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Boris Johnson’s madman diplomacy trashes the UK’s international reputation

The Madman Doctrine of negotiation has never worked, and it won’t work for the Brexiteers either. In April 1971, with peace talks with...

Trump is the saviour QAnon cultists deserve

Donald Trump endorsing QAnon is hardly a surprise, given that his political career was founded on a racist conspiracy theory. When Voltaire was...

Lavinia Kerwick – still changing Ireland for the better

Last month Taoiseach Micheál Martin committed to addressing a spate of sexual assaults against homeless people on the streets of Cork. The woman who...

We deserve far better than the shabby disrespect of our elite

Those of us who have lost loved ones in this time of Covid-19 have been denied the solace of a traditional Irish funeral, and...

You’d have to wonder at the Department of Justice’s priorities

In Cork, asylum seekers are terrified of Coronavirus as new residents arrive at the Glenvera Direct Provision Centre without having to quarantine. In Dublin,...

“For homeless people, rape is a constant fear”

Cork Penny Dinners co-ordinator Catriona Twomey has spoken out against sexual assaults against homeless people on the streets of Cork City, something she says...

Sharpening our ancestors’ bones: the racist meme of ‘Irish slaves’

The notion that the Irish were America’s first slaves is a lie beloved of Donald Trump’s white supremacist supporters, and it was born in...

Money-where-your-mouth-is time for the Vatican

The Papal Nuncio says the Vatican supports giving the Tuam Babies a Christian burial. Fair play. Will Pope Francis be getting out his chequebook? Two...

It’s really simple: if you want a pint, buy a substantial...

Spare a thought for bar-restaurant staff up and down the country, currently spending half their working days explaining that they are not legislators, virologists,...

Remembering Jack Charlton

I only met Jack Charlton the once, and it was - as you might expect - memorable. It’s surely twenty years ago, or...

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