# read-me - Sunday 6 April, 2014
…but this might not be a Bad Thing.
# read-me - Wednesday 2 April, 2014
At the height of the recession, thousands of Irish people found employment and new lives abroad. Now, many are returning to Ireland, especially as the economy starts to get back on its feet, Matthew Jones writes.
# read-me - Tuesday 1 April, 2014
# read-me - Sunday 23 March, 2014
Statisticians tell us inflation is a memory but what lies beneath – massive premiums on childcare, health insurance, water tax and more – is a better measure of the pain consumers feel.
# read-me - Sunday 16 March, 2014
“My heart nearly flung itself up through my gob and into the fireplace”… One of the ‘Two Richies’ recalls that fateful call-up from the mysterious ‘Phantom Towers’.
‘Spin doctors? But who the hell is sick?’ To paraphrase the TV drama Borgen, Frank Flannery’s dismissal uncovers some uncomfortable truths about ‘access all areas’ PR in politics.
# read-me - Friday 14 March, 2014
As I watched the St Patrick’s Day parade march down New York’s Fifth Avenue, the true meaning of our national holiday struck me. And it made me realise many of us fail to understand what March 17 actually represents for our small nation, writes Paul Allen.
# read-me - Sunday 9 March, 2014
And more to the point – are we “f**ked and brainwashed” by the ‘European Project’?
# read-me - Sunday 2 March, 2014
When the economy collapsed the banks got top priority. Building workers and people who need social housing were far down the pecking order. Now they’re telling us a miracle is on the way…
# read-me - Tuesday 25 February, 2014
With a constant flow of leaks, jousting between journalists and politicians, and the resulting war of words spinning out of control, the casualties in the Garda Ombudsman conflict will be high, writes Paul Allen.
# read-me - Monday 24 February, 2014
# read-me - Sunday 23 February, 2014
A glut of cash buyers, homeowners anchored by negative equity and tracker mortgages – in Dublin, the situation for young people trying to buy is alarming.
# read-me - Sunday 16 February, 2014
Official Ireland does not like inconvenient truths – which is why Trinity professor Jim Stewart’s spot-on research makes it defensive.
# read-me - Sunday 9 February, 2014
RTÉ would do well to remember the story of Jurgen Klinsmann’s dive in the 1990 World Cup and the effect that had on schoolboy footballers for years to come.
# read-me - Thursday 6 February, 2014
The Stardust fire happened 33 years ago, but we still have not learned the lessons of that horrific night, writes Paul Allen.
# read-me - Sunday 26 January, 2014
Psychopath or a good soldier? The ‘no show’ of global leaders at his final goodbye nods to a life of contradictions.
# read-me - Sunday 19 January, 2014
When the chips are down, Ireland has always been able to count on Britain – so why don’t we support them if they want to leave the EU?
# read-me - Sunday 12 January, 2014
Were they not correct to put the business interests of Ireland first? And what about those other human rights abusers Ireland conveniently chooses to ignore?
# read-me - Thursday 9 January, 2014
MEP outlines her arguments for opposing Eirgrid’s Gridlink infrastructure plan, which would see giant pylons across rural areas.
# read-me - Sunday 5 January, 2014
…And why their tech confusion means there is no logic in how they price its shares.
# read-me - Tuesday 31 December, 2013
Ahead of tonight’s reportedly controversial Oliver Callan sketch, Dr Ciara Meehan looks at how Hall’s Pictorial Weekly is associated with the defeat of the then-government in 1977 – but questions whether it was really to blame.
# read-me - Friday 27 December, 2013
Commentators have portrayed State visits between Ireland and Britain, such as Michael D Higgins’s trip next year, as proof that the issue of British involvement in Irish affairs has been settled. It hasn’t, argues the Sinn Féin President.
# read-me - Sunday 22 December, 2013
Job figure increases are welcome – but Government needs to be bolshy to grab the three things it needs for proper growth.
# read-me - Saturday 21 December, 2013
People working in charities have mortgages and kids and wants and desires. The sector can’t hope to recruit and retain top class people, capable of running very complex operations, if they offer significantly less than the private sector.
# read-me - Sunday 15 December, 2013
The target borrower for banks is often a high net worth individual living overseas: ordinary owner-occupiers can go and whistle.
# read-me - Friday 13 December, 2013
Column: Atheist gatherings take the positive aspects of church like the sense of community and self-reflection
The Sunday Assembly, which takes place this Sunday is a gathering of a godless congregation of over 100 people, with ages ranging from 7 to 70.
# read-me - Thursday 12 December, 2013
Ryanair customers feeling the love – because social media has the power to make or break the business.
# read-me - Wednesday 11 December, 2013
The devastation is still apparent, writes Clare Ahern, who says it’s vital that people’s livelihoods are now restored.
Clearly insurers are not building a mixed age profile of customers under their own steam, writes Patricia Conboy, who says those that don’t should be penalised.
# read-me - Tuesday 10 December, 2013
The obscenity of the apartheid system was brought home to me when Bishop Desmond Tutu visited Ireland in 1984 and he shared his stories, writes Joe Murray, who says the world has lost a unique leader.
Mandela did not topple white rule single-handedly – nor did he ever claim to, writes David Cronin, who says that while he retains a deep admiration for Mandela, he did turn his back on some of his beliefs.
Many STIs are symptomless and can be transmitted through oral sex too, writes Tricia Purcell, who says young people need to be better educated about their sexual health.
# read-me - Sunday 8 December, 2013
Ireland Inc. got the thumbs-up as the best place to do business. The glossy magazine headline hides a less attractive truth about tax, unemployment and Stalinist powers.
# read-me - Sunday 1 December, 2013
Should we be optimistic or pessimistic? Doing the hokey cokey or pleading poverty at the back door of the Bundesbank?
# read-me - Thursday 28 November, 2013
With employment figures finally on the up and job announcements by the likes of Microsoft making the headlines, it is time to start cheerleading our thriving start-up sector, writes Paul Allen.
# read-me - Tuesday 26 November, 2013
The landmark referendum is to be held next September but, whatever the outcome, questions remain over how it might affect national identity and government policy in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, writes Natalie Tennyson.
# read-me - Monday 25 November, 2013
Comet ISON is just days away from its close encounter with the sun, writes Conor Farrell, who tells us more about this ‘sungrazer’ comet.
The Children and Family Relationships Bill is proposing a sweeping and comprehensive review of an area of law that touches all of our lives, writes Katherine Irwin.
# read-me - Sunday 24 November, 2013
“The model of social partnership promoted since 1987 relies for its internal cohesion on permitting people at various levels within the system to milk that system for their own benefit.”
# read-me - Friday 22 November, 2013
Talking up the state of the economy got us into this mess in the first place – but things are not looking up for the average man and woman.