Final word yet to be written on Pius XII

Pope Francis recently ordered the unsealing of the Vatican’s WWII archives on Pius XII. TP O’Mahony looks at the controversies surrounding the pontiff, ...

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US need to pay costs if they want to win the new Cold War

The next Cold War against China will not be won by force of weaponry as was the case against the USSR, but rather through expensive economic strategies, writes Minxin ...

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NZ attacks are a stark warning of toxic political environment that allows hate to flourish

When lives are tragically cut short, it is generally easier to explain the “how” than the “why”, writes Greg Barton.

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The quiet girl whose lone protest became world outcry

Greta Thunberg was just a child who wouldn’t be comforted.

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For a small island nation we have a lot to celebrate

We may not have a national space programme, but one of our scientists, Norah Patten, is en route to become our very first astronaut, writes Joyce Fegan.

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Proper training and resourcing key to safeguarding women

The ratification of the Istanbul Convention is a welcome move, but further action is needed to ensure effective protection for domestic abuse victims, writes Dr ...

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The Ides of the climate crisis as children march

Societies that are politically and socially are will prepared to face the environmental shocks that climate change will inevitably bring, writes Éloi Laurent. ...

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Leo lectured as Trump meet falls flat

Juno McEnroe Political Correspondent in Washington DC

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Vulnerable May is at the weakest point of her premiership

Theresa May’s leadership hangs by threads after her Brexit withdrawal deal fell to another historic defeat, says Andrew Hammond.

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Q&A: What post-Brexit tariffs of up to 83% could mean for the Irish market

Outlining unpleasant-looking tariffs that will cost Irish farmers dearly could cause the alliance between Ireland the other EU member states to creak a little, says ...

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Varadkar putting peace process at the top of his Washington visit

Leo Varadkar faces many challenges on this visit to Washington DC for the St Patrick’s Day festivities. But no task will be as crucial as ensuring that the ...

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UK faces into abyss of stark realities and unenviable choices

Throughout the ‘90s Mystic Meg had a 45-second slot on the UK’s National Lottery Live show where she predicted facts about the future winner.

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Time to fix our capital after a 45-year hiatus

A privately-funded rapid transport network is being proposed for Dublin. Jed van de Poll, Dublin Metro CEO, explains an alternative to the Government-supported project ...

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No magic bullet for reintegrating suspected IS recruits

Lisa Smith, an Irish woman who was married to a fighter in Syria, will be allowed home and will be difficult to prosecute, but it is uncertain what returnee policy ...

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Day 1 at Cheltenham had a bit of everything

It’s fair to say day one of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival had a bit of everything. Driving rain in the hours before the Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle, the ...

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Scally report into CervicalCheck a watershed in Irish healthcare

In the chronicles of CervicalCheck, April 25, 2018 will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.

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To a foetus, fancy French wine and cheap beer are both toxic

There is no safe type or quantity of alcohol for a foetus and the result of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder is incurable brain damage, says Aisling Foley

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Little substance behind spin on helping working mums

The Government shouts loudly about helping working mothers, closing the gender pay gap, and supporting the career progression of women, but it is blocking simple ...

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Ethiopian Airlines crash shakes belief in safety of Boeing Max 737s

When Lion Air Flight 610 plunged into the Java Sea off Indonesia shortly after takeoff last October, killing 189 people, analysts and passengers alike were cautiously ...

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Little substance behind spin on closing gender pay gap

The Government shouts loudly about helping working mothers, closing the gender pay gap and supporting the career progression of women but in reality it is blocking ...

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Plastic production is the problem, and not plastic waste

The industry is happy to shift responsibility onto consumers, but recycling is futile when €200bn is being invested in increasing output, say Lili Fuhr and ...

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The MP who is putting people before politics

Alberto Costa is a Scottish Conservative of Italian parentage and the House of Commons has adopted his amendment to protect citizens’ rights in a no-deal Brexit, ...

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We should all be feminists — but not for ourselves

To a father who co-parents, we so often congratulate him for being a ‘hands-on dad’. I’ve yet to hear of a woman being commended for being a ‘hands-on ...

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Confidence-supply no longer ensures government stability

Resignations and defections have changed the Dáil voting arithmetic, so that non-aligned Independents now hold the balance of power, says Dr Michael Harty

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Young girls should not create barriers for themselves when it comes to careers

In her work with Ervia, the parent company of Irish Water,April Mangan straddles two careers – as an engineer and as a public relations expert. She shares ...

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Why extinct species seem to be returning from the dead

Like something out of a zombie movie, species that were once thought extinct seem to be rising from the dead.

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Trump plan would allow US veto any Sino free-trade pacts

Donald Trump’s trade strategies regarding China are designed to allow the US intervene in any potential free-trade deals between the EU or UK and the Asian ...

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Bombshell of sex and lies fails to detonate

A new book paints a picture of rampant homosexuality in the Catholic Church but builds castles on the sands of rumours and innuendo, writes TP O’Mahony.

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Mystery of French babies born with deformed arms – here's what a developmental biologist thinks

Neil Vargesson describes possible causes of limb malformations in babies born in rural areas of France.

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What if England voted to leave the EU in a second referendum but the rest of the UK wanted to stay?

The Brexit process has exacerbated many of the disunities within the UK’s territorial constitution. Division rules at Westminster, Stormont remains deadlocked, ...

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Have we learned anything from tribunals fiasco?

Bodies of inquiry have to date proven to be a costly and ineffective remedy to our nation’s ills, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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YouTube’s paedophile problem is only a small part of the internet’s issue with child sexual abuse

YouTube has, yet again, failed to protect children online. Recent investigations by Wired and video blogger Matt Watson have alleged that paedophiles were using ...

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Patriotism extends to keeping our ditches clear of litter

A cursory drive between Buttevant and Mallow showcased a side of Ireland we must tackle, writes Diarmaid Twomey.

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Nurses can’t vote on deal without targets

Dr Anthony Leddin finds the devil is in the detail — or rather the lack of it — in the Labour Court’s proposed nursing agreement, which is to be ...

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The fear is that Oireachtas committees will now be fearful

The PAC acted beyond its scope in its questioning of Rehab former CEO, Angela Kerins, but balancing the power of legislature with the rights of the individual will ...

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Evil brought to light must not be hidden away again

The State’s proposal to seal the records of the Laffoy/Ryan commission of inquiry and its associated bodies for 75 years is unjustified and wrong, writesCaitriona ...

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Overnighters and trips away should be a key part of every childhood

It would be a crying shame to let the thought of what might happen put an end to the kind of wonderful experiences I enjoyed as a Girl Guide, writes Catherine Shanahan ...

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What drives a man to kill his family?

Why do men — statistics show it is mostly male partners who perpetrate this crime — kill their families? It can be to do with an ‘intense sense ...

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Ireland can and must be central to achieving 'A Better World'

Ireland’s vision of a better world, as laid out in the Government’s new policy for international development, is an ambitious one. It sees a world where ...

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Scouting Ireland concerns: Parents in limbo as one group accuses and the other denies

“If I had a child involved in scouts this weekend I don’t think I would be comfortable allowing that child to go off on an overnight camping trip.” ...

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North Korea-US summit: what its failure means for the peninsula's future

There is still hope for the Korean pensinsula, but it is dwindling.

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Adoption law changes - Good, but not good enough

Congratulations are due to the civil rights activists who have persuaded Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone to look again at her Adoption and Information ...

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Time to update system barely changed since State’s founding

A list of proposals to update and modernise the register of electors. Here, minister John Paul Phelan explains what they are and why the action is being taken.

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War in Venezuela is now a scary possibility

In recognising opposition leader Juan Guaido as president, the US misread the 100,000-strong army’s loyalty to dictator Nicolas Maduro, say Jeffrey Sachs and ...

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Do a deal or remain? Brexit crash out is a bridge too far

Irish and British General Elections could yet run in parallel before the end game, most likely a Customs Union deal, writes Eddie Hobbs

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Uncomfortable parallels with Brigid McCole case must unsettle Fine Gael

Two words that haunted Fine Gael for many years were uttered in the Dáil yesterday by Solidary TD Ruth Coppinger. Brigid McCole

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Dramatic fall from grace for Vatican treasurer

Cardinal George Pell’s conviction for child sexual offences in Australia brings the decades-long abuse scandal in the Catholic Church to the heart of the Vatican, ...

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How self-deluded Trump’s ‘victory‘ became Kim’s triumph

As the US president meets his North Korean counterpart this week, Donald Trump must avoid taking another diplomatic beating,writes Grant T Harris

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Why Corbyn's second referendum announcement changes everything – even if he's still lukewarm

As ever with Jeremy Corbyn and Europe, his announcement that the Labour Party would support a new public vote on Brexit is not straightforward.

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Questions left unanswered: Family of murder victims seek fresh inquiry into deaths

Two years ago, Alan Hawe killed his wife, Clodagh, and their three sons. Now Clodagh’s mother and sister want a fresh inquiry to give insight into such acts, ...

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