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Less than 50% of US citizens have passports. But it is important for those that do, a US writer says, to travel in a spirit of open-ness and inquiry. The same, of course, is true for people here in Ireland.
This weekend, it is 100 years since the rising of Easter 1916. The memory of those momentous events has inspired us to thing again about the idea of the Republic, and what it means. But it is the future that really counts – not the past. By The Whole Hog
In a climate where anger Is plentiful but constructive solutions rarely offered, maybe we need the stability and clear-headedness of consensus politics...
New restrictions in relation to alcohol misuse are misguided and wrong, because they fail to even attempt to give young people the means to take control of their own health and well-being…
Just because December 25 is upon us doesn’t mean the season of peace and goodwill to all is here. In fact, if you look closely you will see the picture is very different.
Recent revelations about rehab make a disturbing contrast to the active citizenship of the UK Labour politician Tony Benn and the Irish campaigner for justice for abused children, Christine Buckley
The death of Pete Seeger coincided with the 30th anniversary of one of Ireland's greatest ever singers, Luke Kelly. Banjo players both, their music remains an inspiration to millions...
The recent storms are just a harbinger of far worse to come. Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy ride...
Another college year is almost upon us. Third level can be one of the best times of our lives, provided we take care of ourselves and those around us...
Evidence continues to mount that prohibitionism doesn’t work – even with tobacco...
First there is abortion. Then, we are going to have to discuss the issue of the right to die...
The current situation in North Korea has echoes of the lead-up to World War I...
With President Michael D Higgins wowing audiences across the world, things are beginning to look up. Ireland is on the rise. Let’s seize the day...
The introduction of gruesome images onto cigarette packets has turned them into collectors’ items. Great result, eh?
Young people in Ireland have been stereotyped for too long. Now is the time to reclaim the narrative...
The murder of Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius was heart-breaking for those who knew and loved her. But is the extent of the coverage of the case in Irish media a good thing?
The tragic death of Caolan Mulrooney resulted in a humane call from his father Eugene on Morning Ireland that we need to help young people to drink safely.
On the centenary of the Titanic disaster, how appropriate that Fianna Fáil should have a sinking feeling after its culture of corruption and cronyism was unmasked by the Mahon Report
Why the continuing fallout from the UK phone-hacking scandal should prompt deeper reflection about journalistic standards on our own turf...
The banks have been bailed out by the citizens of Ireland. As a sign of their gratitude, they are threatening those home owners who are finding it hard to meet their repayments...
They say Christmas is a time for children. Well, it is also a time when we can start to learn from them.
He’s like a character from a Fellini movie and yet, for the past two decades, the Italian media baron has played a massive part in shaping his country, politically and culturally. What can we learn from his rise – and ultimate demise?
Some of the Presidential candidates have made much of being men – or women – of the people. But the identity of the Irish “people” is more complex than ever.
The economy of the West may be in freefall but top executives in the US are still taking salaries that can only be described as obscene.
For better or worse, Oprah Winfrey has had a massive influence on the world. Meanwhile, Ireland recovers from the Royal and Presidential visits...
Our relationship with the UK is a good deal more complicated than some might like to admit.
The future lies in the production of cheap energy. But has the bust robbed us of the chance to become the Saudi Arabia of wind and sea energies?
Yes the arse has fallen out of the economy and unemployment looks set to stay in double digits for the foreseeable future. But by focusing on the bad rather than the good, are we, in fact, prolonging the recession?
A year to remember? You could say that. Too bad that very few of the memories are positive ones.
The cause still endures, the hope still lives. Thus spoke Senator Ted Kennedy in what is widely regarded as his finest speech. Now more than ever, we need the same kind of visionary commitment in Ireland.
It is forty years since man first walked on the moon — and how things have changed in the meantime!
The furies have been unleashed over the small matter of a wash and blow-dry for Mary Harney. In the spirit of Christmas, it might be wiser to think: let he who is without sin cast the first stone...
In their analysis of Ireland's Olympic performance, the commentariat have taken a characteristically gloomy outlook.
A glorious Olympic opening ceremony suggests a world at peace. But burning villages in Georgia and South Ossetia reminds us that human conflict is never far away.
Modern media, and especially the Internet, has given free reign to a whole new brand of intimidation, lying, vilification and abuse. Nor is cyberbullying confined to kids - it's just as ubiquitous among adults.
Bad enough that North Korea was sold nuclear secrets – now we hear that bicycle theft in Ireland is up.
What’s the difference between decentralisation and dispersal? And is the civil service going to hell or to Connacht?
Enlarge the bosom of the European family? It’s up to you
Let me begin with an old enemy. AIDS.
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