Ireland - Weekend Review
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...
Saturday - 10th December, 2016
SICK? OFF WORK? DON’T TAKE THE WRONG MEDICINE
When Alexander Fleming delivered his Nobel lecture, in 1945, the man who discovered penicillin prese...
Saturday - 3rd December, 2016
WILL WE MISS RTE’S KIDS’ TV?
It could have been a scene from one of those movies that will clog up the schedules for the next few...
Saturday - 26th November, 2016
IS SCREEN TIME A GOOD THING AFTER ALL?
In 1977 a 15- year- old went on trial in Florida for shooting his 82- year- old neighbour in a botch...
Saturday - 19th November, 2016
‘I DON’T WANT TO DO THIS ANY MORE’
‘I’ m not doing this job by choice,” Johanne Powell says. “I’m doing this job because I ha...
Saturday - 12th November, 2016
THE CRISES THAT CREATED PRESIDENT TRUMP
When something as strange as Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential race happens it’s not...
Saturday - 5th November, 2016
LAST DAYS OF AN UGLY CAMPAIGN
Donna Shank and her husband Dwight tucked into snacks at a Republican Party picnic in western Pennsy...
Saturday - 29th October, 2016
‘THEY’LL CLIMB THE DAMN WALL’
The desert It’s not yet 10am, but already the sun is beating down on the Sonoran Desert i...
Saturday - 22nd October, 2016
THE IRISH WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN TO IRELAND
We in Ireland might think we know who Irish-Americans are. They’re the visitors who arrive each ye...
Saturday - 15th October, 2016
‘I was eight when my brother started coming into my room’
James’s story “I was about eight when my brother started coming into my room,” James ...
Saturday - 8th October, 2016
BUDGET 2017’S TIGHTROPE POLITICS
Remember the Charlie McCreevy budgets? McCreevy was minister for finance from 1997 to 2004, when the...
Saturday - 1st October, 2016
THE FIGHT FOR FLORIDA
ASpanish-language radio station in Florida blasts out a sentence in English. It’s the unmistakable...
Saturday - 24th September, 2016
HOW TO BE A MAN IN MODERN IRELAND
Culture Editor Behold the man in crisis. Beset by economic woes, unsure of his place in a w...
Saturday - 17th September, 2016
‘A HEAD OF STATE UNLIKE ANY OTHER’
It is striking that, in the course of a wide-ranging conversation in his study at Áras an U...
Saturday - 10th September, 2016
IRELAND AND BRITAIN
The one phrase most likely to have been in the heads of those who went to fight for an Irish republi...
Saturday - 3rd September, 2016
JUDGES V MINISTERS
‘Like a residents’ association meeting’ The atmosphere was relatively calm in July 20...
Saturday - 27th August, 2016
sickness as the main reason. Just one in five said that work or a job offer would be the main cause ...
Saturday - 20th August, 2016
HICKEY AND THE TICKET TRAIL
As the Irish delegation entered the Maracanã for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games,...
Saturday - 13th August, 2016
FROM SELF-EMPLOYMENT TO UNEMPLOYMENT
‘You drive around the country,” says Ray Butler, the Fine Gael Senator, “and look at all those...
Saturday - 6th August, 2016
100 DAYS IN OFFICE
Fourth time is a charm, joked Noel Rock. It was May 6th, and the young Fine Gael TD had been asked o...
Saturday - 30th July, 2016
CAN AMERICA LOVE HILLARY?
Talk- show host Jerry Springer has seen his share of shouting matches and fights on his set, but he ...
Saturday - 23rd July, 2016
LIFE INSIDE OUR HOMELESS HOTELS
This week Minister for Housing Simon Coveney published Rebuilding Ireland, an action plan for housin...
Saturday - 16th July, 2016
‘I WAS SCREAMING AND SCREAMING, BUT THEY WOULDN’T LET ME PAST’
June 24th, 2009, was, as Sandra Flynn recalls, roasting hot in Dublin. Her husband, Terry, was at wo...
Saturday - 9th July, 2016
THE HEALY-RAE KINGDOM
The home village A sign outside one of the three pubs in the Co Kerry village of Kilgarvan ...
Saturday - 2nd July, 2016
THE EMBEDDED EMIGRANT
Sarah’s story “I’ll come home in a couple of weeks if I don’t like it,” Sarah Fly...
Saturday - 25th June, 2016
When Phil Hogan r ai s ed a half-empty glass of water to his lips in a Government Buildings briefing...
Saturday - 18th June, 2016
OMAR MATEEN’S MOTIVE
Amanda Connell and her family are wearing white T- shirts with “#CoryStrong” printed on them. So...
Saturday - 11th June, 2016
OUR NEW SENATORS’ POLITICAL FUTURES
Much like the 32nd Dáil, still wrestling with how to manage itself weeks into a politically...
Saturday - 4th June, 2016
THE STEROID BOOM
‘Tom” was in prison when he began taking steroids. For the first eight years of a decade-long se...
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