The dark streets of Dublin: Exclusive extract from Cormac O’Keeffe's crime novel 'Black Water'

In an exclusive extract from his new crime novel, security correspondent Cormac O’Keeffe goes behind the headlines with a gritty tale of gangland and the drugs ...

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For Elisha, we all need to do a hell of a lot better

WE SAID we would do better. Time and time again, we have said we will do better, writes Joyce Fegan

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Redress wrongs will finally be put to right

It took the bravery of a group of ordinary citizens putting their heads above the parapet and taking on the State to get justice for Magdalene survivors, writes ...

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Prisoners sleeping on floors in packed jails, we need to find out why

The prison population will have increased by 800 in the year to the end of summer, if current rates continue. That’s enough to fill a prison, says Michael ...

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Financial forces too fickle to take heat out of global warming

To defer to markets to overcome the environmental woes of capitalism is a blueprint for disappointment and a recipe for planetary suicide, writes Ivan Ascher.

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Mutual needs maintain 60-year alliance between US and Japan

The US and Japan keep peace in East Asia, but Shinzo Abe has been slighted by Donald Trump’s decision to meet Kim Jong Un and is fearful of China, says Robert ...

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Is US financial sector out of the woods yet?

With a new treasury report, the US House of Representatives may stop pushing for a change to the procedure for restructuring failed banks, but will it be enough, ...

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Is government database a bigger threat than Facebook?

The Department of Homeland Security’s ‘media monitoring’ database could have a more sinister purpose — especially in the ever evolving era of social media, says ...

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Commission of inquiry stymied by own remit

An ‘Irish Examiner’ investigation published last month revealed that three grave plots in St Finbarr’s cemetery in Cork City contain the remains ...

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Disclosures Tribunal: Martin, Murphy, and Rabbitte put through the tribunal wringer

Politicians of a certain age fear the ghosts of tribunals past, writes Michael Clifford

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Left in limbo: Unlocking the Irish justice system

Michael Clifford questions the failure of gardaí to interview a whistleblower who was a witness to an assault on a prison officer, and the lack of urgency ...

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Cryptocurrency billionaires should join the philanthropy club

These nouveaux riches should follow the example of Bill Gates and his ilk and give some of their money away, to causes such as health care in the developing world, ...

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Millennials have no appetite for proper scientific expertise

Irish food needs to get the next generation of consumers on board with its message, writes Suzanne Campbell

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Storm Emma cast a cold eye on our changed eating habits

Our dietary habits have changed dramatically over the decades with a shift from fresh vegetables to ready meals, reports Joyce Fegan

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Women made to fight for their right to vote

In 1910, when the seeds of a movement were sown, women couldn’t vote. It was a decade-long fight, writes Sandra McAvoy

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Abortion fundraiser lays 35-year history bare

They read like miniature epitaphs, writes Joyce Fegan.

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Anti-trader policies erode our city’s ethos

Cork City Council is discarding the views of city centre traders, says pharmacist John Minihan

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On the road with the world's greatest hitchhiker

Wes Enzina meets Juan Villarino, a man who has hitchhiked far enough to circumnavigate the globe four times.

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How Tomás’s autism set in motion his mother’s new work

Dr Susan Crawford has become an expert in movement skills to help her son and others who are debilitated by catatonia, says Dan Buckley

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Restorative justice after sexual violence

The time has surely come to put innovative justice — as well as major improvements in conventional justice — on to the social and political agenda, says ...

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US wrong to leave Syria, but right to withdraw from Iran deal

Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, unless it is ‘fixed’ by May 12. He would be right to follow through, according ...

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Time to park any doubt about Cork city’s potential

Plans to axe 115 parking spaces from Morrison’s Island to facilitate a flood relief scheme are necessary to transform the city centre, says Cork Chamber president ...

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Donald Trump’s trade war is about protecting intellectual property

US president is targetting China because the latter requires that importers reveal their IPs, and this would be disastrous for US tech giants, says Daniel Gros.saysDaniel ...

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Trade conflict signals US global power is waning

Import tariffs on steel and aluminium the US imports from China are in keeping with Donald Trump’s record of responding to non-existent problems says Joseph ...

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Unionism seems stuck in long-term no-man’s-land

Unlike in 1998, unionism today is led by a ‘dig your heels in’ mentality that may lead to its own undoing, writes Political Correspondent Fiachra Ó ...

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Against all the odds, somehow peace prevailed

David Trimble was isolated, Mo Mowlan was sick, Bertie Ahern’s mother died, and Bill Clinton was on the line from the US, but, somehow, peace was achieved, ...

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Reluctant Sinn Féin became a fierce protector of the Good Friday Agreement

The party was slated for using delay tactics to frustrate and stunt the process, reports Political Correspondent Elaine Loughlin.

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The politics of getting the peace deal done

We weren’t just ending the conflict, we were also putting in place arrangements to replace the Anglo-Irish Agreement, writes then junior minister Liz O’Donnell ...

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When ministers and the State bowed to the Church

Early governments acted as if Irish independence amounted to Rome Rule. It took the revelation of the clerical sex abuse scandal to end such deference, writes Ryle ...

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Good Friday Agreement: Decades in the making, but deal is still fragile

Considered by many the cornerstone of peace and stability on the island of Ireland, the Good Friday Agreement and the path to it was fraught with hurdles and political ...

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First 20 years of the Good Friday Agreement: Deal has yet to fulfil potential

The Good Friday Agreement brought the framework for peace, but it hasn’t been an easy ride. Political Correspondent Fiachra Ó Cionnaith looks back on ...

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Bertie Ahern on Good Friday Agreement: ‘We said we’d give it a few years, it took over our lives’

The two young leaders, Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair, both came to power in 1997, writes Daniel McConnell.

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We need to talk to children about realities of sex

In France, a 3D model of a clitoris is passed around primary and secondary schools during sex education classes. “Oh that’s just the sexually-liberated ...

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Martin Luther King: A king for all ages

America loathes marchers but loves martyrs, writes Jesse Jackson, and that fatal bullet in Memphis 50 years ago made Martin Luther King Jr a martyr for the ages.

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Half a century later, King’s words still ring true

The Rev Martin Luther King fought for many issues throughout his life as a minister and the leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaking out ...

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MLK 50: ‘At first I thought it was a firecracker or car backfiring’

Clara Ester’s eyes were fixed on the Rev Martin Luther King as he stood on the concrete balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

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Father of rape victim decries system which leads to 'silence and shame for survivors'

Sharing his own experiences, and writing anonymously, the father of a raped teenager decries an environment that reduces rape to a court verdict and so induces silence, ...

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Crown prince’s moves making Saudi’s future more uncertain

Mohammed bin Salman’s reforms to Saudi Arabia’s economic and foreign policies could destabilise the country, writes Shlomo Avineri.

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Equating abortion and Holocaust — let me tell you my story first

Some pro-life campaigners regularly compare the impact of abortion to the Holocaust. But is this a justifiable choice of simile or a deliberate distortion for other ...

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Donohoe’s hard line on pay demands seems unsustainable

It is in keeping with the annual whinge-fest from teachers and doctors — I mean conference season — that the issue of pay makes its way to the top of ...

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Silicon China on the rise but expansions may cause dilemmas

China’s lead in AI will likely occasion more clashes between Chinese firms and foreign regulators, write Marion Laboure, Haiyang Zhang, and Juergen Braunstein. ...

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Risk to media integrity is no laughing matter

Any untoward breach of a citizen’s data is worrying but if the targets are journalists then it’s not just personal rights but a basic cog of democracy ...

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Q&A: All the questions about sex education in our schools answered

Caroline O’Doherty answers all the questions relating to the review of sex education in schools.

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How Martin Luther King’s dream became Robert Kennedy’s nightmare

As riots erupted and smoke billowed from black neighbourhoods in the wake of Martin Luther King’s assassination, Robert F Kennedy met with black activists, ...

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Revamp of decades-old teaching will reflect current discourse

WHILE the main drive behind a review of sex education in Irish schools is that so much of it is decades old, the discussions it should help begin will undoubtedly ...

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Europe must urgently uphold the international rule of law

Donald Trump’s disregard for liberal democratic values harms the institutional pillars of the world order that the US itself long championed. Only if the world’s ...

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General election likely before end of this year

Behind the scenes, everyone is talking about when the fragile minority Government will fall and the country will face a general election, says Political Editor Daniel ...

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The Church has been lying down on the job: Fr Brendan Hoban

The world has rapidly changed, and we have refused to change with it, writes Fr Brendan Hoban.

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Special report: Department of Justice ‘not fit for purpose’ but reforms remain a work in progress

Following a series of high-profile scandals, the Department of Justice has become the new ‘Angola’ writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell

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Conscription Crisis of 1918: The triple alliance

In the first of his articles covering the conscription crisis of 1918, Ryle Dwyer explained how heavy-handed British politicians looked towards Ireland to solve ...

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