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Hog: The Whole Hog: Does tourism and travelling make us more open?

2017-08-22 11:41:00

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.

Hog: The 1916 Rising: Don’t Look Back In Anger

2016-03-25 16:31:00

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

Hog: The Whole Hog: Where Do We Go Now?

2016-03-04 10:58:00

In a climate where anger Is plentiful but constructive solutions rarely offered, maybe we need the stability and clear-headedness of consensus politics...

Frontlines: Alcohol: We Must Oppose the New Health Bishops

2015-03-02 13:39:00

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…

Hog: Frontlines: It’s Christmas – But What’s To Celebrate?

2014-12-05 10:35:00

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.

Hog: The Whole Hog: Our last farewell to Tony Benn and Christine Buckley

2014-03-28 11:45:00

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

Hog: Pete Seeger: Three Chords And The Truth

2014-02-11 13:00:00

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...

Hog: 2014: Heading up shit creek without a paddle

2014-02-03 13:25:00

The recent storms are just a harbinger of far worse to come. Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy ride...

Hog: Getting Ready For College

2013-08-30 00:00:00

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...

Hog: Why Hand Drugs to Criminals to Exploit?

2013-06-11 00:00:00

Evidence continues to mount that prohibitionism doesn’t work – even with tobacco...

Frontlines: On Matters Of Life And Death

2013-05-14 00:00:00

First there is abortion. Then, we are going to have to discuss the issue of the right to die...

Reports: History Repeating

2013-04-17 00:00:00

The current situation in North Korea has echoes of the lead-up to World War I...

Hog: It's Getting Easier To Be Green

2013-03-19 00:00:00

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...

Frontlines: Smoking: We Need to Take a Different Approach

2013-03-11 00:00:00

The introduction of gruesome images onto cigarette packets has turned them into collectors’ items. Great result, eh?

Hog: Enough Is Enough

2012-07-03 00:00:00

Young people in Ireland have been stereotyped for too long. Now is the time to reclaim the narrative...

Hog: The Media Make A Killing

2012-06-20 00:00:00

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?

Hog: Who drove young people to drinking in the fields?

2012-05-23 00:00:00

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.

Hog: Total Fail

2012-04-10 00:00:00

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

Hog: Truth And Consequence

2012-03-27 00:00:00

Why the continuing fallout from the UK phone-hacking scandal should prompt deeper reflection about journalistic standards on our own turf...

Hog: Banks A Million

2012-01-31 00:00:00

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...

Hog: Creativity Starts Here

2011-12-06 00:00:00

They say Christmas is a time for children. Well, it is also a time when we can start to learn from them.

Hog: What Silvio Berlusconi Tells Us About Modern Democracy

2011-11-22 00:00:00

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?

Hog: Who Are The People?

2011-10-11 00:00:00

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.

Hog: The Rich Are Getting Richer

2011-08-10 00:00:00

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.

Hog: It's all about me

2011-06-07 00:00:00

For better or worse, Oprah Winfrey has had a massive influence on the world. Meanwhile, Ireland recovers from the Royal and Presidential visits...

Hog: Everybody Needs Good Neighbours

2011-05-31 00:00:00

Our relationship with the UK is a good deal more complicated than some might like to admit.

Hog: Have we got the energy?

2010-07-29 00:00:00

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?

Hog: No time to be negative

2010-06-14 00:00:00

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?

Hog: 2009 and all that

2009-12-09 00:00:00

A year to remember? You could say that. Too bad that very few of the memories are positive ones.


2009-09-16 00:00:00

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.

Reports: The Whole Hog: One more moondance

2009-07-08 00:00:00

It is forty years since man first walked on the moon — and how things have changed in the meantime!

Hog: Much ado about a hairdo

2008-12-09 00:00:00

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...

Hog: Legion Of Doom

2008-08-29 00:00:00

In their analysis of Ireland's Olympic performance, the commentariat have taken a characteristically gloomy outlook.

Hog: Georgia Conflagration Brings Us Back To the Bad Old Days

2008-08-15 00:00:00

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.

Hog: Bullying Is The New Entertainment

2008-04-30 00:00:00

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.

Hog: War crimes

2004-02-20 00:00:00

Bad enough that North Korea was sold nuclear secrets – now we hear that bicycle theft in Ireland is up.

Hog: The centre cannot hold

2004-01-27 00:00:00

What’s the difference between decentralisation and dispersal? And is the civil service going to hell or to Connacht?

Hog: Ask the audience

2001-06-07 00:00:00

Enlarge the bosom of the European family? It’s up to you

Hog: Don't Forget Your Raincoat

1999-03-31 00:00:00

Let me begin with an old enemy. AIDS.

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