Ireland after Brexit: Extremists can’t have the last word

Brexit will, unfortunately but inevitably, suck all the oxygen out of public debate on these islands again this week — and for many, many weeks to come.

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Fair Deal scheme abused: Change rules to end bed blocks

Even by the sometimes incomprehensible standards of the HSE it seems amazing that an expert group considering delayed discharges for older people from hospitals ...

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College challenges: Opportunity

That more than two-in-five postgraduate research students have, at one time or another, considered ending their studies before graduation raises myriad questions.

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The Fine Gael ard fheis: Are political conventions redundant?

During the Fine Gael ard fheis on Saturday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he did not plan to call an election before Christmas.

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Social media outlawed in courts: Veto protects courts’ integrity

Though it seems an unlikely prospect, should US President Donald Trump ever find himself in an Irish courtroom he would be denied his link to his Twitter constituency. ...

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Cork Film Festival: A cornerstone

When the Cork Film Festival was established 63 years ago, it offered an annual window to an exotic world of minor starlets in never-seen-before ball gowns.

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Abortion: Wait rather than risk a tragedy

The Government hopes to pass abortion legislation before Christmas and Taoiseach Leo Varadakar has said he is confident the Government’s timeline to have pregnancy ...

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Separate science from pseudo-science

The Spanish government has declared war on alternative medicine, announcing plans to eliminate from health centres what it considers a “health risk”.

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Cynical sanctions

The United States has imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials for their role in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist. ...

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Brexit referendum - Second poll would halt the chaos

It is hard to imagine Theresa May surviving as British prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party, in light of the chaos unleashed by the resignation of ...

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Childhood obesity report - We need action, not more words

The report on tackling childhood obesity by the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs has been described by Chris Macey, head of advocacy with the Irish ...

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Rape trial underwear evidence - Under scrutiny

It is hard to imagine an item of female underwear becoming a global flag of protest.

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Brexit negotiations - May could learn lessons from Collins

It is not generally known whether British prime minister Theresa May is a student of Irish history. Whether or not, she could do worse than reflect on the attempt ...

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Mortgage arrears - Distress lies behind figures

Statistics will tell you that there are in the region of 30,000 households in mortgage arrears in Ireland. They will also reveal that the number of family home mortgages ...

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Plight of the poor - Living costs

“The poor you will always have with you,” Jesus declared as he was anointed at Bethany. Almost 2,000 years later, little has changed.

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Amnesty withdraws award - Admitting an error always best policy

Big organisations, governments, conglomerates, corporations, institutions, government departments, trade unions, professional bodies, or religious orders — ...

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A process from another time - It’s time to bin junk mail

A postman has lost his job and received a suspended sentence because he dumped mail to shorten his working day.

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Roadside insurance checks - Loophole closed

Big Brother advances relentlessly; the idea of personal privacy becomes ever more tenuous. Civil libertarians may sometimes regard this never-ending evolution with ...

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Fighting obesity — and cancer - Kitchen class

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have discovered why the body’s immune surveillance systems are stymied by excess fat — obesity.

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Attacks on referees, players - Thugs have no place in sports

Last Sunday, soccer referee Daniel Sweeney was attacked after a match in Mullingar. He sustained a broken jaw and fractured eye-socket.

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Time to strengthen regulations - Emotion and blind faith real threats

A commitment to a religion is always described, and generally accepted, as an expression of faith.

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Challenging journey to an essential end - Move ring-fences jobs for women

There is a dog-eared story from the long-ago, when John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara were the king and queen of Hollywood, that may not seem as funny today as ...

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Control access to save nature - Visitor numbers now a threat

Canadian Naomi Klein describes capitalism as a war on nature. That irrefutable assertion might not be acclaimed at a Davros cocktail party, even if some of those ...

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Wise words - Macron warns on nationalism

Millions of words have been written over the last few weeks about the loss, legacy and contemporary relevance of the First World War. Many more were written about ...

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Attacks on solidarity shows WWI’s bloody lessons are forgotten

Societies’ and individuals’ memories are shaped by a combination of emotions and experiences. Character and perception are influential too. Love, especially ...

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Fight crime by seizing the proceeds - EU moves against criminals’ loot

Irish recidivism rates remain stubbornly high, usually between 40% and 50%. This institutionalised failure suggests the arguments made by those who would reform ...

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Facebook move hugely symbolic - The ebb and flow of power

London once had a Worshipful Company of Mercers and, among many others, a Worshipful Company of Skinners. The Worshipful Company of Pewterers has existed since 1348. ...

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Influential voice - Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

If a culture is to grow, if a musical tradition is to be as robust and as enduring as it might be, it needs active champions in the greater community and in academia. ...

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Irish compromise - Poppy symbolism

Around this time of the year there occurs a debate about the symbolism behind the poppy, the flower that grew on the Western Front battlefields of France and Belgium ...

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TDs and solicitors brought to book

WHEN you think about protected species in Ireland, the Natterjack toad and Kerry slug might come to mind, as they are endangered. But how about politicians and solicitors? ...

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US mid-term elections - Public rein in Trump’s behaviour

America’s friends and allies couldn’t do it. Nor could America’s potential enemies. Neither could his wife, children or White House staff. It took ...

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Bypassing local democracy: Far too naive

Resolving the housing crisis may suggest measures that fall outside the normal comfort zone of communities facing extensive development.

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Saving the web from itself: Solidarity never more important

Imagine if Apple, Google, or Microsoft, or any of those new imperialists who make Cecil Rhodes seem an avuncular philanthropist, offered to build a vast “gathering ...

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Suicide among young people: Rates almost highest in EU

Yesterday’s National Women’s Council of Ireland report that Ireland’s suicide rate among girls is the highest in the EU is a chastening wake-up ...

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Banning offshore exploration: Deferring the inevitable in climate war

Earlier this year New Zealand decided not to allow any new offshore oil exploration.

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Promoting tourism: A fine balance

Wexford’s 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse won a “highly commended” accolade at the World Tourism Awards in London yesterday.

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Treatment delay mooted: 27% back move to hit smokers

It would be cheering if today’s mid-term elections in America challenged the impression that we live in increasingly intolerant times.

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Encouraging reading: Capital idea

A scheme proposing that children have free access to books and enhanced supports for early learning programmes will form a central part of a government campaign ...

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America goes to the polls: A moment to reject a dark future

There will be two events of major significance this week.

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Labour Party conference: A challenge for all progressives

The Labour conference did not, naturally, have the gala atmosphere of a party in government but it did underline the party’s commitment to progressive ideals. ...

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No borders in cybersafety

There is one topic that neither side has put on the table in the EU-UK divorce negotiation, and that’s just as it should be. There is no reason at all why ...

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Time has come for fresh thinking on ‘populism’

This week’s contribution to the contagion of populism comes from Austria, whose government has refused to sign up to the newly drafted UN Global Compact for ...

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Tragedy waiting to happen - Woman and rapist failed by system

Even the most vivid champions of this still-evolving Republic, even those Teflon-cloaked bankers who so disastrously “wore the green jersey” to try to ...

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Kingdom executes migrant maid - It’s time to curb Saudi excesses

Report after report on our impact on the world challenges us to live more ethical lives.

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Homeless crisis - Focus on success

What a joy it is, how uplifting it is that Focus Ireland can report that 95% of the people it supported last year were still in their homes six months after disengaging ...

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Proposals are platform to work with - GRA submission

The submission made this week by the Garda Representative Association to the Policing Commission is a bit like the curate’s egg – good in parts.

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Pakistan more tolerant than EU - Blasphemy laws

Freedom to express an opinion is one of the rights guaranteed in the Constitution. Courts have interpreted that right to include statements that may be disagreeable, ...

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A wake-up call - Needs of most vulnerable

A report from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is a wake-up call to humanitarian aid agencies around the world.

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Munster and the All Blacks 1978 - Seminal event still inspires

Any sensible culture recognises the line between folklore and fact — but that does not mean one cannot feed the other to inspire and to authenticate.

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Maurice McCabe retires - A brave citizen

There are very few living Irish people who have had the impact that Sgt Maurice McCabe has had.

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