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Hog: From Youthquake, to Repeal The Eight

2018-05-17 11:39:00

Europe began to change in earnest in Paris, in 1968, when students and workers united in defiance of the French right, and in opposition to the dead hand of patriarchy. A lot has changed in Ireland in the interim – but Repealing the 8th is the next vital step towards freedom...

Hog: Chemical weapons then and now: The Hog weighs in on the use of chemical weapons

2018-05-04 15:38:00

The use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria is not new. Indeed the callous disregard for human life has been a mark of how wars are prosecuted. The only question, it appears, is one of degree.

Hog: MLK: a towering figure in 20th century American life

2018-04-19 13:41:00

Fifty years on from his assassination, Martin Luther King’s legacy resonates more powerfully than ever in American political life.

Hog: The Whole Hog: World Gone Wrong?

2018-01-31 10:41:00

A hundred years after the end of the Great War, how much have things really changed? The truth is that 2018 will represent a huge challenge to world leaders, if the drift towards a narrow kind of nationalism is not to lead us inevitably back to war..

Message: The Message - Why Ireland's New Alcohol Law Is Misguided

2017-11-10 16:19:00

When public policy is being shaped, it should be based on science and evidence rather that prejudice and distortion. So where is the evidence that Minimum Unit Pricing works?

Hog: Crisis in Catalonia - Historical Lessons from Secession and Revolution

2017-10-18 11:10:00

With the threat of secession looming in different parts of the world, a period of dramatic instability seems likely. We have been here before, of course. But at a terrible, brutal cost...

Hog: The Secret History of Mental Health in Ireland

2017-10-05 15:33:00

In recent times, Ireland has become a much more open society when it comes to mental health - but it wasn’t always thus, to put it mildly…

Hog: The Whole Hog: Apocalypse now?

2017-09-21 14:40:00

The Armagaddeon-obsessed fundamentalist Christians among Trump’s supporters fear the end is nigh – and they’re not the only ones…

Hog: The Whole Hog: Urban myths and bad science are influencing public debate

2017-08-08 17:01:00

Our mention of urban myths in the last issue triggered another recollection. A study, the details of which are forgotten but it may have been for a Masters or PhD, focused on Irish urban myths, and found that a significant source of those myths was none other than the broadcaster Gay Byrne.

Hog: The Whole Hog: History Repeating Itself

2017-07-12 12:43:00

The Hillsborough disaster is once again in the news. It’s an episode that has uncomfortable parallels with the Grenfell Towers tragedy.

Hog: The Long Goodbye

2017-05-29 13:02:00

The daily papers carried news of Enda Kenny’s retirement as leader of Fine Gael on May 18, which just happened to be the birthday of Omar Khayyam, the Persian poet, philosopher and polymath. Coincidence? Yes. That said, it was Khayyam who wrote, “The moving finger writes: and, having written moves on: nor all thy piety nor with shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it”.

Hog: Reshaping Dublin: Are Taller Buildings The Answer?

2017-05-16 13:08:00

Planning in Ireland has always been inadequate – with the result that our cities and towns have a Gerry-built quality. But with iconic buildings and better civic spaces on the way, that may be about to change…

Hog: Frontlines - A measured response to "elitism"

2017-03-06 14:15:00

Railing against “elites” has become a big trend amongst extremists on both the right and left. However, we need to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water.

Hog: Opinion: Are We Heading Towards An Orwellian Dystopia?

2017-02-22 15:47:00

The planet was already heading towards a crisis. But political forces have recently been unleashed which will surely accelerate that process – and fast! So what will the world be like in 2040? It is a deeply troubling question…

Hog: The Time to Resist is Now

2017-01-19 16:51:00

Ahead of Trump's Inauguration tomorrow, Hot Press reflects on global politics and what the next four years could hold.

Frontlines: War, What Is It Good For?

2016-10-05 16:59:00

If The Temptations were right when they said “absolutely nothing”, then there a platoon of so-called world leaders who are seriously barking up the wrong tree. Because, if you look, in the modern world, conflict is just about everywhere…

Hog: The Whole Hog: Don't Look Back in Anger at the 1916 Rising

2016-04-01 13:03:00

The memory of those momentous events has inspired us to think again about the idea of the Republic, and what it means. But it is the future that really counts – not the past.

Hog: The Zika Virus: Trouble’s On The Way

2016-02-17 15:23:00

Sadly, it is just one among many forces that are driving the world towards a scary place. No wonder optimism is currently in short supply…

Hog: Big Brother is watching, listening, and reading

2013-07-09 00:00:00

Leaked details of American government surveillance suggest we are not as far removed from the era of the KGB and Stasi as we’d like to think...

Hog: Big Brother is Watching You

2013-06-26 00:00:00

As revelations about the US National Security Agency’s covert surveillance confirm, the digital world is one in which everything you do can be traced – by the State and corporations alike…

Hog: The Whole Hog: Tragedy Hits Boston

2013-04-30 00:00:00

The bombing of the Boston Marathon was a senseless act of violence. But what was the rationale behind it?


2012-10-23 00:00:00

That is the conclusion offered by Ben Goldacre in Bad Pharma. It is just one more reason to re-examine the illogic of the War On Drugs...

Hog: Heart Of Darkness

2012-02-14 00:00:00

Fundamentalist religious intolerance is on the rise in Nigeria, the USA, Pakistan and points beyond...

Hog: No stone left unturned

2011-08-22 00:00:00

Good old Keef’s autobiography is every bit as entertaining and enlightening as you might expect. Even more entertaining, though, is the turmoil which has engulfed Rupert Murdoch’s media empire in recent weeks...

Hog: Phoney War

2011-07-13 00:00:00

The latest round of mobile phone scare stories shows what happens when bad science conspires with lazy journalism.

Hog: An honest man who tried his best in difficult times

2011-06-21 00:00:00

There has been a rush to eulogise the late Brian Lenihan – and rightly so. The truth is that he was a decent politician handed the most poisoned chalice in the history of the State

Hog: The New Disposessed

2011-05-09 00:00:00

Political upheaval inevitably creates a wave of refugees and the Arab uprisings have proved no different. The real is question is, how should Europe respond to the human rights tragedy on its doorstep?

Hog: Will Ireland Finally Vote For Change?

2011-01-18 00:00:00

A general election looms – but what shape will the new Government take? And will real reforms to our political life follow?

Hog: The Goose Is Not Getting Fat

2010-12-07 00:00:00

Ireland has been plunged into unprecedented financial turmoil. Well, with Christmas on the way, it's time for the bond holders to take their share of the pain...

Hog: Waving, Not Drowning

2010-11-23 00:00:00

The fightback against Ireland's financial mismanagement may have started

Hog: Huddled Round The Primordial Fire

2010-11-09 00:00:00

Hallowe’en is a time of monsters, ghosts and ghouls. Except that this year, we didn’t have to make ‘em up...

Hog: Suitable For Miners

2010-11-03 00:00:00

The leadership and comradeship demonstrated by the Chilean miners are sorely lacking in Ireland at the moment.

Hog: Financial Apocalypse Now

2010-11-02 00:00:00

Our worst fears have come true – the bankers have bankrupted Ireland for a generation. What to do now? Well for one thing, let’s stop despairing. And when the next election comes around, be prepared to make your vote count...

Hog: Taoiseach Agonistes

2010-11-01 00:00:00

Our columnist reflects on the little-reported matter of the Taoiseach’s appearance on Morning Ireland...

Hog: Under The Volcano Thor Makes A Point

2010-04-27 00:00:00

Why the Icelandic Volcano is the Perfect Metaphor for our Age

Hog: Home Is Where The Art Is

2010-03-31 00:00:00

Why the arts sector may well provide the key to Ireland’s economic renewal.

Hog: Children: We Have Failed Them Again

2010-03-16 00:00:00

The latest revelations about the failure of the State to protect vulnerable children underlines the fact that we need to start finding solutions.

Hog: The Thought Police

2010-03-03 00:00:00

Our columnist on why anti-intellectualism is rife in Ireland.

Hog: For Whom the Bell Tolls

2010-02-11 00:00:00

What the continued presence of the Angelus on our airwaves says about secularism in modern Ireland...

Hog: Hello Lisbon, Goodbye UKIP

2009-10-16 00:00:00

As well as forcing Ireland to reassess its attitude towards Europe, the second Lisbon referendum was a reminder of just how nasty British euroskeptics such as UKIP really are

Hog: Reasons to be Optimistic...

2009-09-01 00:00:00

The economy may be swirling down the plughole, but Ireland has a rich history of entrepreneurship. We need to build on this.

Hog: Alarm Bells Are Ringing

2009-08-21 00:00:00

Centres Of Excellence may seem like a good idea – but access is a fundamental consideration in cancer care and other health issues...

Frontlines: Underestimating the Value of Culture

2009-08-06 00:00:00

There is a lot wrong with the report from An Bord Snip Nua. In particular, it reflects a complete ignorance of the importance of art.

Message: The Message: We move in hysterical ways

2009-06-18 00:00:00

There's been no lack of scandals rocking this country in recent years – but does that justify the huge outpourings of hysteria in the media recently? And just what is the difference between Fianna Fail and Fine Gael?

Message: The Message: They were aided and abetted by the state

2009-06-09 00:00:00

It is right that the religious should have to pay for the appalling actions of their members, and the cover-ups for which the religious bosses were responsible. But we should not forget the part that the State played.

Hog: Taxing times for the powers that be

2009-04-24 00:00:00

As fiscal Armageddon looms, the Irish Government is faced with tough choices. In considering its options, it would do well to remember the lessons to be learned from past experience – in particular the fact that the Poll Tax marked the beginning of the end for Margaret Thatcher

Hog: Let's get scientific

2009-03-31 00:00:00

Whether we’re analysing the cause of deaths on the road or dealing with the economy, we need to start thinking independently.

Hog: Taxing matters

2009-03-23 00:00:00

The issue of how best to raise money for the country’s depleted coffers is a vexing one.

Reports: Grumbling while rome burns

2009-02-27 00:00:00

The world economy is crumbling, but while other countries are overturning inept governments, we’re doing what we’re best at: moaning to anyone who will listen.

Hog: The Winter of Our Discontent

2009-02-25 00:00:00

Merciless weather, job losses and economic meltdown. Feels like 1977 all over again. But there’s good news from Michigan...

Hog: Hope of the States (and the rest of the World, too)

2008-11-25 00:00:00

Will the election of Barack Obama to the White House usher in a new era of peace and global harmony? Or is there a danger we are pinning too much hope on the shoulders of one man?

Frontlines: The Boom Goes On

2008-11-11 00:00:00

...Or at least it does where Halloween is concerned, as the old pagan feast is transformed into an orgy of amateur pyrotechnics, civil disobedience and open-air boozing.

Hog: Buckle Up- It's Going to be a Helluva Ride

2008-11-04 00:00:00

Our economy is caught in the eye of the storm and the global financial system teeters on the brink. How long will the recession last and how will Ireland fare?

Message: Reaping Reagan's Whirlwind

2008-10-09 00:00:00

The global economic meltdown of the past fortnight is a ruinous consequence of Ronald Reagan's '80s crusade against regulation. The question now is: where will it end?

Hog: Brit Happens

2008-09-17 00:00:00

Having spent decades trying to cast off the legacy of colonialism are we now in danger of being sucked into the anglosphere at the cost of our European identity?

Message: Politics, Change and The Olympic Spirit

2008-07-31 00:00:00

The most yawnful month of the year is upon us, but thankfully politics and sport are keeping the flame alight: the games have already begun.

Hog: Summer Of Discontent

2008-07-22 00:00:00

The twin spectres of recession and emigration may loom large, but that's no reason for the media to make things worse by indulging in gross exaggeration

Hog: Lisbon: Make Up Your Mind And Vote

2008-06-10 00:00:00

The Lisbon Treaty makes unlikely bedfellows of left and right. So what are we to read into this?

Hog: So long Bertie...

2008-04-15 00:00:00

It's been good to know ya. He had his faults, but there was a lot to like about the Taoiseach. And the fact that he was central to achieving peace in the North will be a lasting legacy.

Reports: In praise of Lisa Feeney

2008-03-27 00:00:00

There'll be plenty of time to grow old and boring later. If you're not engaged in honest, direct, idealistic political activity while you're young, there's something badly wrong....

Hog: Secrets and lies

2008-02-19 00:00:00

With Archbishop Diarmuid Martin seeking to undo much of the harm and distrust caused by his predecessor, Cardinal Desmond Connell, could we at last be seeing a change in the Church's attitude to victims of sexual abuse?

Hog: Digging out and digging in

2007-09-20 00:00:00

While An Taoiseach insists that being presented with thousands of pounds in a suitcase by shady businessmen is completely ‘normal’, the rest of us have our doubts.

Hog: Keeping Up With The Smiths And Joneses

2007-08-24 00:00:00

Contrary to anti-immigrant mythology, England’s Browns, Smiths and Taylors still outnumber the Singhs, Hussains and Ali’s.

Hog: Room To Roma

2007-08-10 00:00:00

Would illegal Roma immigrants be treated differently if they were Nigerian or Somali? Are economic refugees suffering from a rose-tinted view of life in Ireland?

Frontlines: The Rachel O’Reilly murder - and the verdict is guilty!

2007-07-27 00:00:00

There are few, if any, people who remain unconvinced that Joe O’Reilly was responsible for the brutal murder of his wife Rachel.

Message: Good time Charlie's got the blues

2007-07-13 00:00:00

Last year’s bumper harvest of Afghan opium is about to hit our shores. Meanwhile, cocaine’s popularity in Ireland rises to unprecedented levels.

Hog: From 1977 to 2007 in 30 steps

2007-06-18 00:00:00

It’s a different world than it used to be! In this special extended birthday column, The Hog takes a necessarily selective – and typically colourful – look at the 30 most important influences on the process of change that has brought this country all the way from there to… well, where else but here?

Hog: Bland on the run

2007-06-01 00:00:00

Now the votes have been counted and the losers have dried their tears, The Hog wonders what the whole thing means.

Hog: Trouble brewing

2007-03-09 00:00:00

With elections this year on both sides of the border, maybe the only antidote is, literally, a breath of fresh air.

Hog: The big freeze

2007-01-29 00:00:00

Europe shivers and draws its blankets tight around itself. Is global warming becoming too obvious to ignore?

Hog: Dancing on the lip of a volcano

2007-01-09 00:00:00

Bird ‘flu, bogmen and Armageddon. Business as usual on Planet Earth AD '06. Only more so.

Hog: Hold the party a while!

2006-11-22 00:00:00

The fall of the Republican party in the US has been hailed as good news, but perhaps we should not be too optimistic about what the future holds as the Democrats prepare to take over Capitol Hill.

Hog: Hold the party a while!

2006-11-16 00:00:00

The fall of the Republican party in the US has been hailed as good news, but perhaps we should not be too optimistic about what the future holds as the Democrats prepare to take over Capitol Hill.

Hog: State of injustice

2006-08-11 00:00:00

The Israeli army has deliberately targeted civilians in Lebanon and behaved like a terrorist gang. Their excuses will only convince the terminally gullible.

Hog: When you look into the abyss, the abyss looks into you

2006-03-29 00:00:00

Surveillance technology can apprehend but not comprehend. Who’s watching the watchers?

Hog: Holy Shit, Here Comes ASBO!

2005-05-03 00:00:00

The chattering classes express revulsion at Young Ireland's spitting, shouting and shagging, but their piety masks a disgust at anything youthful and working class.

Hog: Fulmination Once Again

2005-03-29 00:00:00

For the most part, St. Patrick's Day festivities in Ireland went off without undue hassle. But Official Ireland still got itself into a lather.

Hog: The New Irish Identity

2005-03-16 00:00:00

The continuing influx of immigrants into Ireland means that our old ideas of national identity are becoming increasingly redundant.

Hog: The New Irish Identity

2005-03-10 00:00:00

The continuing influx of immigrants into Ireland means that our old ideas of national identity are becoming increasingly redundant.

Hog: Where To Now For Sinn Féin?

2005-02-24 00:00:00

The recent arrest of eight republican activists marks a hugely significant watershed in recent Irish history.

Hog: Sinn Féin’s Selective Approach To The Truth

2005-02-10 00:00:00

Peace in the North will remain impossible until Gerry Adams and co. cease their continual distortion of the facts.

Hog: The Challenge To Sinn Féin

2005-02-08 00:00:00

After the Northern Bank Heist, the climate has changed and other parties are now putting it up to the Shinners.

Hog: Torrid Times For The Government

2004-08-03 00:00:00

Former ministers under pressure; decentralisation a non-starter; the guards in the dock – no wonder Charlie McCreevey has fled to Europe.

Hog: The Empire Strikes Back

2004-07-16 00:00:00

the crackdown on fibber magee’s once again proves that the goverenment has got its priorities completely wrong.

Hog: It’s good to talk

2004-07-14 00:00:00

Despite how the result of the citizenship referendum has been interpreted by some, ireland is not a racist society. but we do need some calm and honest discussion about immigration.

Hog: The many strands of citizenship

2004-06-18 00:00:00

Michael McDowell and co’s recent referendum prompted our columnist to analyse what exactly we mean when we talk about citizenship.

Hog: Complete control

2003-12-19 00:00:00

How intolerant can we become? It’s a challenging question. We have already become one of the least tolerant and aggressive societies on earth. Few can compete. But 2003 witnessed an upsurge in control culture. This is especially the case in ‘official’ circles. There are six causes.

Hog: Great summer, shame about the heat

2003-12-19 00:00:00

For once, and don’t hold your breath for the future, we had a really brilliant summer. Couldn’t have been better. What would ya be going to Spain for, sure isn’t this even better? It was just mighty.

Hog: Luas Talk

2003-12-31 00:00:00

This was the year that a lot of frustration boiled over, steaming and fuming and effing to high heaven. A major target was the LUAS, Dublin’s answer to a question that’s out of date and wasn’t being asked anyway, a white elephant generated by people who were besotted with the idea that trams are, to quote Frank McDonald of the Irish Times, ‘civilising’.

Hog: Where's Judge Roy Bean when you need him?

2003-12-31 00:00:00

Back in the days of the Wild West, Judge Roy Bean presided over his court as ‘the law west of the Pecos’. Rough and ready, and largely self-taught, his constituency included chancers, fleeing miscreants, vagabonds, thieves, murderers as well as homesteaders and frontier entrepreneurs.

Hog: Comical Ali

2003-12-31 00:00:00

One of the few people who might be happier at the end of the year than the beginning is Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf who was the Iraqi regime’s spin-doctor and publicist during the war.

Hog: The selective 'war on terror'

2003-12-19 00:00:00

The Coalition blitzkrieg on Iraq is part of a wider “war on terror.” says George Bush. To justify this claim, he and Tony Blair made one feeble attempt at being as hard on the causes of terror as on terror itself, when they collaborated with the UN, the EU and Russia to publish what they called the Middle East ‘road map’.

Hog: It's grim up north

2003-12-19 00:00:00

There are those who argue that the best that Northern Ireland can hope for is dreariness. They’ll have been disappointed this year, so. It’s been grim instead, and right from the off.

Hog: All talk, no action

2003-12-19 00:00:00

The Great Chat-Show War didn’t quite turn out to be the promised Mother of All Battles. Although in some ways it did: like Saddam’s first war, it was all over in less than a 100 days.

Hog: Bertie's blues

2003-12-18 00:00:00

Having been returned triumphantly to office in 2002, Bertie Ahern might have expected things to rock gently along this year. But instead, he’s been through a mincer and it’s not over yet.

Hog: Between Iraq and a hard place

2003-12-17 00:00:00

Portents of war came thick and fast. The US ordered 11,000 desert-trained troops to the Gulf region in January. Let the spin commence.

Hog: The year of two fingers

2003-12-17 00:00:00

The Whole Hog and other regular Hot Press columnists, look back on a year in which, with some notable exceptions, the message seemed to be – up yours.

Hog: Northern uproar

2003-12-17 00:00:00

The survival of the Good Friday Agreement hangs by a thread following last week’s assembly elections.

Hog: In God's Own Country

2003-08-15 00:00:00

Never one to shirk a challenge. The Whole Hog attempts to tackle the question which has perplexed many a theologian over the millenia. Does

Hog: Government inaction

2003-07-18 00:00:00

With the Celtic Tiger years an increasingly distant memory, dissatisfaction at how Bertie Ahern’s administration has has handled the economic downturn is growing by the day.

Hog: Physician, heal thyself

2003-07-08 00:00:00

Medical consultants are sucking up the cream and leaving us with the slops.

Hog: Rip it up and start again

2003-06-24 00:00:00

The Irish health system and our attitude to the disabled desperately needs a rethink

Hog: The N.E.P. effect

2003-06-10 00:00:00

That’s Northern European Protestant by the way. And it’s what we newly godless people are turning into as we increasingly take our moral cues from the nanny state

Hog: Time to dream it all up again

2003-05-22 00:00:00

The great and the good have imagined a new Ireland. Now it’s our turn

Hog: The long war begins

2003-04-29 00:00:00

After Saddam, are Syria and Iran next?

Hog: The fall of the roamin’ empire

2003-04-15 00:00:00

How the war on Iraq just might signify the sun setting on the west

Hog: The no-win war

2003-04-01 00:00:00

The Iraq war boils down to two undemocratically elected leaders going toe to toe

Hog: A question of identity

2003-03-18 00:00:00

With St. Patrick’s day on the horizon, the vexed question of what it means to be Irish once again comes to the fore.

Hog: History repeating

2003-03-03 00:00:00

There may be growing opposition to the impending war in Iraq, but the British and American governments seem unwilling to learn from their predecessors’ mistakes.

Hog: Neutrality: an excuse to do nothing?

2003-02-14 00:00:00

Neutrality, being less demanding than pacifism seems to mean whatever we want it to mean. But, argues, The Whole Hog, if we are totally opposed to war it behoves us to find other ways to help liberate the people of Iraq

Hog: Different time, same place

2003-01-31 00:00:00

The media reaction to Tim Allen’s sentencing shows we have simply replaced one outdated moral order for another argues The Hog.

Hog: Another holy war

2003-01-17 00:00:00

Are we still able to see the wood for the trees?

Hog: Our friends in the North

2003-01-15 00:00:00

Hog: The wide earthly world

2003-01-14 00:00:00

Hog: Dead planet walking

2003-01-10 00:00:00

Hog: Corruption on a land scale

2003-01-10 00:00:00

Hog: Fire and rain

2003-01-08 00:00:00

Hog: An unfair cop

2003-01-08 00:00:00

Hog: Bertie's watery world

2003-01-07 00:00:00

Hog: The year of the fallout

2003-01-06 00:00:00

The Whole Hog reflects on twelve months dominated by revelations and repercussions of political, police and church corruption, floods, floods and more floods and, of course, a certain parting of the ways on the pacific island of Saipan

Hog: Pouring oils on troubled waters

2002-12-06 00:00:00

Our increasing use of fossil fuels causes environmental changes which in turn can cause shipwrecks, flooding and worse. but are we learning?

Hog: Cad a dheanfamíd feasta gan adhmaid?

2002-11-22 00:00:00

"The idea that they exist to serve the customer is not part of this lot’s world-view: each and every citizen is a nuisance. The city, they seem to think, would be so much neater and more orderly if they could just get the people out of it"

Hog: The clock keeps ticking

2002-11-08 00:00:00

So much for the end of history, a smug theory that never envisaged Bali, Moscow and more

Hog: Trauma in paradise

2002-10-25 00:00:00

By what demonic sense of irony did the Bali bombers come to plant their bomb outside an Irish bar?

Hog: The flood gates open

2002-10-14 00:00:00

The Flood Tribunal’s interim report has shaken the confidence of many voters in the government but as the Nice Treaty referendum approaches we need to keep a clear head

Hog: Why Ireland sucks

2002-09-27 00:00:00

We have become a nation of thieves, thugs, twats and stupid drunken oafs. And that's just for starters...

Hog: The difference a day made

2002-09-13 00:00:00

One year after September 11, the world is being asked to avenge an atrocity by waging a war

Hog: Ireland: disaster is looming

2002-08-30 00:00:00

Current catastrophic weather patterns suggest that we must prepare for colder, stormier winters

Hog: The harder they come...

2002-08-16 00:00:00

... the harder they fall. First it was the church now it's the police. And what more dark secrets still remain to be revealed?

Hog: Screwing the pooch

2002-08-02 00:00:00

Is this the summer of our discontent? Well, it sure ain't no holiday

Hog: Flame and shame

2002-07-19 00:00:00

As America's woodlands are ravaged by unstoppable infernos, the global culture of financial corruption is creating its own kind of devastation

Hog: Half time core

2002-07-05 00:00:00

The games are over but clashes, questions, tribunals and treaties remain with us

Hog: Trouble in paradise

2002-05-09 00:00:00

The Progressive Democrats may have chosen to launch their campaign in Prosperous, but Ireland's thriving Celtic Tiger image belies the harsh reality of health, housing and crime problems as well as the ever widening gap between rich and poor. The Whole Hog casts a baleful eye over the general election landscape

Hog: Different strokes

2002-06-21 00:00:00

The times may well be changing but are we any wiser after 25 years of getting older?

Hog: Heroes and villains

2002-06-10 00:00:00

The world cup saga as celtic myth? Could be

Hog: The iron fist

2002-04-26 00:00:00

In the Middle East, every outrage is met with a greater one

Hog: A poisoned chalice

2002-04-12 00:00:00

Father Fortune and his slimy spoor

Hog: Of saints and celebrities

2002-03-29 00:00:00

Big brother is watching us, and we're watching big brother

Hog: Chaz 'n' Dev

2002-03-15 00:00:00

Who'd have thought a prince would offer us a useful history lesson

Hog: Referendumb

2002-03-01 00:00:00

Yet again, an attempt to resolve the abortion issue falls short of the mark

Hog: From floods to broken banks

2002-02-15 00:00:00

And how the media are determined to get their man

Hog: It was 30 years ago today

2002-02-01 00:00:00

Whether in Ireland or in Israel, people are still worryingly slow to learn the lessons of history

Hog: To be continued…

2002-01-17 00:00:00

As 2002 begins new world crises displace last year’s headlines, yet we must strive for consistency in our reactions

Hog: Dancing in the streets

2001-11-29 00:00:00

Any regime or philosophy that bans music is not only dehumanised but undivine

Hog: Uncorking The Gene Genie

2001-03-01 00:00:00

There may just be hope for the human race, after all...

Hog: Keep hope alive

2001-09-27 00:00:00

Despite the current nightmare, New York City remains a symbol of hope in a land of dreams

Hog: Middle East or Eden?

2001-09-13 00:00:00

'Sectarian conflict, bigotry and racism, coming soon to a city near you' In a column published two days before the unspeakable massacres at New York and Washington, THE HOG mourns the dawning of the most 'violent and polarised' era for the Middle East since WWII, and suggests, with tragic prescience, that the greater world would soon feel the reverberations

Hog: Drink For Thought

2001-08-30 00:00:00

Drink and the devil have done for the rest. For the silly season, it’s been an interesting couple of weeks.

Hog: Pregnant pause

2001-08-16 00:00:00

Despite a falling birthrate, Dublin’s maternity hospitals are in crisis. Is this the birth of the new Ireland?

Hog: Stranger than fiction

2001-08-02 00:00:00

In the case of Jeffrey Archer you really could judge the book by the cover-up

Hog: High On The Hog

2001-07-19 00:00:00

On the West Coast of the USA, people still hold Ireland in high esteem - why?

Hog: The saint comes marching in

2001-04-26 00:00:00

Is it a bird? is it a plane? No, it’s supernun

Hog: A Peace of the Cake

1995-03-08 00:00:00

The Framework Document is there to give everyone, Unionist and Nationalist, a chance.


1994-09-21 00:00:00

The opportunities to move forward are presenting themselves to all sides in the North. Now all we need is for everyone to do what the Irish do best - Talk!

Hog: You've got to be a hustler if you want to get on!

1994-01-26 00:00:00

Ireland's burgeoning economic confidence is in evidence throughout Europe; the Hog reports.


2001-01-17 00:00:00

The specre of immigration and Britain and Ireland's inhernent rascism needs to be challenged NOW.

Hog: Worlds Apart

2000-12-15 00:00:00

For the first time in human history, the number of overweight people in the world rivals the number of underweight. 1.2 billion, a landmark reached in February. And while the ranks of the hungry are thinning slowly, those of the obese are growing. In America, 55% of adults are classified as overweight. Some 23% are considered obese. There are 400,000 liposuction operations each year.

Hog: A Different Class of Crime

2000-12-15 00:00:00

Somewhere on my shelves is a book called Hooligan: A History of Respectable Fears. Even the title summarises the way too many people think about crime, and particularly the Minister for Justice and the Gardam.

Hog: Alright Jack?

1999-11-10 00:00:00

The Death Of Jack Lynch . . . Nurses and the Public Sector . . . Protestantism and Morality

Hog: A Gubu Nation Once Again

1999-03-03 00:00:00

Sometimes, you look at what is happening in the Moriarty and Flood Tribunals and just wonder...

Hog: A Black And White World

2000-04-27 00:00:00

As evenings lengthen and winds shift, as light becomes harder and higher and as summer edgily advances, Ireland blinks and shakes its head. A strange year entirely so far. And no story has preoccupied attention like the Catherine Nevin murder trial.

Hog: A Hard Rain Falls

2000-03-16 00:00:00

Africa never gets a break, if it isn't warfare, hunger or disease it's the ever increasing disaster that is the globe's every changing climate.

Hog: A Change Is Gonna Come

2000-01-20 00:00:00

Ireland's millenium celebrations weren't anything to write to the rest of the world about.

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