Divorce Referendum: Regime keeps couple in toxic situation

Custodial and financial issues can’t be put on hold for four years after a marriage break-up, says Karen Murray

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Divorce Referendum: Enter the disposable relationship

Jill O’Mahony questions the wisdom of taking a provision related to an aspect of society as important as marriage out of the Constitution.

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Divorce Referendum: Compassion that reflects life’s reality

A yes vote would offer a lifeline to the tiny number of people coping with the difficulties of marriage breakdown, writes Louise Crowley.

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Dithering while the world burns

Ireland was the subject of global headlines last week after a climate emergency was declared. Let’s hope we follow through this time, writes Caroline O’Doherty. ...

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Rape myths like 'stranger danger' challenged by global drug survey

Many of the beliefs people hold about rape are downright wrong, write Alex Aldridge and Adam Winstock.

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Kelly seeks to play down European chances

Post-election legal action, drinking with Nigel Farage, a brother involved in anti-Government protests, EU broadband funding demands — oh, and the little matter ...

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Frustrations abound but councillors can still achieve results

On Friday week, people all over Ireland will vote to elect 949 councillors. On May 31, my five-year term as a councillor will officially end, writes Justin Sinnott. ...

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How employers can help to save our hard-working bees

Ireland’s threatened bee species can benefit from businesses large and small signing up for the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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If bees die out, there will be a sting in the tail

There are 98 bee species in Ireland, but one-third are at risk of extinction. Without them, most of the plants we need for food would not be pollinated, says Una ...

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The human mind is no match for a supercomputer

How can social media prevent harmful content going viral? Serious changes will have to be made which could bring media back in time writes Lionel Laurent.

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A rape trial shouldn’t spell a second trauma

Reporting sexual violence and going through a criminal trial is arduous and challenging for many survivors and the system needs a major overhaul, writes Caroline ...

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UK military amnesty for historic prosecutions could breach international human rights law

Soldier amnesty plans pose grave challenges to human rights – and set the stage for a future showdown with the European Court of Human Rights.

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US foolish to frame China rivalry as a clash of civilisations

America will not get support for pitting itself against ‘non-Caucasians’, but will for protecting international order, says Minxin Pei.

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No strategy to find in Trump’s trade war

Donald Trump’s trade war with China is set to be protracted and painful, and a reminder that some things for the US president are always personal, writes Timothy ...

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Disability service on financial life support

Around 3,000 vulnerable people with disabilities, including 200 children, rely on the services of RehabCare but it no longer has the money to keep operating, writes ...

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Mayoral vote: Everyone eligible to vote in plebiscites should get informed

Before people vote on the Government’s proposal for directly elected mayors, it’s important to understand how councils work, writes Henry Abbott.

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Trump hungry for deal despite shady backdrop

Hungary’s Viktor Orbán visits the White House today, but Donald Trump will try to cut an arms deal with him, not promote democracy, say Anne-Marie Slaughter ...

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Effective family planning is critical for future of Indonesia

High fertility rates in the world’s fourth biggest country continue to pose a threat to the health of the nation and its prosperity, writes Jenna Dodson High ...

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How safe are escape rooms?

Five deaths in Poland in January raised questions about the safety of the popular new game, but owners of escape rooms in Ireland say their venues meet all regulations, ...

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Simon Coveney: Directly elected mayor will have the clout of 40,000 votes

Cork is buzzing at the moment and for the next 20 years has the potential to be the fastest growing city in Ireland. This is essential to overturn the dominance ...

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Eco warrior has impeccable green credentials

Michael Clifford joins Grace O’Sullivan, the Green Party candidate for Ireland South in the upcoming European elections, as she takes to the campaign trail ...

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Satellite broadband will soon be way above fibre optics

It’ll be beamed back to us much more efficiently than it can be transmitted via underground cables, writes Niall Smith.

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Should Facebook be allowed to ban or censor its users?

A Polish group is suing the social media giant, which it claims is a public utility, for doing just that, in a potentially landmark case, says Leonid Bershidsky.

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European elections: The burning issues facing Irish voters

From May 23-26, Irish voters will be thinking about the environment, immigration, spending imbalances, and an EU army, says Political Correspondent Juno McEnroe.

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They can never bury Karl Marx’s great ideas

The pioneering political theorist’s warnings about the inequities of capitalism are still relevant and will not be erased by the defacing of his tomb, writes

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Watt’s complaints cut to heart of Government’s competency

Why is the Government taking such a risk on its €3bn Broadband Plan when top officials have advised against it, asks Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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The people we elect to Europe should have these five key policy asks in mind

Next week, Social Justice Ireland and Trócaire will co-host a hustings event ahead of the European Elections on May 24th. Dr. Seán Healy, Director, ...

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US attorney general demurs as Democrats mull next move

Things have gotten ugly in Washington since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election ...

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Hospital leaders must stand for public good

In his book What Really Matters in the End?, Atwal Gwandi, a surgeon at the Brigham Hospital in Boston, reflects on the challenge of caring for his sick father and ...

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Clearly we have learned nothing in this country about wasting money

We have been waiting seven years for it and will be waiting at least seven more for it to be finished.

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Trump’s one-on-one approach to China has dangerous implications for global trade and world peace

Trump's embrace of bilateralism in trade relations has pernicious long-term consequences, including ratcheting up the odds of violent conflict.

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Q&A: Govt agrees €3bn National Broadband Plan, what next?

The Government has agreed a €3bn plan to roll out high-speed broadband to over 540,000 homes and premises in rural Ireland over the next seven years.

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Garda plays with power in ‘sick notes’ case

A trial collapsed as civilian Garda employee Lynn Margiotta’s rights had been breached. Now she and her brother want answers, says Special Correspondent Michael ...

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Why capitalism needs populism for a proper rebalancing

Globalisation and other factors have given US corporations market dominance. This must be challenged, writes Raghuram Rajan.

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Notre Dame fire means different things in different countries

The French are angry that so much money will be spent on rebuilding a cathedral instead of on poor people, while the Polish fear the loss of a way of life, says ...

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Finding a candidate who can defeat Donald Trump

Before the Democrats in the US face into battle with Donald Trump, they must first decide whether Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders has a better chance of winning, writes ...

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When biodegradable plastic is not biodegradable

Biodegradable bags still strong enough to carry shopping after three years in the ground show that 'biodegradability' isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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The good fight against India’s right-wing nationalism

For the journalist Gauri Lankesh, railing against India’s right-wing nationalism was a birthright and a calling. In an increasingly intolerant country, it ...

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It’s time for a global carbon emissions tax

Non-binding targets set at UN conferences can be ignored, but a €100-per-ton levy on all countries would be easier to enforce and benefit everyone, says Mats ...

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Partnerships will drive the future of healthcare in Ireland

Advanced genomic analysis will transform how we practice medicine and how doctors will treat patients, from prevention to cure, says Prof Owen P Smith.

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Addressing the poverty which served as the backdrop to her death would be a fitting tribute to Lyra McKee

Filling political vacuums, more talks at Stormont and calls for security crack-downs are all well and good but the most fitting tribute to the late Lyra McKee would ...

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Access to justice for people with intellectual disabilities: Are our courts ready?

One summer evening when John* was 19, he went to a pub to watch the Irish football team playing in the European Championships. He had never been in that pub before ...

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Is the Assange indictment a threat to the First Amendment?

A British court on Wednesday sentenced Julian Assange to almost a year in prison for jumping bail.

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Moral authority lost in GRA’s sea of demands

Budget issues, bullying complaints, leadership dysfunction — the GRA makes a lot of noise at its conference but it needs to take charge of its own, writes ...

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We are building a fairer, more equitable Ireland for everyone

Investment in infrastructure is bearing fruit in the form of rural regeneration, jobs growth, house building, and capital projects, to ensure balanced regional development, ...

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'Where's the beef, ya vegan' - Farmers demand post-Brexit support package

Jokes about the smell of bull were flying as farmers brought a prize Angus bull to their protest outside the Cabinet meeting in Cork.

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Time for a rethink in the choices presented to mothers-to-be

The assumption that vaginal delivery is always to be preferred must end and a more patient centred approach adopted, writes Doireann O’Mahony.

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Justice for the man who took on the law

Maurice McCabe has settled his claim against the State, but denial of events by some should act as a warning that there could be another case like his, says Michael ...

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Venezuela: Indigenous people are forgotten victims of crisis as profits trump rights

It appeared to be a confrontation between humanitarianism and military force.

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Breast cancer diagnosis by AI now as good as human experts

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. It accounts for 15% of all new cases in the country, and about one in eight women will be diagnosed with it during ...

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