Treatment abroad - It’s not working

IT is one thing for the HSE to tie itself up in knots in administering the health service but it is quite another to extent that bureaucratic mindset to the detriment ...

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Kerry Babies case - Joanne Hayes deserves justice

THE Taoiseach, Tánaiste, justice minister, and acting Garda Commissioner are a sorry lot.

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Abortion debate - Time to reflect on law change

THE Great Debate has finally begun.

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Dolores O’Riordan: Fates exact a very heavy price

Dolores O’Riordan was a loved, vibrant, passionate and inspiring artist. Her utterly premature and unexpected death is terribly sad and a tragedy for her family, ...

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Kerry Babies’ affair reopened: Ireland has not changed a great deal

Anyone alive when the 1984 Kerry Babies’ story transfixed and divided the country must be at least 33 years of age; anyone who was old enough to understand ...

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Unemployment figures fall: Jobs peak looms

The labour market is a closer to ebullient than buoyant — the number of people in work is predicted to pass a pre-crash peak within months.

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Reforming An Garda Síochána: Softly, softly approach is not working

n recent days it has emerged, through the Charleton inquiry disinterring, that former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan wrote to former justice ...

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A rising economic tide: Boom dividends must be shared

The euro hit a three-year high yesterday.

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Sinn Féin MP McElduff resigns: Belated gesture

The announcement yesterday that Sinn Féin MP Barry McElduff had resigned, 10 days after he posted a dreadful, bigoted video on Twitter on the anniversary ...

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Martin Luther King Day - A stark contrast

Martin Luther King Day America today marks the birth of the great anti-racist, pacifist, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr with a federal holiday.

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Arlene Foster in Killarney - An olive branch, but challenging

DUP leader Arlene Foster’s speech in Killarney at the weekend was, if not entirely palatable, entirely welcome.

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A busy Dáil session ahead - Planning for an election to dominate

Perspective informed by vanity means it is nearly always tempting to overestimate the importance of the moment we live in, to imagine that we are actors in unprecedented ...

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Controlling dangerous dogs - We’re far too lax

Dog fouling in public places has been raised at Cork City Council by Fianna Fáil councillor, Ken O’Flynn, who suggests, accurately, that this disgusting, ...

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Fighting climate change - Let’s make clean energy tax-free

The Canadian writer, Naomi Klein, has long-argued that climate change is a battle between capitalism and the planet.

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New reality needed on HSE costs - Health can’t fail as water charges did

In some settings, numbers can lose the power to tell the story they are meant to convey. Who can honestly say that they have any practical understanding of how far ...

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Housing crisis: New York is showing us the way

The business of business is profit while the business of government is welfare, so why is it that for decades various administrations have relied so heavily on business ...

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AgeWell Service: Volunteers help fight isolation

Limerick is the first European city to pilot the AgeWellservice which sees mature adults volunteering to conduct home visits to socially isolated elderly people.

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Creative spark: Young scientists doing us proud

President Michael D Higgins yesterday opened the 2018 BT Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition at the RDS, in Dublin.

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Resolve to listen to more music: The great power of song

The power of music, that great, uplifting, redeeming force remains one of the great mysteries. We know it works, but can only guess, and keep guessing, how it can ...

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Dishonesty is destroying this society: Integrity in public life

In this post-factual world, it is easy to be glib about how the old, mutually-protective constraints are now at best optional.

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Pensions challenge: Ambition is vital

The old Irish adage “ní hé lá na gaoithe lá na scolb” seems a perfect summation of the great, unavoidable challenge facing ...

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Northern Ireland instability: Was hope of recent years a false dawn?

This Friday marks the first anniversary of the latest collapse of Stormont.

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Celebrity revolutionaries make Golden Globes a black night for sexism

It would probably be an exercise in Prosecco-fuelled optimism, even in Dry January, to hope that celebrities might lead a revolution.

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Paddy Harte RIP: A positive force for peace

Paddy Harte’s name may not be listed among the great of modern Ireland but he was undoubtedly one of the low-key, profoundly influential game changers who, ...

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