There’s a lovely piece of street art on Cork’s Grand Parade, on the electrical box outside Lloyd’s Pharmacy, featuring a striking portrait in blue of Frederick Douglass against a bright pink background. The mural bears a famous quote from...
If we are forced into a Level Five lockdown after all, the Tánaiste’s attack on Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan will seem ill-advised indeed. When Leo Varadkar left RTÉ last Monday night week after his extraordinary...
The Dead Zone features “a real estate conman” whose clownish populism masks a ruthless and unhinged demagogue destined for the White House. Was Stephen King’s novel too optimistic? “He’s a clown, so what? Maybe people need a little...
As Star Trek: Picard is released on DVD and Blu-Ray, Donal O’Keeffe offers a must-see list of recommended episodes and movies before you watch 80-year-old Sir Patrick Stewart’s triumphant return to his most famous character.
Former Garda Majella Moynihan – who says she is the only person in the world to be charged with giving birth - talks with Donal O’Keeffe about feeling pressured into giving up her baby, about the book...
The Madman Doctrine of negotiation has never worked, and it won’t work for the Brexiteers either. In April 1971, with peace talks with North Vietnam stalled, US president Richard Nixon told his national security advisor Henry Kissinger to...
Donald Trump endorsing QAnon is hardly a surprise, given that his political career was founded on a racist conspiracy theory. When Voltaire was on his deathbed, the story goes, an attending priest asked him if he renounced the...
Last month Taoiseach Micheál Martin committed to addressing a spate of sexual assaults against homeless people on the streets of Cork. The woman who secured that commitment, Lavinia Kerwick, is someone who has already changed Ireland for the better.
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 deserve so much more than the shabby disrespect of those who make the rules and...
In Cork, asylum seekers are terrified of Coronavirus as new residents arrive at the Glenvera Direct Provision Centre without having to quarantine. In Dublin, at taxpayers’ expense, officials from the Department of Justice spend their days monitoring the Twitter...

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