Climate change conference: Over to you...

The summit on climate change in Katowice closed on a positive note — if any such conclusion can be reached on anything to do with our self-inflicted destruction ...

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Some workers shortchanged: Don’t be shy to ask about tips

The hospitality sector struggles to find chefs to sustain, much less grow, its businesses, and so it regularly berates Government. It seems fair to suggest that ...

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Páirc Uí Chaoimh budget soars: A hard lesson and a missed opportunity

Budget overruns on public projects are so common that any development delivered on time and under budget provokes the surprise that greeted Vercingetorix’s ...

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Homeowners exposed as Danish insurer goes bankrupt

The collapse of any insurance company can create difficulties for consumers and the case of the bankrupt Danish insurer Alpha Insurance is no different.

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Moneylending at rate of 200% is immoral

No matter how loudly they protest, moneylenders are an affliction tolerated because banning the “business” would just drive it underground and probably ...

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Grace Millane case shows tech giants’ contempt

Earlier this week, the world was given another example of the tech giants’ indifference — if not contempt — for what we regard as the formalities ...

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1918’s foundation election: All changed and without a shot fired

Today marks the centenary of the most important moment in the long, difficult journey that eventually led to the establishment of an independent, democratic Irish ...

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Salmon farms broke the rules: Whose side is the minister on?

A person need not be a wet-behind-the-ears idealist to be disheartened by how the relationship between government and citizen is ever more strained.

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May at the helm: Incompetent from the outset

Her gamble on a general election last year was unnecessary.

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Trump fails spelling test: Mind your language!

Mr Trump thinks that ‘smoking’, as in the gun metaphor, is spelt ‘smocking’, making him this year’s leading contender for the Dan Quayle ...

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Cost of royal visit: Burning money

That €6,000 door-polishing tab might be very small beer to accountants in public and private enterprises accustomed to signing off spending in the millions ...

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Unconvincing: New flood plans rejected

The record in Cork of the Office of Public Works on managing rivers so that flooding might be minimised is not impressive. In Bandon and in Skibbereen rivers have ...

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Confronting aviation pollution: Time has come to limit air miles

We take many things once regarded as miraculous as everyday. We take almost unlimited access to TV channels for granted.

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Global instability: No countries for old democracies

It is not too hard, in this season of pantomime rehearsals, to imagine a script from those masters of the netherworld just beyond the sober, grind-and-queue lives ...

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May delays: Brexit vote deferred

A 19th-century British grandee, Lord Salisbury, once said “delay is life” while defending the conservatism that tries to defer change.

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Managing urban evolution: Plan a new city so it will endure

Even if it is comforting to imagine we live in exceptional times and face challenges never have imagined, that indulgence is generally untrue.

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Ranked 48 out of 56 on climate: Report puts us in a pariah category

Many years ago, when the full scale of the institutionalised child sexual abuse became apparent, we recoiled in horror and shame.

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Commons to vote on Brexit deal and history unlikely to be kind to this Comedy of Errors

Time, relentless, inescapable time, eventually offers a perspective that can withstand the most one-eyed hijacking of how the past is recorded and offered as a roadmap ...

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Human Rights day marks a life-enhancing uplifting charter

Today is International Human Rights Day and marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

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An opportunity to drive change on school patronage

School patronage, specifically the continuing domination of national school patronage — still around 90% — by the Catholic Church is one of the hotly-contested ...

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Watch your words. They are powerful weapons and there’s a war on!

The playwright Brian Friel described his masterwork Translations as “a play about language and only about

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Sucking credibility out of the political system

Earlier this week, about 300 people gathered at a meeting organised by former Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín, in Kildare, to test the waters on ...

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Tail wagging the dog

No matter how often you read the phrase “the bank will pay no taxes on its profits” it turns the knife anew.

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Death of Dónall Farmer: A fine legacy

The death at the age of 81 of Dónall Farmer is a sad day for Irish TV and theatre drama.

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Corporation tax payment: Wise decision to divert funds

It is barely a week since Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe was forced to defend his budget for 2019 in the face of trenchant criticism from the Irish Fiscal Advisory ...

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Graham Dwyer legal action: Decision is detailed and compelling

When Graham Dwyer was convicted in 2015 of the murder of Elaine O’Hara, it was a culmination of a trial that gripped the country.

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Divorce time limit: Plans welcome

It is barely 23 years since divorce was made legal in Ireland, as a result of a referendum to remove a constitutional ban.

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Growing homelessness crisis: Two key factors need addressing

Almost one-third of all calls to the housing charity Threshold last year were from tenants faced with losing their home.

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Disquiet in Paris and London: We are living in an era of revolution

If Theresa May has a brief moment of respite from Brexit, she could do worse than hide away in some cosy corner of 10 Downing Street and read (or, perhaps re-read) ...

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New agency must be fit for purpose - Fighting white-collar crime

The response to the announcement that the Government is expected to strengthen and rename the agency entrusted with overseeing company law and investigating white-collar ...

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France dodges climate measure - Macron concedes on eco taxes

It is a less-than-reassuring example of humanity’s inability to see beyond the next hill that, within hours of David Attenborough’s end-of-civilisation ...

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More please - A million and counting

Efficient, stress-lite transport systems are increasingly recognised as an essential part of sustainable city living.

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Attacking the messenger: Netanyahu’s fake response

Example, as any parent knows is everything.

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Special interest groups: Go mainstream

We have become so sensitive, so open to being offended, that it is almost impossible to comment on any cause, any lobby group, without causing unintended offence.

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Building fair societies: Discontent is moving to a tipping point

It may just be a coincidence, but it is a significant one, one that underlines how dangerously divided our world is and how a life is utterly defined by a person’s ...

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Euro 2020 draw: Ireland get rub o’ the green

It is a received wisdom, of the kind your mother shared at least, that one door does not close without another opening. That truism rings loudly for Irish soccer, ...

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Stonewalling investigations: Loughinisland suspicions deepen

Even in the chilling litany of horrors inflicted by one Northern Ireland community on the other, the 1994 murder of six men by the Ulster Volunteer Force in Loughinisland ...

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Legacy of George HW Bush: Invaluable lessons on diplomacy

For a time, when George W Bush was America’s 43rd president, it was in many circles a matter of faith to sneer at him, deriding him as an incompetent son of ...

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Rural towns need a real fighting chance

Last month western Canada lost a lifeline when Greyhound Canada closed bus services in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, and cancelled all but one route in British ...

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Some good news in unending challenge

The Environmental Protection Agency reports on water quality are a regular litmus test on how we treat, or more accurately, mistreat water.

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Hospital’s happy 40th

Every society can point to developments that consolidated its economic and human progress.

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Opportunism: Corrupting compo culture

A justice system without, or diminished, integrity quickly becomes a liability to the society it was established to protect. A system that does not radiate objectivity ...

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Free press: Pen still mightier than the sword

There can hardly be more disconcerting examples of what happens when the truth is managed to make room for propaganda than Brexit or Donald Trump’s US presidency. ...

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Saudi aggression in Yemen: Our exports support Arab genocide

Though it is more than 170 years since our Great Famine — an Gorta Mór — began its evisceration, it persists as a powerful presence in our consciousness. ...

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Budget criticised by IFAC: Spending money we don’t have

A government budget is always about managing expectations, economically, politically, and socially.

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Rape victim Lavinia Kerwick: Calls for reform of justice system

We owe rape survivor Lavinia Kerwick a huge debt of gratitude.

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Serving his country: Farewell Robbie

A tweet yesterday from the FAI says it all: “Goalscorer. Game Winner. Captain. Leader. Thank you, Robbie Keane.”

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A disunited EU leaves us vulnerable - Europe’s defence obligations

Over recent weeks anyone could choose from a litany of commemorative First World War documentaries to better understand how that catastrophe unfolded, to remember ...

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A distraction - Broadband delivery

The cabinet yesterday considered the report from independent auditor Peter Smyth into the tender process for the State’s rural broadband scheme.

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Joe Schmidt to quit Ireland: Lessons too valuable for sport alone

Most of us lucky enough to enjoy a good proportion of our allotted three score and ten come to understand, one way or another, that there is no such thing as a relationship ...

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