Ticket touting legislation  - Core value ban?

INCONSISTENCY in principle, practice, or legislation can be mystifying. Without consistency, uncertainty prevails. Without consistency, especially in how laws are ...

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Ocean pollution getting worse - Urgent need to cut plastic usage

BACK in the day when everyone had an Uncle Dan with a farm, Dan and his peers’ working lives were changed utterly by dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane — ...

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Teaching religion in schools - A small step towards our new reality

NEW rules on the place of religion in more than 300 multi- denominational second-level schools come into force this morning, but it may be autumn before class timetables ...

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Our Lazarus moth

Scientists tell us that there have, in the planet’s history, been five mass extinctions, the most famous of which wiped out the dinosaurs.

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Orchestras must become truly national

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra marked its 70th birthday last evening by, naturally enough, giving a concert in the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

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Learn the lessons, don’t dilute the plan

A new national planning framework (NPF) was launched yesterday with considerable chutzpah.

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Rebuild trust - Transparency in charities

In Finland, the country’s top 10,000 or so earners’ tax bill is published each year. Known as “national envy day”, this openness seems a ...

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Nitrates directive derogation  - A very unwise capitulation

Our record on climate-change targets is so dismal that we must accept bad-neighbour accusations from societies that take environmental responsibilities seriously. ...

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Politics as a spectator sport  - Participate in democracy or suffer

One of the real threats to the stability and prosperity made possible by democracy is the powerlessness of so many people, who still, despite disappointment after ...

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Dublin-centric Taoiseach: Varadkar out of touch with rural life

IF Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is still convinced that the people of rural Ireland want, as he puts it, “to turn every town into a city and every village into town, ...

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Housing crisis: Jacqueline, 80, has a solution

IT is probably fair to say that most people in Ireland will not have heard of Jacqueline Cullinane. A Google search online will be unlikely to reveal her. Neither ...

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Arlene Foster says ‘not now’ to powersharing deal: North in limbo

ONLY the most optimistic political pundits expected a deal to be done to secure the return of the Northern Ireland Executive on Monday, when British prime minister, ...

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Russian influence strengthened: Is our neutrality sustainable?

South Korea’s Winter Olympics has focused attention on that country’s dysfunctional relationship with its northern neighbour and America’s role ...

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The romantic Irish: Go on, say it

For a nation so comfortable with invention, for a people so at ease gilding the lily, our national folklore is not overcrowded with red-rose, passionate romantics.

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Collective approach on drugs: United move may help cut health bill

Next Wednesday Martin Shkreli, currently a guest at New York’s Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, is expected to discover how long he will spend in ...

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A correction in economic cycle: EU solidarity may come at a high price

Even if last week’s stock markets stumble was just a punctuation mark in the boom-to-bust cycle it was a reminder, to borrow a phrase from another recurring ...

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Leaders clinging to office: Addicted to power

The age-old assumption that power is an aphrodisiac may not be as secure as it was before Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd, last October, brought Hollywood demagogue ...

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Protecting national treasures: Too many pike

The war to protect our endangered environment is made up of an ever-lengthening list of skirmishes where specific interest groups fight to protect one aspect or ...

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Time to end dystopian deadlock - Syrian crisis intensifies

It’s four months since Isis was driven from Raqqa, the Syrian city styled as the caliphate’s capital by the jihadi barbarians.

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A step towards rejuvenation - Funding deal for events centre

The news that work on Cork City’s long-awaited €73m events centre may begin this year must be welcomed.

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Changed times - Paying for the Pope’s visit

It was reported by The Sunday Business Post yesterday that the Catholic church has asked businesses “for millions” to help pay for Pope Francis’ ...

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No more room for ambiguity on values

A society less comfortable with moral ambiguities, convenient fictions or, as they are often called, Irish solutions to Irish problems, might be more uneasy about ...

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Brexit now a runaway train without a driver

THE first meetings between two people determined to divorce can be occasions where unrealistic expectations are aired but not conceded. A series of meetings is often ...

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A welcome first step

IT is hard to think of another modest reform that has had such a positive impact. By not sending offenders to prison for not paying fines, the number of people jailed ...

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JOYCE FEGAN: Follow Dalai Lama’s online status and don’t like it all

Joyce Fegan asks, if you run a marathon but do not post a finish-line selfie to Facebook, did you really run the race?

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Shouting match in the Dáil - Contrived idiocy

Advancing Dáil — or dare it be said, Seanad — reform is one of those noble, unquestionable objectives even if nobody really knows where that journey ...

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Winter Olympics open - Turning a blind eye to sports’ ruin

If yesterday’s weather forecasts were accurate then today parts of the country will, appropriately, lie under snow just as the Winter Olympics open in South ...

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School patronage survey - Another swizz in a failing process

If it was proposed, even as the centenary of women’s suffrage in this part of the world is celebrated, that only women of childbearing age be allowed to vote ...

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Homeless charity 200 years old - A helping hand

The 200th anniversary of one of Ireland’s oldest charities is worthy of both lament and celebration.

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Saving the Fourth Estate - We must protect a free press

It was in 1787 that the Irish philosopher and statesman, Edmund Burke, first coined the phrase “the Fourth Estate” to describe the influence of the press ...

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European Commission inconstant - Afraid to take on big business

The European Commission is a strange animal. It can be a ferocious tiger, in tackling infringements of EU law by less powerful nations, and a docile pussycat, when ...

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British politics imploding: Tory chorus of unhinged a real threat

Any citizen of the world with a reasonably alert sense of foreboding could not consider the fall in share values, at a six-year record in some cases, in American, ...

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City is to lose a well of culture as Independent bookshop to close

That booksellers Eason recorded a 31% rise in ecommerce revenue over Christmas shows again how online shopping has changed consumer habits. This evolution seems ...

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Nurse Robot: Replacing the human touch

Yesterday’s Hiqa report that elderly residents were restrained and left in soiled incontinence wear at a Beaumont hospital nursing home underlines that we ...

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Flood protection proposals - A review please

It’s just a few years since humanity took a pretty significant step — more of us chose to live in cities than in rural settings.

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Scale of threat to children - Crackdown on abuse networks

A Garda raid on a home or business is just that — no more, no less. It implies no more than suspicion, and judgement of any kind cannot be reached until court ...

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Sinn Féin’s moral compass - Marching to a different, toxic drum

Sinn Féin makes it so easy to criticise their behaviour that it might just be prudent to wonder if some Machiavellian strategy is in play.

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National planning framework: Big picture must prevail over localism

The Cabinet meets in “a special session” today to review the evolving national planning framework (NPF) and the 10-year capital investment programme.

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Video referees: Subservience of sport to TV tech

There are fine claims — many of them made by TV companies and the pundits on their payrolls — about the benefits of instant video replays on decision-making ...

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Corncrake collapse is emblematics: The last few?

Birdwatch Ireland hopes to recruit birdwatchers — €400 a week — for the coming summer season, but how many of those 14 short-term workers might ...

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Powerful generosity

It is easy to dismiss the idea of billionaires’ philanthropy where the plutocrats rather than governments get to decide how funds are used. Despite that almost ...

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Let’s avoid bitterness over gas pipelines

The prospect of Brexit has made planning for a very different world unavoidable. A lot of the focus has been on how Irish exports to the UK might be hit in any new ...

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Silence not an option in war for free speech

In any assessment of the health of free speech, a despairing reference to US president, Donald Trump, is unavoidable. He and his unsettling Praetorians trumpet contempt ...

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Broadband plan in jeopardy? - Markets fail social good once again

The Catholic Church, it is said in an almost intimidatory way, thinks in centuries. That sweeping perspective is, however, unnecessary in relation to the news that ...

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Salmon season opens:  Unsustainable exploitation

The salmon season opened on many rivers yesterday. Older anglers hardy enough — and still romantic enough — to brave the February cold do not even have ...

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Appetite sated:  The high price of success

How a person balances commitment and ambition with the always high cost of sustaining success is a defining characteristic. Not all of us get this relationship right ...

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Collision course - Israeli relations

IRELAND is on a collision course with Israel on a number of fronts: Our tacit support for Palestinian activists, our opposition to the expansion of illegal settlements ...

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Engagement is key, or it faces bullet - Good Friday Agreement

IT is almost 20 years since Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern signed the historic Good Friday Agreement in Belfast, heralding an end to decades of sectarian conflict in ...

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Deterioration in human rights - Rule of law globally

“THERE is,” as Shakespeare put it, “ a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.”That may have been an optimistic ...

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We’re at a fork in the road - The Eighth Amendment

The decision at Monday evening’s cabinet meeting to hold a referendum on whether the Eighth Amendment to our Constitution should stand or not gives the people ...

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