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 weeks ago, the New York Times reported: “The Vatican has indicated its support for a...
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, or epidemiologists, and then listening to endless grousing from barstool constitutional lawyers. No, of...
I only met Jack Charlton the once, and it was - as you might expect - memorable. It’s surely twenty years ago, or more, back when I was running Charlie Mac’s pub in Fermoy, and as my patchy...
The last sweet factory in Ireland is reopening (or re-reopening) and maybe it’s a sign of better days ahead as we tentatively exit lockdown. I drive up John Redmond Street in Cork most evenings,...
‘Staycation’ is the word on the tip of many people’s tongues these days. An accelerated timetable for the reopening of pubs, restaurants and hotels, has meant that many Irish people are looking into the option of holidaying in the...
Like the portraits of Dev and Michael Collins, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael may as well hang together, because with Sinn Fein on the inexorable rise, they will most assuredly hang separately. In the end it was inevitable. By...
The principle of policing by consent is enshrined in Irish life, with every garda essentially a community garda. Men and women like Colm Horkan make Ireland a better place. A couple of weeks ago I witnessed something...
African-Americans are outraged at US President Donald Trump’s decision to hold his first post-lockdown election rally this weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where 99 years ago some 300 black people were murdered in the racially motivated Tulsa massacre. “From...
If you think Ireland isn’t racist, ask an Irish person of colour. Ask an asylum seeker in direct provision. Ask a Traveller. On Thursday, following his own fine words against racism, the Taoiseach defended the direct provision system...
Even if you’ve figured out Donald Trump’s magic trick, chances are you’ll fall for it every time. “Strong evidence of MASSIVE voter fraud in many districts! China wants Beijing Biden – that’s why they...

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