Ireland - Weekend Review
Saturday - 20th October, 2018
I WAS SMUGGLED INTO IRELAND
The journey – from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo to Ireland – was meant to last t...
Saturday - 13th October, 2018
WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE BORDER?
6.10pm, Wednesday Stephen Heasley carries out a few final checks at the back of the lorry t...
Saturday - 6th October, 2018
THE ‘GLORIFIED BABYSITTER’ INDUSTRY
Atwo- storey, semi- detached house in a newly built estate in Crumlin, Dublin is where the dream of ...
Saturday - 29th September, 2018
WHEN A STUDENT IS RAPED
It was her first year in college and Leanne was approaching the end of her exams in 2016. “It was ...
Saturday - 22nd September, 2018
THE ‘NICE’ YEARS
In late 2013, having weathered two profit warnings, Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary took a...
Saturday - 15th September, 2018
IRELAND’S PRISON GANGS
In 2013, Seán had just been transferred to C-Wing when the alarm went off. It was a sound h...
Saturday - 8th September, 2018
‘2018 LOOKS SCARILY LIKE 2008’
On Monday, September 15th, 2008, Americans woke to the news that Lehman Brothers, one of the giants ...
Saturday - 1st September, 2018
RETURN OF THE NATIVES
After Sarah O’Connell graduated in June 2011 with a degree in renewable energy, the only relevant ...
Saturday - 25th August, 2018
THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD BE PRESIDENT
As it gathers momentum, so it gathers participants. The process of nominating candidates for the pre...
Saturday - 18th August, 2018
DEATH OF AN IRISH POST OFFICE
9am-11am It’s just before 9am on a Friday morning, and I arrive at the post office in Bal...
Saturday - 11th August, 2018
Dear Pope Francis...
Colm O’Gorman Executive director, Amnesty International Ireland ‘A year after ...
Saturday - 4th August, 2018
THE WORLD’S BUSIEST BEACH
Bathers at the world’s busiest beach, Fujiazhuang in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian, are ...
Saturday - 28th July, 2018
‘I BECAME THE STORY TOO OFTEN’
It has just turned noon on a weekday in Washington, and at the Trump International Hotel a black SUV...
Saturday - 21st July, 2018
If Europe is not to follow the US it will have to wake up to the political epidemic that Putin has started
Misery loves company. Under Vladimir Putin, Russian democracy has become a miserable fig leaf for kl...
Saturday - 14th July, 2018
THE DREAM IS OVER. THE NIGHTMARE CONTINUES
When Theresa May returned to her country retreat at Chequers on Friday, her plan for Brexit was unde...
Saturday - 7th July, 2018
It’s lunchtime at the Morning Squeeze restaurant in Tempe, just outside Phoenix, and business is b...
Saturday - 30th June, 2018
Four cans of Heineken on the 4am bus from Waterford to Dublin Airport. A pint of Guinness while wait...
Saturday - 23rd June, 2018
JAMES COMEY ‘I WASN’T TRYING TO HURT HILLARY’
James Comey’s head, shoulders and reputation precede him. Ducking forward instinctively to get thr...
Saturday - 16th June, 2018
‘WE HAVE NO ONE’
Last night, Mayyu Ali says, there was panic in the camp. It was shortly before midnight when the sto...
Saturday - 9th June, 2018
WHEN THE WRONG PERSON IS SHOT
Larry Dunne, the man most widely associated with introducing heroin to Ireland, was being led away t...
Saturday - 2nd June, 2018
The remarkable thing isn’t that official Catholic Ireland has died. It’s that it lasted so long
On Friday of last week, the people of Dunleer in Co Louth went to the local national school to mark ...
Saturday - 26th May, 2018
LAST HOURS OF JASTINE VALDEZ AND HER KILLER
The victim Jastine Valdez was raised by her grandmother. Her parents Danilo and Tess lived ...
Saturday - 19th May, 2018
HARDENING VIEWS ON THE DOORSTEPS
In late afternoon, Patrick Hennessy comes out the door of his shop in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny and s...
Saturday - 12th May, 2018
Tonya McEvoy (34) ‘You’ve got to get home. Tonya’s been in an accident’
When Tonya McEvoy signed up to the bike- to- work scheme she knew very little about cycling. She had...
Saturday - 5th May, 2018
I was the boyfriend of Ann Lovett
Richard “Ricky” McDonnell is standing at the gate, staring at a house on Colmcille Terrace, Gran...
Saturday - 28th April, 2018
THE MAKING OF A GARDA KILLER
‘My name is Si obhan Philips,” reads the statement given to the Garda. “I began a relationship...
Saturday - 21st April, 2018
LE BIG MAC
President Emmanuel Macron likes to convince people. In manner and method, he is unlike his predecess...
Saturday - 14th April, 2018
‘Leslie. This storm will pass. I know it is awful for you... but we need to play the long game. Best regards. Denis’
Robert Pitt was 44 years old and chief operations officer of Tesco in the Czech Republic when Indepe...
Saturday - 7th April, 2018
‘IT’S EASY TO GIVE UP’
So much has happened since that night in Belfast almost 23 years ago. Thousands of people, wrapped u...
Saturday - 31st March, 2018
‘The trial was on a par with the rape, but I’m glad I testified. It was important for me to do so’
The young woman was visibly shaking as she stood just a few feet in front of the three men accused o...
Saturday - 24th March, 2018
DEATH OF A ‘STRONG KICK-ASS GIRL’
“I remember being outside the church when the hearse arrived . . . I remember when they were takin...
Saturday - 17th March, 2018
HIDDEN WORLD OF DUBLIN AIRPORT
Every morning between 5.45 and 7.45, about 10,000 people travel through Dublin Airport. At 6.45am on...
Saturday - 10th March, 2018
FIVE YEARS OF POPE FRANCIS
Last Wednesday evening in Rome was much like that of March 13th, 2013: damp and drizzly with an air ...
Saturday - 3rd March, 2018
INSIDE THE BELLY OF THE BEAST
If this week’s snow storm has a face, it is that of weather forecaster Evelyn Cusack. Last Wednesd...
Saturday - 24th February, 2018
DEATH OF THE IRISH SHOP
‘Can’t believe they’re closing.” “So upsetting.” An “absolute pox”. Many expressed s...
Saturday - 17th February, 2018
Ireland ignores Muslims, until someone makes controversial comments about female genital mutilation. We need to talk about multiculturalism
In May 2008, the then minister of state for integration, Conor Lenihan, launched a document with the...
Saturday - 10th February, 2018
THE FUTURE OF ISLAMIC STATE
Perhaps the most significant set of events in the Middle East over the past 12 months has been the n...
Saturday - 3rd February, 2018
IRISH LIFE LAID BARE, ONE CASE AT A TIME
It’s the fourth Tuesday of the month, which means the District Court in Virginia, Co Cavan, is sit...
Saturday - 27th January, 2018
SHOT BECAUSE HIS NAME WAS HUTCH
When the end came for inner city hard man Derek Hutch it was by his o wn hand. The 44- year- old had...
Saturday - 20th January, 2018
PAYING TAX THE WEALTHY PEOPLE’S WAY
Iwant to make sure that everybody at this meeting has the same objective, she said: “to pay as lit...
Saturday - 13th January, 2018
MEET THE TRUMPWATCHERS
Trumpwatching has become one of the world’s favourite spectator sports. “Sport” isn’t even t...
Saturday - 6th January, 2018
SCARS REMAIN AMID THE RECOVERY
Ten years ago this month the clouds were building, but we had little clue of the extent of the econo...
Saturday - 30th December, 2017
When Vladimir Putin flew into the Khmeimim military base in Syria early this month, a group of SU 30...
Saturday - 23rd December, 2017
HOW TO HAVE A #METOO CONVERSATION
The year 2017 taught many men for the first time that there is a systemic social problem whereby wom...
Saturday - 16th December, 2017
THE WINTER WHITE HOUSE
Nestled behind the foliage and palm trees of the southern Florida coastline, a row of exclusive prop...
Saturday - 9th December, 2017
DRUG-DEALING BY RICKSHAW IN DUBLIN
It’s Friday night in Dublin’s city centre. The rickshaw driver slouches over the handlebars of h...
Saturday - 2nd December, 2017
‘Dysfunctional’ is the word of the week. Here’s what Leo Varadkar needs to do to eradicate the term from Irish politics
The word of the week is “dysfunctional”. Leo Varadkar used it on Tuesday to describe the Departm...
Saturday - 25th November, 2017
The video starts with a camera phone pointed at the ground. White runners are pounding on a dark pav...
Saturday - 18th November, 2017
Here’s an idea. An economic plan that could make Ireland a cutting-edge global leader
Unlike hosting the Rugby World Cup, the global economy is no longer an “all-or-nothing” game of ...
Saturday - 11th November, 2017
THE PRIEST, THE ‘GANGSTER’ AND THE WIDOW
An Irish priest played a key role in offshore structures holding substantial assets belonging to the...
Saturday - 4th November, 2017
Having Donald Trump as my president is a lot like letting my kids hang out with the wrong people (th...
Saturday - 28th October, 2017
We all know a Tom Humphries even if we don’t know we do. Dismissing him as a freak or split personality diminishes his responsibility
Pervert. Sicko child abuser. Journo beast. After Tom Humphries was, in the telling term f avoured by...
Saturday - 21st October, 2017
IRELAND’S BIGGEST CAR PARK
For Deirdre Clayton, every workday morning is a race to the M50. She leaves home in Celbridge, Co Ki...
Saturday - 14th October, 2017
‘I can’t go to England. There’s a warrant for my arrest’
It takes 40 minutes to ride the Green Luas line from St Stephen’s Green to the final stop of 22, a...
Saturday - 7th October, 2017
WHY AMERICA LOVES GUNS
It was approaching 10pm on a warm Sunday night, and Paola Bastista was doing what she likes best: en...
Saturday - 30th September, 2017
WHO’S RUNNING THE SHOW?
On Tuesday, October 10th, Paschal Donohoe, holder of the second and third most powerful political of...
Saturday - 23rd September, 2017
‘SHE WANTED OUT. I DIDN’T’ COUPLES IN COUNSELLING
‘We were together, but not together. We weren’t communicating. We weren’t spending any time to...
Saturday - 16th September, 2017
THE BATTLE FOR HEARTS AND MINDS
What a difference a decade makes. In 2008 hundreds marched in Dublin to protest against the governme...
Saturday - 9th September, 2017
WHEN HOME IS A TENT
Phoenix Park is littered with the belongings of Dublin’s rough sleepers. Clothes, duvets, sleeping...
Saturday - 2nd September, 2017
THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL WOMAN
If you’ve seen The Wizard of Oz, you know what to expect from an Angela Merkel election rally. Lik...
Saturday - 26th August, 2017
THE LIVES OF COMMUTERS
It is 5.45am on Tuesday and still dark out. There are just four people sitting in the waiting area o...
Saturday - 19th August, 2017
The State of Us, Part I
Nations tell themselves stories. They are not fully true, they are often bitterly contested and they...
Saturday - 12th August, 2017
Saturday - 5th August, 2017
TRAVELS IN TRUMP’S AMERICA
August i s the time of escape from Washington, when thousands of workers and political types leave t...
Saturday - 29th July, 2017
WILL I BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO RETIRE?
When Mary Dunphy was approaching the retirement age of 65 she started looking for a new job, but her...
Saturday - 22nd July, 2017
WHO ARE IRELAND’S DONOR CHILDREN?
It is only in recent years that society has woken up to the trauma suffered by many adopted people t...
Saturday - 15th July, 2017
‘I WALKED AWAY. THEN THE CAR EXPLODED’
Northern Editor Northern Ireland is a complicated place, Peter Sheridan says. He liked Mart...
Saturday - 8th July, 2017
THE RISE OF AN UGLY DRUG
He was known as Rock One because he sold the best crack. The second best was sold by Rock Two, the t...
Saturday - 1st July, 2017
BACK FROM THE BRINK
‘EU on verge of CIVIL WAR.” The Sunday Express headline summing up last weekend’s EU summit dr...
Saturday - 24th June, 2017
When a white van mounted a footpath near Finsbury Park Mosque early on Monday morning and drove at s...
Saturday - 17th June, 2017
WHAT HUMAN REMAINS TELL US
For murder investigators the remains of a body are more than just evidence. They are a silent witnes...
Saturday - 10th June, 2017
HOW TO BE TAOISEACH
The transition happens in an instant. If all goes according to the plans being carefully refined thi...
Saturday - 3rd June, 2017
WHY THE SISTERS GOT OUT OF HOSPITAL
Photographs of the statue of the Virgin Mary guarding the entrance to St Vincent’s campus in Dubli...
Saturday - 27th May, 2017
A NEW TERROR
They do things their own way in Manchester – with their own mixture of warmth, wit and chippiness,...
Saturday - 20th May, 2017
Simon v Leo
The playwright Tom Murphy has always insisted that the most important question about any drama is: w...
Saturday - 13th May, 2017
THE VIETNAM BOMBS THAT STILL KILL
I’ m standing in a rice field in northern Laos, a few kilometres from the nearest large town, Phon...
Saturday - 6th May, 2017
HOMELESS IN SOUTH CO DUBLIN
Will i am Tutty strolls along George’s Street Upper in Dún Laoghaire with his dog, Daisy....
Saturday - 29th April, 2017
THE STOLEN DECADE
Wednesday, May 3rd , marks 10 years since three-year-old Madeleine McCann vanished from a Portuguese...
Saturday - 22nd April, 2017
THERESA MAY AND THE LABOUREXIT ELECTION
When Lee Rowley knocks on bungalow doors i n the North East Derbyshire town of Dronfield, he immedia...
Saturday - 15th April, 2017
IS THERE ONE? IS IT GETTING BOOMIER?
Talk of the economic recovery being a “Phoenix miracle” has made it t o Dundrum Town Centre, but...
Saturday - 8th April, 2017
‘UNITED IRELAND? IT’S ALL GUFF’
Brexit will not lead to a return to bloodshed in Northern Ireland, says one Provisional IRA veteran....
Saturday - 1st April, 2017
BEING A FIRST-TIME BUYER IN 2017
‘There’s definitely a bubble,” Damian Fitzgerald says. Since he and his f i ancee started hous...
Saturday - 25th March, 2017
‘CALM IS CONTAGIOUS’
On Thursday morning, 18 hours after the Westminster attack, a large area around the Houses of Parlia...
Saturday - 18th March, 2017
‘WE’RE A TIGHT FAMILY’
Cnoc an Tearmainn, or Sanctuary Hill, commands a clear view on a fine day of the most westerly light...
Saturday - 11th March, 2017
MODERN IRISH SCANDALS
It’s the details of the stories that shock: children growing up in institutions in grinding povert...
Saturday - 4th March, 2017
GOODBYE, AMERICA. AND GOOD LUCK
Murmurations of starlings twisting in darkening shadows are common in Irish skies, so the sight of l...
Saturday - 25th February, 2017
NEW POLITICS, ONE YEAR ON
Ayear ago tomorrow Ireland went to the polls for a general election that would provide the greatest ...
Saturday - 18th February, 2017
‘SOMETHING IS BROKEN’
Vocation. From the old French vocacion, a spiritual calling. Sounds wonderful. Except right now I fe...
Saturday - 11th February, 2017
YES SHE CAN
With 10 weeks until the first round of the French presidential election, government parties – the ...
Saturday - 4th February, 2017
WELCOME TO TRUMPERICA
Probably the smartest thing anyone said about Donald Trump before his election was the explanation b...
Saturday - 28th January, 2017
YOUNG, MUSLIM AND IRISH
They are an upcoming generation of Irish Muslims – probably the first to have grown up in Ireland ...
Saturday - 21st January, 2017
HOW DOES IT WORK OUT?
For several years experts have been doing their best to hurry women into motherhood. Hardly a week g...
Saturday - 14th January, 2017
Irish twentysomethings on sex and pornography, optimism and austerity, Instagram and the echo chamber
Do you identify with your generational label? Does the term baby boomer resonate with the life you h...
Saturday - 7th January, 2017
THE END OF DEMOCRACY?
The year was just an hour old when a man dressed in black approached the door of the nightclub, rais...
Saturday - 24th December, 2016
A 2016 CHRISTMAS CAROL
January Fairytale of New York As the year starts in high hopes it’s still mornin...
Saturday - 17th December, 2016
Moss Street, Dublin 2
Not far from Pearse Street Garda station is an old Dublin Corporation block hasn’t fared well. The...
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