I was thinking of Ollie Ryan recently.This week will no doubt see a plethora of newspaper headlines saying “It was fifty years ago today”, as Friday is the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.I...
It’s three years now since I first took a drive with John Mulvihill along the boreens and byroads up towards Mountain Barracks.John works as a private contractor for Coillte, the semi-state company which manages Irish woods and forestry, patrolling...
“Okay, Martin, ready to play ‘Isn’t Leo Brilliant For Going After Social Welfare Recipient Scum’?”“Ready Bob!”“If someone is claiming social welfare, are they thieving layabouts robbing us all of potential tax cuts for people who vote Fine Gael?”“That’d...
“Grace cut a sad figure in a wretched state who was voiceless, dirty and whose only possession was a child’s toy which she held on to for dear life.“Her treatment was not just shocking, but a scandal”The president of...
Dr Peter Boylan looked incredulous on the RTÉ Six-One News.“This is 2017. It’s Ireland. Can we not grow up and just stop… handing over State assets to a religious order?” asked the former Master of the National Maternity Hospital....
If there really is a recovery, Paddy seems determined not to learn any lessons from the greed and stupidity that drove us to the poorhouse, writes Donal O’Keeffe.A few years ago, the editor of the Avondhu was chatting with...
"I know I should be grateful," says "Kate" (not her real name) as she starts crying. "And I am. It's just…" She bursts into tears."I'm sorry."Kate is an asylum-seeker. For the past year, she has lived with her young...
“Emily Helena (indecipherable) Daughter. But O for the touch of a vanish’d hand.”Another small gravestone still reads “Sacred to the memory of Jane, daughter of Edwd. and Maria Jennings, 39th Regt, who died Jan 31st 1869 aged 2.”, writes...
By Donal O’Keeffe“It’s six o’clock on RTÉ1 and we go shortly to Bryan Dobson and Sharon Ní Bheoláin for the Six One News, but first we pause for the new-look Angelus.”On your screen, sunlight sparkles on water, breaking through...
Last week I did something I’ve never done before.I lodged a planning objection.The development to which I objected is proposed for a dangerously-derelict property, in a neighbourhood twenty miles from my home. Perhaps I should mind my own business.But...

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