As more and more people get vaccinated, some governments are relying on “vaccine passports” as a way of reopening society. These passports are essentially certificates that show the holder has been immunised against Covid-19, which restaurants, pubs, bars, sports...
Join me for a pint, hopefully not so far in the future, as you step in from the night air, past the smokers at the door, and the sound of music greets you as you cross the threshold, and...
Despite the high-blown rhetoric of some on the Catholic right and the populist fringes of political life, presumably nobody actually wishes to reunite the elderly and the vulnerable with their Heavenly Father earlier than it might suit them or...
It’s a story in itself that it was quite shocking last week to see a minister stand up to her officials, but Minister of State for Disabilities Anne Rabbitte did the right thing by vulnerable children and their families...
Character references and courtroom displays of support for convicted sex offenders are worthless, and serve no other purpose than to re-traumatise victims. They queued up to shake Danny Foley’s hand, that day in the Circuit Criminal Court in Tralee, dozens...
There is another history of Ireland. Through their work, one group of historians has set a challenge to every parish in the land to honour Ireland’s forgotten women. I mentioned last week that women account for only 20% of the...
Spanning 1,500 years of Irish life, and containing almost 11,000 biographies, the Dictionary of Irish Biography is now available free online. If all politics is local, then perhaps all interest in history is slightly local too, and, if so,...
The next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins on Friday on Disney+, promising for fans a must-see action-adventure serial. When last we saw Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, at the end of Avengers: Endgame (2019), an ancient Steve Rogers...
For a year now Covid-19 has shown us how fragile our daily reality is, and some of us are finding comfort in conspiracy theories and lies which put a reassuring shape on a frightening world.     I attended last Saturday’s...
The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation Report was “an insult to the mothers”, and a further denial of justice, one survivor tells Donal O’Keeffe. Terri Harrison’s baby Niall was taken from her in 1973 when she was 18....

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