Cherry blossom in the air, for these horrible times

Perhaps, when this is over, we should all plant a cherry blossom tree and remember all we’ve lost. There...

“I’m gonna shake God’s hand.” RIP John Prine

John Prine often sang about going to heaven, and now, as he makes that final journey, some fans and friends - among them President...

On the lockdown beat with the Community Garda

With the country in lockdown, Community Gardaí are more than ever performing a vital service - by Donal O’Keeffe. Last week, when one...

Even in lockdown, homeless people still have nowhere to go

The streets of Cork are mostly empty now, except for the homeless people who still have nowhere to go. For the first time in...

On the trail of Ireland’s most prolific serial killer

Do we really care who lives or dies in the Nobody Zone? If you’re self-isolating, socially distancing, or off work thanks to the...

Instead of worrying about catching coronavirus, worry you’re spreading it

Donal O’Keeffe: The best way through this is not to fear dying from Covid-19, but rather to fear that you may kill other people.

Fermoy should do the right thing and un-twin from homophobic Nowa...

With a quarter of Poland declaring itself ‘LGBT free’, it’s frightening to see how little we have learned from the Holocaust. Fermoy...

Politicians’ references for rapists are legally worthless – and cause real...

Why do Irish politicians give character references to sex offenders? Donal O’Keeffe asked the main parties for their current policy on this practice.

When exactly did the IRA go away?

Gerry Adams famously said “They haven’t gone away, you know”. Mary Lou McDonald now insists the Provisional IRA actually has gone away. When, exactly,...

Shadow-boxing around the next election

The lengthy process of government formation will be haunted as much by the next election as by the last, writes Donal O’Keeffe. “The...

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