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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'Please show the world what's going on in Moria. We are human beings'

“Now that I have told my story, I have one request: please help us. Show the world what's going on in Moria. We are human beings. We deserve to be treated ...

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Brexit: Theresa May survives confidence vote, but Brussels is in charge now

Just 24 hours after suffering a historic defeat in parliament over her Brexit deal, the prime minister has survived a vote of no confidence in her government – ...

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Search goes on for woman who disappeared without trace almost two years ago

It seemed, last March, that there had been a major breakthrough in the search for the Cork woman. Then nothing. But now it’s been almost two years since Tina ...

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Brexit is more than just empty jargon — it will change your everyday life

Whether you’ve been following it or not, Brexit will make an impact on your daily life, writes Political Correspondent Fiachra Ó Cionnaith

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The life and crimes of Ian Horgan

He was a good kid, big for his age and a good underage footballer. So why has this Cork man spent over half his life behind bars?

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Whiddy Island disaster: ‘It is something that has never gone away’

The memorial event also served to highlight the simmering sense of injustice felt by many, writes Noel Baker.

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Whiddy Island 40 years on: Still a sense of justice not having been done

In Bantry tomorrow, families from Ireland and France will gather to remember the Whiddy Island disaster of 40 years ago — many with questions still unanswered ...

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Threats abound in the future of news

What is the future of news and why should you care? Because it’s about more than newspaper sales and the decline of print media — it’s about democracy, ...

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Plastics: A crime against humanity

Plastics used to be an aesthetics issue, we simply didn’t like the look of rubbish bags blowing around our streets, but now it has become a public health issue. ...

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Climate change: Ireland is a developed country with a developing nation’s emissions profile

We are one of the only EU countries in which greenhouse gases are rising and we are likely to miss our 2020 targets, writes Cara Augustenborg.

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Living in Direct Provision: ‘It’s is a stain on Irish society. I’ll never forget those still incarcerated’

Joyce Fegan talks to some of those in Direct Provision, who want an end to a ‘devilish’ and ‘evil’ system that leaves them fully dependant ...

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Living in Direct Provision: ‘You begin to see yourself as someone who is not accepted by society’

The first thing I’m asked by an African man when I attend a fundraiser for asylum-seekers in Ireland is: “Are you alone? Do you have someone with you? ...

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Planning pays off when looking to put roof over your head

The interest rate you pay, the type of mortgage that buyers choose, and the possibility of paying off the loan early are all factors to consider when buying a property, ...

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After the neonatal unit: ‘Something like this… it changes you forever’

Premature babies, or ‘preemies’ as they’re affectionately called in maternity units, face a tough fight but are well cared for by neonatal staff ...

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The year in crime: Violence against women features heavily in rocky year for policing

In a year of horrific gangland crimes, Garda successes against the Kinahan cartel and continuing tumult for the Garda organisation, violence against women dominated ...

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The year in celebrities: 2018 brought three Kardashians, outsized weddings, and mourning

From make-ups to break-ups to high-powered weddings, it’s been a busy year in the celebrity world, writes Kelly O’Brien.

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State papers 1988: Shoot-to-kill policy in North a setback to Anglo-Irish relations

Controversy over the alleged shoot-to-kill policy in the North had grave implications for cross-border co-operation, while Anglo-Irish relations suffered a “serious ...

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State Papers 1988: Haughey wrote to Thatcher to deny being soft on terrorism

Taoiseach Charles Haughey told British prime minister Margaret Thatcher that the Irish government was ‘constantly ballyragged’ by the British and received ...

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Political review of 2018: Turbulent year but the good ship Leo and Micheál keeps on sailing

The Political Year 2018 was one dominated by two issues — Brexit and abortion.

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Irish Guide Dogs: Science helps make the perfect pup match but the human factor is key to success

While every charity relies heavily on the public’s generous donations to fund its services, the Irish Guide Dogs also needs an army of volunteers every year ...

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Year of the activist - Day 2: From first-time marchers to advocates with decades of experience

From all corners of the island, across all demographics, and on a wide range of issues, grassroots activism has gone mainstream. From first-time marchers to advocates ...

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Year of the activist - Day 1: Campaigners made their political power felt in 2018

From all corners of the island, across all demographics, and on a wide range of issues, grassroots activism has gone mainstream. From first time marchers to advocates ...

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Special Report: Behind the scenes at Fota Island this festive season

While we tuck into our turkey and all the trimmings, the residents of Fota Wildlife Park won’t go hungry, with the park’s dedicated staff foregoing their ...

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Coming home - Day 3: We talk to the emigrants who have returned home to Ireland

Amanda Keane didn’t want to be pouring pints forever. She soon landed an exciting UN job in Hanoi — but now she’s happy to be back in Ireland and ...

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Animal rescue shelters want their pleas heard

Thousands of animals were admitted to shelters and sanctuaries this year, thanks to mindless acts of cruelty and neglect, but animal welfare staff are saying enough ...

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Coming home - Day 2: Three emigrants talk about returning home to Ireland

Kelly O'Brien meets some of the ex-pats people returning home to Ireland.

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Coming home - Day 1: Three groups of emigrants talk about coming home to Ireland for good

They’ve lived in far-flung lands, but it’s a case of ‘home is where the heart is’ as these Irish emigrants move back for good, writes Kelly ...

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Year of the woman: 2018 has been a roller coaster when it comes to women’s advancement

From the Belfast rape trial to the historic referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, to the shocking CervicalCheck scandal and concerted interventions to address ...

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Fostering a climate of suspicion in child care

A case of a child removed suddenly from its foster parents raises questions about Tusla management and foster families’ rights, says special correspondent ...

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Border crossing: Cork councillor’s switch from Irish Army to Provisional IRA

Cork County Councillor Kieran McCarthy reveals that he was far from being the only soldier to quit the Irish Army and join the Provisional IRA, writes Sean O’Riordan ...

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Growing opposition to Skibbereen plastics factory scheme

There is a groundswell of opposition to the factory plan in Skibbereen, writes Noel Baker.

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Leave us kids alone: A look at child marriage in the US and beyond

While the global trend in forced marriage and child brides has seen numbers fall in recent years, the picture emerging from America is more disturbing, writes Bette ...

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Cork flood defence opponents ignoring ‘holistic approach’

The city council’s head of environment insists the Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme is the only solution, writes Eoin English.

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Denying transgender identity has serious impact on mental health

“Sticks and stones may break my bones – but words will never hurt me,” goes the playground rhyme.

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Brexit deadlock: This three-way referendum design could break it

The 2016 EU referendum resulted in a marginal victory for Brexit and a divided nation.

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State’s reaction is to deny, delay, and to buy silence

The Taoiseach is following the well-trodden path of treating the Magdalene laundries, mother and baby homes, and illegal adoption as separate scandals, writes Conall ...

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A cut above the rest: Cork salon offers helping hand to the homeless

Having a haircut is often an emotional experience for a long-time homeless person. When life is about surviving the elements, having your hair washed and styled ...

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Cork University Hospital copes when disaster calls

Major events with multiple fatalities have featured in the history of CUH, writes Denise O’Donoghue

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CUH marking 40 years of community service

The ambition for CUH to develop to become a ‘great hospital’ is both real and attainable, writes Tony McNamara.

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Women have been written out of science history – it's time to put them back

Uncovering forgotten history can help explain why science still has a masculine bias today.

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Special Report: Women forced to give up babies for adoption still failed by State bodies

Teenager Jackie Foley was told to sign a consent form under a fictitious name in Bessborough Mother and Baby Home. Her son was adopted and given a bogus name. Nearly ...

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George H.W. Bush: America’s last foreign policy president

George H.W. Bush was the last person elected president of the United States with any prior foreign policy experience.

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Worried you are dating a psychopath? Signs to look for, according to science

It may sound like a scene straight out of a horror movie, but statistically you are not that unlikely to end up on a date with a psychopath, writes Calli Tzani Pepelasi. ...

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Some familiar themes in deaths of children - here are their stories

The latest individual reports into the deaths of children known to the care services have some familiar themes — challenging family backdrops; sometimes substance ...

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All about data access - Refusal to give spy data ‘breaches’ law

The refusal of State agencies to publish statistics on their use of controversial surveillance powers is “in breach” of the State’s transparency ...

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Who owns your data and who decides on access to it?

State agencies’ power to access your phone and internet data has long been dogged by controversy. It has been challenged by successive court rulings and, last ...

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War between science and religion is far from inevitable

In his 2015 book Faith versus Fact, the biologist and polemicist Jerry Coyne launched one of his many attacks on religion in the name of science: science and religion, ...

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