During the 2011 presidential election campaign, it became blindingly obvious that only three of the seven candidates actually understood the job for which they were applying. Those candidates were the three Oireachtas dinosaurs Michael D Higgins, Gay Mitchell and...
In Fermoy, An Spiorad Saor John Mahon - Ireland’s only MKIII wheelchair-accessible boat - is better known as ‘The Wheelyboat’. Damage to Fermoy Weir means it may soon go out of business. The Wheelyboat has plied its route along the...
The Tuam Babies story made global headlines, and Pope Francis met Philomena Lee in 2014. For the Pope to claim now is the first time he heard about Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Baby Homes is simply not credible....
By Donal O’Keeffe If you can reconcile yourself with a global conspiracy to cover up the rape of children to the point where you can welcome Pope Francis to Ireland, then do you really care about child abuse at all?...
“Leaving Cert results often tell nothing of the work that went into getting those results,” says Don O’Leary, administrator of the Cork Life Centre. “These are young people who were told from an early age they wouldn’t amount to...
The Catholic Church is simply not serious about confronting its shameful history of abuse. That’s why media-savvy Pope Francis isn’t stopping here long enough to engage in any meaningful way with Irish survivors, says Donal O’Keeffe. Did you watch Spotlight...
Like many, I bought into the notion that public opinion in Tuam is divided about the Tuam Babies. I was very wrong, says Donal O’Keeffe. Little kids were digging in the dirt with plastic shovels and buckets outside the Ard...
Kilworth is the first stop in John Creedon’s new TV series Creedon’s Road Less Travelled, before he travels to Mitchelstown and along the old Dublin Road. Creedon talks with Donal O’Keeffe about touring the country in Jack Lynch’s old...
“Direct provision is like being in an abusive relationship,” writes Melatu Uche Okorie. “Abuse in itself is homogenous, no matter what race, class, or in this case the hostel of the abused.” It is a truism that while journalism can...
I don’t live on top of a mass grave. I don’t know what it’s like to look out at my lawn and think that under it might be 796 dead babies lying in a disused septic tank. I don’t know...

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