A sweeping mandate: Focus moves to enacting legislation

Friday’s vote was the most seismic break with the past since we voted, in May 1972, to join the European Economic Community.

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Ambitious housing targets: Urgency needed on home crisis

There were, according to Focus Ireland, 9,681 people homeless at the end of March.

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Denuclearisation talks: A ray of hope

The assertion by the two Korean leaders, Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un, after an unexpected meeting on Saturday that North Korea is committed to “complete denuclearisation” ...

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Blue for just one day

CONTROLLED, respectful rivalry between sports’ fans adds spice and very often a considerable layer of fun to life.

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More Brexit delusion over Galileo project

It would be a victory for dark, regressive forces if, as a consequence of Brexit, Britain was excluded from the European Union’s €10bn Galileo satellite ...

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We may believe some things far too easily

Over recent months we have seen how personal beliefs, however they are formed, play a visceral part in public discourse.

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Lock up killers: One million birds die every night

Antipodean feral cats kill 1m native birds every night and have caused the extinction of 20 native species, according to Australia’s Wildlife Conservancy (AWC). ...

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Insurance costs soaring: Compo culture out of control

Everyone involved in our insurance industry, everyone from the salesperson to the senior counsel determined to get “justice” for a client that imagines ...

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Forces almost beyond control: Goliaths too strong for brave Davids

The Press Council of Ireland and the Office of the Press Ombudsman launched their 2017 report yesterday.

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Death of Philip Roth - American master

Philip Roth, the grand old man of American letters who has died, announced in 2012 that he would no longer write fiction.

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Catholic Church sex abuse scandals - People’s Pope lacks leadership

As well as being a likeable and accessible Church leader, Pope Francis exhibits all the characteristics of an exemplary human being.

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Ireland faces skin cancer epidemic - High price to pay for fun in the sun

After a cold and dreary winter that seemed to go on forever, the arrival of what appears to be summer will, hopefully, allow the young and old alike to enjoy the ...

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Dangerous cyclists: Manners please

Every age has its puritans, people ready to assert their certainty that they live on a plane far higher than that peopled by the lumpen hoi polloi.

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Grenfell inquiry opens: Accepting the unacceptable

The public inquiry into London’s Grenfell Tower fire tragedy has opened.

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Friday’s referendum: End of the beginning, but no more

On Friday, the nation must decide on a proposal to make the most radical amendment to the Constitution in the 21st century by disengaging the rights of the unborn ...

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NI survey on Brexit: Stay vote at 69%

It’s almost two years since Northern Ireland voted 56% to 44% to stay in the European Union. The United Kingdom voted 52% to 48% to leave.

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Violence against women: Savagery under very thin veneer

It’s just over a month since the Belfast rape trial dominated the headlines.

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Wildlife documentaries: Filmmakers dodge the hard truths

Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, from 1949, may not be the precise catalyst for the sharpened awareness of our impact on the natural world, but it is ...

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Italy: Coalition at odds with EU - Will Rome burn?

Italian politics have, for decades, been good for a laugh, thanks, in part, to Silvio Berlusconi, who, despite being seen in smart European circles as a clown, served ...

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The Windsors still fascinate - Royals only power is in celebrity

The constitutional arrangements of the UK ought to please or trouble only the British; nobody in Ireland questions the architecture of government our neighbours ...

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Celebrating biodiversity: Let’s hear it  for Ireland’s wildlife Our flora and fauna ‘exotic’ too

Intrepid and tireless wildlife campaigners, such as David Attenborough and Steve Irwin, have brought the wonders of the natural world, and the many threats it faces, ...

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Afghanistan back on the brink... again

With enough recent crises and challenges — Iran, Israel, Yemen, North Korea, Russia and Brexit — to keep foreign ministries fully occupied, it’s ...

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Digital age of consent wasn't 'inappropriate'

“Inappropriate” was the word used by critics to describe the Government’s proposal to set the age of digital consent at 13 years.

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A puzzle for An Post

Postal losses How absolutely right Tánaiste Simon Coveney is when he says, in a warning sort of way, that if people want to retain local post offices they ...

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Trump and truth - White House under fire

The Oval Office has rarely if ever been occupied by men without blemishes of one kind or another on their character.

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Natural hazard - Bathing waters pass muster

Why, when there’s a rare piece of genuinely good news, does it have to be spoilt with a rider about a risk that cannot in any way be diminished?

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Counting cost of business - A deadly race to the bottom

Finding the causes of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster, which took the lives of 71 people in London last year, will be long and painful. The public inquiry established ...

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Priority must be avoid a hard Brexit - Post-Brexit border solutions

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said the Government will be flexible on solutions to issues surrounding the post-Brexit border if the British government brings ...

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Playwright lives on in his work - Tom Murphy, 1935-2018

With the death of playwright Tom Murphy, Ireland has lost one of the nation’s finest exponents of theatre. His career spanned more than six decades.

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AIB plays Big Brother - Bad behaviour

Banks in Ireland have such a bad reputation that it came as no surprise to learn of AIB’s plans to spy on its customers through social media.

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Jerusalem embassy violence - Israel shoots itself in foot

US President Donald Trump hailed Monday’s opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem as a “great day for Israel”. That reckless act was anything but ...

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HSE failures - Health service not fit for purpose

Vicky Phelan has done the State some service not only by putting the spotlight on the abominable failure of the smear test programme but by bringing home in a real ...

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School patronage: The reality of society today is denied

The Communion season is in full swing. Happy seven-year-olds, as they always were, are swept up in a process they can hardly understand but embrace enthusiastically. ...

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Online retailing up tenfold: Wrong fight?

In a world of relentless and seemingly accelerating change, it is sometimes difficult to know if the battles you choose to fight are still relevant, if the issues ...

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Marx’s bicentenary: Great ideas we condemn to failure

It’s some years, maybe a generation, since the gently provocative goad — Why is America not socialist? — animated dinner parties of certain, well-choreographed, ...

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Absence of garda training: Be sure you call the right guard

There was a long-standing tradition in coastal communities that those who go down to the sea to work in boats did not learn to swim.

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Falling death rate from strokes: A job well done

Even at a moment when we are being led up the garden path in another game of dodge-and-deflect, by a health service exposed as dangerously self-serving; even at ...

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Let’s have truth, not more myth-making

We are all the sum of our past. Though born as one, none of us remains a blank sheet. We absorb. We are moulded and, eventually, reflect experiences we know as a ...

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Yes to the chance of eighth Eurovision winner

Ireland will be represented in at least two European finals today. In one instance, a television audience of almost 200m viewers is anticipated; in the other, a ...

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Yet another scandal too good to waste

As is often the case, Oscar Wilde offers a phrase that, if not perfect, is neatly applicable. His line, “to lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; ...

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Status quo is a death knell for optimism - Prison reform report

Earlier this week, Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy said 522 people had been warned by An Garda Síochána that their lives were in danger from criminals. ...

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Reboot system - Apple loses patience

Bertie Ahern, who resigned as taoiseach 10 years ago this week, regularly complained that it takes far too long to get things done in this country.

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America quits Iran nuclear pact: Decision is a victory for extremists

It’s more than 40 years since Margaret Thatcher insisted that the North’s republican prisoners be treated as criminals rather than as political prisoners. ...

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Soaring house prices: A more radical plan is needed

Last week a report showed that rents have risen by 70% since they fell to a recession low and are now 23% higher than at their Celtic Tiger peak.

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A benchmark project: Save The Lough

Most towns or cities have an iconic area where urbanisation is held at bay and citizens can get just a glimpse of what the world might have been like before human ...

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Goat population ‘explodes’: Let’s be humane

In a world ever more dependent on industrialised framing — and the horrors that intensification can inflict on animals — we seem to have developed a ...

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Ministers’ call for resignation: What pathetic grandstanding

Yesterday’s Cabinet meeting heard calls from three ministers — Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone, Rural Affairs Minister Michael Ring, and ...

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Ireland’s future in Europe: Sitting on the ditch is not possible

At the moment our capacity for civilised debate is being tested it might seem provocative to point out that another debate, one that will be as polarising if not ...

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Vicky Phelan: If anybody deserves a miracle...

Less than two weeks ago very few people in Ireland outside her friends and family would have heard of Vicky Phelan.

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Workers are not sole traders: Let’s put rights before revenue

The Government is to launch a public awareness campaign on bogus self-employment, amid concerns about the rise in employees deprived of entitlements by being forced ...

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