What the country does not need replicated is the scenes that developed in Oughterard. Surely, even in the midst of various domestic problems, this country should offer a warm place of refuge, even if only temporarily, for some of the most vulnerable people on the planet, writes
Societies differentiate themselves through cultural practices. Many insist on long-established protocols that others find amusing, incomprehensible, reckless, or even barbaric. Some traditions are driven by religious beliefs; the origin of others are lost in time.
It must take a galling amount of ignorant hatred to find it justifiable to set fire to a hotel earmarked for a group of people who have risked their lives, left behind their worldly possessions and their families to flee violence, war, or persecution, writes
THOUGH his term of office as Taoiseach was one of the shortest, the contribution made by former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died at the age of 81, to the making of an enduring peace on this island will go down in the pages of Irish and British history as one of the most important achievements of our time.
WITH the dawning of a new era in the World Rally Championship, one question remains pertinent — who can break Sebastien Loeb’s dominance? World champion since 2004, the unflappable French ace bids to continue his amazing WRC record as Rally Sweden begins in earnest today following last night’s super special at the city’s trotting track in Karlstad.