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“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...
In Fermoy, An Spiorad Saor John Mahon - Ireland’s only MKIII wheelchair-accessible boat - is better known as ‘The Wheelyboat’. Damage to Fermoy Weir means it may soon go out of business. The Wheelyboat has plied its route along the...
The Tuam Babies story made global headlines, and Pope Francis met Philomena Lee in 2014. For the Pope to claim now is the first time he heard about Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Baby Homes is simply not credible....
By Donal O’Keeffe If you can reconcile yourself with a global conspiracy to cover up the rape of children to the point where you can welcome Pope Francis to Ireland, then do you really care about child abuse at all?...

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