Make or break time for Brexit —again

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but... this week is make or break time for Brexit. Again.

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Newsrooms not immune to inappropriate behaviour

Almost half of female journalists report having experienced work-related sexual harassment, writes Hannah Storm.

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Bleak fate of Amazon in hands of Bolsonaro

Brazil’s far-right president has made bleak pledges to open the rainforest to further mining and to withdraw from world accords on the environment, writes ...

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Ireland’s border: mapping the emotional landscape of the across and in-between

I grew up near Ireland’s border when it was a hard border, though we had yet to learn the term. The border was guarded with customs posts and military fortifications, ...

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Troops nearly ready for battle, but is Ireland?

Party leader Leo Vardakar keeps insisting (at least on RTÉ) there will be no early election. Trouble is, someone forgot to tell the troops at the ard fheis, ...

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Simon Coveney: We have a deal - The doubters were wrong

The EU’s commitment to Ireland has been confirmed, the Good Friday Agreement has been protected, and the border ‘backstop’ has been assured, says ...

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Women-only professorships a triumph of optics over policy

If the Government really thought gender equality was a priority, it could start by looking at the makeup of the cabinet and their party, writes Margaret Hickey.

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May government's Brexit aims were never achievable – they've been hunting a fantastical beast all along

To cite Lewis Carroll, the British government have been hunting a Snark, writes Michael Keating.

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The bitter lesson of the Californian fires

A firefighter in California. Firefighting is getting more and more expensive as fires get more destructive.

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When America lost the war in Vietnam

America is the only country to use nuclear weapons against another nation. During the Vietnam debacle, it almost recklessly returned to the war chest, writes Ryle ...

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Comics hero Stan Lee leaves behind a storied legacy

The ‘Spider-Man’ creator lived through one of the weirder market bubbles back in the ‘90s, and missed out on the real Marvel boom in later years, ...

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Joyce Fegan: Social media is now a socially accepted addiction

No one is in denial. We are all well aware the effects an hour spent scanning the perfectly presented lives of others has on our mood Joyce Fegan.

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Theresa May’s deal is almost exactly the Brexit the UK voted for

It seems to me that the Brexit withdrawal agreement delivers almost exactly what the UK voted for in June 2016, says Craig Berry.

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New findings add twist to screen time limit debate

If screens are kept at an arm’s length, measures of well-being tend to improve.

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Meat consumption contributes to the murder of our planet

In a world where heatwaves will be longer, hotter, drier, and more frequent, now is the right time to start a serious conversation about animal agriculture, writes ...

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‘I supply more drugs than anybody else’ - El Chapo’ Guzman’s own words come back to haunt him

Ultimately, it may be Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s own words that come back to haunt him as he stands trial in the US accused of drug trafficking, ...

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Brexit deal reaction: ‘It’s still not clear if what lies beyond is a smooth exit lane or an abyss’

The experts predict that a defeat may be snatched from the jaws of victory, with logic lacking in the Brexit negotiations. From local concerns to the international ...

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Prison service whistleblower felt he had nowhere else to go

The Public Accounts Committee will today hear from another public servant who feels victimised after making a complaint, writes Michael Clifford.

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Palm oil boycott could actually increase deforestation – sustainable products are the solution

The debate has become especially heated since a Christmas advert by Iceland – which dramatises the link between palm oil, deforestation and the death of orangutans ...

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The culture of silence that allows sexual harassment in the workplace to continue

A culture of silence suggests for every headline about sexual harassment, many more cases go unreported, writes Dulini Fernando

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Putin may just be a contestant in Trump’s reality-TV world

The world presumed the US president was a pawn in his Russian counterpart’s game. It could prove to be the other way around, writes Nina L Khrushcheva.

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We need to move away from centralisation

Political reform must remain part of any new Programme for Government if our democracy is to be kept transparent and healthy, writes Theresa Reidy.

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Global markets can’t adequately supply prosperous societies

Two forthcoming books argue that we should revisit our economistic worldview and put the health of our local communities ahead of our consumer and market-centric ...

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Tourism should not just be for the summer

Ireland needs to create the attractions, events and value offering that will entice tourists to come here all year long — and to venture outside the big cities, ...

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Truth is out there: Who picks up the tab for ‘campaign of calumny’ against Maurice McCabe?

Michael Clifford Taxpayers will probably foot the bill for ‘campaign of calumny’ against Maurice McCabe, writes Michael Clifford.

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Rape myths and victim-blaming alive and well in Irish courts

After a great deal of awareness-raising and educational work on the subject of rape culture, the report of a trial perpetuating rape myths represented two steps ...

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A welcome end to four years of Armageddon

At least 40,000 Irish died in the Great War before the guns fell silent on November 11, 1918. The relief at the arrival of peace was tinged with sorrow and a sense ...

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Dot and Billy: how love letters document the stories of lives torn apart by World War I

During World War I, the only way to keep in touch with loved ones who were serving in the armed forces was through letters.

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Comment: Victim blaming at the heart of rape case ‘thong’ comment

My thong days are long gone. But for women everywhere this week the revelation that a teenager’s choice of underwear — in this case a thong with a lace ...

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We can defeat Donald Trump by dissecting his tactics

Donald Trump is not a leader. He is an entertainer and a marketeer at best, and an authoritarian fascist at worst, writes Joyce Fegan.

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Armistice centenary: Why Northern Ireland’s culture divide is still an obstacle to remembering the past

The deep divide between Catholics and Protestants makes the coming together to honour the dead on both sides fraught with problems.

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Why taking action on climate change will be of benefit to all

Global warming has helped fuel migrant flows into Europe, and has driven desperate people into the arms of terrorist groups, says Caroline O’Doherty.

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‘Mozart of Chess’ ready to make move against US challenger in $1m contest

Champion Magnus Carlsen became a grandmaster at 13 and has held the world title since 2013, having shown an almost otherworldly ability for chess that once saw him ...

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It’s important to learn lessons from history

The American people — and the rest of the world — may yet pay a very heavy price for the actions of its president on the international stage, writes ...

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Reality is crushing Brexiteers’ fantasies of English importance

Ireland and the rest of the EU are in the position of spectators to a colossal act of national self-harm in the UK, says Michael Burleigh.

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The Irish settlement: An often ignored legacy of World War I

The centenary of the end of World War I comes as the UK is seeking to finalise the terms of its exit from the European Union. There is a strong historical resonance ...

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Bridging the gap between medicines innovation and access

Partnerships between the pharmaceutical industry and policymakers that place the patient at the centre are needed to improve standards of healthcare, argues Aidan ...

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Chaos in our A&Es is for life.... not just post-Christmas

He may draw unfavourable comparisons with the Grinch who Stole Christmas, but Leo Varadkar’s call for a clampdown on Christmas leave as a solution to the post-festive ...

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Health service is struggling to get out of the recovery ward

Beyond the tit for tat over who has the biggest ego, Tony O’Brien’s interview showed politicians will continue to hinder progress in the health service, ...

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US midterm results: Seven key issues and what they mean for the country's uncertain future

America has voted, the results are in, but the country’s future remains uncertain – for now.

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Two economic policies likely to change with Democrats in control of House

There are two economic issues on which the election outcome will make a meaningful difference: trade and infrastructure.

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The need to make hard decisions has never been so clear

Every country, including Ireland, will have to be prepared to take hard decisions if we are to deal with climate change, writes Kevin Fitzgibbon

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81 years on: It’s time for a secular Constitution

Rather than being a tract hostile to religion, a secular Constitution should guarantee freedom of conscience and religious liberty for all citizens, writes TP O’Mahony ...

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I deliberately sent myself to prison in Iceland – they didn't even lock the cell doors there

Open gates, good food and communal living make for a very different approach to incarceration, writes Francis Pakes

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Trump supporters: From ‘feeling bold’ to fear of the ‘dark side’

Trump fans enthused as America prepares to vote, writes Joyce Fegan

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Tipping point: huge wildlife loss threatens the life support of our small planet

A report by the WWF published on October 30 reveals how our actions are degrading the natural world – the very basis on which our livelihood depends.

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Colorado ballot initiative calls on voters to finally end slavery

Civil liberties groups want to close a constitutional loophole potentially allowing slavery as a punishment for crime, says Bette Browne

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Accountability still a foreign concept in Garda Representative Association

Nobody has been asked to step down after refusing to co-operate with a probe into an allegation of bullying and harassment, writes special correspondent Michael ...

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Generous retirement pots await Fine Gael trio

Fine Gael has now been in power since March 9, 2011, and just three of its 10 ministers appointed to the Cabinet that day remain at the table — Taoiseach Leo ...

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The soundtrack of the Sixties demanded respect, justice and equality

The Supremes, with their polished performances and family-friendly lyrics, helped to bridge a cultural divide and temper racial tensions

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