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Hog: The Whole Hog: The Urban Legends of U2

2017-07-26 17:40:00


U2 – and Bono in particular – have spawned an entire sub-genre of urban legends.

Hog: The Whole Hog: The Urban Legends of U2

2017-07-26 17:40:00


U2 – and Bono in particular – have spawned an entire sub-genre of urban legends.

Hog: The Whole Hog: World Gone Wrong

2016-11-16 10:48:00


The internet has produced many marvels. But it is an arena in which crime flourishes and break-ins can be either freelance or state-sponsored. No one knows where it is all heading...

Hog: Do Boris and Trump Mean The End Of The Age Of Reason?

2016-07-28 13:45:00


Not so long ago, we believed that reason would triumph in the end. Instead, in many parts of the world intolerance, bigotry and religious obscurantism are on the rise.

Hog: 4001 Whole Hog

2016-07-25 12:10:00


Hog: 4007 Whole Hog

2016-07-25 12:04:00


Hog: 4008 Whole Hog

2016-07-25 12:03:00


Hog: Brexit and the Question of Selective Memory

2016-06-15 14:06:00


There are times to remember and to forget. The great skill is in knowing which road to travel, as the ghosts of the past threaten to invade the present in a way that works against the most important project of all: avoiding catastrophe…

Frontlines: Front Lines: Boris Johnson Says Bye Bye London

2016-05-23 15:10:00


In Ireland, on both sides of the border there is change in the air. And in London too, the people have had enough of boorish toffs…

Hog: From The Archives: Marriage Equality Referendum Would Not Have Happened Without Labour

2016-05-20 11:34:00


One year on from our historic and momentous 'Yes' vote on Ireland's same-sex marriage referendum, we look back at Labour's crucial contribution to making it possible

Hog: The Whole Hog: Panama What?

2016-04-15 14:52:00


It may have been famous for its hats and its canal – but with the release of the Panama Papers, the Central American country is now best known as a place where sometimes ill-gotten gains are salted away...

Hog: The Whole Hog: The Marriage Equality Referendum Would Not Have Happened Without Labour In Government

2016-02-25 10:59:00


That is just one example of the achievements of the Labour Party over the course of the past five years. It is about time that people gave them credit for what they did do...

Hog: The Trouble with Donald Trump

2016-02-03 13:24:00


"The trouble with Trump is that he is, by temperament, by experience, and by character, utterly unqualified to be president of the United States. He is a buffoon."

Frontlines: Pretty Vacant

2015-09-03 10:06:00


There have been hardly any applicants for one of the key positions in the civil service - suggesting the media's poisonous attitude towards public servants is putting suitable candidates off applying.

Hog: The Berkeley Six Are Part Of A Long Line Of Irish Lost

2015-06-22 10:08:00


Let us mourn them all with dignity, solidarity and love, says regular columnist, The Whole Hog…

Hog: Sunnis and Shias Square Up in the Desert

2015-04-15 12:39:00


The clash of the opposing strands of Islam in Yemen has begun to escalate. The consequences for us all could be dire…

Hog: Sex Abuse and Sinn Féin

2015-03-31 12:24:00


What do the revelations by Paudie McGahon that he had been raped by a member of the IRA and subjected to a kangaroo court as recently as 2002 say about the Republican movement?

Hog: The Whole Hog: The Hot 900

2015-03-18 15:48:00


From its initial vantage point on page three of the first issue of Hot Press, over the intervening 900 issues, The Whole Hog column has covered social, political and environmental issues around the world. In many ways it has been an exercise in observing the extraordinary capacity of humanity to get things wrong. And yet, there have been reasons to be cheerful, notably in the changes that have taken place in Ireland…

Frontlines: The Whole Hog: Syriza and the Future of Europe

2015-02-17 11:45:00


The future of the European idea is at stake, as the Greeks seek a write-down of debts. The progress of the ensuing negotiations will be watched avidly in Ireland…

Hog: Are We Heading For Gridlock In Ireland?

2014-11-21 10:36:00


The current wave of anti-government feeling is a complicated phenomenon. But lurking in there is the possibility that we may be entering a period of political fragmentation…

Hog: HISTORY REPEATING

2014-08-08 13:27:00


The current conflict in the middle east shows that global leaders have failed to learn the lessons of world war 1.

Hog: SAY IT LOUD, YOU’RE IRISH AND PROUD

2014-08-01 12:51:00


No? That Didn’t Come Naturally, did it? So Why is it that the Irish Have Such a Poor Self-image?

Hog: The Whole Hog: SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM

2014-07-18 16:01:00


Bosnia made it to the world cup finals, in the process making light of the country’s historic troubles. but in the emerging Jihadist force, Isis, there is a threat which will give the relatively liberal Muslims of Bosnia - along with the rest of the modern world – much to fear.

Hog: We should look to Vietnam

2014-06-11 12:59:00


In the past, they took a leaf from Ireland’s book. The way things stand, it might make sense for us to return the compliment...

Frontlines: Frontlines: Nanny overboard

2014-04-28 14:21:00


Moral cruasaders are peering into every nook and cranny of our lives. Maybe it's time society started to push back against the all-seeing nanny state.

Hog: The Whole Hog: Beware the new moral guardians

2014-03-12 12:40:00


Whistleblowers are essential. But the chorus of self righteousness and condemnation from the media is another matter entirely...

Hog: The whole Hog: There is a Light that will possibly go out

2013-12-12 15:28:00


What the ESB dispute and the prospect of a Christmas black-out says about class and politics in post-bailout Ireland...

Hog: The Whole Hog: Apocalypse Now

2013-11-28 14:57:00


From civil war in Syria to natural disaster in the Philippines, we are staggering from one crisis to another...

Hog: The Whole Hog: Spying Game

2013-11-14 10:59:00


The recent NSA phone-tapping controversy underlines the enormously alarming levels of surveillance in our society...

Hog: The Truth Is That People Want A Buzz

2013-10-31 11:33:00


A series of apparently unelated phenomena underline the extent to which conventional thinking on the inter-linked subjects of drink, drugs and sex is totally off the point...

Hog: The Whole Hog: World's Apart

2013-10-15 11:36:00


The drowning tragedy off Lampedusa puts the reality of Irish emigration into a different kind of perspective...

Hog: Lab-grown food could help solve world hunger

2013-08-20 00:00:00


Lab-grown food may have a role to play in tackling the problem of world hunger...

Hog: Should The Seanad Be Abolished?

2013-08-06 00:00:00


The debate about the future of the second house of parliament is underway. But the real issue is: how can we improve the nature of our democracy?

Hog: Fighting the good fight

2013-05-29 00:00:00


In recent times, several women in different parts of the globe have shown remarkable courage and resilience...

Hog: Cyprus Ill

2013-04-02 00:00:00


To paraphrase Bertie, the crash keeps getting crasher, with tiny Cyprus and its bloated banking sector feeling the chill winds of the global economic collapse. But who should pick up the tab for a nation awash with ‘hot’ money?

Hog: Did Somebody Eat Shergar?

2013-03-01 00:00:00


With revelations about horse meat in burgers, it seems increasingly likely!

Hog: THE FUTURE STARTS HERE

2013-01-22 00:00:00


Beginning in 2013, there are a slew of anniversaries on the way. Take note: living in the past is dangerous for your health...

Hog: A food crisis is looming

2012-11-16 00:00:00


With world leaders almost exclusively pre-occupied with the global financial crisis, they have overlooked the looming threat of even greater catastrophes – including food shoatages.

Hog: Who Is Behind The War Against The Reason?

2012-10-02 00:00:00


The murder of the U.S. ambassador in Libya is part of a wider battle being fought by a variety of religious faiths.

Hog: The Whole Hog: University Challenge

2012-09-10 00:00:00


There are numerous reasons why people do or don’t go to college – but for those who choose the third level route , it’s important to enjoy the experience to the full.

Hog: Observations On Our Crazy World: Why Do We Listen To The Negative Shit?

2012-09-04 00:00:00


If you were to believe the politicians, the moralists and the commentators you’d think Ireland was a horrible place to live. But it isn’t...

Hog: Referendum Day - And After

2012-06-05 00:00:00


Whatever the result of the referendum on the European Stability Treaty, we need to renew the idea of Europe as a matter of urgency...

Hog: Why Europe Needs A New Marshall Plan

2012-05-29 00:00:00


As the debate about the fiscal treaty referendum hots up, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that a new growth strategy is urgently needed.

Hog: The war on drugs cannot be won

2012-05-16 00:00:00


There is a growing international consensus that a different approach to drug legislation is needed. Ireland is beginning to wake up too…

Hog: Let's Have A Mature Debate About Europe

2012-03-13 00:00:00


Another European referendum will inevitably result in a great deal of heated discussion about topics that have absolutely nothing to do with what we’ll actually be voting on. Isn’t it time we grew up?

Hog: Kids’ play?

2012-02-28 00:00:00


Moves to enshrine children’s rights in the Constitution raise questions as to what exactly childhood is, how we should protect it – and when precisely does it end?

Hog: You Get What You Pay For

2012-01-17 00:00:00


Like it or not, taxation is absolutely vital for enabling the State to provide decent public services. So why all the uproar? As with so much else, it’s a legacy of the Reagan/Thatcher reign of error...

Hog: The X-Factoring Of Politics

2011-11-08 00:00:00


One of the most worrying elements of the Presidential campaign was a blurring of the line between politics and entertainment.

Hog: The Independents

2011-10-21 00:00:00


Four of the Presidential candidates took the back road to nomination. The Whole Hog weighs up their chances.

Hog: Who’s fit for the áras?

2011-09-26 00:00:00


With David Norris seeking to re-enter the race, one might have thought the Presidential campaign had hit a new level of intrigue. And then Martin McGuinness was announced as a candidate..

Hog: Yours truly, angry mob

2011-08-30 00:00:00


With the first of the UK rioters being dumped into an overcrowded prison system, the media continue to point fingers and call for their heads. In the search for a sensationalist headline, could they be coming for you next?

Hog: The Sirius season

2011-08-25 00:00:00


With the Dog Star hanging overhead, our friends in the media are liable to get a bit hot and bothered over almost anything during the Silly Season. This time around – Summer Drubbin’ for David Norris...

Hog: Bertie To the Rescue

2011-04-26 00:00:00


So now Bertie Ahern is telling Nigeria how to run its economy. Plus: there is an election looming in the North.

Hog: Less Than Zero

2011-04-12 00:00:00


The scale of Ireland’s crippling national debt is now far beyond the scope of comprehension; roughly 90 grand for every man, woman and child...

Hog: Learning To Co-Exist With Nature

2011-03-29 00:00:00


Global catastrophes such as the Japanese earthquake and tsunami remind us that life is fragile and precious

Hog: The Night Of The Long Knives

2011-03-15 00:00:00


We have just witnessed the most sensational election since the foundation of the Free State, with the decimation of the outgoing coalition parties, Fianna Fáil and the Greens. With the election of Luke “Ming” Flanagan, Richard Boyd Barrett, Shane Ross, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace – to name just five – the new Dáil will be a far more interesting place. But the challenges facing the incoming administration are no less daunting for that...

Hog: Poll Dancing

2011-03-01 00:00:00


This week’s election is likely to leave our poltical parties jockeying for position. Despite the lure of office, some of them may be better off remaining in opposition.

Hog: Change We Can Believe In?

2011-02-15 00:00:00


The General Election the country has craved for so long is finally upon us. But will it represent the political sea-change Ireland so desperately needs?

Hog: The Lunatics Have Taken Over

2011-02-01 00:00:00


But they have been behaving like kids in a romper room. Well, it looks like it’s time to go to the polls...

Hog: Warmonger or Peacebringer?

2010-09-10 00:00:00


So much has changed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. It underlines how much we have to learn from our European neighbours...

Hog: History Repeating

2010-07-06 00:00:00


The oil spill in the Gulf has uncomfortable echoes of the banking crisis

Hog: Get Out Of My Facebook!

2010-06-16 00:00:00


It is said that social networking has brought many of us closer together than ever before – but our rush to breathlessly document every element of our lives raises serious privacy issues

Hog: Strange Days

2008-05-27 00:00:00


The tumultuous global events of 2008 demonstrate the utter precariousness of life. So let's live in the now...

Hog: The kids are alright

2008-03-19 00:00:00


Recent violent attacks, such as the horrendous killing of two Polish men, may have involved young people. But that shouldn't lead us to tar an entire generation.

Hog: Alcohol is being stupidly demonised

2008-03-04 00:00:00


The health nazis tell us that sharing a bottle of wine over a meal is binge drinking, but the statistics just don't add up.

Hog: Tet offensive

2008-02-01 00:00:00


40 years after the Viet Cong outsmarted the most powerful army on earth, a new generation of Vietnamese are welcoming western dollars.

Hog: Hope of the States

2008-01-18 00:00:00


The American Presidential primaries are fascinating to observe – but how will the ultimate outcome impact on the rest of the world?

Hog: Puritanic Street Preachers

2007-12-07 00:00:00


The current moral panic over binge-drinking is borne out of a 19th century Protestant ethic. Plus, The Hog’s Six Golden Rules for having a good Christmas.

Hog: Our scandalous treatment of dispossessed children

2007-11-23 00:00:00


Young asylum seekers flee war and persecution to come to Ireland. So why are they treated so badly when they finally arrive here?

Hog: The Kids Are Not Alright

2007-11-09 00:00:00


Why there’s more to the murky world of child trafficking than meets the eye.

Hog: It hasn't gone away, you know

2007-10-19 00:00:00


Perfect weather has been promised for the next year’s Olympics Games thanks to a man called Zhang Qiang who is in charge of the city’s artificial rainmaking and prevention programme.

Hog: Secular as a parrot

2007-09-07 00:00:00


In which the Archbishop of Armagh takes the commentariat to task – and finds himself in unlikely agreement with Richard Dawkins.

Hog: No easy pickin'

2007-05-18 00:00:00


Finding decent candidates to vote for may be hard work, but they’re out there. Somewhere.

Hog: The thick of it

2007-05-04 00:00:00


With the countdown to the general election now officially under way, the most important aspect to remember amid all the hype is that the right to vote is both a privilege and a responsibility.

Hog: Nurses must win battle for hearts and minds

2007-04-20 00:00:00


Striking nurses need to convince the public that their demands for extra pay and shorter hours will lead to a better health service. So far, they haven’t done so.

Hog: Northern light

2007-04-06 00:00:00


With Paisley and Adams agreeing to play ball, Northern Ireland looks like becoming an unstoppable force over the coming years.

Hog: Gardaí and the media: An unholy alliance

2007-03-23 00:00:00


Press coverage of the deaths of both Tania Corcoran and Derek O’Toole was equally misguided and unpleasant.

Hog: Hot hot heat

2007-02-23 00:00:00


Climate change has overtaken terrorism as the number one fear of electorates in western countries.

Hog: A giant leap for Northern Ireland

2007-02-09 00:00:00


The decision by Sinn Féin to endorse the PSNI as the legitimate police force for Northern Ireland heralds a new dawn in politics in Ireland.

Hog: Hurtling towards their deaths?

2006-11-06 00:00:00


What the boy-racer phenomenon tells us about modern Ireland.

Hog: Bertie agonistes

2006-10-06 00:00:00


Is it right that people should be held to account for past transgressions –even if they were not illegal at the time?

Hog: A decade to meltdown

2006-09-22 00:00:00


Ten more years and Planet Earth reaches the point of no return. What are we going to do about it?

Hog: What's the bloody point?

2006-09-08 00:00:00


The Points Race would appear to be dead, as the population bubble tails off. But what can we expect in its place?

Hog: The skies of Lebanon are burning

2006-07-28 00:00:00


Sadly, the mighty cedars are bleeding in the heat. And no one is shouting stop...

Hog: Enough of the marching, let's parade!

2006-07-13 00:00:00


Would a surge in immigration diffuse sectarian antagonisms or inflame race-hate?

Hog: Charlie - no angel.

2006-06-29 00:00:00


Charlie Haughey caused as much harm as good. But in the final tally, he was typically one of us.

Hog: Sex laws are a mess

2006-06-15 00:00:00


There was a lot of heat and very little light in the debate about Ireland's sex laws. And as a result, the new act has created a whole new set of problems.

Hog: No refuge?

2006-06-01 00:00:00


Ireland’s treatment of asylum seekers tells us a great deal about our national mindset

Hog: Cranked really high

2006-05-04 00:00:00


Could new broacast regulations become a crank's charter?

Hog: Should we fear to speak of 1916?

2006-04-20 00:00:00


The recent Easter Rising commemration must encourage us to re-examine the events that lead to the foundation of state.

Hog: Spring fever

2006-04-12 00:00:00


Or how the Easter Rising still frightens the horses.

Hog: Mad World

2006-03-03 00:00:00


The men that gods made mad.

Hog: Porn again

2006-02-17 00:00:00


Why virutal reality will force us to reappraise our attitudes towards 'exploitative' pornography.

Hog: Welcome to the machine

2006-02-06 00:00:00


When you look into the techno abyss, it looks into you.

Hog: Turn and face the change

2006-01-20 00:00:00


Technological advances are profoundly changing the very nature of what it is to be human.

Frontlines: The Whole Hog's 2005

2005-12-20 00:00:00


Annual article: The Whole Hog looks back on a year of strife and upheaval.

Frontlines: IRISH POLITICS: There's more than one Monica Leech

2005-12-20 00:00:00


Annual article: A year in Irish politics reviewed.

Frontlines: INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS: Don't pay the ferry men

2005-12-20 00:00:00


Annual article: A year in industrial relations reviewed.

Frontlines: RELIGION: Suffer little children

2005-12-20 00:00:00


Annual article: A year in the world of religion reviewed.

Frontlines: NORTHERN IRELAND: Of cowards and brutes...

2005-12-20 00:00:00


Annual article: A year in developments in Northern Ireland reviewed.

Frontlines: DISEASE: One flu over the cuckoo's nest

2005-12-20 00:00:00


Annual article: A year in the world of disease reviewed.

Frontlines: WAR: Iraq in turmoil

2005-12-20 00:00:00


Annual article: A year in the world of war reviewed.

Frontlines: WORLD POLITICS: Terror comes to London

2005-12-20 00:00:00


Annual article: A year in world politics reviewed.

Frontlines: THE ENVIRONMENT: Catastrophes hit hard

2005-12-20 00:00:00


Annual article: A year in the world of enivronmental issues reviewed.

Frontlines: WEALTH: Some people have too much of it

2005-12-20 00:00:00


Annual article: A year in the world of wealth reviewed.

Frontlines: HEALTH: Lurching From Crisis To Crisis

2005-12-20 00:00:00


Annual article: A year in the world of health reviewed.

Hog: Apocalypse Now

2005-12-19 00:00:00


Annual article: War, famine, pestilence, plague and death...it’s been a cheerful 2005. Here is the Hot Press summary of the events that shook the world.

Hog: Scrooged

2005-12-08 00:00:00


The Anti-Happiness League never went away, they just migrated from church to state.

Hog: New Ireland, old woes

2005-11-25 00:00:00


The Catholic right has an unexpected ally, liberals aghast at the unsavoury sight of binge-drinking young Irish women.

Hog: The shame at the heart of Catholic Ireland

2005-11-08 00:00:00


The Ferns Report into sexual abuse of children by the clergy exposes the heinous hypocrisy of the Church.

Hog: It's only a game

2005-10-24 00:00:00


The Irish football defeat may have been a loss but there's more going on in the world than the cup.

Hog: Blowin' in the wind

2005-10-13 00:00:00


The IRA’s decommissioning marks a genuinely immense watershed in Irish politics.

Hog: Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose

2005-10-03 00:00:00


The anarchy and chaos in post-Saddam Iraq has exceeded the doomsayers’ worst expectations.

Hog: The learning curve

2005-09-15 00:00:00


Youth is wasted on the young, especially if they don’t suck the marrow out of every minute.

Hog: Nickel and dime preparations

2005-08-29 00:00:00


There might be a light at the end of the tunnel, but it isn't necessarily the one you're expecting.

Hog: A New Dawn?

2005-08-15 00:00:00


Will the IRA's promise to end violence be matched in deed?

Hog: One day in London

2005-07-26 00:00:00


The freedom which western democracies are determined to preserve is the very thing that leaves them exposed to terrorist outrages.

Hog: European Dis-Union

2005-07-06 00:00:00


Ireland can help heal the rift at the heart of the EU – but only if we get over our obsession with Tony Blair.

Hog: There's An Election On The Way

2005-06-28 00:00:00


With Fianna Fáil and the PDs at each others throats, signs are that the coalition is heading for a divorce. Just look at the way they are treating the lovely Mr. McDowell.

Hog: The Great Divide

2005-06-10 00:00:00


Why ASBOs are far more likely to penalise the working class as opposed to the well-heeled of Irish society.

Frontlines: ASBOs - The Last Word

2005-05-30 00:00:00


In the final installment of his analysis of the likely ramifications of ASBOs, The Whole Hog concludes that the measures are likely to chiefly penalise the most vulnerable members of society.

Hog: ASBOS Are A Lazy, Populist Response To A Complex Problem

2005-05-06 00:00:00


Five key reasons why Anti-Social Behaviour Orders are a bad idea.

Hog: Africa – Why A New Approach Is Needed

2005-04-18 00:00:00


With financial aid seemingly making no difference to the continent’s ongoing troubles, a rethink of development policy is long overdue.

Hog: Wave of Mutilation

2005-01-18 00:00:00


The Hog assesses the fallout from the Tsunami in South East Asia.

Hog: Celebrity Games: The Whole Hog's 2004

2004-12-30 00:00:00


Surely it’s time we celebrated our, er, celebrity?

Hog: Cork Rules: The Whole Hog's 2004- Hurling

2004-12-21 00:00:00


Dramatic new plan to revive Dublin hurling unveiled by our special correspondent.

Hog: Lost in Space: The Whole Hog's 2004

2004-12-21 00:00:00


Sorry? Did someone say they’d found ice on Mars? And all these years we thought that David Bowie had been getting excited about something else. There, indeed, is the rub. After all this time and all that money, we might have hoped for a discovery that was a little more, well, let’s say...unpredictable.

Hog: Armin the Horrible: The Whole Hog's 2004

2004-12-30 00:00:00


Even cannibals can find soul mates on the internet.

Hog: The Games People Play: The Whole Hog's 2004

2004-12-21 00:00:00


Once every four years we wave them off to do us proud. And this year it was to the home of the Olympics, to the birthplace of the modern athletic movement and the playhouse of the gods, to Athens.

Hog: One of the Many Irelands

2004-12-21 00:00:00


We heard in January that 5% of primary school pupils in Ireland are non-nationals. Of the children delivered in the Coombe Maternity Hospital, 22% were non-nationals.

Hog: The Gardai are Part of the Problem: The Whole Hog's 2004- Crime in Ireland (part 2)

2004-12-21 00:00:00


Meanwhile, the Gardaí themselves have problems. Early in January, retired Circuit Court judge Anthony Murphy told RTE’s Prime Time that “there have been occasions when the Guards have committed perjury in my court.” His view was that “if there was a confession and nothing else, the man walked.”

Hog: There are More Guns Than Ever on The Streets: The Whole Hog's 2004- Crime in Ireland (part 1)

2004-12-30 00:00:00


One campaigner in the local elections was told by a succession of potential voters that the trouble with this country was ‘too much law and not enough order’. Certainly a lot of people exercised themselves on the subject.

Hog: Tales from the Billy State: The Whole Hog's 2004

2004-12-30 00:00:00


A goat called Elvis is the guy with the big cojones.

Hog: Sinking into the Dust: The Whole Hog's 2004

2004-12-30 00:00:00


In Iraq it gets more like Vietnam everyday.

Hog: Hostages to Misfortune: The Whole Hog's 2004

2004-12-30 00:00:00


The Whole Hog (with a little help from his friends) reflects on 12 months in which (among others) organised and disorganised crime were on the increase, German cannibal Armin Meiwes was sentenced to eight years in prison, Cian O’Connor’s Olympic win was tainted, Bertie declared himself a socialist, and the pictures of kidnap victims pleading for their lives in Iraq terrifyingly became the images of the year.

Hog: Ire Land

2004-12-04 00:00:00


Ireland’s no longer a Mediterranean culture trapped in North-West Europe. It’s now the new Sweden.

Hog: The Passing Of Arafat

2004-11-25 00:00:00


Our columnist analyses the legacy of the recently deceased Palestinian president

Hog: From Flood Damage To Desert Plains

2004-11-08 00:00:00


The recent flooding highlighted that our extant plans for coping with such emergencies are woefully inadequate.

Hog: Police Academy

2004-10-27 00:00:00


Why the Gardai need to get their act together.

Hog: Non-change here

2004-10-08 00:00:00


The lack of a Presidential election has its up side. meanwhile it’s time to re-examine our approach to such health issues as alcohol. but will Minister Harney see the light?

Hog: Welcome the new dawn

2004-10-04 00:00:00


Our columnist descends from the mount bearing the ten commandments of student life.

Hog: Russia on the brink

2004-09-10 00:00:00


The hostage crisis in Beslan, which ended last week in terrible carnage, has brought the conflict in the former soviet union into sharper focus than ever before. the emerging picture is a chastening one, as the prospect of a descent into chaos looms ever larger.

Hog: Bringing it all back home

2004-06-16 00:00:00


we can’t change the world, just the bit we ourselves are responsible for

Hog: Apocalypse now

2004-05-24 00:00:00


The horrors perpetrated by both sides in the Iraqi war demonstrate that now, more than ever, we need to discover our shared humanity.

Hog: Cassandra'a Day

2004-05-07 00:00:00


With every passing day, the wrong-headedness of the US war in Iraq and of their Middle-East policies in general, is getting clearer for all to see.

Frontlines: Nanny Knows

2004-04-23 00:00:00


Alcohol is to 2004 what sex was to 1954

Hog: The alter boy's delight

2004-04-14 00:00:00


The interfering church has been usurped by the finger-wagging nanny state – and the puritan song remains the same.

Hog: After Madrid, what next?

2004-03-25 00:00:00


The bombing in Madrid was an outrage against one of the world’s great cities. But al Qaeda do not represent the majority of Muslims.

Hog: Apocalypse soon

2004-03-19 00:00:00


Europe will be hardest hit by imminent climate change which will have a drastic effect on many parts of the world. we’re talking the next ten to twenty years, folks – even the Pentagon says so. Words: The Whole Hog

Hog: Too much monkey business

2004-01-30 00:00:00


How Dublin made a mess of the Chinese new year.

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2004-01-30 00:00:00


How Dublin made a mess of the Chinese new year.

Hog: Heroes And Villians

2003-11-26 00:00:00


A country that can produce both Keith Wood and Liam Keane needs to take a good, hard look at itself.

Hog: Building On Unreality

2003-11-06 00:00:00


With our forty shades of illegal activity in all sorts of recreational activity, isn’t it time we woke up and smelt the coffee? or even the cocaine?

Hog: The New Conservatism

2003-11-05 00:00:00


Whilst the old authoritarian ethos of the church is losing its grip on Irish society, a new order of conservative moralism has arisen to take its place.

Hog: Taxing Matters

2003-10-13 00:00:00


Paying taxes for services that work is one thing. but what about the services that don’t work?

Hog: Brewing up a Storm

2003-10-02 00:00:00


Hurricanes, landslides and the government ban on smoking… life is getting increasingly unpredictable!

Hog: Comely Maidens Just Want To Have Fun

2003-09-19 00:00:00


The reactionary element amongst the government’s reforming health professionals need to lighten up and let it all hang out.

Hog: The meeja’s uncivil war

2001-12-14 00:00:00


Unintentionally funniest meeja moment of the year came when Eoghan Harris attacked Fintan O’Toole and Robert Fisk in the Sunday Independent directly beneath the logo “War On Terror”

Hog: The whole world was watching

2001-12-14 00:00:00


In times of intolerance we must be able to overcome our fear of both our own shadows, and those of others

Hog: The year of the plague – remember?

2001-12-14 00:00:00


The impact of September 11th was so corrosive that we have now almost forgotten the year’s other bookend, Foot and Mouth disease

Hog: Ireland of the welcomes

2001-12-14 00:00:00


As Nelson Mandela says, you don’t need to make peace with your friends, you need to make peace with your enemies

Hog: The calm before the election storm

2001-12-14 00:00:00


The political year just ending in the Republic was one of the most uneventful in living memory. 2002, an election year, can only be better

Hog: 57 varieties of Jay

2001-12-14 00:00:00


Earlier in the year, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was remembered by Peter Silverton in the Observer magazine

Hog: Genome is where the heart is

2001-12-14 00:00:00


If September 11th casts a dark shadow on the future, an event in February may do just the opposite

Hog: Stuck in the Middle East

2001-12-14 00:00:00


Life goes on in the Middle East, as awfully and dysfunctionally as before

Hog: Afghanistan: ashes to ashes

2001-12-14 00:00:00


Once upon a time (in the ’60s and early ’70s), women in Kabul wore mini skirts. Afghanistan was cool then

Hog: Breaking the mould in Northern Ireland

2001-12-14 00:00:00


The IRA made a start on decommissioning and it broke the mould

Hog: The Celtic tiger gets bitten

2001-12-14 00:00:00


America caught a cold and the Celtic Tiger got pneumonia

Hog: And the dead arose and appeared to many

2001-12-14 00:00:00


It’s hard to escape the feeling that Ireland in the 21st century is still caught between the competing forces of the unborn and the undead

Hog: What’s so funny ’bout peace, love & understanding?

2001-12-06 00:00:00


Why it’s worth making Christmas a happy one for you and yours

Hog: Don’t look back in anger

2001-11-08 00:00:00


Those who dwell in the past face an uncertain future

Hog: Thousands are sailing

2001-10-25 00:00:00


Even pro-life proponents have given up on trying to stop Irish abortions

Hog: The Horror, The Horror

1999-09-29 00:00:00


The Whole Hog looks in despair at the genocide in East Timor

Hog: Black White and Shades Of Grey

1999-11-24 00:00:00


THE WHOLE HOG has had enough of the priggishness and hypocrisy of our attitudes to politicians' finances.

Hog: The Song Remains The Same

1999-07-21 00:00:00


The Whole Hog looks, with foreboding, at developments in the North

Hog: The Worst Are FULL OF Passionate Intensity

1999-05-26 00:00:00


As I write, the May public holiday is drawing to a close.

Hog: looks Like we're In For Stormy Weather

1999-02-03 00:00:00


The future of the world is at stake in more ways than one . . .

Hog: Same Old Story

1999-02-17 00:00:00


Bertie and the builders . . . Pee Flynn . . . Massacre in Kosovo . . . Beer and sex enhance performance!

Hog: Remember To Forget

1999-04-28 00:00:00


In trying to explain the Irish to an Icelandic friend recently, I said that hope springs eternal from our well of despair.

Hog: Disgracing Ourselves Again

1999-08-04 00:00:00


The whole hog on the northern deadlock

Hog: Hate Is all Around

1999-04-14 00:00:00


In the past I have expressed the angst of a columnist.

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