It was ten years ago this issue that Hot Press and Ireland in general lost the great Bill Graham.
Niall Stokes, 18 May 2006
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As the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour finally approaches Irish shores, it's time to once again celebrate U2 - not just the best of Irish, but the greatest rock band in the world.
13 Nov 2015
As recently highlighted by Roopesh Panicker, it is outrageous that, in 2015, educational discrimination on the basis of religion is still the norm in Ireland.
30 Oct 2015
After the high of beating the World Champions, neanderthal tactics and selections by Martin O'Neill ensured that The Boys In Green could not match the Sunday heroics of our rugby team...
16 Oct 2015
We've come a long way since the '60s, with music, literature, movies, TV and journalism all playing their part to reduce the stigma of mental illness. But reason must still prevail if we are to continue to make strides.
02 Oct 2015
With Europe's response to the refugee crisis lacking in effectiveness and empathy, the threat of ISIS suggests WB Yeats' most chilling words are now perfectly fitting for these times...
17 Sep 2015
Amidst the shock and grief of Johnny Lyons' premature passing, we pause to give thanks to a truly unique character for the countless laughs and many golden memories he gave us. Shine on, sir...
03 Sep 2015 - Message
As rental prices of houses and apartments skyrocket, especially in Dublin, thousands of Irish men, women and – unforgivably – children find themselves at grave risk of homelessness. Between them, local politicians and the Government must find a solution – and fast...
20 Aug 2015 - Message
It is easy to vilify those who take banned substances in the pursuit of sporting glory, but some of those who would be named and shamed are far more sympathetic figures than we would like to admit...
06 Aug 2015 - Message
...Or Ireland at least. Blazing rows erupted and staff members had to be pried apart, but the votes are in and the 50 best Irish gigs since Hot Press's inception have been settled on.
23 Jul 2015 - Message
The response to the tragedy in Berkeley was powerful and moving. But it is hard to listen to celebrities claiming a special relationship with God, when there are so many victims of tragedy – and of oppression– to think about...
09 Jul 2015 - Message
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11 Jun 2015 - Message
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03 Jun 2015 - Message
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26 May 2015 - Interview
The referendum on same sex marriage is an opportunity for the citizens of Ireland to vote for freedom, equality and mutual respect – and in doing so to show the rest of the world what these words can really mean...
14 May 2015 - Message
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01 May 2015 - News
Irish people who genuinely believe in free speech need to support the scrapping of our blasphemy laws.
22 Jan 2015 - Message
These are turbulent times, as Sinn Fein and socialist Independents find themselves in the unprecedented situation of topping the opinion polls. However you view this, pause to be thankful that there is no hard-Right movement of significance in Ireland, and no apparent appetite for one...
27 Nov 2014 - Message
It was one of those special Dublin nights. The occasion was a fund-raiser for a new short film, entitled Descend, directed by Hedi Rose, and written by Irish-based Texan screenwriter Margaret Miller. The location was upstairs in The 51 Bar on Haddington Road.
21 Nov 2014 - News
Like paying to have your rubbish collected, Irish Water is another stealth charge, the genesis of which goes back to the decision to abolish household rates...
13 Nov 2014 - Message
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12 Nov 2014 - News
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30 Oct 2014 - Message
The hacking of Jennifer Lawrence's phone, and the leaking of her private photos, was a criminal action – and much of the subsequent reaction was downright nasty.
16 Oct 2014 - Message
If we want to end the stigma associated with suicide, we first have to acknowledge the right to die. Far from being a threat, it is empowering to know that our future is in our own hands.
02 Oct 2014 - Message
Well known Dublin band are back with a crash, bang and wallop...
22 Sep 2014 - REVIEW
Ours is an increasingly multi-cultural society. However, our vast State bureaucracy has refused to move with the times. Fundamental changes are needed if asylum seekers coming to Ireland are to receive justice.
18 Sep 2014 - Message
Your student years are a wonderful prospect, offering the possibilities of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll – but there is far more to them than that...
04 Sep 2014 - Message
The bare facts of a new case which surfaced last week are utterly shocking. Will this be the final straw that shames Ireland’s legislators into adopting a sensible abortion policy?
21 Aug 2014 - Message
Israel’s indiscriminate massacring of Palestinian men, women and children is an outrage, and they appear to have total impunity to carry on doing it. So how do we go about putting a stop to the slaughter?
24 Jul 2014 - Message
When Garth Brooks decided to launch his return to the live arena with a series of shows here, it was a huge statement of faith in Ireland and in his Irish fans.
10 Jul 2014 - Message
On the 20th anniversary of Riverdance, composer Bill Whelan looks back at the phenomenon he gave birth to, recalls the fateful decision to sack Michael Flatley, discusses the Limerick City Of Culture controversy and shares his thoughts on the future of music in an era when fewer and fewer people pay for records.
23 Jun 2014 - Interview
The terrible truth is that there is nothing surprising about the revelations emerging about the treatment of young women and their children in mother and baby homes.
11 Jun 2014 - Message
The results of the local and European elections suggest that Labour is in deep trouble. With Sinn Féin beginning to leave the legacy of violence in the North behind, anything, it seems, can happen...
28 May 2014 - Message
The head of the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, may have been duly delivered on a plate – but the rot in the administration of justice runs far deeper than any one individual...
20 May 2014 - Message
The shocking story of a young family, forced to sleep in a car on the south side of Dublin, says it all about Ireland in 2014. The Government has to act decisively now or forever be shamed...
01 May 2014 - Message
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17 Apr 2014 - Message
All sex workers are trafficked, slaves of a cruel exploitative patriarchy, working against their free will? Spare us the stereotypes...
04 Apr 2014 - Message
In Washington for St. Patrick's Day, an Taoiseach Enda Kenny pleaded for relief for Ireland's 50,000 US illegals. But what about those immigrants who are facing similar difficulties here in Ireland?
20 Mar 2014 - Message
On the one hand, hostilities in Crimea escalate to terrifying proportions. On the other, evidence mounts on a daily basis that the machinery of State here views its own citizens with deep contempt.
06 Mar 2014 - Message
Grief at the passing of Mary Stokes; and gratitude for her vision – and the richness that she brought to our lives...
21 Feb 2014 - Message
Have the Irish people put theocratic Catholic rule well and truly in the past? Are we witnessing the last dying kick of the reactionary religious bigots? Not if we let them win this important battle...
06 Feb 2014 - Message
We cannot predict the future. But we can play a part in shaping it. The time to get active is now.
27 Jan 2014 - Message
It's hard to muster up that Christmas feeling when every new week seems to bring another scandal into the foreground. But we’ll try!
09 Dec 2013 - Message
You could tell immediately that the new Irish management team had lifted spirits and fostered confidence. But they said the right things too...
25 Nov 2013 - Message
Lou Reed was one of the greatest and most distinctive voices in modern music. His death is a major loss...
11 Nov 2013 - Message
The cut to the job seekers allowance seems designed to force young Irish men and women to emigrate. That way, the official view seems to be, they will cost the State nothing...
29 Oct 2013 - Message
As the debate over Arthur’s Day pushed even the Seanad referendum down the news agenda, you had to ask: where else in the western world would it happen?
14 Oct 2013 - Message
The referendum proposal is a cheap exercise in market research-driven politics that should be decisively rejected. What we need is properly thought-out reform, not political strokes.
30 Sep 2013 - Message
The suicide of Priory Hall resident Fiachra Daly shines a light on the squalid and incompetent nature of public life in Ireland and the myriad of ways in which the system leaves us, the citizens, to fend for ourselves.
12 Sep 2013 - Message
Slane girl was not a once off, but her treatment opens up several disturbing questions about the new technological age in which we live, where privacy is a concept under severe threat and the all-seeing eye of the State has a power the Stasi could only have dreamed of...
29 Aug 2013 - Frontlines
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15 Aug 2013 - Message
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31 Jul 2013 - Message
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04 Jul 2013 - Message
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20 Jun 2013 - Message
No country is inherently special. Ireland will be judged rather by the kind of society we create – and by what our citizens can achieve…
06 Jun 2013 - Message
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23 May 2013 - Message
Junior Health Minister Alex White has answered the 27 Questions on fluoride, put to him by Hot Press. Will he want to stand over the answers in 10 years’ time?
09 May 2013 - Message
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25 Apr 2013 - Message
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11 Apr 2013 - Message
The Euro crisis has hit a small island on the fringes of Europe and ordinary citizens are being forced to shoulder the burden. Little wonder the meltdown in Cyprus has struck a chord with so many in Ireland...
28 Mar 2013 - Message
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14 Mar 2013 - Message
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01 Mar 2013 - Message
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15 Feb 2013 - Message
We need to put policies in place that will enable us to reduce the number of people in jail. The truth is that everyone would benefit…
01 Feb 2013 - Message
Last week, the High Court in Dublin refused Marie Fleming the right to assisted suicide. But the case offered a different context in which to consider what is a very sensitive issue...
17 Jan 2013 - Message
The salaries and pensions being paid to Ireland’s banking elite are an ongoing scandal that the Government should have addressed long ago.
28 Nov 2012 - Any
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13 Nov 2012 - Frontlines
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02 Nov 2012 - Message
The crucial questions that Giovanni Trapattoni declined to answer.
04 Oct 2012 - Message
A court case in which a judge did the right thing by avoiding a custodial sentence is a good starting point for marijuana reform. Let’s start by making medical cannabis legal now.
21 Sep 2012 - Message
The stars were aligned and and the sun shone at Electric Picnic. It was the least we deserved at the end of a long, wet summer...
14 Sep 2012 - Message
The recent tragic events in the Phoenix Park should not be used to prevent music lovers from attending and enjoying gigs to the max.
29 Aug 2012 - Message
Sex is life’s greatest pleasure. So why have people been so hung up about it for so long? Introducing our focus on Sex In Ireland 2012.
31 Jul 2012 - Message
He’s one of the outstanding Irish songwriters of the modern era. Now Paul Brady is taking fans and newcomers alike on an intimate journey, with an album chronicling some of his favourite career moments. Here, he looks back over his extraordinary 45 years in the business, argues that the emerging generation has shot itself in the foot and, controversially, takes the Government to task in relation to copyright
25 Jun 2012 - Interview
With the return of the Eucharistic Congress to Dublin, it seems timely to look afresh at the nature of religious faith – and to stop pretending to be what we are not.
15 Jun 2012 - Message
History beckons for the Irish players at Euro 2012. Better still, we seem to be going there in pretty good shape. Let the games commence!
31 May 2012 - Message
There are very strong grounds for an investigation by the Gardaí into the cover-up of the sexual abuse crimes of Fr. Brendan Smyth.
28 May 2012 - Message
The French presidential election saw the National Front candidate Marine Le Pen almost double her vote. It signals a further threat to the European project.
22 May 2012 - Message
Plans to tackle the prevalence of junk-food and increasing obesity in Irish society should be welcomed. But focusing purely on the calorie count is the wrong way to go about it.
19 Apr 2012 - Message
With a referendum on the Treaty on European Stability looming, the Government has to show that it is capable of taking on the fat cats... and winning.
22 Mar 2012 - Message
There were so many highs at The Music Show that it was often hard to keep up! But we tried..
08 Mar 2012 - Message
The Music Show brings the potential of Irish music into sharp focus. We are, as the man said, all in this together...
23 Feb 2012 - Message
It promises to be one of the most fascinating weekends of music activity in years. Get ready to rock into the RDS...
09 Feb 2012 - Message
Opponents of a crackdown on internet piracy wave the banner of freedom of expression – but the issue of online piracy is a critical one for artists, no matter what powerful vested interests in the tech industry would have you believe.
26 Jan 2012 - Message
For too long, Ireland has been pushed around by the international vested interests represented by the EU, the ECB and the IMF. With the dawn of a new year, it is time for us to start fighting back...
12 Jan 2012 - Message
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04 Jan 2012 - Message
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01 Dec 2011 - Message
We may not look like contenders for the Euro 2012 title just yet – but there is time for the Irish team to improve between now and June of next year...
17 Nov 2011 - Message
There is no one better qualified to be President of Ireland than Michael D. Higgins. And now he is...
07 Nov 2011 - Message
It’s still all to play for a week before the Presidential election. But Michael D. Higgins is clearly the right man for the job.
24 Oct 2011 - Message
With just three weeks to go and seven candidates in the field, the Presidential election is a fascinating one.
11 Oct 2011 - Message
For a very long time the emphasis has been on making prison sentences tougher in Ireland. But the new Minister for Justice Alan Shatter signalled a different approach last week...
03 Oct 2011 - Message
Propaganda about sex trafficking is challenged in a revealing new analysis of prostitution in Ireland.
29 Aug 2011 - Message
The rioting on the streets of London is a reflection of a society which has lost its way. With unemployment soaring, there is no reason to feel that anyone in Europe is immunised from the virus...
24 Aug 2011 - Message
The winner of the British Open is entitled to do it his way – including the celebrations afterwards. Plus: the illusion of the Confessional comes under close scrutiny.
22 Aug 2011 - Message
Revelations of a collapse in journalistic standards at the News of the World are just the tip of the iceberg. We could be set to enter uncharted waters…
26 Jul 2011 - Message
The case of the Irish nurse accused of rape in Brisbane highlights the importance of the presumption of innocence. Plus: why the Gardai have been grossly unfair to Louis Walsh
01 Jul 2011 - Message
For once it seemed that there might be two good candidates running for President. Now, however, a campaign of vilification may have scuppered David Norris’ chances.
16 Jun 2011 - Message
What it means to be Irish was on the agenda over the past fortnight in all sorts of different ways
03 Jun 2011 - Message
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19 May 2011 - Message
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05 May 2011 - Message
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