Social Innovation Fund Ireland: Enhance civil society by innovative means to build a better future

One of Barack Obama’s initiatives begun a decade ago in the US has strengthened civil society by innovative means over here, writes Pádraig Hoare.

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How Frankie Shanley went from a criminal in Ireland with a record to a DJ in Portugal playing hit records

Frankie Shanley has been a DJ since his teens, when he competed in 2FM’s ‘DJ for a Day’ competition in 1994, but he also had a parallel life as ...

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Fighting till the end: An extract from Adrienne Cullen's book, ‘Deny, Dismiss, Dehumanize’

Adrienne Cullen took on the Dutch health system after she was left with terminal cervical cancer following medical negligence.

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Lebanon leads the way in showing mercy to those fleeing Syrian war

Lebanon, in crisis since its own civil war and now overwhelmed by one million Syrian refugees depends on charities like Home of Hope to cater for its countless street ...

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Eirgrid: Poles apart in power game

Every morning, soon after 6am, they gather in the caravan, writes Michael Clifford. They have a rota, sorting out who can come on which mornings. As the dawn breaks ...

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Gibraltar after Brexit: why Spain, not Ireland will decide the UK’s fate

As the date of Britain’s departure from the European Union draws near, you might be forgiven for thinking that the future of UK-EU relations after Brexit hangs ...

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Special Report: Many causes need many solutions if we are to end homelessness in Ireland

This is not news to anyone: Ireland is in the midst of a housing and homelessness crisis. It is a long-running crisis that threatens both the wellbeing of society ...

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All the President's men: The key players in the Trump-Russia investigation

Bette Browne reviews the key issues and cast of characters in the unfolding scandals at the heart of the Trump presidency which make Richard Nixon’s infamy ...

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A caring service for those who lose a baby

Saturday marks the completion of a two-year rollout of national standards to ensure that parents who lose a baby are cared for with compassion, writes Catherine ...

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Special Report: Planting the seeds of change in young offenders at Oberstown

Three staff at the country’s only detention centre for young offenders provide a rare insight into their work, what they are trying to achieve and why society ...

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The highs and lows of a Cork marijuana farmer in California

A Cork marijuana farmer in California tells Kevin O’Neill that legalising it has been good for the economy, with no cartels and no deaths, and it’s only ...

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Zebra’s stripes are a no fly zone for flies

How the zebra got its stripes is not only a just-so story, but an object of scientific inquiry. New research suggests that stripes help zebras evade biting flies ...

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US Minister David Gray couldn’t grasp subtlety of Irish neutrality

In part two of a series on the 75th anniversary of the American Note, Ryle Dwyer sees that some diplomats were more in tune with their missions than others

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When US kept close eye on Kerry activity

On its 75th anniversary of the American Note, in a two-day report Ryle Dwyer examines events leading to the international distortion of Ireland’s role in WWII ...

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'I’ve run out of time': Terminally ill midwife who battled the HSE says her fight is over

Midwife Philomena Canning has been battling the HSE in court for years. Now, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, she says her fight is over, writes Michael ...

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Moving the goalposts won’t solve the problem of autism assessment wait lists

Every year sees more and more delayed autism assessments. The HSE has a proposal to fix the problem, but is it simply a case of lack of resources? Michael Clifford ...

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Regulations needed to make social-media influencers be clear about #ads

Times, technology and media are changing. For the first time since the advent of the internet, brands' ad spending on digital media is expected to overtake traditional ...

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Can Congress or the courts reverse Trump’s national emergency?

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to pay for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, after Congress, in its new spending bill, ...

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Brexit whispers: When eavesdropping on private conversations by a journalist is ethically justified

When you are in a restaurant or a hotel bar the last thing you expect is for the private conversation you are having to be reported all over the media the next day. ...

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The only man on death row with a signed Limerick jersey

Jimmy Woulfe recalls the unlikely friendship that sprung up between Nora Bennis and a convicted murderer in the US which saw him become an Irish-speaking, GAA-loving, ...

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Smuggling in the Irish borderlands – and why it could get worse after Brexit

Central to the fate of the Brexit negotiations is the future of the Irish border. Politicians from all sides insist they want to avoid a return to border checks ...

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Cost over-runs: Pattern to the progress of children’s hospital fiasco is painfully familiar

Over the past 20 years there have been repeated examples of major capital project overruns. But has anything been learned from both these and the current National ...

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The new Silk Road: China's campaign to dominate the global economy

In the barely-inhabited steppes of Central Asia, China is establishing the centre of its campaign to dominate the global economy, writes Ben Mauk

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Minutes show mounting fears over soaring children's hospital price tag

Children’s Hospital Project and Programme Steering Group minutes show growing concerns over escalating costs of New Children’s Hospital. An average of ...

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How Cork has changed, and aged, in a decade

Early school leaving has decreased, the divorced population is higher than national average, homelessness is rising, rents have soared, and marginalised groups need ...

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Prison service is eager to stop any uncomfortable truths from seeing the light of day

The official Prison Service line is that whistleblowers are welcomed, but the reality on the ground is very different, says Special Correspondent Michael Clifford.

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Amid Brexit chaos, Ireland seeks international opportunity

After the UK leaves, Ireland could be the gateway to Europe for the US, writes Liam Kennedy

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Brexit: Why customs are central to solving the Northern Irish border impasse

In what was a rare victory in recent weeks for Theresa May, the British prime minister has won support from a majority of MPs at Westminster to return to the EU ...

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Dylan’s parents are learning the hard way that autistic children are not a priority

Ian Diamond and his wife, Josie, have failed to secure a place for their autistic son in 26 schools and are unable to find a home tutor willing to stay long-term. ...

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Cork Events Centre: Will it still be on with the show or back again to the drawing board?

Questions over how to fund the proposed events centre in Cork has left the project in limbo and the city still waiting for its first curtain call, writes Eoin English. ...

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Contraception: the way you take the pill has more to do with the Pope than your health

The way women have been advised to take the combined contraceptive pill for the last 60 years unnecessarily increases the likelihood of taking it incorrectly, leaving ...

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Digging for the truth as south Monaghan community fears mount

For more than 80 years the gypsum mines have been a feature of the landscape and economy of south Monaghan, and residents have learned to live with the drawbacks ...

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A momentous day as first Dáil meets and first shots of War of Independence occur

One hundred years ago today, Ireland took major steps towards freedom from the British Empire. An independent parliament opened in Dublin, however it was overshadowed ...

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