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No country is immune to the lure of the demagogue. Ireland needs to be very vigilant indeed, says Donal O’Keeffe. A friend of mine shocked me last week. She’s a woman past retirement age, deeply compassionate and hugely intelligent. She...
'The Devil works through children abused by priests', former President Mary McAleese was told by senior Vatican officials. In a new RTÉ documentary, Rome v Republic, to be aired this Thursday, former President McAleese says the then Vatican...
There’s a hell of a difference between the community goodwill driving sports clubs’ weekly lotteries, and the soul-destroying engines of despair and addiction that are amusement arcades, writes Donal O’Keeffe. Not to bite the hand that starves me, but...
If you watched This Time with Alan Partridge on BBC1 last week, there’s a good chance you’re still humming “Come Out Ye Black and Tans”, writes Donal O’Keeffe. Martin Brennan is a middle-aged farmer from Sligo, and a man who...
Looking at the ploughed-up earth where some believe the Bessborough babies are buried, it's hard to see this as anything but a further insult to families and survivors before the Mother and Baby Home site can be flogged to...
These days, only a fool would write about Brexit or British politics even a day in advance, let alone almost a week out. So here goes. Speaking of fools, as I write this on Friday, Northern Ireland Secretary of State...
(A conversation I have several times a week, by Donal O’Keeffe) So what’s happening with the weir in Fermoy? Did ye make any progress? Are they going to fix it at all? Sigh. You obviously only read the bit of this...
Pope Francis says those who constantly criticise the Catholic Church are “friends of the Devil”. Seeing what some of the lads working for Jesus get up to, I’ll take that as a compliment, says Donal O’Keeffe. Last week, the Pope...

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