Politics

“This is going to be my first Christmas on the streets”

‘Paul’ is a homeless man who spoke last week with Donal O’Keeffe about heroin addiction and Christmas on the streets of Cork. “This...

We’re paying Dara Murphy €2,810 a week, Leo. His EU foxer...

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar calling Dara Murphy’s European nixxer his 'main job' betrays a breath-taking contempt for the people who pay their wages, says Donal O’Keeffe.

The wren women on the edge of every garrison town

The Wrens of the Curragh are only the best-known example of outcast women on the outskirts of Irish garrison towns, writes Donal...

Boris Johnson simply cannot be trusted on Brexit

Rambling, incoherent, and disingenuous, Boris Johnson’s North of Ireland Brexit speech is proof – not that proof is needed - that he is completely...

How often does Ireland blame Europe for our own vanity projects?

The EU has already agreed that a simple repair of Fermoy Weir would satisfy Ireland’s obligations under the EU Habitats Directive. Everything else is...

Former TDs fail to return IT equipment to Oireachtas

A former Labour senator who earlier this year was found guilty of assaulting three gardai following his arrest outside the Indiependence Music Festival in...

Challenging those who deny the Tuam Babies

A presentation by a Tuam Babies denier – hosted by a contributor to the sensationalist Catholic paper ‘Alive!’ – didn’t go to plan, when...

Fermoy Tuesday Night Homeless Run: “These are good people”

The volunteers of Fermoy Tuesday Night Homeless Run are making a real difference for Cork’s homeless community, says Donal O’Keeffe. I headed...

We are living through somebody else’s interesting times

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...

Don’t believe the hype: not a penny has been secured to...

€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....

James Deeny: The doctor who saved hundreds of Bessborough babies’ lives

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...

Fermoy Hospital upgrade to be completed by 2022

The plans to extend and upgrade the facilities at Fermoy Community Hospital are in full flow at present and it is expected that the...

Attacking asylum-seekers won’t do forgotten-but-not-gone Noel Grealish any harm

Appealing to Irish voters’ basest, racist instincts usually pays electoral dividends, says Donal O’Keeffe.  Like most of the country, I had quite forgotten...

Is Pope Francis doddery, or is he just a complete spoofer?

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...

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