I vaguely remember from my childhood something about Ireland being the land of a hundred thousand welcomes, and something too about a crock of gold of some description, writes Donal O’Keeffe. You might have heard recently of Eric Zhi Ying...
By Donal O’Keeffe Last Sunday night saw the launch of RTÉ’s new fictional crime series, Taken Down. Set largely in a Direct Provision centre, it came in a week when a mother in Direct Provision was denied food for her...

“Words matter. Words can hurt. Words can heal. Words can empower. Words can divide.” – Michael D Higgins, in his acceptance speech on Saturday, having been re-elected president, with the greatest personal mandate in the history of the State. On...
Whether he meant to or not, presidential candidate Peter Casey should not be forgiven for the racial hate he stirred up in the bloodpot of human hearts, writes Donal O’Keeffe. A retired public servant said to me: “D’you know something, I’d...
Whatever Bishop Cullinan’s thoughts on Satan, I still prefer him to Bouncy Castle Catholics, says Donal O’Keeffe. A Catholic bishop has announced the establishment of a team of exorcists and warned the public against using alternative medicine lest they be...
“Who you see in front of you is Louise Hannon. I was born male, but never felt comfortable – ever –as male. So, today, who you see is the female me.” In 2011, Louise Hannon became the first transgender...
One week into the hustings, the going is already rough and about to get a lot rougher, writes Donal O’Keeffe.  Sayre’s Law, as quoted by the Wall Street Journal, states “Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form...
It’s simply not good enough to argue we cannot judge the crimes of the past by the standards of today, writes Donal O’Keeffe. Peter Mulryan was born in the Regional Hospital in Galway, on June 29, 1944. Six days later,...
I had a bit of a scoop recently. My five-year-old self would have absolutely hated me for reporting the possible final end of all that remains of Wanderly Wagon, and I wasn’t too happy myself, either. It was a...
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...

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