Comatose campaign enlivened: Challenging PC limits of Áras debate

Presidential candidate Peter Casey has enlivened an otherwise comatose, and if the polls are right, pointless, waste-of-time-and-money race for the tenancy of Áras ...

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City to choose name for bridge: A brave life with relevant lessons

Name the bridge in honour of Mary Elmes. Born in Cork in 1908 she went on to have a brilliant academic career despite institutionalised gender discrimination.

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Alcohol under the spotlight after judge's comments

The demon drink is rarely out of the news, and the past week has been no exception.

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Invisible pain needs compassion

Lady Gaga may be one of the main attractions of Irish cinema at the moment with her compelling remake of the 1937 classic movie A Star Is Born, but it is in one ...

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Naval manpower crisis: More hands on deck needed

Do more with less has for some years been the prevailing requirement in public services and private enterprises as governments seek to cut state spending and companies ...

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Arms trade billions and sanctions: Despots moving beyond censure

Last May, America and Saudi Arabia signed a €95bn arms deal. Britain, one of the European countries selling

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No country for young mothers - Irish among older first-time parents

Relentless human population growth — most other species are in accelerating retreat — and ever-more-demanding material appetites are the primary drivers ...

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Another Brexit deadlock: Talks at point where a toxic legacy looms

There is hardly an issue on which opponents are so immoveably, so viscerally in conflict as Brexit.

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Supt Taylor applies to retire: A way to change a rancid culture

The Charleton report published last week found, among other things, former Garda press officer Supt David Taylor “swore an affidavit that was almost entirely ...

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Sexism in the GAA: An insult

Rena Buckley has won 18 All-Ireland medals. By any criteria, she has earned a place in the Irish sporting pantheon.

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Government's indecision as a survival policy

It is not hard to imagine, at Leinster House, Sir Humphrey whispering in nervous ministerial ears this morning: “Steady, minister, there’s no need to ...

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Culture on environment must change

Last Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), representing nearly 200 governments, warned of the dire consequences of our refusal to do more ...

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How we resolve the crisis will shape our legacy.

The weekend protest in Dublin, when an Airbnb office was occupied, was just another symptom of what is a defining moment for this society. How we resolve the crisis, ...

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Naughten played his poor hand unwisely

One of the great gifts social media seemed to offer in its more innocent days was that various platforms might become new homes for political discourse and commentary. ...

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Campaign seems to be window dressing

There are too many examples of inaccurate political polling in recent years to bet the farm on any result percieved as a foregone conclusion. Despite that caveat, ...

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Weed out weak law

The housing crisis is not the only area where the common good plays second fiddle to the extensive protections afforded to private property. Cork County Council ...

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Mr Justice Charleton reports - A shocking report that must lead to real change

Even in a post-truth, post-shame world, even in a world where alternative facts are trotted out as regularly as “unprecedented” October storms threaten ...

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Choosing to live in Ireland - A real challenge

Discussion about the diaspora is usually laced with regret, often heartbreak.

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‘Gay cake’ bakery cleared - Bitter for some?

The UK’s Supreme Court has made a compelling case for deciding in favour of a Belfast bakery in the ‘gay cake’ row, overturning a lower-court ruling ...

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Blasphemy referendum - It is important that we all vote

Many people who intend to vote in the Presidential election may not be aware that they will also receive a ballot paper asking them to vote on a referendum to amend ...

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CervicalCheck scandal - More victims than the 221 identified?

In the weeks before she died, Emma Mhic Mhathúna commissioned five busts of herself for her five children, so they would never forget her face.

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Rogue kingdom - Saudi Arabia critic murdered?

It may hard to imagine Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a champion of human rights, yet in the case of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, that is ...

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Time to review flooding plans - IPCC report moves goalposts

John Maynard Keynes’ famous question, “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”, took on a sharp relevance for Cork City ...

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#Budget19: Hard calls dodged in election bid

They funked it. With the voices of constituency returning officers ringing in their ears the Government dropped the modest plan, flagged by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ...

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Climate crisis is closer than anticipated - Budgets as a lever for change

Today’s budget will, like all budgets, be used to try to meet social and political needs.

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Food scheme figures soaring - Hunger in a rich country

The near-100% increase in the number of people reliant on food supports between 2016 and last year is a sobering and shaming metric.

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A mugs’ game - Another regulator understaffed

One of the recurring themes in Irish public life is our enthusiasm for enacting legislation but not enforcing it effectively.

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An ageing population: Caring for carers

It seems it is time to extend that adage “who will police the police?” to “who will care for the carers?” New figures show that there are ...

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Emma Mhic Mhathúna: A brave life but a needless death

Emma Mhic Mhathúna, one of the women at the centre of the cervical cancer controversy, died in Kerry yesterday. She had five children and was one of 221 women ...

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Brett Kavanaugh nomination: Vote throws more fuel on a raging fire

The confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the next nominee to America’s Supreme Court will exacerbate his country’s increasingly destructive culture ...

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Steady as we go

It would not be surprising if Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe secretly wished that yesterday’s news that the Government can expect an unanticipated €1bn ...

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Things are looking up in city’s development

David Attenborough yesterday returned to one of his themes warning that slowing human population growth is essential.

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Symmetry of history offers a NI warning

All around the world, there are countries that once glowed imperial red on the pages of an atlas.

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Act of an enemy: Chemical weapons watchdog plot

The view that Russia is an increasingly malign force happy to undermine the institutions we all depend on strengthened yesterday when it was reported that the Netherlands ...

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Inaction we will certainly regret: Heads in the sand on climate

There is hardly a person who, when reflecting on choices made over a lifetime, does not regret something or other.

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Homelessness just a symptom: Crisis is now about more than housing

In recent days, up to 10,000 people took part in a protest over the housing outside Leinster House. In a country with 10,000 — and rising — homeless ...

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Chaos in the air: Clarity required

IRISH airspace is one of the safest in the world and those who patrol our skies are among the most skillful anywhere. That makes the latest glitch in our air traffic ...

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Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser: Attack shows vile character

It is all too easy to dismiss US President Donald Trump as an ignorant, crass buffoon, whose comments, tweets, and rambling speeches provide great hilarity and topics ...

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Voting rights for Irish emigrants: Give ‘exiled children’ their say

AS we approach the presidential election, it is worth noting that there are many thousands of Irish citizens denied the right to vote, for no other reason than they ...

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Peace in Ireland is sacrosanct: Good Friday disagreement and the DUP

Arlene Foster’s declaration that the Good Friday Agreement is “not sacrosanct” is shocking, but hardly surprising, as the party she leads, the ...

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Defence Forces conditions: Personnel deserve top pay

In an address to the UN last week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar spoke about the need to “provide a voice for the oppressed around the world”.

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Flood defence ruling: Action required

Cork City Council will have to prepare a new environmental screening of its contentious Morrison’s Island public realm and flood defence project and embark ...

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Boating tragedy: Deaths highlight treacherous seas

The deaths of three men on a fishing trip in south Kerry reveal, once again, how treacherous the seas around our coast can be, even close to shore and in conditions ...

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Mothers and babies matter: Pregnancy research funding cut

“It’s about saving the lives of mothers and their babies: That’s why we get up every morning, that’s why this is so important.” That ...

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Road traffic fatalities: A lot done, plenty more to do

Our toxic relationship with alcohol is killing us in more ways than one. Research by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has found that more than 50% of pedestrians ...

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EU mortgage suggestion: Good idea but...

The suggestion from Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher, that those trying to buy a home be allowed to borrow money anywhere in the EU, is an entirely rational ...

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Single-use plastics ban: Plague of plastic must be curbed

Earlier this year, the EU announced a crackdown on single-use plastics to confront the pollution, especially marine pollution, which is increasingly recognised as ...

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Inaction in the face of scandals: Question on alternatives less relevant

For many years, certainly since the collapse of 2008, any discussion about how our economy is managed, about how social justice and accountability might be made ...

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Week’s events tell of ongoing gender bias

Any impression that women’s rights were a more or less settled issue before American Tarana Burke established the #MeToo movement has been well and truly shattered. ...

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New proposals on immigration policy

Despite the roller-coaster excitements of Brexit or US president Donald Trump, or maybe because of them, climate change and immigration remain the preeminent issues ...

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