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Since Fine Gael came to power in 2011, homelessness is up 81%. At this stage, we could all save ourselves a lot of energy and just admit that we couldn’t care less, says Donal O’Keeffe. On Census Night 2016, there...
Fermoy’s Ellie O’Reilly and Gill McGirr made rowing history two weeks ago, becoming the first Irish girls’ pair to win gold at Belgium’s prestigious Coup de la Jeunesse regatta. Political indifference and bureaucratic bloody-mindedness may mean the death of...
Forty-four people have died in Direct Provision since 2007. That the Government doesn’t know the cause of death of more than one in three of them should surprise nobody, says Donal O’Keeffe. Late last year, I visited a Direct Provision...
Don’t believe the rubbish in ‘Alive!’ writes Donal O’Keeffe. Those most opposed to abortion have always been fanatically opposed to sex education too. I was in the Catholic Church in Fermoy the other week for a funeral and down by...
“Bless me, Father,” says John Creedon, leaning in as though in prayer, “It’s been one year since my last interview.” I met Creedon for a coffee in Cork’s Imperial the other day. Since I started pretending to be a...
If you’re hoping that Donald Trump will be impeached anytime soon, you’re likely to be disappointed, writes Donal O’Keeffe. “Donald Trump is not well” was the pitch-perfect response last week of journalists Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski to the US...
“They took my hair, they took my human rights, they took my clothes, they took my name, but they never took my spirit” - Mary Merritt Mary Merritt was born in 1931 to a single mother in a Dublin workhouse....
New Politics is a disaster and is damaging not just Irish politics, but almost certainly Irish democracy too, writes Donal O’Keeffe. “No matter who you vote for,” sang the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, “the Government always gets in.” There is an...

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