Ronaldo pays €19m in tax case - Superstar cheat

Even in a week when Oxfam’s annual eve-of-Davros report underlined the ever-widening gap between the megarich and the other 99.5% of humanity, yesterday’s ...

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Ambulance workers’ strike - HSE right to hold the line

Well-organised unions are, or were, a positive part of Ireland’s economic evolution. Today the influence of unions is, effectively, confined to the public ...

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Brexit talks - Inevitable but still shocking

Just like death, the inevitable carries the capacity to surprise, challenge, and shock.

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Davos celebration of capitalism: Change or repent at our leisure

A generation or two ago, when the threat of purgatory or limbo carried more weight, the renewing process of self-restraint, abstention, and repentance was recognised ...

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Crowded field of candidates: Kamala Harris in White House race

Though we are still at the very early stages of the race the field is, on one side of the draw at least getting crowded — especially as the champion seems ...

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Resolving the housing crisis: Raise the limits

Government efforts to resolve the housing crisis remain unequal to the great challenge so solutions, or at least part of the solution, must come from outside of ...

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The Dáil's centenary: A great event worthy of celebration

Today marks the centenary of the first sitting of Dáil Éireann.

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European Election Candidates: Time to put best foot forward

The European Union — despite all its faults, shorthand for the peace and prosperity most of us enjoy today — is under attack on many fronts.

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Car bomb attack in Derry: No more terror

The car bomb attack in Derry on Saturday night sent a shudder right across this island far greater than the physical impact of the bomb.

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Time up for books?

A Japanese “organising consultant” and author of the inexplicably planet-wide bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has whipped up some ...

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Justifiable journeys or junket jamborees?

American presidents do not have the legal power to prevent members of the US Congress travelling abroad, but they can stop them getting taxpayer-funded flights on ...

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Offering cold comfort to victims of crime

It is reasonable to assume that many — quite rightly — will welcome the idea floated by Fine Gael senator Joe O’Reilly, who thinks that school-leavers ...

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Climate change conversion - Let’s work towards new way of living

Even though it has provided high drama and, for a while at least, a perverse entertainment, in the grand, centuries-long scheme of things, Brexit matters little ...

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Children’s hospital scandal - Two fingers to accountability

London’s Crossrail development has been described as Europe’s biggest infrastructure project.

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Brexit defeat: But we cannot give up hope

The scale of Theresa May’s defeat in the House of Commons’ vote on the EU withdrawal agreement has shocked even the hardest of Brexiteers.

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First Traveller to earn a PhD: Sindy Joyce is an inspiration

Dr Sindy Joyce doesn’t feel comfortable being a role model, yet there is no doubt that she is exactly that, having become the first Traveller in Ireland to ...

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Business initiative: Women step up

Cork woman, Helen Wycherley has been announced as the incoming president of Network Ireland, the country’s leading women’s business network.

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May’s Brexit plan rejected: Vote showed a dangerous dysfunction

When, less than two years ago, Prime Minister Theresa May prematurely and without a roadmap of any kind, set a date for Britain’s regrettable departure from ...

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120m attend Hindu festival: Numbers defy comprehension

Some of the metrics we use to measure our world — distance, speed, population, wealth — stretch our capacity to understand.

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Human trafficking underestimated: Another failure

In a country where only two police officers track how terrorist organisations might use our banking system — so recently dubbed the ‘Wild West’ ...

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EU works away despite Brexit: EU tax plans ignored for far too long

In the language of conflicted, unsettled politics, the phrase “as short as possible” all too easily falls into the category of a believe-what-you-want ...

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Madigan wants property tax cut: Dangerously out of touch

The function of a politician is to represent constituents.

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Truth and transparency: Fake figures?

It is not too hard to imagine that disagreements over Brexit ruined many Christmas gatherings in Britain.

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Crisis endures: Opposition to house schemes

Despite our housing crisis, politicians seem all too ready to object to developments.

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‘The Sopranos’ 20 years on: David Chase got great drama off to a T

Just as day becomes night almost imperceptibly but nonetheless precisely, great cultural change can arrive almost unnoticed but nonetheless with a bang.

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SF duo at ‘farce‘ inauguration: Caracas tops Coalisland for Sinn Féin

One of this society’s admirable conventions is how we greet death. There is, generally, a circle-the-wagons response to bereavement, a funeral is often a celebration ...

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Easter Island provides climate change warning

In one of his most provocative speeches, an early version of his recent warning of the accelerating threat climate change poses to our civilisation, David Attenborough ...

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Arson fears point to another evil minority

Any sensible society has a deep well of communal mythologies, some of which it uses to sweeten bitter realities.

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Ensuring Brexit does not burn all bridges

In the not so long ago, access to an international education was confined to the privileged or the exceptionally talented.

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Weakness becomes a threat - Trump and May demean idea of leadership

New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in a world of grey or greyer men and women, radiates charisma and high-energy promise.

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Online bullies called out - Conor Murray’s story is a stark warning

Conor Murray is one of a very small number of professional Irish sportsmen who can be compared with the best of his peers.

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Modest rise in corncrake numbers but miracle needed

It is hard not to cheer the news that a modest increase in the population of calling, male corncrakes was recorded last summer even if that small reversal was a ...

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Climate change: We need a popular carbon tax

Leo Varadkar is clearly anxious to avoid a repeat of the water charges debacle when it comes to tackling climate change through carbon taxes.

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A revolution: Centenary of first Dáil

Over the past five years we have seen centenary commemorations of gigantic events in Irish and world history.

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Young Scientist Exhibition: Start of so many great journeys

Climate change, pollution, and Brexit are among topics being explored at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

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Protests challenge democracy with mob rule of any kind a toxic threat

Stable, sensible democracies understand that protest is part of political engagement and expression.

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A different relationship as Washington parade cancelled

It is another indication that Irish influence in America is on the wane that the St Patrick’s Day parade in Washington DC has been cancelled.

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Two women murdered in 2019 so far. Time to change - leader 3

The year is not 10 days old yet but already two women have died in the most violent circumstances in this small Republic.

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Pope comments on paedophilia - Time for action on clerical abuse

The declaration by Pope Francis, describing paedophilia as one of the “vilest” of crimes, is the clearest indication yet that he may be prepared finally ...

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Cork medical centre’s discovery - Infant death rate

Lack of oxygen to the brain at birth affects almost 200 babies in Ireland each year and results in death or disability in more than two million infants each year ...

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Islamic State suspect - Gardaí must clear up concerns

It would be a matter of the greatest concern if it was proven that an Islamic State member had obtained Irish citizenship despite being on a garda watchlist of terrorist ...

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A benefit of Brexit - Chance to learn

One of the very few benefits of Brexit, and it is only a passing one, is that allows some us to harrumph about the ignorance of some British figures around the history ...

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Drug firm payments to doctors - Secrecy hides a sick system

When a person watches, say, one of those TV programmes on remodeling a house or maybe restoring a car that person should, in an ideal, transparent world, be able ...

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Whiddy disaster 40th anniversary - Lessons of tragedy still not applied

Last October, we marked the centenary of Ireland’s worst maritime disaster, the First World War sinking of RMS Leinster, shortly after it sailed from Dún ...

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High-wire dependency on external forces for State's tax take

Once upon a time, before the European Union broadened our horizons, ambitions, and opportunities, it was said that if Britain sneezed we got a cold. That plausible, ...

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Less than 10% of electric car target hit

Electric cars have been held up as a climate change panacea but, like many of the proposals on that crisis, delivery and sustainability have become limiting actors. ...

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Ban weaponised drug cheats permanently

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have not yet moved centre stage for anyone other than the 11,000 or so athletes who hope to compete in one of 339 events

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Doctors propose a new view: Treat obesity like alcoholism

The maps we use to define how we live and what we believe are constantly updated.

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City rail possibilities: Huge potential

Proposals for public infrastructure that stretch beyond the immediate horizon usually need to be leavened with a pinch or two of salt.

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New horizons, new conquests: Scramble for Space accelerates

It’s 135 years since Europe’s hereditary rulers met in Berlin to regulate trade and conquest in Africa.

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