The beauty and unusual beasts of nature

The extravagant splendour of the animal kingdom is prompting scientists to rethink evolution, writes Ferris Jabr.

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Time for a more radical form of police diversion

We need to reconsider how we focus our scarce resources on those young people who need it most in the interests of them and the public, writes Professor Ursula Kilkelly. ...

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Allow the clock to run down to resolve Brexit conundrum

The instinct to call for an extension of Article 50 and to give Brexit negotiations more time would simply extend the paralysis, writes Yanis Varoufakis.

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Brexit bewilderment along the Irish border

Although unthinkable, a no-deal Brexit could see Northern Ireland become a remote region of the UK with which it would be difficult to do business, writes Diarmuid ...

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Brian Crowley’s electoral success is without parallel

The predictable decision by MEP Brian Crowley not to stand again to be an MEP brings down the curtain on one of the most successful politicians this country has ...

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May’s Brexit negotiation has been hapless but the EU could be fairer

The EU has sometimes been legalistic in a way that would have made it hard for any UK government, writes Andrew Hammond

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Committee finds overspend hard to stomach

Alan Kelly summed it up neatly when he said the project was “going to be a case study for years to come”, writes Catherine Shanahan

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Spotlight is turning to Europe’s frontrunners

The race for the European elections is already hotting up, with some big names making no secret of their ambition to run, writes Political Correspondent Juno McEnroe. ...

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Amid ethical fears, China and Russia ahead in AI arms race

The world’s most powerful autocratic states have capability and intent to use AI to maintain dominance at home and beat enemies beyond, writes Peter Apps.

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Prison service faces time in the docks

A new director general was appointed to the Irish Prison Service last month, but the picture painted of the system by the minister was questionable, writes Michael ...

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Can’t have grey areas in response to violence

When violence raises its head in society it dwarfs all else and requires a response that simply cannot be left open to be interpreted as equivocation, writes Michael ...

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Uncertainty as much hinges on scale of May’s expected loss

The UK’s debate on leaving the EU is becoming so multi-faceted that all outcomes are likely to leave everyone unhappy, writes Andrew Hammond.

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Eurozone is recovery resistant but it could also be recession-proof

For years, the eurozone has grown more slowly than the US and its growth has been unbalanced.

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Keep calm: Democracy, not imperialism at work in Britain

Though some commentators have claimed that delusions of empire informed the Leave vote, the belief that Brittania can rule the waves is held by few, argues John ...

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Wilful misunderstanding of Obama’s Middle East objectives

Why did US secretary of state Mike Pompeo travel to the heart of the Arab world to deliver a speech largely intended for partisan political consumption at home, ...

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Why is ‘there isn’t enough money’ always the answer?

Why is it that whenever there’s a problem, a serious one requiring either money and seismic change, its solution seems next to impossible? Not only this, but ...

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Concerns over ‘foreigners’ are pathetic excuses for racism

It must take a galling amount of ignorant hatred to find it justifiable to set fire to a hotel earmarked for a group of people who have risked their lives, left ...

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Yemen: People trapped by mines in the southwest of the country

In early 2018, fighting intensified along the frontline between the cities of Taïz and Hodeidah by Ansar Allah troops and forces supported by the Saudi and ...

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Last embers of pre-modern societies will soon be quenched

Brahma Chellaney examines how indigenous tribes are coming under increasing danger as the modern world refuses to let them live how they choose.

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Unlocking the key to a more ethical future

In 2019 and beyond, we should support companies that hold themselves to the highest ethical standards, writes Dave Troy. Anything else is just a recipe for disaster. ...

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Minister 'badly afflicted by a case of out-of-touchitis'

Flu and the winter vomiting bug may be the afflictions of the season, but out-of-touch-itis is the one that’s taken hold of Simon Harris, writes Caroline O'Doherty ...

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2019 must be year for revival of liberal spirit, not more control

China’s digital system overtly seeks to monitor the behaviour of its 1.4bn people, writes John Lloyd

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US government shutdown over President Trump's wall could see millions go hungry

Millions of low-income Americans could go hungry next month unless the government shutdown over President Trump’s wall is quickly resolved, writes Bette Browne ...

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It’s time for the Government to act to avert nurses strikes

Our goodwill taken for granted, nurses have been pushed to the point of strike action, feeling like we have nowhere else to go, writes Phil Ní Sheaghdha

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O'Farrell family deserve the facts after son and brother killed by repeat offender in hit-and-run

The criminal justice system failed in the manner in which it dealt with a compulsive criminal who was later involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident, writes Michael ...

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The time is right for a different kind of political discourse to emerge

Stephen Lynam says that while it is naïve to to enter the world of politics and expect civility, toning down the insults would be a a step in the right direction. ...

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Returning fighters a real worry for authorities amid arrest of Irish citizen in Syria

Monitoring suspects and managing returnees to this country is the priority, writes security correspondent Cormac O’Keeffe.

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Celebrating the euro and 20 years of change

In January 1999, the ‘third stage’ of Economic and Monetary Union officially started. Since then, the euro currency has survived crises and critiques, ...

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Semi-free press starting to pose different problems for Putin

The Russian president may not be taking the challenge he faces seriously enough as media shifts away from anti-Western propaganda to highlight people’s frustrations, ...

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New biography reveals Winston Churchill’s problem with Ireland

A new biography on Winston Churchill has much to recommend it but, from a purely Irish perspective, it is disappointing, writes Ryle Dwyer.

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Brothers helping reel in seemingly lost Spanish investments

Oliver and John Reel lost over €200k on a development in the Costa Del Sol. It’s been a long journey but they’re helping others recoup their losses, ...

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Trump’s Inquisitors: How far will the Democrats go with their new found investigative powers?

This week, Democrats returned to Washington with the authority to investigate a Trump White House that is suspected of foreign collusion, conflicts of interest, ...

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Community is at the heart of healthy and happy lives

I wondered what kind of life you'd have to have led to pack out a church at 77 years of age. How full your life would need to draw such a crowd, asks Joyce Fegan

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The journey to transform how we travel in Cork City will not be a smooth one

It was a rocky road to introduce the ‘Pana car ban’ in Cork City. However, even tougher choices are needed over the next 10 years if the city is to avoid ...

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Regulating the social status quo disrupters

While social media firms inspire both hope and fear in the public consciousness, one thing is clear: They now guard the door to the modern economy, writes Jean Tirole. ...

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Internet of Things and blockchain can grow when all the world’s connected

Troy Norcross says with 30bn devices set to be connected by next year, the Internet of Things and blockchain have significant opportunities to grow together in the ...

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Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend

Your own pet is never “just a dog.”

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Why a judge’s health matters to US politics

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been diagnosed with lung cancer after breaking ribs. If she retired, her replacement would tilt the US Supreme Court to the right, ...

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A New Year message from church leaders

One of the major themes of the Christmas season is the message of the coming of Light into the darkness of our world.

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The smallest miracles have the biggest effect

You don’t get balloons and congratulations when your baby is born as prematurely as ours was, writes Conall Ó Fátharta.

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Trump’s America First policy means Syria will come last

The US withdrawal from Syria is being ordered unilaterally by a president who clearly has no idea what he is doing, writes Christopher R Hill.

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Ministers face cold sweats as they await fate

No subject matter exercises ministers more than talk of a reshuffle, writes Political Editor, Daniel McConnell

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A very Trumpian year sees anxiety abound

In 2019, the consequences of the bad policies and worse politics of the last two years will come more fully into view, writes Joseph Stiglitz

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As divisions deepen, Europe can provide global leadership

European countries must continue to pool and share their sovereignty if they want to shape global affairs, writes Jean-Claude Juncker.

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The ‘exhausted middle’ needs less outrage in 2019

The year 2018 brought about seismic change in Ireland, writes Joyce Fegan.

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2018 in review: Michael Clifford's A-Z of the year that was

Michael Clifford takes a look back over the year that was.

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Turning Brexit into a democratic opportunity

Yanis Varoufakis says an enormous sense of anxiety pervades the Brexit debate but a People’s Debate is a democratic way of squaring this circle and solving ...

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‘Mobocracy’ at the forefront of second coming of fascism

The biggest danger we face is not a straightforward revival of fascism, but rather a creeping shift in traditional conservatism towards the extreme populist right, ...

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Big year for US-China relations

China’s leaders will attempt to re-stabilie bilateral ties and ease tensions in its non-US relationships in 2019. At the same time, they are likely to use ...

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Globalisation comes to a major crossroads

The world is experiencing an epoch-making rebalancing that is not just economic but also geopolitical, writes former UK prime minister Gordon Brown

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