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Dublin: 8 °C Wednesday 22 October, 2014

#Read Me

# read-me - Sunday 13 April, 2014

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Michael Noonan wants house prices to rise so we can emerge from this cul-de-sac Opinion

# read-me - Sunday 6 April, 2014

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Be honest, GAA, the Sky deal IS about cash… Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Be honest, GAA, the Sky deal IS about cash…

…but this might not be a Bad Thing.

# read-me - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: My life as an ex-pat and the joy of finally coming home Homeward Bound

Column: My life as an ex-pat and the joy of finally coming home

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: Labour should be pushing for social democracy, rather than abandoning it Income Tax Cuts

Column: Labour should be pushing for social democracy, rather than abandoning it

With Labour backing income tax cuts in next year’s budget, Colm Ó Broin asks if the party is abandoning its support for social democracy.

# read-me - Sunday 23 March, 2014

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: If prices are deflating, why are we feeling poorer? Column

Damien Kiberd: If prices are deflating, why are we feeling poorer?

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: Going to see with the pirates… memories of an early Phantom FM Breaking The Law

Column: Going to see with the pirates… memories of an early Phantom FM

“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’.

From TheJournal.ie Damien Kiberd: The real reason why Frank Flannery’s head was served up on a plate Opinion

Damien Kiberd: The real reason why Frank Flannery’s head was served up on a plate

‘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

From TheJournal.ie Column: How we lost St Patrick’s Day Opinion This post contains a poll

Column: How we lost St Patrick’s Day

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

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Why are the Irish not more critical of the EU? Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Why are the Irish not more critical of the EU?

And more to the point – are we “f**ked and brainwashed” by the ‘European Project’?

# read-me - Sunday 2 March, 2014

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Government policy on housing is a massive muddle Column

Damien Kiberd: Government policy on housing is a massive muddle

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: The #GSOC debacle is a war of spin Opinion

Column: The #GSOC debacle is a war of spin

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

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: A new property bubble – but not as we know it Opinion

Damien Kiberd: A new property bubble – but not as we know it

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

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Why neither Ireland nor USA wants to question tax haven Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Why neither Ireland nor USA wants to question tax haven

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

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: RTÉ thinks it played safe on Pantigate – I beg to differ Opinion

Damien Kiberd: RTÉ thinks it played safe on Pantigate – I beg to differ

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why are we still dying to party? Column

Column: Why are we still dying to party?

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

From TheJournal.ie Damien Kiberd: Why was Ariel Sharon’s funeral such a lonely affair? Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Why was Ariel Sharon’s funeral such a lonely affair?

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

From TheJournal.ie Damien Kiberd: Ireland’s real friend in Europe is not who you think Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Ireland’s real friend in Europe is not who you think

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

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: So what if Kenny and Bruton didn’t lecture Middle East on human rights? Opinion

Damien Kiberd: So what if Kenny and Bruton didn’t lecture Middle East on human rights?

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

From TheJournal.ie Phil Prendergast: 8 reasons why pylons should not go ahead Opinion

Phil Prendergast: 8 reasons why pylons should not go ahead

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

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Why middle-aged men with money invest in Netflix… Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Why middle-aged men with money invest in Netflix…

…And why their tech confusion means there is no logic in how they price its shares.

# read-me - Tuesday 31 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Analysis: How an RTÉ satire (possibly) helped bring down a government Column

Analysis: How an RTÉ satire (possibly) helped bring down a government

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

From TheJournal.ie Gerry Adams: It’s time to define an entirely new relationship between Ireland and Britain Opinion

Gerry Adams: It’s time to define an entirely new relationship between Ireland and Britain

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

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Drop the goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Drop the goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy

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

From TheJournal.ie Aaron McKenna: A functioning charity sector needs to pay well Opinion

Aaron McKenna: A functioning charity sector needs to pay well

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

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: We recover part of our sovereignty – but banks still losing their senses Opinion

Damien Kiberd: We recover part of our sovereignty – but banks still losing their senses

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: Atheist gatherings take the positive aspects of church like the sense of community and self-reflection Opinion

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: Michael O’Leary turned Santa because he had to Opinion

Column: Michael O’Leary turned Santa because he had to

Ryanair customers feeling the love – because social media has the power to make or break the business.

# read-me - Wednesday 11 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: One month on from Typhoon Haiyan it’s essential we get people back to work Opinion

Column: One month on from Typhoon Haiyan it’s essential we get people back to work

The devastation is still apparent, writes Clare Ahern, who says it’s vital that people’s livelihoods are now restored.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Our fragile health insurance market faces collapse if age groups aren’t balanced Opinion

Column: Our fragile health insurance market faces collapse if age groups aren’t balanced

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘I attended Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994 and he will be missed’ Opinion

Column: ‘I attended Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994 and he will be missed’

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: The equality struggle didn’t end with Mandela’s prison release, it must continue Opinion

Column: The equality struggle didn’t end with Mandela’s prison release, it must continue

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: An itch, a rash, warts – this makes people get an STI test, but often there are no symptoms Opinion

Column: An itch, a rash, warts – this makes people get an STI test, but often there are no symptoms

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

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Forbes has Ireland all wrong Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Forbes has Ireland all wrong

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

From TheJournal.ie Damien Kiberd: Reasons to be cheerful? Maybe – but cautious too Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Reasons to be cheerful? Maybe – but cautious too

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

From Business ETC Column: Calling time on multinational imperialism Opinion

Column: Calling time on multinational imperialism

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: The countdown to Scotland’s referendum is on – but many questions remain Opinion

Column: The countdown to Scotland’s referendum is on – but many questions remain

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: Eyes to the sky – Comet ISON might just be visible Opinion

Column: Eyes to the sky – Comet ISON might just be visible

Comet ISON is just days away from its close encounter with the sun, writes Conor Farrell, who tells us more about this ‘sungrazer’ comet.

From TheJournal.ie Column: A review of guardianship, adoption and surrogacy law is underway, but what can we expect? Opinion

Column: A review of guardianship, adoption and surrogacy law is underway, but what can we expect?

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

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: ‘Top-up’ payments part of a game whose rules need to change Opinion

Damien Kiberd: ‘Top-up’ payments part of a game whose rules need to change

“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.”