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Taken Down: Why Irish children with Irish accents are not Irish...

I vaguely remember from my childhood something about Ireland being the land of a hundred thousand welcomes, and something too about a crock of...

Taken Down: for some a first glimpse into Direct Provision

By Donal O’Keeffe Last Sunday night saw the launch of RTÉ’s new fictional crime series, Taken Down. Set largely in a Direct Provision centre, it...

“Words matter. Words can hurt. Words can heal. Words can empower. Words can divide.” – Michael D Higgins, in his acceptance speech on Saturday,...

Good riddance to Peter Casey, Ireland’s Micro-Trump

Whether he meant to or not, presidential candidate Peter Casey should not be forgiven for the racial hate he stirred up in the bloodpot...

Sympathy for the Devil: Why I agree with Bishop Phonsie Cullinan

Whatever Bishop Cullinan’s thoughts on Satan, I still prefer him to Bouncy Castle Catholics, says Donal O’Keeffe. A Catholic bishop has announced the establishment of...

A compelling, compassionate portrait of an ordinary woman born a boy

“Who you see in front of you is Louise Hannon. I was born male, but never felt comfortable – ever –as male. So, today,...

The presidential campaign: Ireland’s most vicious and bitter form of politics

One week into the hustings, the going is already rough and about to get a lot rougher, writes Donal O’Keeffe.  Sayre’s Law, as quoted...

The law of the land and the Gospel of the Lord...

It’s simply not good enough to argue we cannot judge the crimes of the past by the standards of today, writes Donal O’Keeffe. Peter Mulryan...

The Lambert Legacy is far greater than the Puppet Theatre

I had a bit of a scoop recently. My five-year-old self would have absolutely hated me for reporting the possible final end of all...

Don’t run for president if you don’t understand the job

During the 2011 presidential election campaign, it became blindingly obvious that only three of the seven candidates actually understood the job for which they...

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