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The streets of Cork are mostly empty now, except for the homeless people who still have nowhere to go. For the first time in a century-and-a-half, the doors of Cork Penny Dinners are closed, but the charity is still...
Do we really care who lives or dies in the Nobody Zone? If you’re self-isolating, socially distancing, or off work thanks to the coronavirus, Donal O’Keeffe recommends you listen to RTÉ’s gripping podcast series The Nobody Zone, which...
Donal O’Keeffe: The best way through this is not to fear dying from Covid-19, but rather to fear that you may kill other people. Last weekend, a video went viral on social media. If you haven’t seen it,...
With a quarter of Poland declaring itself ‘LGBT free’, it’s frightening to see how little we have learned from the Holocaust. Fermoy has to reject its twin town’s homophobia, writes Donal O’Keeffe. When the...
Why do Irish politicians give character references to sex offenders? Donal O’Keeffe asked the main parties for their current policy on this practice. Joseph Dempsey, then 61, had already been convicted for the rape of his young nephew...
Gerry Adams famously said “They haven’t gone away, you know”. Mary Lou McDonald now insists the Provisional IRA actually has gone away. When, exactly, did that happen? asks Donal O’Keeffe. “The war is over and I run the...
The lengthy process of government formation will be haunted as much by the next election as by the last, writes Donal O’Keeffe. “The people have spoken, the bastards,” said American political strategist and prankster Dick Tuck, conceding defeat...
It was heartening to see the Irish electorate send the far-right packing, and – for the most part – resist the siren call of racist dog-whistling, writes Donal O’Keeffe. Presumably John Waters is emigrating again, just like he...

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