Bunny Carr dies aged 91 - A gentleman

It is hard to imagine that Bunny Carr, who died aged 91 on Wednesday, would be as successful today as he was when he worked with RTÉ and with his communications ...

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Paisley survives dismissal vote - A good process worth copying

Democratic Unionist representative Ian Paisley has avoided the ignominy of being the first MP to lose his House of Commons seat under legislation — known as ...

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Rise of Starbucks - Council wins battle with coffee giant

Earlier this month, Starbucks’ driving force, Howard Schultz, who stepped down as the coffee giant’s executive chairman in June, realised an ambition.

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Vacant property tax dismissed - CPOs and taxes are best answer

The report by Indecon suggesting that the Government does not introduce a vacant property tax seems a curate’s egg.

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Papal crowd - What a change

Though the size of the congregation at the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park some weeks ago was always in dispute, it is certain that it was far smaller than the Catholic ...

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Support linked to concessions - Tax card in play in Brexit solidarity

Last weekend, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar retweeted a UN report which considered countries’ social and economic achievements.

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The cost of GAA success: Demands are unsustainable

A number of sports struggle with defining issues.

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Workers’ bills up over a decade: Tax rises not reflected in our services

The Dáil resumed after it summer recess yesterday.

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Katie Hopkins, hate monger - Held to account

It must mean something worth celebrating that the extreme right-wing British commentator Katie Hopkins would probably, in this country, enjoy a recognition rating ...

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Photographing gardaí on duty - Ban idea is Orwellian step too far

The assertion yesterday by Charlie Flanagan, the minister for justice and equality, that he would be “favourable to the idea that it could be made illegal ...

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The changing nature of work - Uncertainty the only certainty

In the next few weeks, tens of thousands of young Irish people, and millions more around the world, will take their next step towards becoming educated, employable ...

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National Ploughing Championships: All of us, not just farmers, must change

The Ploughing, one of Europe’s great festivals, begins tomorrow. A grand celebration of all things rural, it is the most popular outdoor trade event in the ...

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Honouring the dead: Remember to recall, prevent

Over the weekend the old toxins that have, for decades, sustained tribal differences, that the great majority of people on this island have put to one side, resurfaced. ...

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Investment in sport pays off: Rowing to gold

Irish rowing has been quietly, and sometimes not so quietly, punching above its weight on the international stage for the last number of years.

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Housing market needs to serve citizens rather than business

This week, two events enlivened the sombre public administration bubble.

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Thuggery in sport is a result of boorish influences away from the pitch

It would be reassuring to take refuge in that marketing saw — “In Donegal, they do things differently” — but the situation that developed ...

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The end of a real Volk hero

There can hardly be a family in Ireland that, at one stage or another, did not count a Volkswagon Beetle among its members.

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Lord of the sets: Timmy ‘The Brit’ McCarthy

There are few occasions when ornamentation is used to such an uplifting effect as when a good, naturally rhythmic fiddle-and-box duo play one of the high-energy ...

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Banned over parking offence: Seize banned drivers’ cars?

Judge Patrick Durcan, sitting at Ennis District Court, earlier this week banned a motorist from driving for six months after the driver’s car was found parked ...

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Two challenges to inequality: Revalidate society or face chaos

The protesters — around 1,000 — who blocked Dublin streets on Wednesday evening over the repossession of a property on Tuesday may not have realised ...

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€100k ad spend - Spin goes on Government extravagance

There are people in a developed country such as ours who would rate €100,000 as relatively small beer.

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Inexplicable verdict - Bolton’s bizarre rubbishing of Hague

The US government’s national security adviser, John Bolton, has never in his career in politics been slow in coming forward to criticise the International ...

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Consequence of a broken market - Is this the masked face of policing? 

IF there’s one English-language idiom that’s long past its use-by date it’s the one about a picture being worth 1,000 words.

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Injuries in rugby: Too dangerous

Last weekend, the Leinster, Leicester, and Ireland rugby player Dominic Ryan joined a worrying and lengthening list of professional rugby players forced to retire ...

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Trump visit cancelled: A lucky escape for Government

Though it would naturally be denied, there must have been a palpable sense of relief at the highest levels of Government when it was announced yesterday that US ...

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820m went hungry last year: Two scandals challenge our decency

Last March, Ireland joined 200 other countries when we committed to the Food Waste Charter.

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St Patrick’s Bridge restoration: A legacy issue

An unexpected consequence of this summer’s drought, and some of the fires caused by it was the exposure of the imprint of human habitations lost to history.

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Spanish flu centenary: Reminder of our vulnerability

In this decade of centenaries, it is important that the National Museum of Ireland mark the centenary of the Spanish Flu outbreak that swept Ireland during 1918 ...

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Example still the best teacher: Icons move towards the shadows

Every generation has a tiny coterie of sportsmen or women whose career is a persistent exercise in dominance.

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Donald Trump’s visit will be a real test for Leo Varadkar

Cinema is one of the many mirrors we hold up to our world.

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Housing delivery delay is embarrassing

It is hard not to think that even the Government’s most ardent supporters must feel a growing sense of frustration and some embarrassment too, at its utterly ...

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Burt Reynolds: A man before his time

Burt Reynolds, who has died aged 82, was, arguably, a great film star of the 1970s.

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Election manifesto season looms - Get ready for crescendos of aspiration

It must add to the gaiety of the nation that a prospective president has advocated Bunratty-esque famine villages with pop-up bacon and cabbage stalls, and flame-haired, ...

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The cost of intransigence - Silent Stormont faces a pay cut

That great arbiter, the Guinness Book of World Records, has declined to recognise the record set in Northern Ireland last week.

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Russia unmoved by charges - UK going solo

Successive Westminister governments have resisted demands that former members of the British army stand trial for murders committed in Northern Ireland, no matter ...

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Fine Gael’s double talk - ‘Parallel negotiation’ just a ruse?

Taken at face value, Regina Doherty’s argument for parallel negotiations between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on a new confidence-and-supply agreement ...

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Technology has made us lazy - A sedentary life

The latest WHO report on world health makes for depressing reading. It reveals that physical activity has been engineered out of life, with desk-based jobs replacing ...

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Schrödinger at 75 - Recapturing spirit of science

There is no more fundamental question than “what is life?” but that is the very topic up for discussion in Dublin over the next two days as some of the ...

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s betrayal - Power often means a fall from grace

The ethnic cleansing of Myanmar’s Rohingya means Aung San Suu Kyi’s fall from grace is complete and irreversible.

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Commissioner Harris - A new broom

There was a reassuring air about the press conference given yesterday by the new Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.

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Our disturbing ignorance - Electric Picnic waste shocking

Great reform comes after a great change in perception and behaviour. Great social change means making new ideas proactive and rejecting long-established norms.

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Anniversary of banks’ collapse: Are we less vulnerable than in 2008?

It’s a decade since our financial regulators and central bankers were frog-marched into the glare of television studios to reassure a nervous public that our ...

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Schools veto mobile phones: Ban would put children first

In an irony that must tell us something significant about ourselves a device that should have helped protect children — a mobile phone — has become a ...

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Preserving our past: Digitise and save

Thousands of documents necessary to reach a full understanding of our history were almost lost during the Civil War bombardment of Dublin’s Four Courts.

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South Kerry greenway delayed: The common good must win the day

In an increasingly crowded world, uncontrolled access to natural or man-made tourist attractions has become a contested idea.

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A new Garda Commissioner: Best of luck, Commissioner

Drew Harris takes up his role as the new Garda Commissioner today.

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Fighting social exclusion: Must do more

Most decent societies are committed to the idea of equal opportunity for all.

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Leave them in peace

Technical innovation nearly always provokes concerns that manifest as protests.

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Catholicism rejects new laws on abuse

Some of those in the West who advocate a hard attitude towards immigrants, especially those from Islamic societies, argues that the core values of some immigrants ...

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