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...
Irish society was completely warped by the Catholic Church, writes Donal O’Keeffe. It’s time for a-la-carte Catholics to think about what they condone.The Catholic archbishop of Tuam, Michael Neary, last week called for the inquiry into mother-and-baby homes to...
It was all true. Every word. 796 babies, dumped in a septic tank in Tuam.Last Friday, the Mother and Baby Home Commission of Investigation announced it has found “significant amounts of human remains” in what was a disused sewage...
The Eighth Amendment was never really about abortion.That might seem a strange thing to say in the only country in the democratic world to have a constitutional ban on abortion, but the fact that 23,000 pregnant Irish women...
An open letter to Ryan Tubridy from Donal O'KeeffeDear Ryan,I watched the Late Late Show the other night and was struck by your genuine empathy for Megan Halvey-Ryan and her mother Sharon, as they recounted Megan's suffering while...
False sex abuse allegations against Sergeant Maurice McCabe destroyed his life and the lives of his family, and the apparent weaponisation of those false allegations has made life even worse for genuine victims, writes Donal O'Keeffe.The best-case scenario about...
Trump is a vain, thin-skinned bully who will take offence if Enda gives him anything less than the full Leprechaun plámás. If we offer him even the mildest criticism, he will go ballistic. So we might as well go...
Irish politics doesn't really do radical, but New Politics has picked a dangerous time to make politics seem so utterly redundant, writes Donal O'Keeffe.Last Saturday night, the RTÉ 9.00pm News led with Trump's shameful ban on refugees and visitors...
It was snowing on Paul Street two Thursday nights ago. Not dry, fluffy Hollywood snow, but Irish snow. Cold, white rain, basically.I was frozen, even in my coat, scarf and Indiana Jones hat.On the corner across from Amicus,...

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