Joseph’s summer on the streets exposes failings of system meant to help vulnerable

The gap between theory and practice of the services that should be available to someone with a mental illnesss left the family of one young man in despair and desperate ...

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