Watson campus: Right call by UCC to distance themselves from scientist

Two years ago, management at University College Cork (UCC) made a decision to name a campus building after Professor James Watson, the scientist who was awarded ...

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Rural broadband plan: 5G technology is unproven

THE government is being encouraged to abandon or at least limit in scope its National Broadband Plan for rural Ireland. Imagine Communications, the wireless broadband ...

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Too influential: New legislation needed for social media platforms

The relentless growth of social media platforms has driven fundamental change. This year, a Rubicon will be crossed as, for the first time, digital media advertising ...

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Insect populations collapsing: We’re codding ourselves again

For generations, we ignored warnings about our impact on the great bounty of the oceans.

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It’s time to fire the three monkeys: Silence is still an engine of subjugation

The three-monkeys principle — see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil — was, in the areas of physical or sexual abuse, close enough to convention for ...

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Time to clean up the social media mess

The internet and mobile media have been described as the defining technologies of our age, and with them have come undisputable benefits for societies. They spread ...

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An economic concern but not yet a crisis

Stock markets and investors can be prone to short-termism, a condition causing the sufferer to measure trade and export numbers by the month or quarter and, on seeing ...

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Islamic State returners: Are they victims or criminals?

The vast dystopian caliphate created by Islamic State is over, but among the moral challenges it leaves for Western governments is the quandary of what, if anything, ...

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Páirc Uí Chaoimh costs: Public projects need oversight

There is good news and bad this week about the revamp at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

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Our collapsing world: French follies

What has happened to France, the nation to whom the world has looked for rational thought and which gave us Descartes, who declared: “I think, therefore I ...

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Youth Diversion Programme: Garda heads must roll, but how many?

Shortcomings in the Garda’s Youth Diversion Programme (YDP) — designed to keep at-risk juveniles out of trouble, and the public safer — were revealed ...

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Catalan independence: Democracy on trial in Spain

There were reasonable grounds for hoping, 15 months ago, that the Catalan separatist leaders jailed and awaiting trial on charges of rebellion and sedition would ...

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Nature versus mankind: Wildlife alert

Re-introducing long lost wildlife species in rural areas is an idea — and increasingly a passion — that excites romantics eager to put a mark on the ...

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Dublin Airport expansion: Shannon and Cork worthy of funds too

Sod-turning on a major new development usually brings with it an air of excitement — and when that development is an airport expansion, the mood is even more ...

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Rooskey arson: Racist attacks on asylum seekers

Those objecting to asylum seeker accommodation will often claim not to be racist but to be expressing legitimate concerns about the background of the impending new ...

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Public spending inquiry bill: Too many holes

The debate on Fianna Fail’s bill to give the Comptroller and Auditor General powers to investigate the financial management of infrastructure projects is timely ...

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Right to protest outside a home? - Only decency says that we shouldn’t

Protesting outside a politician’s home has no place in a democracy — so said many of the social media commentators who condemned the groups who brought ...

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Clear to see who has head start - Crime gangs use of technology

The challenges gardaí face in combatting crime gangs and their ever-more sophisticated operations are immense.

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Homeless vets - Leave no one behind

Army life comes full of mottos referencing bravery, unity, strength and sacrifice — all serving as rallying cries when conditions are tough, responsibilities ...

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Prospects of Brexit deal diminish - Heady mix of ignorance and idiocy

As we approach the final few weeks before the UK leaves the EU, the debate over Brexit is becoming increasingly shrill and bad tempered.

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Fianna Fáil and SDLP partnership - Make or break for both?

The partnership agreed between Fianna Fáil and the SDLP could either make or break both parties.

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Hanging up the keys - Road age

The decision by Philip, the duke of Edinburgh, to surrender his licence at the age of 97 is likely to resonate with many older drivers in this country as well as ...

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Disturbing findings on treatment of childhood obesity at community level

The findings of a research study on a programme to combat childhood obesity is both enlightening and disturbing.

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Simon Harris may yet bring down Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar has a problem or three to be getting on with — there’s Brexit, and all its implications to worry about; the astonishing increase in the ...

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Scope of social media is beyond Orwellian

Is there any way to rein in the excesses of the all-powerful social media giants, like Facebook?

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Immoral food conventions: Time to cut food giants’ toxic power

For anyone with a reasonable, disposable income there are few fundamentals of life more influenced by the whims of fashion than food and diet.

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Newry nuclear dump a possibility: Renewables are the best option

Irrespective of what kind of a border Brexit fathers, be it a Donald Trump stop-’em-all wall or an arrangement satisfied by one of John McGahern’s patrols ...

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A changing city: We need to talk

Cities evolve as human needs evolve.

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Brexit tragi-comedy playing out - A tale of three cities

What could be the final act in the long tragic-comedy that is Brexit is being played out in three cities this week — Belfast, Brussels, and Washington.

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INMO strike - Labour Court must now get involved

The failure of the Labour Court to make any formal intervention in the nurses’ dispute with the Government to prevent them taking strike action in the first ...

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Donald Trump’s state of the union address a disservice

Donald Trump’s second state of the union to the American people exemplified the country’s polarised political climate.

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Brexit negotiations - Backstop too important to drop but...

On Monday, a Dublin man became the fourth person to be convicted over the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly.

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Peat harvesting rules relaxed - Government posturing on climate crisis

In recent weeks, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar expressed a new commitment to confronting climate change.

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Protecting the vulnerable - An endless task

Little did Mark Zuckerberg think when he set up Facebook 15 years ago that the adventure would make him wealthy beyond comprehension — something north of €50bn. ...

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The battle to end poverty - A war we could easily win if we wished to

Dutch historian Rutger Bregman delivered a broadside to the world’s uber-rich and the economic system that dominates our lives at Davos last week.

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Children’s hospital inquiry - Another spin on merrygoround

Limerick’s Cian Lynch was named Hurler of the Year for 2018. He is just 23 but in that short life, he has seen more public inquiries, tribunals or hearings ...

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Tracker mortgages scandal - We never learn

It must be a relief, even if a belated, inadequate one, for the thousands of individuals or families deliberately ensnared by the banks in the tracker mortgage scandal ...

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Overwhelming power of belief: We mix truth and belief all too often

Belief, as a rejuvenated England showed in Dublin on Saturday, can be an overwhelming force.

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A tide that lifts all boats: Accountability move welcome

There is hardly an issue in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s in-tray that, no matter how circuitous the route, cannot be traced back to a failure of accountability.

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Royals may flee post-Brexit London: God save queen!

It is undoubtedly Brexit project fear propaganda that British officials have revived Cold War plans to relocate Britain’s royal family should there be riots ...

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A Nordic model for the homeless

Governments cannot solve all of the problems that take people from their own homes to sleeping bags, blankets, and cardboard tents in doorways on city streets, an ...

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Marks that last

There was a time when tattoos were associated chiefly with merchant mariners, but only those below the rank of officer. Now there’s hardly a town without a ...

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Soundbite of the week

The week’s stand-out soundbite from the You Couldn’t Make It Up ministry — every government has one — popped out of the mouth of Sarah Sanders ...

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C&AG remit may cover water - Vote needed

Even though the position of the water charges debacle at the very apex of public administration and political failure seemed unassailable, it may yet have to cede ...

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Brexit delay hint from Hunt - A50 pause must mean new ideas

Penicillin, X-ray images, artificial sweetener, potato crisps and even Coca Cola were all discovered accidentally, confirming one of Mark Twain’s wisdoms dressed ...

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Hospital cost may hit €2bn - Project an example of toxic culture

The kind of disdain for the idea of public service, the deep cynicism fuelled by what can only be described as the slapdash, make-it-up-as-we-go-along mismanagement ...

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GAA own goal: Organisation felt ‘bullied’

GAA director general, Tom Ryan, has said that the association felt “bullied” into hosting the hugely successful Liam Miller tribute match at Páirc ...

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Extreme heat, extreme cold: Record weather hits America

Australia’s ongoing heatwave set temperature records.

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Brexit chaos continues: Fantasies a real test of composure

One of the very few Brexit gifts is the jousting around how historical figures might regard the proposal.

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Border vote: Brexit-like fantasy feeds border calls

Republicans would not enjoy being compared with the most ardent, evangelical Brexiteers yet, the parallels are obvious

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