Five things to look out for in the European elections

Voters across Europe are about to head to the polls to elect 751 members to the European Parliament from across 28 separate member states, representing more than ...

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Just one big, happy political family? Certain names keep cropping up in politics

Being the son or daughter of a politician can get you elected, but may be an unfair point of comparison once you are in office, says Political Correspondent Elaine ...

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‘New Irish’: Increase in non-Irish born candidates running for local elections

Fifty non-Irish-born candidates will be on the ballot for tomorrow’s local elections, an increase reflective of the wider, non-native population of 810,406, ...

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Jamie Oliver restaurant closures – did the celebrity chef bite off more than he could chew?

More than a decade after being launched with a great fanfare of publicity, Jamie Oliver’s restaurant group has been taken into administration with the potential ...

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Grenfell Tower: warnings might have been heard if not for the collapse of local journalism

The delay to the publication of the report into the Grenfell Tower tragedy, which claimed 72 lives in a disastrous – and possibly preventable – fire ...

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Worrying trends in the effects of internet use among primary school children

We cannot ban the internet for kids, but a structured time allowance that lets them engage with friends, play games, and learn is Diarmuid Hudner’s recommendation. ...

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Companies still confused about data protection requirements

It has been a year since GDPR legislation standardised data privacy across the EU, but how to comply has not always been obvious, says Mike Harris.

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The scandal that should force us to reconsider wellness advice from influencers

Wellness ‘gurus’ like Belle Gibson have changed the way we think about our own health.

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Australia loosens borrowing rates overnight to fight falling property market

Within hours of the re-election in Australia of the sitting coalition Government led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Saturday, the first in what can be expected ...

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Climate change: sea level rise could displace millions of people within two generations

here is time to change course, but not much, and the longer we delay the harder it gets, the bigger the mountain we have to climb.

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The global consequences of a Sino-American cold war

What started as a trade war between the US and China is quickly escalating into a death match for global economic, technological, and military dominance, writes ...

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Markle is the sparkle and the duchess Britain’s royal family needs right now

So Meghan, the duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a son, and the British and in some cases, the Irish press, which for weeks has been positively giddy with rumour, ...

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Europe’s only decision: What is the overarching strategic agenda?

After months of polling, speculation, and hand wringing over the European Parliament election this month, one might think that nothing else matters, writes Carl ...

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Parallels with Ireland's recent history uncanny as Australia faces possibility of systemic crisis

Australian exceptionalism is as much a myth as Ireland’s was in the face of an excessive debt bubble from a prolonged housing boom, suggests Eddie Hobbs.

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Divorce Referendum: Yes or no - it's your choice

Two academics advocate for each side as the country prepares to vote on the Divorce Referendum on Friday.

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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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