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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WWF warn of species’ carnage - Humanity’s impact is too destructive

In 2011, a BirdWatch Ireland survey found just eight pairs of breeding curlew in Mayo or Donegal. It was then believed there were fewer than 200 productive pairs ...

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Democracy in use-it-or-lose-it crux: Participation better than a new party

There are regular if unpredictable cycles in Irish life. Kerry footballers are good for an All-Ireland or two most decades.

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Merkel ready to call time: A champion of real EU values

German chancellor Angela Merkel may not be a perfect political leader — does such a paradigm exist?— but she is the most powerful, the most important ...

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Top of the class but ... Could do better

It must be celebrated that Ireland has been ranked second of 41 wealthy nations in reducing educational inequality between children in second-level schools.

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Michael D Higgins re-elected - Masterclass undermines democracy

Take a bow, Ireland. At a moment when so many once reliable societies shy away from the never-ending challenge of sustaining progressive, tolerant, welcoming, largely ...

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Forestry sprays - Reckless to ignore warnings

The admission from Coillte, the State forestry body, that it sprays over a tonne of the weedkiller glyphosate — Roundup — each year on forests and recreational ...

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Hungary bans homelessness - Insane and cruel

Hungary’s Viktor Orbán first served as his country’s prime minister 20 years ago, so it must be assumed, though it cannot be guaranteed, that ...

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Time has been called on drink driving

This weekend sees two changes, one of which the clocks going back one hour will be easier to fall in with than the other: an automatic three-month driving ban for ...

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A blind eye to murder

The agencies employed by the government in Saudi Arabia to keep a lookout for people who might be the kingdom’s new best friends in the West will have been ...

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Power must be held to account — now

If there’s summer school or even a short weekend course for would-be government leaders in democratic countries it should have on its timetable a session about ...

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Ireland-China relations - Sensitive stuff

Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Fearghail’s worry about the sensitivities of the Beijing dictatorship — sorry, government — is such that he has warned ...

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Planet Trump - Hollow lectures on civility

Scarcely a day passes without ever more extraordinary news from Planet Trump, where the president has been studying the standard of political discourse in the republic ...

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Urgent: Unclog our roads - City streets gridlocked

Urban planners and council leaders in modern cities with historic centres are often criticised fairly for unwise decisions when they act and complacency or sheer ...

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Out of sync: Abortion in the North

A House of Commons vote this week on a bill that aims to lift the total ban on abortion in the North will have encouraged, but probably not surprised, campaigners ...

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Presidential use of jet: Costly flight of fancy

It is not only the question of airports which stimulate political rows. As we witnessed during the rapidly closing presidential election, the use of jets by our ...

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