Sidelined May seems a sorry, broken figure

In a little over three months, on June 28, the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles will be marked, though hardly celebrated.

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Boeing jets: Safety is not optional

Even in a world where consumer protection is not always a priority, the news that the Boeing jets that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia this year — 346 lives ...

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Secrecy law on abuse provokes suspicions

One of the reasons that the Catholic Church no longer enjoys the influence it once did is that it, as an institution and as individuals, routinely protected paedophiles ...

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Rooskey alternative needed - Be proactive and roll out red carpet

Societies differentiate themselves through cultural practices. Many insist on long-established protocols that others find amusing, incomprehensible, reckless, or ...

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EU sanctions Google again - €1.5bn fine almost meaningless

In some jurisdictions, courts impose standard fines for standard offences. In other jurisdictions, fines are directly linked to a person’s income.

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Gambling legislation - Welcome move

The announcement that the Government has approved the establishment of a gambling regulatory authority is to be welcomed.

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IRFU responds to spy claims - ‘Artistic licence’

According to the IRFU, the author of a book by a former British military intelligence officer, who claims he was employed to search for bugs inside the union’s ...

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Gearagh woodlands - World heritage site for Co Cork

The campaign by Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada for the Gearagh Woodlands in the Upper Lee Valley of Cork to be designated a Unesco World Heritage Site ...

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Chaotic Brexit - Comedy that has no one laughing

If Channel 4 ever decides to finance a remake of Father Ted, the producers might consider moving the location from Craggy Island to Westminster. Ted could do Theresa ...

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Election fundraising record: Beto that

American Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke raised an unprecedented $6.1m — €5.38m — during the first 24 hours of his official ...

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City’s water waste escalating: More water than ever disappears

When the campaign, led by a vocal minority no matter how it is dressed up, to block the introduction of water charges cowed Government into capitulation it was imagined ...

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Recognising reliable media: Fake news is a toxic threat to our world

The initial horror provoked by Friday’s massacre in Christchurch may have subsided slightly but the anger endures. That anger is exacerbated by the rise, the ...

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Disco deaths in Tyrone - Facing tragedy

As any parent who ever watched a teenage son or daughter tip their toe into the grown-up world, some degree of apprehension is unavoidable.

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National anthem in schools - Anthem a way to show pride

There is a huge difference between the aggressive nativism shown by Trump, Putin, Orban, and Brextremism and an expression of a calm, non-confrontational pride in ...

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Confronting the housing fiasco - Going Dutch may help ease crisis

Many European cities share common problems, but because of cultural differences, they respond differently. Some ban or limit cars and make some streets pedestrian-only. ...

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Confronting hate speech: We must be intolerant of intolerance

Balancing the right to free speech with the imperative to confront hate speech is a huge challenge.

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Funding third-level education: A hard decision dodged again

For the last two years, most Irish politicians have, metaphorically at least, bitten their lip while their British counterparts struggled to find a unified position ...

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Blinkered vision: Sinn Féin mask slips again

Irish people in America and Americans of Irish descent, many other Americans too, have made many contributions to this island.

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Radicalisation and the spread of hatred is a growing problem

To those with religious belief, faith — the idea, the commitment — may remain a mystery but one that is nonetheless enthusiastically and sincerely embraced. ...

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The Irish have earned the right to celebrate

It is hard to think of another country that has so very successfully turned its national day, the celebration of its national saint’s birthday — one ...

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History’s most powerful lesson - Past can be a trap choking wise choices

Though it always will be with us, history does not force itself into our everyday consciousness, even if it irrevocably shapes attitudes. It is human that many positions ...

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Growth treble eurozone average - Celebrate but with caution

It is an indication of how terribly destructive the last recession was that when economic indicators — what might be called the “Boomier and Boomier ...

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More Garda bravery: Explosive scene

To paraphrase Shakespeare, the evil that some gardaí have done will live after them but the good that most members of the force do every day risks being forgotten ...

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Sobering news about alcohol: Drinking may shorten teens’ lives

Drinking may shorten teens’ lives Irish adolescent girls have one of the highest levels of binge drinking in the world, according to a global study revealed ...

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The Taoiseach in Washington: We need the friendship of the US

The Taoiseach in Washington British politicians often talk warmly about the “special relationship” that the United Kingdom enjoys with the United States. ...

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Eurovision role must be reviewed: Participation is an endorsement

Imagine if South Africa’s last white president FW de Klerk had, rather than recognise change as manifested by Nelson Mandela, insisted non-whites would be ...

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Commons say ‘no’ to EU deal: Brexit for slow learners rejected so chaos looms

Just over two years ago, when Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster said it would be a mistake to allow the local crocodiles to hope that their well-honed ...

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Sugar addiction: Irish top energy drinks’ league

The frontline in the battle to sustain healthy lifestyles, to encourage individuals to behave in a way that does not damage health or limit quality of life is never-ending. ...

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Mick Ryan, aid worker: A life given in a noble cause

The loss of a young, active life is always tragic, especially if that person is a parent of young children.

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Save the web to help save the world: Web now in our lives for 30 years

There can hardly be more valuable personality traits than a robust sense of optimism and great physical and intellectual energy.

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Jazz festival director sacked: Decision must be explained

Cork has enthusiastically promoted itself as a city of festivals for decades.

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Misused rivers: Green tides in estuaries

Because it is in almost daily use and in the most critical circumstances the word “sustainability” has lost some of its punch.

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Courts fail our troubled children: Reports calls for new process

It seems humanly impossible not to have some sympathy for the Islamic State “brides” and their unfortunate children, many of whom are dying in refugee ...

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Consumers’ interests are almost secondary

The ongoing tracker mortgages scandal — at least 38,400 borrowers misled — is one example of the banks’ attitude to consumer rights and services.

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Buses miss targets

A good, reliable public transport system is the artery through which a modern city goes about its business.

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Abuse files should be used to learn lessons

When, on Wednesday, Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley insisted that killings by the British army or police during the Troubles were “not crimes” ...

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Perfect symbol: Record price for a car

The very different realities facing the world’s population are framed in many ways.

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Recognising the rounded person: Ignored skills acknowledged

Once upon a time, when black-and-white televisions were generally rented and butter was spared, planning a career path was straightforward enough. Go to school, ...

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Time to follow Wilson’s example: Decision will reawaken old hatreds

Last September, Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley admitted that before she took up her post she was ignorant of the region’s divisions. She said she ...

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UCC seminar on medieval culture: Light on Dark Ages

Anyone with an interest in medieval history will have heard of the term the Dark Ages

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Brexit and construction: No industry is insulated

A new survey reveals that 72% of construction firms in Ireland are not prepared for Brexit.

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Reform of the family law system: Guardianship rights for all fathers

In Digging, one of Seamus Heaney’s most memorable poems, he writes about watching his father “stooping in rhythm through potato drills” and concludes: ...

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Rejuvenating the EU: Macron right to demand EU reforms

Our capacity to absorb, to move on, to learn from trauma is a survival mechanism to try to live contented lives.

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Court protects Dáil privilege: A victory for our democracy

Yesterday’s unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court that members of the Dáil enjoy the protection offered by the shield of Dáil privilege must ...

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Another climate target missed: Worst in Europe

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, infuriated Brexiteers when he suggested there was a “special place in hell” for those who pushed for ...

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Libel laws are not balanced - A loaded dice often used to cloud truth

Hardly a week passes without a politician promising to confront the deepening influence of social media.

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OPW’s empty buildings - It’s time to get the trowel out

The culture that defines any organisation is set by those at the very top of the managerial pyramid. If the boss couldn’t give a fiddler’s then it is ...

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Politicians’ planning objections - Doing their job

Property developer Michael O’Flynn has made many contributions to public debate. In his latest offering, he has helpfully pointed out that buying a house is ...

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Controlling digital technology: Law not enough

Richard Bruton, the minister for communications, climate action and environment, will introduce a new Online Safety Act today to try to improve online safety and ...

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Kevin Roche, architect: A legacy that sets standards

The architect Kevin Roche has died, aged 96, in Connecticut.

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