Ryan Report at 10: No justice for victims of clerical abuse

There are few nations, cultures and institutions of significant size and power that when examining their histories can present a record untarnished by acts of abominable ...

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Trump’s Irish visit: Stick to protocol to sort this row

It would be mendacious to suggest that excitement and joy is mounting across Ireland in anticipation of a possible visit in June by the president of the United States. ...

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Air ambulance

The concern voiced by Cork councillors about the unconscionable delay in getting the country’s first, and much-needed, charity-funded air ambulance service ...

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Another fiasco in the Brexit crisis

Britain’s Brexit crisis moves, with each passing week, ever higher up the fiasco index. If it were not so grave for the future of one Europe’s major ...

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Cambridge con

Experts in the black arts of marketing know that success depends not so much on the tangible quality of goods and services but on the extent to which potential customers ...

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Tuneless Euro-noise

The country will share Sarah McTernan’s disappointment following her failure to reach the final tonight of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel ...

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Let’s declare an opioid emergency - Mind-altering narcotics

It is common knowledge that Ireland has a problem with the over-consumption of alcohol. What may be so well known is that we also have a problem with mind-altering ...

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Review conflict of interest - Children’s hospital cost overrun

The HSE has been accused of making “eejits” out of members of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), after it sought to convince them ...

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Trump visit - Welcoming the president

WE may not like him; we may even loathe and despise him but Donald Trump remains the President of the United States and, considering the historic ties between our ...

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Death by TV: ‘Jeremy Kyle Show’ cancelled

Cruelty, or at least the contrived discomfort of others, has always been exploited by some of those who would entertain us.

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Defeating online terrorism: Co-operation is the remedy

This week’s report that a weakness in WhatsApp allowed hackers to inject commercial spyware on to phones is another example, as if one was needed, that a belief ...

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Government, business too close: Relationship needs to be redefined

Not so very long ago any suggestion that all our governments, led by whichever half of the duopoly that has always run this state, are too close to business would ...

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Cork Transport Strategy: Delivery dates push plan into realm of fantasy

A convention of our age is that we try to see the best in everything. We accentuate the positive and ignore the shadows thrown by sliver-lined clouds. Politicians ...

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$2bn court award over Roundup: A defeat for glyphosate’s champions

Just as a jury in California awarded more than $2bn to a couple who claimed Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based Roundup caused their cancer on Monday, Victor Vescovo, ...

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Rental costs hit a record: Unsustainable exploitation

It is not necessary to study Hayek, Keynes, or even Piketty to understand that those who control the supply of goods control the price those goods can realise.

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Doris Day dies aged 97: Old-school star

There are almost 6bn more people in the world today than there were when Doris Day, who has died in California aged 97, made her first film, Romance on the High ...

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Vote to make divorce less traumatic - Poll just days away

The Central Statistics Office has shown we are in the middle of the Irish wedding season.

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Polls promise a new crisis for UK - Farage’s Brexit party soars

Shakespeare’s phrase from Hamlet, one of the great political primers of our civilisation, “hoist with his own petard”, seems all too pertinent ...

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Fake conversion - Still avoiding climate reality

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s Government had, after we were told that one million species are in danger of extinction, a sort of Pauline conversion.

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Climate: Action and example needed

The first sentence in one of the earliest and most popular self-help books, The Road Less Travelled in 1978 was a banal statement of the blindingly obvious.

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Tourism’s golden eggs at risk

Fretting about the damaging impacts of excessive tourism — also known as over-tourism — is quite needless in Ireland, where the industry works hard to ...

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Is Napoleon back?

Citizens across our vexed continent will be heartened by the impending marriage in Paris of two people known until now only to the immensely wealthy and the strewn ...

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Reliance on the market is misplaced - Planning for an older population

There are myriad examples of how that vague, mercurial entity “the market” has not delivered on the promise of the better future its champions assured ...

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Block this return to tenements - Planning proposal crosses a line

Propaganda played a central role in the last cold war. Americans were shown in a warm family setting, watching TV , enjoying a Coke.

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Tip of an iceberg - Racism disguised as humour

The BBC could hardly have made any decision other than to fire radio presenter Danny Baker, over his social media posting of an image showing a chimpanzee dressed ...

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Dishonesty exacting a heavy price - Trump symptomatic of our times

It is difficult to think of a democratically-elected leader whose indifference to truth, whose contempt for the idea much less the practice of integrity is as obvious ...

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We must end these fiascos - Broadband offers another lesson

It is the nature of our world that politicians often face options one more unappealing than the other.

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An echo, a lesson - Major Jan Linzel

Every now and then the past reaches forward to touch us on a shoulder, reminding us that we are echoes of what has gone before and just as susceptible to catastrophe ...

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Talks on North’s deadlock open: Time to end indulgent dysfunction

Patrick Kavanagh once described the Irish countryside in May, when the whitethorn was in full, magnificent bloom, as wearing its Communion dress.

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The lessons of air travel: Forget the bags, just get off!

In November 2017, passengers on a plane on a Cork Airport runway used emergency doors after the pilot told them to disembark quickly.

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Solar farms endorsed: Limited options

As power and wealth become concentrated or at least appear to, Sean and Svetlana Citizen rely on the State to stand

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Defence Forces in crisis: Is Ireland prepared for terror attack?

There appear to be few doubts about the involvement of Islamic State (IS) in the Easter attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka.

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Pay for MEPs: Time to halt the gravy train

The European Parliament has an important role in the government of the union, but its enduring reluctance to deal with its warranted reputation as a gravy train ...

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London Marathon dress code: Gender rules

It’s reasonable to assume that the meetings of the people who set the Guinness World Records (GWR) rules and arbitrate on disputes must be enthralling, and ...

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Directly-elected mayors: The case has not been made

If the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Tánaiste Simon Coveney have about their persons an unassailable case for having directly-elected executive mayors of ...

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Language and politics: May in the abstract

Amid the torrent of news gushing out from Britain’s barely functioning government, the worldwide community of prime ministers and presidents, and students ...

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Required reading

While a number of women, including the celebrated campaigner Vicky Phelan, have reached settlements against the HSE and laboratories for inadequate smear testing, ...

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A war of words is better than war

On Tuesday next, less than three weeks on from the death of journalist Lyra McKee, in Derry, talks will begin formally to resurrect Northern Ireland’s power-sharing ...

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Our View: The media and the democracy it serves to protect not served by draconian defamation laws in Ireland

Today is World Press Freedom Day, an annual event to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom.

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Reviving the middle classes: A force for good worth rejuvenating

It says a lot that at his first rally of America’s 2020 presidential election campaign, Joe Biden promised to rebuild the middle class.

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Old ideas in a changing world: Farming bubble rejects change

We all, to one degree or another, live in a bubble where certain ideas are unchallengeable.

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Illegal dumping in forests: Report criminals

Forestry agency Coillte have given details of the costs of cleaning up just one illegal dump in Kingscourt, Co Cavan.

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The challenges of leadership: Ineffectual leaders are a real threat

After a brief ceremony in Tokyo today, Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan, will become emperor and ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne.

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Security forces too vulnerable: Match resources with obligations

Franklin D Roosevelt and Roy Keane may not have an immediate affinity but each is famous for a phrase all too applicable to how our defence and police forces have, ...

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Where was Baghdadi hiding? Spooks’ spoof?

The re-emergence of fugitive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for the first time in five years, is not an occasion for celebration.

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Extremist atrocities: Religion can be used to mask hatred

When Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was released from a Californian hospital on Sunday, he said it was a miracle he was not dead and that “senseless hate” killings ...

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No option on rural broadband: Need outweighs huge cost fears

A Cabinet decision on rural broadband due this week may be deferred to a date closer to elections when it might have maximum impact as a sweetener.

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Lyric FM 20 years a-growing: So enriching

Some communications technologies have a conviviality that sets them apart from the great stampede of social media; they are embraceable in a way that makes them ...

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Suppression fails: Enjoying religious freedom

Our contemporary culture war around secularism and the place of religion — primarily Catholicism in Ireland’s case — in public life can be heated, ...

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Spain goes to the polls: Hard right may have whip hand

Spain is not the only European country trying to live in the 21st century in the shadow, albeit a fading one, of a 20th-century dictator — not all of whom ...

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