Rape Culture in Ireland 2016

The phrase “rape culture” is new enough in public discourse here. What might rape culture look like in Ireland? asks Donal O’Keeffe.The Oxford English...

O Lord, give us a fresh election but not just yet

54 days since the election, it seems clear that, for some, the real focus is on the next election, writes Donal O’Keeffe  You’d want...

Nobody wins unless everybody wins – Why Springsteen’s championing LGBT rights...

“Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write —...

Our story is still in the making and Ireland needs to...

If you saw RTÉ's "Centenary" last week, you might have heard a snippet of Gay Byrne's voice saying "The fact that an Irish schoolgirl...

In our Centenary, 3,000 years of Irish history mulched for potting...

Last year, Taoiseach Enda Kenny claimed that ISIS wants to destroy Newgrange and the Rock of Cashel. Given Ireland’s lack of regard for its...

The Audacity of MOPE: Self-pity and naked opportunism at the heart...

The contrived controversy about Gerry Adams failing to get into the White House Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations highlights the self-pity and naked opportunism at...

Saint Patrick might have brought the light of learning to Ireland...

Today we celebrate the feast-day of our national patron, Saint Patrick.As we do every year, let’s go through the motions of pretending to think...

Grand Coalition

The 32nd Dáil meets for the first time this Thursday and – a fortnight after the election - it seems impossible to discern the...

All politics is local

All politics is local, the late Tip O’Neill reputedly said. That’s especially true in a country as small as Ireland.Local concerns often influence the...

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