Brexit — Europe’s open skies: No time for soundbite diplomacy

Another day in the Brexit saga, and another round of soundbite diplomacy, with the Taoiseach warning that Irish airspace could be closed to overflying British flights ...

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Updating constitutions: Mind your genders

The itch to update gendered language in old constitutions has spread from Ireland to Spain.

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Regulating social media: Just do it!

When a national leader is tackled about a problem he or she doesn’t feel able to fix, they will often be heard to say in an anguished sort of way, yes, something ...

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Cliff Richard judgment - Press setback

THE decision by an English judge to award Cliff Richard damages against the BBC over its coverage of a police raid on his home represents the biggest setback for ...

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Big tech is brought to heel - Google fined €4.34bn by EU

First there were the American railroad tycoons. Then came Big Oil, followed by Big Auto, Big Tobacco and Big Pharma.

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Cabinet meeting in Caherdaniel - O’Connell is a hard act to follow

Cynics tend to dismiss the practice of holding Cabinet meetings outside Dublin as a “Cabinet Roadshow” yet there is little doubt that conducting government ...

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Junk food ads and TV sport: Toxic telly

Imagine this:

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Double talk at Facebook: Pandora’s box in Mark’s dorm

Facebook’s marketing messages are slick and simple and, of course, slickly simple, with a message that’s entirely and deliberately without context and ...

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UN hears from the young: Speaking up for Irish youth

Sigmund Freud didn’t have an answer to his famous — or perhaps infamous — question: what do women want?Irish youth Sigmund Freud didn’t have ...

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Pressure on hospital emergency departments: Drunk tanks call

Cork’s senator Jerry Buttimer is spot on when he says that staff at hard-pressed, hospital emergency departments shouldn’t have to spend time on so-called ...

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Irish Presidential race: Let’s be honest

It could be argued that Gerard Craughwell — one of the potential candidates for the presidency — has dented, if not wrecked, his prospects before the ...

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US-Russia Helsinki summit: Trump and Putin – new best friends

Vladimir Lenin’s “useful idiots” were the Western intellectuals invited to the Soviet Union to witness and tell the world about the wonders of ...

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Trump meets Elizabeth II: Queen’s speech

President Trump couldn’t be expected to wrap up his visit to Britain without a farewell foot-in-mouth event, and he hasn’t disappointed those who, despite ...

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Ronaldo move sparks strike: Funny money

It would not be wrong to say that a great many Italians tend to go along with Bill Shankly’s typically understated description of what might or might not still ...

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New national parks study: Act now to save wild open spaces

I believe in beauty. I believe in stones and water, air and soil, people and their future and their fate.”— Ansel Adams

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US’s state-sponsored anarchy a real threat

There can hardly be, even in the remotest corners of this bruised planet, anyone who remains neutral about President Donald Trump.

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Another bellicose reaction from Israel

The language used in a debate can be as revealing as the core arguments advanced.

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Lip-smackingly good

We may have, no matter how wide our understanding of it, underestimated social media.

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The ties that bind and divide - Tribalism remains a toxic force

In our Hadron Collider and text-anyone-anywhere-anytime world, it may seem slightly embarrassing to acknowledge what a powerful force old-fashioned tribalism remains. ...

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Ireland tops growth predictions - A cautious celebration

The European Commission has forecast that our economy will top the EU growth table this year and that spectacular growth will continue next year.

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Illegal adoptions - Action this day

The long road to recognition and justice for Tressa Reeves and her son, illegally adopted 57 years ago, was settled after four days in the High Court.

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Where does the buck stop? Justice review

An expert group examining issues within the Department of Justice made an oblique reference to the phrase when they criticised its way of operating, saying: “It ...

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Contempt for allies poses threat - Trump and Nato

To paraphrase a well-worn cliché, with friends like Donald Trump, who needs enemies? The answer lies in the question.

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New friendship - Royal visit

Of all the members of the British royal family, Prince Harry, with his russet locks and foxy beard, looks so much like one of our own.

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Cave captives rescued - Valuable lesson

In a world increasingly uneasy with itself, and in a world where cynicism is engendered so often and so relentlessly, the rescue of all 12 Thai boys and their football ...

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Michael D declares - A second Áras term beckons

It is not surprising that President Michael D Higgins is to seek a second term. His first comes to an end on November 10 and if there is to be an election to it ...

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Here is the news - Newspapers have a fututre

Yesterday’s confirmation of the deal between the Irish Times and Landmark Media — owners of the Irish Examiner — is a watershed in the Irish media ...

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New bridge will need a name: A chance to honour the forgotten

For many decades, maybe too many, our forefathers were consistent in naming buildings or infrastructure.

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Threats over UN health motion: Uncle Sam the bully

America, once the land of mom and apple pie, has shamefully used its superpower weight against a small Central American country that had the temerity to consider ...

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Johnson quits May’s cabinet: Good riddance

Anyone who cares for democracy, especially European or British democracy, must hope that Boris Johnson’s resignation from Theresa May’s cabinet yesterday ...

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Protecting threatened wildlife: Few alternatives

The idea that we should manage one species of animal to protect another is one of today’s touchstone issues.

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May secures soft Brexit mandate: Unhinged were outflanked

The British prime minister’s achievement last Friday, when she persuaded her cabinet to support a soft Brexit, seems a victory for sober pragmatism and well-tested ...

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Dividing the budget cake: Don’t divide cake, make a new one

The pre-budget what-would-we-do-if-we-won-the-Lotto debate is gathering momentum before it is briefly sidelined by the Dáil summer recess later his month.

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Honouring Heaney

You could say it was the twinkle in his eye, his default Ulster earthiness, or the armchair-by-the-Aga warmth in his voice that made Seamus Heaney such a loved Irishman ...

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Dodging the hard funding decisions

One of the ground rules of cute-hoor Ireland is that “if you must say something, say nothing.” In Kerry there is a regional variation: “I can talk ...

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Bill ensures further heritage destruction

In the grand scheme of things, two events this week would have cheered anyone aware of how very precarious our guardianship of the environment is.

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Steroid caused death - Bad example

Yesterday, a coroner warned of the dangers of steroid use, after the inquest of a sport-loving 18-year-old, who died after using Stanozolol.

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Amesbury poisonings - A symptom of Putin’s ambition

That two British citizens have been poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok, the toxin used in the March murder attempt on former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and ...

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Government must open files - A significant victory for democracy

In a 24-carat grade irony, the kind that makes scepticism around politics all but mandatory, just days after Leo Varadkar empathised with US President Donald Trump’s ...

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Varadkar’s attack on a free press: Opinions unbecoming of Taoiseach

Leo Varadkar’s bizarre attack on the Irish media has generated criticism not just from journalists, but also from a variety of politicians and others who value ...

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Irish legislation is inadequate: Are hate crimes on the rise?

Emily Logan, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, believes Ireland is deficient in addressing hate crime.

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Our dislike of the English team: A faulty logic

There is a classic comedy moment in the vintage TV series Fawlty Towers where Basil Fawtly welcomes German tourists, telling them “we’re all friends ...

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Unemployment rate - Great but...

The unemployment rate of 5.1% recorded by the CSO yesterday is just over a quarter of what it was when the 16% peak of 2012.

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Boys found alive in cave - An inspirational will to survive

The discovery of 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old football coach alive in a Thailand cave after they had been missing for nine days is the very epitome ...

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Are nation sanctions possible? - Dynamics of boycott have changed

Though it's nearly 40 years since America's Jimmy Carter led a boycott of the Moscow Olympics over the invasion of Afghanistan that sanction, which was supported ...

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The left fights back: Change or lose may be the lesson

In 1944, when the Allies’ grandees were shaping the post-war world Joseph Stalin interrupted one of Winston Churchill’s sweep-of-empire monologues, in ...

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UN Security Council bid: Campaign intensifies

Ireland’s bid to win a fourth term as a member of the United Nations’ security council intensified yesterday when Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste ...

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Retraining to stay relevant: Just the job

In a world where a permanent, or even a moderately secure job outside public service, is becoming as rare as the proverbial unicorns’ teeth the capacity — ...

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World Cup violence fears: Russia ahead

Anyone who follows sport on television understands the commentators’ curse.

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Soaring home prices: Dysfunctional and exploitative

The latest house price figures show that, by any metric, we are bringing a knife to a housing-crisis gunfight.

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