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In a multiple-choice reality, Trump and Johnson are the new normal. Don’t think it can’t happen here, writes Donal O’Keeffe. There’s an ancient Irish curse, “Go mairfidh tú in aimsir suimiúil dhuine éicint eile”, which translates roughly as...
€350,000 will be spent on yet another report on the badly damaged Fermoy Weir, and not a penny has been found to repair it. Former mayors to the contrary, at this point you’d be better off throwing the money...
Dr James Deeny defied Church and State in 1940s Ireland to temporarily close Cork’s Bessborough mother and baby home. The subsequent drop in the home’s infant mortality rate suggests Deeny’s intervention saved literally hundreds of children’s lives, writes Donal...
Appealing to Irish voters’ basest, racist instincts usually pays electoral dividends, says Donal O’Keeffe.  Like most of the country, I had quite forgotten about Noel Grealish till he hit the headlines last week for racist remarks about asylum...
By Donal O’Keeffe Terrance Dicks passed away last week, and for a while when I was small, he was my favourite writer. In 1968, Terrance Dicks was hired by the BBC...
Exactly what, and exactly when, did the Pope know about institutional abuse in Ireland? By Donal O’Keeffe. I wouldn’t usually spend lunchtime waiting on a call from the Archbishop of Dublin, but that’s what happened last Tuesday. I had interviewed Catherine Corless...
(All photographs courtesy of Pat Quinlan)  Fermoy-based photographer Pat Quinlan has become a big hit on Facebook. Donal O’Keeffe caught up with him for a chat and a cup of coffee. On Fermoy Weir, a lone heron stands sentinel as...
by Donal O'Keeffe “We need to name these babies,” Catherine Corless told me, “so people can know who they were, and how they died.” I walked the grounds of the old Bessborough mother and baby...

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