Swing to the right slowing? Hints of a change on the wind

Anyone steadfast enough to cling to the belief that liberal, live-and-let-live democracy committed to social justice remains the very best way to order our affairs ...

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Safeguarding water supplies: Plan to protect a vital resource

Not many metrics show our disregard for essential resources as graphically as ever-declining water quality does.

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Overcrowded prisons: Major challenge

Last week’s verdict in the Ana Kriegel murder case will bring new challenges to a prison system already dealing with overcrowding.

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Climate Action Plan: The ‘secret’ public meeting

When thinking about ways in which the Government’s climate action plan could be publicised and discussed by all who will be affected by it, the environment ...

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Fur farming: Support for ban

Only the most rosy-eyed of optimistic fur farmers in this country could imagine that the business has a future.

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Linguistic shifts and poisoned words

The meaning of words, so the etymologists tell us, can be changed through the centuries by fashion, foreign influences, and carelessness. English is especially vulnerable ...

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We turn a blind eye to odious exploitation

One of our less attractive characteristics is our cultural enthusiasm for enacting well-intentioned legislation or regulations and then forgetting about them.

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Nature and wildlife bodies should have resources to go green by example

The plan announced by forestry agency Coillte this week to turn some State forests into recreational areas is very welcome.

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Next European Union leaders face online security battle

It was always likely that EU leaders would struggle to agree on who might be the next European Commission president.

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Majella Moynihan: Why were we so very hateful?

When Majella Moynihan bravely told her story, of how she, as a guard, was mistreated and bullied shamelessly by An Garda Síochána just half a lifetime ...

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Corporations in housing market: Recapture of wealth will spark chaos

Fundamental changes in how we live, fundamental changes in our capacity to realise expectations we hold dear can take hold almost under the radar.

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Noise pollution: Disturbing birds

As if mankind’s effects on the planet and the natural world was not profound enough, it now emerges that our noisy presence is disturbing bird life. New research ...

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Ana, Geraldine, and Patric Kriegel: Their lives have been devastated

It would be hard not to be moved by the devastation of members of all three families directly affected by the verdict in the case of the murder of Ana Kriegel, yet ...

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World Refugee Day: Global crisis that needs solving

Today is World Refugee Day. That may not mean much to most people living in Ireland but, in common with other

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Tories choose Brexit over NI: True blues show true colours

This week our neighbours, or at least a tiny minority of them, will select the next leader of the Conservative Party and, by extension, Britain’s prime minister ...

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Climate change proposals: Our survival depends on huge change

The defining characteristic of humanity is how we face and survive constant change; how we deal with the reality that nothing stays the same forever, or even for ...

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Cervical cancer appeal: A rotten culture

There is, unfortunately, a long and disturbing history of the State appealing awards made in medical negligence cases.

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Early school leavers at risk: Break this cycle of lost hopes

At a time when the nature of work, the security it offers as well as its capacity to support traditional career and social paths is uncertain, it is reassuring the ...

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Another dark saga from the past: Reminder of why we had to change

We cannot, it seems, escape our sordid, ultra-judgemental past.

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Gross failure may end in Gulf oil war -  Johnson unsuited to premiership

In a midsummer week that may culminate when — if — the sinister buffoon Boris Johnson becomes the 14th British prime minister of Queen Elizabeth’s ...

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Blind to reality - FG ignore growing inequity

Fine Gael might dismiss The Sunday Times poll that put the party on 23%, five points behind Fianna Fáil, as a consequence of being in government for almost ...

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Huge cultural change needed - Climate plan expected today

The long-awaited Government climate action plan will be launched today. We have, as recent elections and spreading protests show, deceived ourselves and betrayed ...

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It hasn’t gone away...

IT may surprise some people that emergency anti-terrorist measures have been renewed for another year, more than 20 years after the cessation of violence in Northern ...

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Donaldson complaints are hard to swallow

It is a bit rich of Jeffrey Donaldson of the Democratic Unionist Party to complain of what he sees as Dublin’s failure to engage in dialogue with unionists, ...

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Combined approach to road safety needed

We have come a long way in making our roads safer over the past two decades. In 1998, 458 deaths occurred on Irish roads, compared with 146 in 2018. In fact, as ...

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A sinking ship: Naval Service staff exodus

Our report today on the number of sailors leaving the Naval Service paints a grim picture for the future of Ireland’s maritime armed service.

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Race for No 10: Boris borders on ridiculous

Boris Johnson has become the clear frontrunner to succeed Theresa May as British prime minister.

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Combating crisis: Focus report on homeless is welcome

THE report by Focus Ireland on homelessness is a welcome extension to prevailing knowledge about one of the most acute social dilemmas of our times.

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Puttnam’s view: Connected but alienated

Much can be learned from foreigners who have lived among us for many years.

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Language and crime: When it looks like a spade...

How apt it is that a statue outside the London headquarters of the BBC is of George Orwell, since it’s possible that his 1946 essay Politics and the English ...

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Meagre offer to Waterford Airport: Actions show priorities of Government

Deciding how to spend the money raised through taxation and borrowing is, in the main, a matter of the political priorities of the people elected to make the decisions ...

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Prostitution law - Nordic model needs review

Attempts to eliminate prostitution — now described politely as sex work — have been made by governments and religious authorities for almost as long ...

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Cut that break - Dáil holidays

The Dáil is back after time off for the local and European Parliament elections, and a worry for the Government’s business managers is that there are ...

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Ireland and the climate crisis - Change tune on global warming

While virtue-signalling legislators can declare as many climate change emergencies as they fancy, the practicalities of achieving substantial reductions in the use ...

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Emigration Museum - Epic recognition

Ours is a small country with a vast history, a vital chunk of which is displayed and explained in Dublin at the EPIC Emigration Museum.

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FG vote warning

Four months on, Isme — the association representing small- and medium-size companies — is the latest trade body to wonder if the ministry’s understanding ...

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Downsizing of homeowners - It’s unfair pressure on the elderly

Here are some questions for senior citizens living alone in houses that might be too large for their needs now. Perhaps there are bedrooms unused since children ...

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Artificial intelligence: Are we all OK with it?

How is Ireland doing in its push to become a major player in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) market?

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Scots fishing challenge: Is this threat over Rockall very fishy?

The 17.15m-high lump of granite — Rockall — and the fish-rich North Atlantic waters around it, are the cause of trouble yet again.

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Katie Taylor’s fighting spirit is inspiring

There were jubilant scenes as boxer Katie Taylor arrived at her home town of Bray, Co Wicklow, last night, where she received a well-deserved hero’s welcome.

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Edward Crawford has got a hard act to follow

As Donald Trump departs these shores, the next American visitor of political significance is likely to be Edward Crawford, the US president’s nomination to ...

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Unlike Margaret Thatcher, Theresa May leaves without legacy

As she steps down as leader of the Conservative Party and sets in motion the process to select a new prime minister, it is timely to look at Theresa May’s ...

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Housing crisis: State not rising to the challenge

There is, it would seem, no housing crisis in Dublin for private and corporate tenants able to find €3,700 a month to rent one of the two-bedroom apartments ...

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The Trumps in Ireland: Off the wall

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar didn’t appear to be completely happy during his joint press conference at Shannon Airport with US President Donald Trump.

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IFA warning: African swine fever spreading

Distance in today’s world erects no barriers to the spread of contagion, which is why Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and the president of the Irish Farmers’ ...

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Cork flood defence: Independent review must be taken

Perhaps it should not be surprising that work on starting — or in this case, not starting — the largest and most expensive flood-defence system in the ...

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Non-payment of court fines: When crime does not pay

People whose job it is to administer the lower reaches of our courts service could be forgiven if from time to time they thought about a career switch to a line ...

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D-Day success: Ireland’s input

Almost certainly unnoticed by holidaymakers making their way to and from England’s cross-Channel ferry ports and Eurotunnel stations is a modest 1914-18 war ...

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Declining Buckingham Palace banquet invite: Corbyn’s choice

One of the star speakers at yesterday’s anti-Trump demonstrations in London was the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, who — faithful ...

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Tiananmen Square massacre: The day China wants to forget

China’s national calendar is packed with annual festivals and commemorations.

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