Fri, 05 Jun, 2020
“The plan presented by US president Trump and further fleshed out by Israel prime minister Netanyahu is nothing less than a recipe for endless oppression and injustice,” according to the a joint statement from inter-denominational bishops who recently visited Palestine.
Sat, 01 Feb, 2020
Since 2009, an agreement has been in place to pay all post-1995 military officers on full PRSI who are forcibly retired on age grounds at age 58 a supplementary pension (as long as the pensioner is not, before age 65, in insurable employment).
Mon, 27 Jan, 2020
As the world veers closer to the right and the isms - particularly racism, fascism and consumerism - we are in dire need of two essential entities; balance and respect for each others right to live in peace and comfort.
Thu, 02 Jan, 2020
At this time of year, it is important that we remember the power of compassion, and the importance of those who choose to act in the face of suffering. Permit me to tell you the story of two nurses who were determined to never look away.
Fri, 20 Dec, 2019
The 2018 Health Research Board report on alcohol treatment published this week presents both cause for concern and an urgent opportunity for change (Major increase in number of people who have already developed severe drinking problem when they seek help, figures show, November 19) The figures show that those in treatment report drinking significantly more on a typical day than should be consumed per week for low-risk drinking. This echoes the complacent and complicit attitudes towards alcohol misuse borne out of the Drinkaware Index study, with 10% of Irish drinkers reporting consumption of 7-9 standard drinks on a typical drinking occasion and a further 9% having 10+ standard drinks.
Thu, 21 Nov, 2019
The Dental Health Foundation read with interest the ‘Learner Dad’ article by Pat Fitzpatrick: “As long as other people gave their kids more sugar than we gave ours, we assumed we didn’t have a problem”, about his daughter’s recent experience of tooth decay (Irish Examiner, Feelgood, October 18).
Wed, 23 Oct, 2019
According to the Oireachtas Education committee, “a school’s religious ethos should not be allowed to influence teaching of sexuality and relationships” and it has decided that the present RSE (Relationships & Sexuality Education) programme delivered in our primary and secondary schools is “narrow and outdated” and needs a complete overhaul.
Sat, 19 Oct, 2019
The racist chanting from Bulgarian fans directed at some England soccer players at the recent European championship qualifier match in Sofia was roundly criticised by the English FA and by Fifa, the world governing body of football.
Fri, 18 Oct, 2019
President Michael D Higgins was right when he criticised the Turkish military intervention in Syria: “I am appalled by any possibility of coercion or forced returns of refugees and underline, in the strongest terms, that any attempt at demographic change is not acceptable.”
Wed, 16 Oct, 2019
Fifty-odd years ago two lifelines were thrown to rural Ireland by a Fianna Fáil majority government. In July 1961, Ireland applied for membership of the EEC. Just five years later, in September 1966, the minister for education announced his free education scheme. We then joined the EEC in 1973.
Thu, 22 Aug, 2019
The statement by the Apprentice Boys of Derry, acknowledging that members of the Clyde Valley loyalist flute band wore a contentious British Parachute Regiment emblem during an Orange Order parade and that this “may have caused upset to many in the nationalist community”, is deeply depressing.
Mon, 19 Aug, 2019
I am sure that Ms O’Regan-Sheppard (Irish Examiner, 8/8/19) is perfectly correct in pointing out the unfair advantages enjoyed by Airbnb properties over traditional, regulated forms of tourist accommodation, but this alone would not lead to the development of a single-night culture as opposed to longer stays.
Tue, 13 Aug, 2019
Your editorial (Irish Examiner, August 7) dealing with the attendance of young Fine Gael members at a conservative youth conference is dangerously intolerant of opposing views, and dangerously incendiary by attempting to link the inherent evil of white supremacy and racism to mainstream conservatism.
Mon, 12 Aug, 2019
made headlines in recent weeks after taking to social media asking the HSE for an explanation as to why his medical card has been revoked twice since his terminal diagnosis of stage four prostate cancer two years ago. Here he reflects on what has happened since and why he is determined to see his battle through to conclusion.
Thu, 01 Aug, 2019
Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan’s rejection (viz, Sean O’Rourke RTÉ Radio 1, July 8) of a 43-year-old apology together with a statutory Inquiry into the 1976 Sallins mail train robbery/miscarriage of justice case should come as no surprise to me, to my family or to the other families whose loved ones were wrongly accused, beaten in garda custody and imprisoned in connection with it.
Tue, 16 Jul, 2019