Opinion

In Fermoy’s old military cemetery, behind the Famine graveyard at the back of the soccer pitch, there stands a small white marble cross. It marks the life and final resting place of a historic figure who died at the...
This past fortnight, Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) asked that those of us who have Down syndrome not be used as poster children in the debate about repealing the Eighth Amendment. Referring specifically to the anti-abortion 'Love Both' campaign, which uses...
34 years ago today, Ann Lovett died after giving birth at a grotto in Granard. Ann’s death changed an Ireland which is still trying to escape the long shadow of the 1980s, writes Donal O’Keeffe. Granard, Co Longford, is a...
Sheila was 19 when she was imprisoned in 1976 for the crime of 'falling pregnant'. She was enslaved and subjected to appalling cruelty, and her baby was stolen. Had not her Daddy rescued her from the prison to which...
I know, I know. Liam Neeson is a 65-year-old rich, white, male movie star. I shouldn’t be disappointed that he seems completely out of touch on the #MeToo movement, but God Almighty, Liam. I had the Late Late Show on...
In August 2016, the then US president Barack Obama, did something that seemed at the time extraordinary. He straight-out said that the then Republican presidential candidate, the erratic, petulant, proudly-ignorant, multiple-bankrupt, self-confessed serial sexual abuser and race-baiting demagogue Donald Trump,...
I confess I got a genuine belly-laugh from the front page of the Irish Examiner on Stephen Zuss Day.   The second lead story - by Elaine Loughlin - was entitled “Taoiseach concerned over ‘cult status’ of Scientology”. The first...
Brian O’Connell lost one of his closest friends – the singer and musician Brian Carey - to suicide this year. In a new RTÉ Radio One documentary, he speaks about his loss and explores his own reaction to grief....

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