Moon visit a step in race for our survival

Moon visit a step in race for our survival

In a world almost jaded by innovation, it is difficult to convey the awe, the shuddering excitement, the sense of possibility — and the victory for God-on-our-side ...

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China’s largesse is its road to domination

China’s largesse is its road to domination

Property values have moved on since Dutchman Peter Minuit bought Manhattan Island from unnamed Native Americans for 60 guilders in 1626.

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Prospecting in Connemara - No to mining

Prospecting in Connemara - No to mining

It may seem strange in this overheating world to talk about sacred landscapes, sacred refuges.

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A tale of two Irish citizens - The inhumane and the humane

A tale of two Irish citizens - The inhumane and the humane

The contrast, and the parallels too, in the stories of Lisa Smith and Keith Byrne are worth considering.

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820m people facing starvation - More than two billion go hungry

820m people facing starvation - More than two billion go hungry

When this newspaper was first published 178 years ago Ireland was on the cusp of An Drochshaol — our Great Famine.

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Ireland against EU clock switch - Time for change?

Ireland against EU clock switch - Time for change?

The Government is opposing an EU plan to end seasonal clock changes, saying it cannot agree to any move that could result in different time zones on the island of ...

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Water conservation - Fees could lead to protests

Water conservation - Fees could lead to protests

Proposals to impose excessive usage charges on households that waste water have been approved by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities.

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The return to health boards - Retrograde or a healthy option?

The return to health boards - Retrograde or a healthy option?

The Government has described its new plan for the health service as a significant milestone in the delivery of the biggest reform of the HSE since its establishment ...

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Ownership vote mooted for 2020 - It’s time to face reality on water

Ownership vote mooted for 2020 - It’s time to face reality on water

India’s sixth-largest city, Chennai is in crisis as its water reservoirs and rivers have run dry.

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British Open in Northern Ireland - A real milestone

British Open in Northern Ireland - A real milestone

When Darren Clarke hits the British Open’s first tee shot at Royal Portrush at 6.35am tomorrow an ambition many years in the making — and many, many ...

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Democracies under threat - Our options are beyond sobering

Democracies under threat - Our options are beyond sobering

There aren’t too many images in modern history as sad, as forceful a reality check as the 1938 one of British prime minister Neville Chamberlain waving his ...

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Dangerous overcrowding in jails: More prison places needed

Dangerous overcrowding in jails: More prison places needed

Prison overcrowding is a serious issue.

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Alan Turing honoured: Icon of change

Alan Turing honoured: Icon of change

Our world is as it is, or at least was, because of people like Alan Turing, the mathematician and computer pioneer who cracked the Nazi’s WWII Enigma code. ...

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Ancient fears all too obvious: Why can’t we transcend old hatreds?

Ancient fears all too obvious: Why can’t we transcend old hatreds?

Recent days brought the old questions about division back into a sharp focus.

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CervicalCheck scandal: Officials hide the truth on test delays

The benign, wear-the-green-jersey view of our health system is that it provides wonderful services despite limitations that could easily be resolved if more resources ...

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A world spiralling to the right: Many steps, but one purpose

A world spiralling to the right: Many steps, but one purpose

It is not necessary to be paranoid to see the professional assassination of Britain’s ambassador to America, Kim Darroch, as a step in the ascent of right-wing ...

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Greens in conference: A green light

It would have been unimaginable that the Green Party would have reached any conclusion other than the one it did at its weekend conference when it decided that, ...

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Go wild for bees

Go wild for bees

The latest EU Grassland Butterfly Index warns that we are in danger of losing 90% of our bumblebees and 20% of butterflies by mid-century if current trends continue. ...

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Google AI device is a secret eavesdropper

Google AI device is a secret eavesdropper

The choice between being connected to evolving communications and data networks and retaining personal privacy is becoming one of the questions of our time, especially ...

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Delays in funding exacerbates abuse

Delays in funding exacerbates abuse

Earlier this week Taoiseach Leo Varadkar apologised on behalf of the State to people who were sexually abused in day schools. Mr Varadkar also apologised for the ...

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Mental health services shortage - Cruelty instead of compassion

Mental health services shortage - Cruelty instead of compassion

The scale of an event, the sweep of a narrative can make it difficult to comprehend and, therefore, difficult to resolve.

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Brendan Grace, Noel Whelan - Voices silenced

Brendan Grace, Noel Whelan - Voices silenced

Ireland lost two significant, well-respected figures this week — albeit voices from very different ends of the social milieu. Both men died after short illnesses. ...

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Is it time to review our neutrality? - Our position outdated by world in flux

Is it time to review our neutrality? - Our position outdated by world in flux

Earlier this week, the thousands of Irish citizens who died defending France were honoured at Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery.

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July 12 marching season - Bonfire blame

July 12 marching season - Bonfire blame

As Northern Ireland once again prepares for the marching season, it is becoming increasingly evident that neither the police, local politicians nor the secretary ...

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Fraudulent personal injury claims - We’re finally crying foul

Fraudulent personal injury claims - We’re finally crying foul

The tide appears to be turning on fraudulent and exaggerated personal injury claims, an issue that has contributed to a huge rise in insurance premiums for businesses, ...

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Stormont limbo hands away power

Stormont limbo hands away power

The House of Commons voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to legislate for marriage equality and abortion in Northern Ireland, unless the government at Stormont is up ...

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Aspiring to be a better sociey - Greater support seems justified

Aspiring to be a better sociey - Greater support seems justified

A reliable way to rate a society is to evaluate how it treats its weakest members.

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Taoiseach apologises - Long overdue

Taoiseach apologises - Long overdue

The apology offered by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar yesterday to those sexually abused in day schools, and for the delay in acknowledging the State’s responsibility ...

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Brexit preparations intensify - Prepare for the worst but live in hope

Brexit preparations intensify - Prepare for the worst but live in hope

It may overstate the case to suggest that David Axelrod, the chief strategist for former US president Barack Obama’s election campaigns, regrets his sneering ...

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Defence Forces neglected - Indefensible

Defence Forces neglected - Indefensible

Personnel and pay issues have dogged our Defence Forces for far too long. Patience and commitment have been taken for granted, too.

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Oireachtas attendance penalties - Why not cut absentees’ pay?

Oireachtas attendance penalties - Why not cut absentees’ pay?

Political disengagement is one of the real challenges of our age.

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Deutsche Bank to cut 18,000 jobs - Laws vital to limit bank staff risks

Deutsche Bank to cut 18,000 jobs - Laws vital to limit bank staff risks

Deutsche Bank has confirmed plans to cut 18,000 jobs across its global business, with the layoffs coming two months after the company’s chief executive, Christian ...

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Letter to the Editor: Commercial abuse of Irish hares and Spanish bulls

Letter to the Editor: Commercial abuse of Irish hares and Spanish bulls

The annual bull running festival (in Pamplona, Spain) takes place again this week.

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Deal shows change is unavoidable: Mercosur plan just a symptom

Deal shows change is unavoidable: Mercosur plan just a symptom

In an increasingly uncertain world, the idea of permanence is ephemeral; bedrock can begin to seem like sand. Change is accelerating and to survive we must adapt.

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Pot, meet kettle:  UK ambassador warns on Trump

It may be tempting to offer a tribal response to the news that the UK’s Britain’s ambassador in the US has described president Donald Trump and his administration ...

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A double blow for Fine Gael: Bailey swing report comes to light

A double blow for Fine Gael: Bailey swing report comes to light

The disappointment provoked by the findings of the internal Fine Gael inquiry into Maria Bailey’s personal injury claim are exacerbated by the fact that the ...

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World Cup is on the right side of history

World Cup is on the right side of history

There are few enough human activities that breathe by facilitating a cheek-by-jowl proximity of euphoria and despair. Sport is one — as myriad examples will ...

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Time to forgive and secure a better future

Time to forgive and secure a better future

When he took up office earlier this week, Simon Byrne, the new Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland appealed to the British government to lift ...

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Airbnb rules sidelined

Airbnb rules sidelined

It is typically Irish, in the most cutting sense of that phrase, that local authorities have not been given extra funding to police laws designed to limit the impact ...

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Dunkettle project faces review: Collapse in trust on costs is a real issue

Dunkettle project faces review: Collapse in trust on costs is a real issue

The credibility of the Government, elected or permanent, around major projects is not beyond question.

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NTMA recession warning: Let’s not fear the probable

NTMA recession warning: Let’s not fear the probable

Even though it’s more than a decade since Bertie Ahern harrumphed his infamous advice — “the boom is getting boomier” — the consequences ...

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Fracking licence application: Just say no

Fracking licence application: Just say no

It is hard to imagine a less sentimental forum than the London Stock Exchange.

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Broadband proposal: Serious plan or a load of hot Eir?

Broadband proposal: Serious plan or a load of hot Eir?

Eir’s projected costs for the National Broadband Plan are

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Undocumented Irish-born: We must care for children born here

Undocumented Irish-born: We must care for children born here

In March of last year Leo Varadkar proposed a deal with the United States offering visas and residence rights to Americans who want to move to Ireland in exchange ...

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Driving down access to scheme: Enable disabled

Driving down access to scheme: Enable disabled

The Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers Scheme, brought in in 1994, was designed to respond to the needs, in particular, of motorists who, because of their ...

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Solidarity in a perplexing world: A chance to strengthen relationships

Solidarity in a perplexing world: A chance to strengthen relationships

It is the nature of our world that sometimes single events can seem, though significant, hardly groundbreaking.

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Most welfare appeals upheld: Review system to cut delays

Most welfare appeals upheld: Review system to cut delays

It would probably be impossible to establish a social welfare scheme that satisfies all of those who rely on it, those who

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Bird populations collapse: Today’s warning

Bird populations collapse: Today’s warning

Hardly a day passes now without one dire warning or another about our destruction of the natural world and its finite resources.

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Marine habitat destroyed: Sea life abused

Marine habitat destroyed: Sea life abused

Yesterday, five fishing vessels left the port of Kushiro in northern Japan to hunt whales commercially for the first time in more than three decades.

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Government credibility on the line: Bailey report is a public matter

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has painted himself into a corner over the report on the Maria Bailey compensation claims controversy.

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