No, mobile phones should not be banned in schools

Access to mobile technology can be both a blessing and a curse. Smart phones are used to make calls, run businesses and organise social lives. But they also raise ...

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Ideological war against the decriminalisation of sex work risks sidelining much of the evidence

I’ve spent more than a decade researching controversial, sensitive topics. But in many ways, my research on the sex industry has been the most difficult. This ...

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Nuclear power offers best hope of offsetting climate change

It has 100,000 times the energy density of coal, so that even a small plant would be much more efficient than huge, noisy dams and wind farms, which spoil the landscape, ...

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Time to come clean on the State’s dirty secrets

A recent RTÉ documentary underlined how the poor treatment of women does not belong solely in the past, and there are modern injustices that must be addressed, ...

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Another belated State apology for shameful deeds

Last Tuesday, we did it again. A State apology was offered to a previously marginalised group of Irish society who had suffered terribly, an, in some cases, fatally, ...

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One soldier's mental wounds from the harrowing reality of drone wars

Even soldiers who fight wars from a safe distance have found themselves traumatised. Could their injuries be moral ones? Eyal Press reports.

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How a child’s cry beat the bullyboy US president

This week, I wrestled with my own powerlessness.

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Michael Clifford: Well-schooled in the art of outrage

I’m boycotting the Magill Summer School this year. There, I’ve said it. Under no circumstances will I travel north to the picturesque haven of Glenties, ...

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Brexit: This poll reveals a sad truth about Britain and Northern Ireland

Recent polling from Conservative peer Michael Ashcroft suggests that two-thirds of pro-Brexit voters would rather leave the Customs Union than avoid a hard border ...

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Social media in court: your tweets could be used as evidence against you

As we increasingly use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp to communicate with each other, many of us are unaware of the ways ...

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‘US policy puts people in cages who are not harmful to society’

Thousands of illegal immigrants with deep roots in their adopted communities are being locked up and separated from their families, write Mica Rosenberg and Reade ...

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Politicians drunk on excitement despite our ‘difficulty’

It was like the archbishop was coming to visit, writes Daniel McConnell.

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Michael Clifford on the Disclosures Tribunal: Splash of colour but black and white truth remains elusive

Mick Wallace laid it out with a splash of colour: “There’s never been a judge in the history of the State told so many lies,” writes Michael Clifford. ...

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Children have been separated from their families for generations – why Trump's policy was different

After weeks of mounting pressure, Donald Trump signed an executive order on June 20 to stop his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from ...

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Knife crime: I spoke to young people who carry blades – and they want to stop the violence

A new government crackdown launched in the wake of the UK’s knife crime “epidemic” will target gangs, drugs and ban “zombie blades”, ...

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar responds to European President Jean-Claude Juncker's Oireachtas address

In his response, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar paid tribute to Europe for "transforming Ireland".

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A serious approach to diplomatic negotiation

Whether Donald Trump’s approach actually works with North Korea will depend on the diplomacy that follows the showpiece Singapore summit, writes Christopher ...

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The big problem with a trade war is that nobody can win it

Companies will lose profits, workers will lose jobs, and governments will lose revenue, and the trading systemitself might be undermined, says Mukhisa Kituyi.

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Michael Clifford: Six years behind bars as a banking star crashes to Earth

David Drumm’s meteoric rise through the world of Irish banking was attributed to a large degree to his capacity to get things done, writes Michael Clifford.

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Coke has promised ‘less sugar’, but less is still too much

At last count, 28 countries and seven large cities in the USA had moved to introduce a tax on sugary drinks.

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Trump’s war on children is an act of state terrorism

State terrorism comes in many forms, but one of its most cruel and revolting expressions is when it is aimed at children, writes Henry Giroux.

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Community work key to tackling inequalities

Poverty and marginalisation are deeply rooted and change will not happen overnight — but tangible results will be realised in time, with the right interventions, ...

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Michael Clifford on the Hiqa report: Nobody is being held accountable

The agency charged with protecting vulnerable children is not being run properly, but nobody is responsible, writes Michael Clifford

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Daniel McConnell: Prudent Paschal must resist any pressure to loosen the purse strings

It is some trick, to be able to increase spending by a whopping €3.4bn in one year and still be able to claim to be prudent, writes Daniel McConnell

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One likely winner of the World Cup? Putin

We already know one person who will emerge as a World Cup winner, says Peter Rutland of Wesleyan University.

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German prisoners held comedy nights in British war camps – we recreated one

Picture an expensively furnished dining room with a table set for over 30 people, writes Andrew Frayn.

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Separating parents and children will hurt Trump at ballot box

Even the US’s first lady has questioned the policy. It has caused uproar in an election year, with the midterms to be held in November, says Jennifer Epstein. ...

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Can the euro be saved?

Across the eurozone, political leaders are entering a state of paralysis: Citizens want to remain in the EU, but they also want an end to austerity and the return ...

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Yemen: Understanding the conflict

Here is what is happening in Yemen, now in the fourth year of a civil war, writes Kelly McFarland.

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Antarctica has lost nearly 3 trillion tonnes of ice since 1992

It can be easy to overlook the monstrous scale of the Antarctic ice sheet. Ice, thick enough in many places to bury mountains, covers a continent roughly the size ...

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The art of turning dog’s dinners into oysters

Shane Ross tells Political Editor Daniel McConnell of difficulties passing legislation and of Sean Canney’s departure from an alliance that still strongly ...

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Women deserve a carefully considered abortion provision

Prior to legislation, the Government must take time for research and consultation on contraception and abortion services, says Claire McCarthy IT is more than three ...

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Special report: West Cork’s wastewater dilemma

Noel Baker reports on two West Cork communities awaiting urgent Irish Water works to address raw sewage that is being released directly into the sea.

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Sinn Féin reaches turning point in political positioning

The lyrics to ‘Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves’ echoed around the Belfast Waterfront conference centre decorated with 3.5m- high posters of Mary ...

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Nobody benefits from society’s mental health stigma

The thing about stigma is that it does no one any good. It prevents people from answering that 'how are you?' question honestly. And it absolutely prevents people ...

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Who killed the Kiev protesters?

How a trove of mobile phone footage, photos, and surveillance footage, combined with sophisticated 3D modelling might help bring justice for protesters murdered ...

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Four things that should happen before Irish unity

Irish unity is on people’s minds and lips in a way it hasn’t been for decades, suggests David Mitchell.

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Refugees caught up in EU war of words

France’s dispute with Italy over the Aquarius migrant ship, which is now on its way to Spain, was diplomatically inept and hypocritical, writes Ferdinando ...

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The urgent need for Republicans to stand up to the Donald Trump

Proclamations about the quasi-monarchical scope of his power speak only of Trump’s panic and growing desperation, writes Elizabeth Drew.

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Paul Reynolds: 'I never branded McCabe a liar'

Paul Reynolds wasn’t fed any scurrilous stuff about Sergeant Maurice McCabe, he told the Disclosures Tribunal yesterday, writes Michael Clifford.

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The Grenfell Tower disaster lays bare the true power of social media

Since YouTube invited us to “broadcast yourself” in 2005, the means and methods to do so have increased exponentially, writes Gary Bratchford.

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Slowly closing the urban-rural divide in planning our cities

With the help of new technologies and bold thinking, societies can again try to build cities that better fit in with their natural surroundings, writes Carlo Ratti

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Ireland’s complicated fascination with royals

Royalism was common in Ireland for centuries — CS Parnell was a royalist, for example. Our relationship with the crown is a long and winding one, writes Mervyn ...

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Digital addiction: how technology keeps us hooked

Users are still not aware of exactly how digital technology is designed to facilitate addiction, write Raian Ali, Emily Arden-Close and John McAlaney

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Children in Ireland deserve reforms - Ombudsman

Children are being let down by public bodies such as the HSE and Tusla and by a mental health service where psychiatrists are not routinely available to suicidal ...

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800,000 Irish people are poor. The budget can change that

Addressing Ireland’s economic and social infrastructure deficits should be the priority in Budget 2019 says Dr Seán Healy, Director of Social Justice ...

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Free and open South China Sea may be lost

The US has looked on as the vision of a democratic-led Indo-Pacific could give way to an illiberal, repressive regional order, with China in full control, writes ...

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'Backstop' option for Irish border after Brexit – the difference between EU and UK proposals explained

As Brexit negotiations near their end point, Theresa May’s government has been trying to find the balance between two seemingly irreconcilable goals, suggests ...

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Trump-Kim summit: North Korean leader emerges a clear winner as Donald Trump reverts to type

At first glance, it is easy to call the meeting between US president, Donald Trump, and his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong-un, “historic” and “unprecedented”, ...

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