Highlighting inequity in death

Two funerals took place in Ireland yesterday, each getting public attention but for very different reasons.

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Adare bid to host 2026 Ryder cup

The Ryder Cup might not immediately offer itself as sports’ best expression of the ideals of liberté, égalité, or fraternité. Like ...

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Hard reality intrudes on Brexiteers’ fantasy

The Rumble in the Jungle has been described as “arguably the greatest sporting event of the 20th century”.

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Eoghan Murphy talks the talk but 10,000 wait for a home

It’s becoming a case of the emperor with no clothes for Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.

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Israel at 70: Compromise the path to a better future

This week Israel turned 70, a milestone marked with satisfaction but tempered with disquiet and a weariness natural after decades of conflict with Palestinians displaced ...

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Social housing targets: Proposals lack real ambition

It’s 25 years since the National Children’s Hospital was first proposed but it has not been delivered. Despite millions being spent not one child has ...

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Shorter working week demand: Just say no

Even if you accept that women are from Venus and men are from Mars it is sometimes hard to know where civil servants come from.

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The minister and INM: Naughten in the wrong on several fronts

It is difficult not to have a certain sympathy for Communications Minister Denis Naughten as he faced a grilling in the Dáil yesterday over his handling of ...

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Businesses should not fear change - An evolving city centre

Change is constant but as we are human, how that change is delivered is not.

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Let’s end our ambivalence - 20,000 women report abuse.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal confirmed, as if it was necessary, that some men abuse their power to prey on women.

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The King is dead - Big Tom McBride

It would be a stretch to say that Tom McBride — Big Tom to his legion of fans — who died aged 81 yesterday morning was uniquely Irish but it is hard to imagine another ...

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Scathing criticism of president: Can America control Trump?

Last week, we celebrated one of the great achievements of modern politics in these islands.

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Sponsors’ influence: Second chances

For many years there has been a concern that industry, through the research grants offered to universities, unduly influences those institutions.

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Irish beef for China: We need a sustainable farming plan

Last month, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed celebrated the latest in a long line of derogations from the EU Nitrates Directive.

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Most deserving -  People of the Year Awards

It is fitting that the organisers of the People of the Year Awards should decide to acknowledge the courage and valour of members of the Irish Coast Guard service.

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Syrian crisis  - Countries must use diplomacy

THE United States and its allies must put the same level of commitment into diplomacy as they did in conducting the military operation in Syria that hit sites Western ...

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Rugby and misogyny - Players must live up to their responsibilities

THE joint decision by the IRFU and Ulster Rugby to cancel the contracts of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding was hardly a surprise, even to the two players themselves. ...

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Time we took climate change seriously

It will not be easy to square the circle of increased demand for housing with reducing Ireland’s carbon emissions but squared it must be if we are to take ...

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Benefits of a single market for mortgages

The European Single Market is one that seeks to guarantee the free movement of goods, capital, services, and labour — the “four freedoms” — ...

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Critical, not antisemitic

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has openly criticised Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Micheál Mac Donncha, for attending a conference organised by the ...

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Planet’s plea - Ecosystems at risk

Another threat to our planet — if Messrs Trump, Putin and Assad were not sufficient — is posed by the loss of biodiversity, as highlighted this week ...

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Syria: Cool heads needed - Tweeting the way to war

As recently as 2016, then presidential candidate Donald Trump reacted with a tweet to the news that the US and Iraqi governments were preparing for the battle to ...

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European arrest warrants  - Extradition rules need reforming

It isn’t necessary to be a eurosceptic on steroids to have concerns about the European arrest warrant (EAW) system, currently being used — and abused ...

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Facebook US shenanigans - EU will make mark on Zuckerberg

One hundred cardboard cutouts of Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg were erected this week on the lawn outside the Capitol building in Washington.

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Project Ireland 2040 - Vision of future is a big ask

Leo Varadkar has begun a roadshow with cabinet colleagues in Galway and Limerick to bring the message of Project Ireland 2040 to the regions.

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St Patrick’s Street car ban - Not all is right

Traders in Cork City are determined to withhold commercial rates unless a car ban on the main thoroughfare of St Patrick’s Street is scrapped. That threat ...

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Inadequate Garda numbers: Far too few

At the moment London is, as all great cities do from time to time, trying to come to terms with an increase, or at least a perceived increase, in teenage gang crime. ...

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Escalating plastics crisis: Dodging the challenge of our time

Every generation faces a challenge that defines it, one that means it either changes its ways or accepts that the challenge cannot be immediately resolved.

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Hiqa shows inspections work: Oversight a key to real change

The Irish may not be naturally predisposed to the idea of oversight.

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760m litres of water lost each day: Immoral waste

In a world where the idea of sustainability is ever-more important; in a world where drought is having a devastating impact on millions of people, the Irish Water ...

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Safety in the workplace: Putting lives in jeopardy

The Health and Safety Authority’s (HSA) two-week campaign focusing on work vehicles that began yesterday is verywelcome, even if it would have had more impact had ...

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A bulwark of democracy: We need to secure media freedoms

Hungary’s Viktor Orbán’s was re-elected last weekend to serve a fourth term as prime minister.

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Let’s remember: An Irish life worth honouring

It’s almost 104 years since quartermaster Sgt TW Fitzpatrick of the 2nd Royal Irish Regiment, on August 23, 1914, stopped a German advance at Mons for 11 hours ...

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Optimistic forecast from Ibec: Growth must reach all corners

Ibec’s latest quarterly economic outlook is optimistic — it forecasts growth of 5.6% and that the consumer economy will grow by 2.6% in volume terms.

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North’s chorus of despair: Veneer looks as if it may finally crack

When a fiction-based resolution of a crisis starts to unravel it is not always easy to pinpoint the moment progress reverts to tribal retrenchment.

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An empty promise on child protection

There might be other European countries with a record like ours of failure to protect vulnerable children, a record that demands they be alert to any threat of paedophilia. ...

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Work to be healthy

There are almost as many studies about obesity and inactivity amongst children and young teenagers as there are sugar-laden snacks fuelling an unhealthy, often overweight ...

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Starkly contrasting attitudes - Two lessons

Comparisons between how societies tackle issues can be helpful but can hardly be absolute. Cultural nuances,legislative differences and society’s tolerance ...

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Threats against teachers - Time for a dose of tough love

Even in a world where violence seems more and more routine, even in a world where the most disrespectful and threatening behaviour is occasionally tolerated as the ...

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Good Friday Agreement - Still trying to overcome our toxic past

“If there was a united Ireland I’d have to leave,” thus spoke DUP leader Arlene Foster in Patrick Kielty’s My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me ...

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East vs West - High stakes

The current spat between the UK and Russia is like a game of poker. At first sight, Britain appears to be playing a strong hand, convincing its allies — Ireland ...

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Parity of pay - Teachers need to be valued

“Teachers are the primary asset of the Irish education sector and should be paid a fair and living wage” Discuss.

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Cystic fibrosis report - Strides made in CF services

It is all too easy to despair of our health service. There are so many problems with it that it is often seen as an impossible task to make real improvements.

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Martin Luther King - A legacy that was never as relevant

Fifty years ago today Martin Luther King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

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Building a fairer society - A never-ending social challenge

Social Justice Ireland yesterday suggested that the Government needs to increase taxes by €3bn to fund a fair and equal society. That would be a 6% increase ...

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Farm fodder crisis - Too many cows?

The fodder difficulties facing some farmers are serious and a sympathetic response seems appropriate. However, some questions that may provoke unfounded charges ...

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A sad symptom: Killarney deer cull

The relationship between humanity and the wildlife with which we share the world was never seamless.

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Sex education awareness: Parents’ voices are irreplaceable

The vast, often dark and uncontrollable internet is just one of the many issues facing parents determined to protect and educate their children.

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Irish Catholicism in decline: Sidelined by its own hypocrisy

Catholicism might not always have been blessed with admirable champions.

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A lesson for the powerful: Folly, and its onward march

The histories of governments are in the main chronicles of recklessness and stupidity, redeemed every now and again by moments of genius and sheer good fortune.

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