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Why it's only human to ask
Letters to the EditorSir - I don't understand the hype and big deal being made over Stephen Fry's answer to Gay Byrne's question.
Irish public loosens purse strings and starts to spend...
Hayley HalpinThe public has loosened its purse strings and intends to start spending again,...
Pension money stolen in shop
Letters to the EditorSir - Last weekend, when I went to the checkout at a supermarket in Rathmines, Dublin 6, to pay for my shopping, I...
Shocking cruelty to cattle
Letters to the EditorSir - Recent reports have revealed the most horrendous cruelty to cattle exported live.
Shatter: Kenny has 'no moral compass' and is 'misusing power'
Philip Ryan FORMER Justice Minister Alan Shatter has launched a scathing attack on Taoiseach Enda Kenny, accusing him of “misuse of power” and putting his own political survival ahead of his party and the country.
Give older people ownership of lives
Letters to the Editor Sir - Honesty, straight-talking and a reluctance to toe the line sometimes can hamper you when you see an injustice, but never give up when you think your point is valid.
Love and dignity of Fitzpatricks
Letters to the Editor Sir - I refer to the excellent article by Brendan O'Connor (Sunday Independent, March 19) on Eamonn Casey.
Let Rory and The Donald putt
Letters to the Editor Sir - There are a load of objections from the tender and the easily oppressed because Rory McIlroy played golf with President Trump.
Leo's vision for society
Letters to the Editor Sir - Leo Varadkar's vision for Ireland as set out in last week's Sunday Independent was very reasonable. Ireland has been sent into massive depressions after Fianna Fail governments as a matter of course due to their tendency to tax and squander. That said, the question arises who needs action when you have words?
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Are our politicians competent enough?
Sir - Your editorial "Government must stand prepared" (Sunday Independent, January 22) and "... by far, the greatest issue facing this country..." begs the question, are our politicians competent to stand prepared? On past records we must feel apprehensive. The bartering of our fisheries, the sugar beet industry and the banking debacle. The ham-fisted introduction of water charges, a vital resource, the solution now tempered by street politics. Some might be reassured as we see the Taoiseach striding confidently as he greets his EU and UK counterparts.
The School League Tables
The definitive guide to the best and worst schools in the country - in this week's Sunday Independent
Tax breaks come at a cost
Letters to the Editor Sir - To run this country, we are borrowing money left right and centre, and the usual excuse why we cannot afford to properly pay our young doctors, nurses, teachers and other public servants is because we can't afford to, due to other demands on the public purse.
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Willie, prince of full backs
Letters to the Editor Sir - I read with interest Dermot Crowe's excellent article (Sunday Independent, January 1) regarding the great sports people who passed away in 2016. However, another footballing great passed away in mid-December, which seems to have gone unnoticed in the media.
Cronin's joyful, poetic voice
Letters to the Editor Sir - How do you say goodbye to someone whom you have never known yet who has been very much part of your life? Every Sunday morning it has been an essential part of my enjoyment of reading the Sunday Independent, to check what poet and poem Anthony Cronin was having us consider for the day; for the week.
The Olympics, Tiger Woods and the perils of greatness - Rory McIlroy sits down with Paul...
Independent.ie Newsdesk In the first part of an exclusive interview in the Sunday Independent, Rory McIlroy has spoken to Paul Kimmage about his early days as a professional golfer, the Olympic Games, Tiger Woods and his...
The G-Plan Diet: Lose a pound a week
'He's probably the most arrogant man I've met on a football pitch': Stephen Hunt on Premier...
Independent.ie Newsdesk In Stephen Hunt's latest Sunday Independent column, he talks about his hopes for football in 2017 - including some things he would like to change.
Gillian Bowler’s precious lesson
Sir — In a tribute to the late Gillian Bowler (Sunday Independent, December 18), Liam Collins included a quote from her from 2004: “Time is the most precious thing we have and yet we don’t realise it.”
Good therapists and process of healing
Sir - In response to Donal Lynch's appraisal of therapy (Sunday Independent, December 11), he hit the nail on the head when he said "the hard, unglamorous heavy lifting of self-improvement is still up to you". However, this does not mean you can do it alone.
Shocking murder must be solved
Sir - In all the toing and froing, the main issue is a man lost his life. Brian Stack was a prison officer for the country.
The brave abuse survivors
Letter to the Editor Sir - What an excellent, thought-provoking and brave article Eamonn Sweeney has written in your paper (Real bravery is surviving abuse, Eric, Sunday Independent, December 4).
Management at INM make proposal to pension trustees
Donal O'Donovan Management at Independent News & Media (INM) have made a proposal to the trustees of the company’s defined benefit pension plans and held talks to discuss the proposals today.
INM financial plan gets the green light despite staff protests on pension cuts
Michael Cogley and Anne Marie Walsh Shareholders at Independent News and Media (INM) have overwhelmingly approved a capital restructuring plan that could lead to the resumption of dividends for the first time since the onset of the...
Give garda chief a break
Letters to the Editor Sir — It was gratifying to see one brave journalist (Sunday Independent, November 27) draw attention to the continuous vilification of my former colleague and now current garda commissioner, Noirin O’Sullivan, by people who are not worthy to tie her shoelaces, aided of course by many reporters forever ready to put the boot in.
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Joe Brolly: When the heat is turned up on Colm Cooper, he disappears. In adversity, he fails
Independent.ie Newsdesk Joe Brolly has heaped praise on Kerry forward Kieran Donaghy and again questioned those that champion the greatness of Colm Cooper.
No surprise, Frances
Letters to the Editor Sir - I wasn’t surprised by your 'I want to lead' page one lead story (Sunday Independent, September 20), in which Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice and Equality, signalled her ambition to succeed Enda Kenny and, in time, become our first woman Taoiseach.
Since when did stiff upper lip become a bad thing?
Ian O'Doherty It wouldn’t be normal week in Irish life if Joe Brolly didn’t cause consternation in some circles. But for once the Northern motor mouth can be forgiven for wondering what he did wrong.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny opens new digital-led news hub at INM
Ailish O'Hora TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has opened the new digital-led news hub at Independent News & Media's offices on Dublin's Talbot Street.
GIF: 'A stonewall penalty' - Colm O'Rourke convinced Kieran Donaghy was fouled in the...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Sunday Independent columnist and Meath legend Colm O'Rourke was convinced that Kieran Donaghy should have been awarded a penalty after being hauled to the ground in the area.
Mental health activist Conor Cusack blasts Joe Brolly for GAA anecdote
Independent.ie Newsdesk Former Cork hurler Conor Cusack claimed to be 'distressed' after reading an anecdote in Joe Brolly's Sunday Independent column ahead of today's All-Ireland final between Dublin and Kerry.
Blames rich states
Letters to the Editor Sir - The response or non-response of wealthy Arab states - U.A.E, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia - to the refugee crisis currently engulfing Europe has been instructive.
New Group Political Editor for INM titles
Independent.ie Newsdesk Kevin Doyle has been appointed as Group Political Editor for Independent News and Media.
'Ireland has a great chance of winning' - Columnists launch INM Rugby World Cup...
Nicola Anderson The level of expectation is at an all-time high - but top rugby analysts have predicted that Ireland has gone to a whole new level and has 'a real shot' in the World Cup.
Do you know someone who deserves recognition? Call Hidden Heroes
Calling Ireland’s Heroes - Hidden Heroes 2015 Opens for Nominations
5 arts initiatives making waves right now
With arts sector funding receiving cuts every year, private arts funding is stepping into the breach. We take a look at the arts initiatives that together with support of businesses are leading the way.
Sir - Any reasonable, sensible person having read the excellent articles by Jody Corcoran, Jim Cusack, Eoghan Harris, Mairia...
Sir - Any reasonable, sensible person having read the excellent articles by Jody Corcoran, Jim Cusack, Eoghan Harris, Mairia Cahill and Ruth Edwards in last week's Sunday Independent would never, ever vote for Sinn Fein.
Letters: Leave a good mark
Letters to the Editor Sir - Homelessness for families in our Irish cities is heartbreaking, without even contemplating the same problem for the thousands of refugees fleeing war and violence in their own countries, some of whom are coming here. There is a lot of truth and common sense in Gene Kerrigan's treatise on this problem (Sunday Independent,...
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O'Sullivan should have heeded gardaí's reports before absolving the IRA
Paul Williams Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan may have been well advised to be more reliant on police reports before sitting down to write a soothing letter of comfort to Sinn Féin last February.
Independent Averil to run for next Dail
Daniel McConnell Former Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power is today declaring her intention to stand for the next general election as an Independent candidate.
Commissioner scored own goal by dodging questions on PIRA's existence
Paul Williams The incendiary disclosure by the Police Service of Northern Ireland that they believe the IRA had an organisational role in the murder of former Provo Kevin McGuigan is potentially embarrassing for the Garda...
INM titles continue to dominate newspaper market, new ABC figures show
Ailish O'Hora Independent News & Media (INM) titles continue to dominate the Irish newspaper landscape, new circulation figures show.
TV3 presenter Vincent Browne 'expects to extend his contract by ten years'
Independent.ie Newsdesk TV3 presenter Vincent Browne has said he has no plans to retire from his role as talk show host.
The world we live in
Letters to the Editor Sir - I'm note sure if it was deliberate on your part or just ironic - but the two stories on pages four and five in last week's Sunday Independent showed the complete polar opposite of how the world in which we live has evolved.
"Decision is unlawful" - Joe Brolly has jumped to the defence of Tiernan McCann and Tyrone
He went into battle against them many a time, but now Joe Brolly is on the same side as Tiernan McCann and Tyrone as reports suggest the Red Hand man may be hit with an eight-week ban for his shameful dive against Monaghan on Saturday.
Remembering a remarkable career calling the horses
Letters to the Editor Peter O'Sullevan, the Kerry-born BBC racing commentator and journalist, died recently aged 97.
Letters: 'Only ten days to go'
Sir - Myself, my wife and three children are holidaying in a mobile home in the west of Ireland.
Water charges protest drowned out real grievances over the property tax
When water charges were first introduced, people took to the streets in their tens of thousands to protest.
Sir - In response to Michael Dryhurst's letter (
Sir - In response to Michael Dryhurst's letter (Sunday Independent, 2 August) may I say that in my opinion Marty Whelan's morning programme is perfectly pitched for the time of morning. It is entertaining and uplifting. Please Lyric FM, don't consider changing this format.
Sir - Re Eoghan Harris's column (
Sir - Re Eoghan Harris's column (Sunday Independent, 2 August): I admire the love of county as much as the next man or woman. Kilkenny, for example, need not go outside the county boundary to find the greatest hurlers we have ever seen (DJ Carey, Richie Power, Eddie Brennan - did I miss someone out here?).
Fine Gael divided over coalition with Fianna Fáil
Philip Ryan A major split is emerging in Fine Gael over the possibility of calling an end to civil war politics and forming a coalition with Fianna Fáil after the next general election.
Based on these numbers, another Fine Gael-Labour coalition would fall far short
Adrian Kavanagh Yesterday's 'Sunday Independent'-Millward Brown opinion poll offered different messages to the various parties and groupings.
Voters turning their backs on Fine Gael
Philip Ryan Fine Gael's hopes of returning to Government after the next general election have suffered a severe blow as voters turn their back on the party in droves, according to the latest Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll.
Carrick is not at all like Magaluf
Letters to the Editor Sir - I was very annoyed to read and see the article in your paper last week (Sunday Independent, July 26) - "Welcome to Carrick-on-Shannon."
Cut tax so we can all share recovery
Willie Kealy A huge majority of Irish people are still not feeling the benefits of the recovery, despite figures showing that we have returned to pre-crash levels of growth, according to the latest Sunday Independent/MillwardBrown national opinion poll.
How we treat the less fortunate is the litmus test of European civilisation
Eilis O'Hanlon Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart, said Yeats. So has it happened in our case, after having been put through the wringer by Europe following the collapse of our economy?
Cat and mouse on cliffs of Mayo
Joe Kennedy Archaeology tourists and scenic routes motorists in the West who seek out the Ceide Fields in north Mayo marvel at the sheer cliffs landscape of Downpatrick Head.
Don't expect any thanks from the voters, Enda
Colm McCarthy This morning's Sunday Independent poll asked a number of interesting questions about the public's personal experience of economic recovery and expectations for the year ahead, as well as preferences for tax cuts, should there be any in October's Budget. The context is important. The Irish economy has been through the sharpest...
Fine Gael support drops massive five points - poll
Philip Ryan Fine Gael is haemorrhaging voters with just months to go before the next general election, according to the latest Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll.
Selling outpaces buying three to one as ISEQ bosses cash-in
Sarah McCabe Directors and executives at some of Ireland's 13 biggest listed business have traded more than €40m worth of stock in their own companies in the past two years.
Paul Kimmage vents fury at BBC on Twitter
Independent.ie Newsdesk Paul Kimmage has criticised BBC Newsnight after the broadcaster appeared to drop him from an arranged interview about Chris Froome and the Tour de France last night.
Paul Kimmage: MMA is barbaric – I'm repulsed by it
Declan Whooley Sunday Independent columnist Paul Kimmage says that he is both intrigued and repulsed by mixed martial arts (MMA) and has questioned the coverage surrounding Conor McGregor.
Joe Brolly: 'Wee Paudie wouldn't know a penalty if it bit him in the arse'
Joe Brolly may have been Cork's biggest critic before kick off in the Munster final today, but he was full of admiration for Brian Cuthbert's side after a dramatic match in Killarney.
An anti-hero up against 'the suits'
Letters to the Editor Sir - There surely is a talent in correctly reading Everyman's take on the TV series True Detective as Declan Lynch did in last Sunday's Sunday Independent. It made me smile to read my own exact response to the opening episode so accurately described by Lynch, hitting the nail on the head and well summed up in the cartoon, "I haven't a clue...
Ring and O'Rourke fight public battle over Nama
Ronald Quinlan Sports minister Michael Ring and Sunday Game analyst Colm O'Rourke have become embroiled in a bitter and personalised war of words.
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Bad news for Sinn Féin and Labour in new polls
John Downing There was bad news for Sinn Féin in two political opinion polls published yesterday.
Back to the future with FG and FF
Jody Corcoran After the boom, the bust, the austerity and the angst, and now the recovery, the latest Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll shows that either Fine Gael or Fianna Fail will lead the next Government.
Sean Gallagher raises €25m for new commercial property venture
Nick Webb Sean Gallagher, the high-profile former presidential candidate, Dragon and Sunday Independent columnist has raised over €25m to buy commercial property with the launch of his new Clyde Real Estate...
Sinn Fein in crisis as voters flee to Fine Gael and Fianna Fail
Jody Corcoran Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are the political parties with momentum as the General Election looms into sight, according to the latest Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll.
Name 'Veronica' bridge after the SF/IRA victims
Jimmy Guerin Someone said to me last week that next year would be the 20th anniversary of Veronica's death. They spoke about its significance and suggested something should be done to commemorate her murder. As they spoke I was thinking that this person, who was full of good intentions, was unbeknownst to himself slightly insensitive. Does it...
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VIDEO: Paul Williams on murderer Graham Dwyer and the 'Mr Average' facade
Independent.ie Newsdesk A new book on murderer Graham Dwyer will be published this weekend.
Letters to the Editor
'We're not in that Ireland anymore'
Letters: Crisis is easily solved
Letters to the editor Public statements by the Catholic clergy are no more my business than they are Gene Kerrigan's. And I usually find myself competing with him for levels of criticism of the church.
Letters: Facts show real pay gap
Letters to the Editor Sir - A number of letters in your Sunday Independent of 24 May defending the restoration of civil service pay are understandable opinions from employees of the State.
Letters: American view of our referendum
Letters to the editor Sir - Before my recent trip to Dublin to campaign for the Yes side, my father gave a word of advice: no talk of Irish re-unification.
Letters: Church’s ‘reality check’ reaction
Letters to the Editor Sir - I have to give Willie Kealy kudos for his well-written article that appeared in the Sunday Independent (May 31).
INM's Pitt hails turnaround at company, advertising growing
Thomas Molloy INM chief executive Robert Pitt hailed "quite a dramatic change in the picture" for the company which owns this website as well as a range of newspapers including the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent,...
Media Bites: Sunday Independent - Ireland less attractive to entrepreneurs than US
Independent.ie Newsdesk Ireland is less attractive than the United States for entrepreneurs for the first time in 20 years, according to one of the country's top venture capitalists.
Man who was once named as Ireland's richest is back working on building site
Greg Harkin A man once named Ireland's richest and who lost his property empire in the economic crash is back working on a building site.
Pay talks should be fair and equal
Sir - Niall Shanahan of IMPACT stated in last week's Sunday Independent that it made perfect sense to unwind the emergency legislation (Fempi) that cut Public Sector pay during the so-called financial crisis, with a number of other contributors to your Letters Page also defending this move.
Sir - While I share Brendan O' Connor's sadness at the needless deaths of people, including teenagers and children, from...
Sir - While I share Brendan O' Connor's sadness at the needless deaths of people, including teenagers and children, from illegal drug abuse (Sunday Independent, 24 May) I don't agree that the answer lies in making it easier to obtain drugs of a less harmful variety as part of a containment process.
Sir - I was disappointed to read former Tyrone manager, Art McRory's comments (
Sir - I was disappointed to read former Tyrone manager, Art McRory's comments (Sunday Independent, 24 May) in relation to Dermot Crowe's suggestion that the sledging solution in GAA lies in leadership on the sideline.
10,000 crimes a year not investigated as gardai 'work-to-rule'
Jim Cusack Gardai have launched an internal inquiry into damning revelations that up to 10,000 crimes are 'disappearing' every year, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
Media Bites: Sunday Independent - Koch Industries buys Sligo medical device manufacturer...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Koch Industries, the US industrial empire run by controversial billionaires David and Charles Koch, has bought Sligo medical device manufacturer Protek Medical. The brothers, who are major donors to conservative...
The best advice on how to suceed in that vital job interview
Fiona McBennett In a recent Sunday Independent business article, Sharon McCooey, senior director of LinkedIn Ireland, revealed that the majority of companies in Ireland were planning to increase their headcount this year.
Irish newspapers printed three times more 'Yes' vote articles ahead of marriage equality...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Ireland’s national newspapers carried three times more ‘Yes’ articles in support of the marriage equality referendum than “No”, claims s media monitor group.
Book reveals turbulent life of nationalist
A NEW book explores the turbulent life of Domhnall ua Buachalla, a Maynooth shopkeeper who led men from the town into the maelstrom of the Easter Rising and later became Governor-General of the Republic.
Yes side holds sway in run up to referendum
Paul Moran This final Sunday Independent/Millward Brown measure of opinion before the Same Sex Marriage Referendum on Friday will invigorate both the Yes and No sides in this protracted debate for different reasons.
A new way to support churches
Letters to the Editor Sir - It's no time since the Vatican's representative here wouldn't go before a parliamentary committee to account for Rome's actions in respect of the abuse of Irish children at the hands of their priests here.
Yes in free fall but Kenny fights back
Jody Corcoran, Brendan O'Connor and Philip Ryan Support for same-sex marriage is in free fall - down 13 points in a month, a Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll has found.
Decency versus the shadow of a doubt
Gene Kerrigan John Waters is right, I think, when he says a lot of people are afraid to say openly that they intend to vote against marriage equality. They tell the pollsters they'll vote Yes, or that they Don't Know - but in the privacy of the polling booth they'll vote No.
Support for Yes vote in Marriage Equality Referendum plummets with one week to go -...
Philip Ryan, Political Correspondent Support for a Yes vote in the forthcoming Marriage Equality Referendum has plummeted with a week to go before the country goes to the polls, according to a Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll.
WATCH: From 'live and let live' to 'the natural order' - Elderly people have their say on the...
Independent.ie Newsdesk With less than two weeks until Ireland votes on whether to add marriage equality to the Irish Constitution, polls seem to be solidly behind a Yes vote.
Poll: Joe Brolly's proposed rule changes get massive thumbs - do you agree?
In yesterday's Sunday Independent, Joe Brolly wrote about a simple rule change that he feels will beat the blanket defence. Brolly's comments attracted huge interaction online with the majority agreeing with the former Derry star.
GPA is "advising" the Gaelic footballer who failed drugs test
Independent.ie Newsdesk The Gaelic Players' Association have said they are "advising" the Monaghan footballer who failed a drugs test.
Tanaiste refuses to commit to pact with Fine Gael ahead of election
Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent TANAISTE Joan Burton has today refused to commit the Labour Party into a vote pact with Fine Gael ahead of the General Election.
John Greene: GAA’s view of future not blocked by pay wall
John Greene Sky’s second season of GAA championship coverage will begin in just under four weeks’ time in either Portlaoise or Tullamore, when the winners of next weekend’s Carlow and Laois game take on Kildare...
Schools earning money on junk food
Niamh Horan Irish schools are earning thousands from fattening up children by placing vending machines outside classrooms.
Letters: One solution for Irish Water
Letters to the Editor Sir - Irish Water is now issuing bills to all households for the three months ended in March. The Department of Social Protection has indicated that the grant of €100 will be paid in one instalment to all customers that make payment
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Letters: Set limits for kids
Letters to the editor Sir - Emer O'Kelly's article ("Do angry teens need counsellors or just a sharp dose of reality?" Sunday Independent, 26 April) glaringly omitted a major player in today's parent-teenager relationship.
Soccer scores in the popularity stakes
Cormac Byrne Soccer stars have emerged as Ireland's favourite sports people over the past five decades.
Joe Brolly: It was humiliating and Cork are dead for the rest of the Championship
Independent.ie Newsdesk Joe Brolly has accused Cork of "quitting" in their heavy Allianz League final defeat against Dublin at Croke Park yesterday.
Poll: Vote for Ireland's greatest sports star from 1964-1974
Ger Keville One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Ok, maybe that is a bit extreme when trying to quantify the impact and debate that will no doubt explode when Sunday Independent readers wash the...
Taking the good with the bad for 50 years
John Greene Welcome to our special feature Unrivalled: The Stars of 50 Years of Irish Sporting Success. Over the coming days we will outline our leading sports stars and teams of the last five decades. It is by no means a definitive list . . . how could it be? Such a thing is not possible, it is merely our list.
Letters: Just follow the heart
Letters to the Editor Sir - Having read Niamh Horan's interview with Breda O'Brien, I (like many Irish Catholics) am sick and tired of that Iona Institute crowd telling us how to be good Catholics - putting forward their divisive agenda as being representative of Irish Christian morality.
Doctor's orders: Get the healthy habit, and it is easier over time
Ciara Kelly Week two of our Sunday Independent 'slimmer for summer' project will have separated the men from the boys. Some of you will be on track going strong and finding things are getting easier, whereas some of...
Now, let the debate begin . . . who would you chose?
One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. Ok, maybe that is a bit extreme when trying to quantify the impact and debate that will no doubt explode when Sunday Independent readers wash the ink off their hands after trawling through 32 pages of opinion on who are Ireland's greatest-ever sports stars.
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Anna Nolan to Breda O'Brien: 'I abstained for three years when I was training to be a nun.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Broadcaster and producer Anna Nolan has said abstaining from intimate relations while training to be a nun did not make her a "better person".
If it wasn't a matter of conscience I'd vote No - just to annoy the chattering classes
Ian O'Doherty God, aren't you just sick of it by now?
What it says in the papers: Business Edition
Thomas Molloy Irish Stock Exchange's best paid chief executive, trading company moves to Dublin and those bidding for Cleary’s department store... here are the main Sunday business stories.
Most voters back abortion if threat to mother's life
Shane Doran A new Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll published today that confirms widespread support for abortion in certain circumstances has sparked renewed calls for a new referendum on the issue.
Fianna Fáil flounders as Labour enjoys bounce
Niall O'Connor and Nicola Anderson Fianna Fáil's support in the opinion polls has remained stagnant in what will prove deeply disappointing for party leader Micheál Martin.
John McGuinness and Eamon O Cuiv 'disloyal' says Billy Kelleher
Daniel McConnell Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has been accused of "being afraid of his own shadow" after a major row at a private party meeting last Thursday night.
Poll Exclusive: The Verdict of the Squeezed Middle
Jody Corcoran and john Drennan Angry voters are demanding their money back after eight years of hard austerity, the latest Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll has found.
Voters: talk to the hand and show us the money
Jody Corcoran The Government is in a race against time and it has about a year to win that race.
'We can't rely on Enda and Co to help families'
Claire Mc Cormack MOTHER-of-two Kate Carbery says the so-called economic upturn hasn't improved life for her.
Country divided on adoption rights for gay couples
John Drennan, Political Editor Senior government figures have expressed 'alarm' over the consequences for the gay marriage referendum of serious public unease over giving gay couples the right to adopt children.
Steadying the ship sees Enda return to the top of the pile
Paul Moran This latest Sunday Independent/ Millward Brown opinion poll, conducted up until Thursday of last week, indicates there has been a sharpening of opinion among the population in terms of how they view the body politic.
Support for Labour party increases in latest poll - but Fianna Fail remains unchanged at 19pc
Daniel McConnell Tanaiste Joan Burton’s Labour Party has received a welcome 2 point bounce in the latest Sunday Independent/MillwardBrown national opinion poll.
Lucky winners get to ‘live free’ for a year
Independent.ie Newsdesk ONE Limerick couple were celebrating yesterday after being handed a cheque for €10,000 as part of the Irish Independent and Sunday Independent’s Live Free For A Year competition.
Heart of darkness: Graham Dwyer stalked his ex-lover for over a decade
Paul Williams, Jim Cusack and Ralph Riegel Convicted murderer Graham Dwyer stalked and terrorised his former partner in a campaign of harassment lasting more than a decade, a Sunday Independent investigation reveals.
Drop in house prices 'unavoidable' says bank
Jerome Reilly and Daniel McConnell The Central Bank has admitted that its controversial 80/20 mortgage deposit rules will have an "unavoidable" negative impact on the housing market.
Sir - Reading Sarah Mc Cabe's article last Sunday in your Business Section '700 complaints made to watchdog over life...
Sir - Reading Sarah Mc Cabe's article last Sunday in your Business Section '700 complaints made to watchdog over life insurance' and not a single finding of mis-selling issued in the past five years, is very worrying indeed.
Letters: Give it a go, Carol
Sir - I read with interest Carol Hunt’s article in the Sunday Independent (22 March): ‘The reason why I’m thinking of running for Ross’.
'The game has changed a lot since Roy Keane clattered into Marc Overmars'
Independent.ie Newsdesk Martin O'Neill's side need to look for composure, rather than passion, when they take on Poland this Sunday according to the Independent.ie Football panel.
'We haven't had a magic moment at the Aviva Stadium yet'
Independent.ie Newsdesk Ireland must look to reverse disappointing home form in competitive action if they are to qualify for Euro 2016 automatically according to the Independent.ie Football panel.
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Enda must get his troops to fight 'a ground war'
John Downing OPENLY supporting the referendum for same-sex marriage is one thing. Canvassing door-to-door for a Yes vote is quite another matter. But with 10 weeks to go, the need to overcome doubt in middle Ireland will very likely call for a good old-fashioned "ground war".
IRA 'abusers' in frame for murder of prison officer
Maeve Sheehan TWO alleged Provo child abusers are among the suspects for the IRA murder of a prison officer, the Sunday Independent has learned.
Letters: The use of language
Letters to the Editor Sir - I was more than a little amused to read in Declan Lynch's television review (Sunday Independent, March 16) that Sinn Fein's Liadh Ni Riada was engaged in some sort of language strike in the European Parliament.
Neil Francis on tub of flora comments: I have no problem with Gatland; I would love to meet...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Neil Francis says he doesn't think Warren Gatland was "bothered" by him comments last week regarding his mind games and admits that the Kiwi is a "decent fellow".
Neil Francis: Warren Gatland has a propensity for saying stupid things and I've matched him...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Neil Francis: Gatland has a propensity for saying stupid things and I've matched him on that count
Renua Ireland: Terence Flanagan's 'brain freeze' on RTE's 'Drivetime' down to stress of setting...
Independent.ie Newsdesk A spokesperson for Renua Ireland has put Terence Flanagan's disastrous interview on RTE Radio One's 'Drivetime' programme down to the "stress of setting up a new party".
Letters: Ministers won't drink foul water
Letters to the Editor Sir - Again I must congratulate your reporter Jim Cusack, (Sunday Independent, 8 March), for his persistence in highlighting the activities of the furtive illegal fuel launderers who are still plaguing the 'badlands' of North Louth and South Armagh.
Apple's $100m deal with U2 sees band top Irish celebrity Sunday Independent rich list
Nick Webb Celebrities from the world of music, film and sport have made huge money over the last year boosted by mega endorsement contracts, enormously successful Hollywood blockbusters or a rather...
Realex Payments founder Colm Lyons is in talks to sell the company he set up.
Letters: Service is a disgrace
Letters to the Editor Sir – I read Brendan O’Connor’s article a year ago and felt sincere empathy for him, his family and families of every child with a Down Syndrome child. Then, seven months ago, I gave birth to a little boy, Johnny — who to look at you’d think was perfect, but actually has two rare genetic chromosome disorders, both of which are life limiting.
'Sunday Independent' columnist to be honoured with literary award in Cork
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Mary Shields, will present the 2014 Lennox Robinson Literary Award to Sunday Independent columnist Eoghan Harris at Douglas Library, Cork, on Saturday, February 27, as part of the second Lennox Robinson Festival.
Irish Independent cements best-selling position as the country's favourite title
Peter Flanagan Independent News & Media (INM) continues to be the most successful player in the Irish newspaper industry by outselling rivals in every category, new figures show.
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Ailish O’Hora Almost two millions people choose Independent News & Media titles, new figures show.
Gerry Adams refuses to rule out becoming Taoiseach after next General Election
Brian O'Reilly SINN Fein leader Gerry Adams has refused to rule out becoming Taoiseach after the next election – after he ruled out Sinn Fein being the junior partner in any potential coalition government.
Chief Whip wanted to ‘bring down Coalition’ says Ferris
Philip Ryan Ousted Labour TD Anne Ferris has claimed her party's chief whip Emmet Stagg suggested collapsing the Coalition over the divisive abortion bill which forced her from the party.
Poll: FG and SF will fight to lead government as FF, Independents fade
Jody Corcoran Fine Gael and Sinn Fein have decisively moved ahead in the race to lead the next government, according to the latest Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll.
New party blow to Lucinda, Ross as support fades
Philip Ryan Political Correspondent THE public's appetite for a new political force has nose dived despite the emergence of two new parties in recent months, according to a Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll. Former Fine Gael...
Only four in ten will pay for water
Independent.ie Newsdesk Only four in 10 people intend to pay their water charges when the bills arrive, a Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll has found, while three in 10 people do not intend to pay.
Gay marriage will be won on the economic ticket
John Drennan The first response of the Coalition to today's Sunday Independent / Millward Brown poll result will inevitably consist of bleats about how the referendum will undoubtedly tighten up and these things are...
One fifth still undecided on same sex marriage
Philip Ryan Political Correspondent More than three out of five people will vote in favour of changing the constitution to recognise same sex marriage, according to a Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll.
Letters to the Editor - Gardai and Muslims
Letters to the Editor Sir - In an era of economic, social and political adversity, the Garda Siochana have suffered from savage cutbacks, which reflect the broader social downturn.
The major Irish firms in tax haven territory
Nick Webb and Paul O'Donoghue Some of Ireland's biggest listed companies - ranging from bookmaker Paddy Power to drinks giant C&C and food behemoth Kerry group - have subsidiaries or joint ventures in tax havens, Sunday Independent research has found.
Revealed: Sinn Fein the most popular party in Ireland
Philip Ryan Political Correspondent Fine Gael and Sinn Fein have made major electoral gains, while support for Independents has plummeted, according to a Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll.
Gerry Adams denies Sinn Fein tried to block Veronica Guerin memorial
Philip Ryan SINN Fein leader Gerry Adams has denied he or his party tried to block the naming of the N7 flyover at Newlands Cross after Sunday Independent journalist Veronica Guerin.
Forget the 'hierarchy of victims' - we must remember our heroes
It is sickening to hear Sinn Fein, an organisation which consistently supported the IRA as the terror group who left a trail of bodies in this country and elsewhere, talk about a "hierarchy of victims."
Forget the 'hierarchy of victims' - we must remember our heroes
Liam Collins It is sickening to hear Sinn Fein, an organisation which consistently supported the IRA as the terror group who left a trail of bodies in this country and elsewhere, talk about a "hierarchy of victims."
Pick the best to adopt
Sir - Thank you Eilis O'Hanlon for a well-crafted presentation of the ins-and-outs of the Same-Sex Marriage debate (Sunday Independent, Jan 25).
Michael Lowry makes formal complaint over Dáil leak of controversial note
Tim Healy Former Fine Gael Minister Michael Lowry has made a formal complaint about how a note he sent to Taoiseach Enda Kenny came into the public domain, the High Court heard.
Independent News & Media announce 'wide-ranging' changes to editorial structure
Thomas Molloy Independent News & Media announced wide-ranging changes to the editorial structure of the publisher’s national titles in the Republic today to further integrate all titles.
Convincing voters they're better off is easy. Making them believe that it's thanks to the...
John Downing THIS Government's 15-month mission is very easily summed up. The delivery is the hard bit.
Letters to the Editor: Time to tackle the thugs
Sir - Congratulations to your reporter Jim Cusack for his excellent article on the polluting Provos (Sunday Independent, 18 Jan 2015).
Ireland's reputation damaged as students owed millions in 10 college closures
Claire McCormack At least 2,500 foreign students are each owed refunds of between €600 and €6,000 by 10 private colleges which have closed down over the past year.
IRA 'poisoning us with illegal dumps', says councillor
Elaine Keogh THe IRA is using poison instead of the Armalite rifle to murder people on both sides of the border with the dumping of toxins created through illegal fuel laundering, according to a Fine Gael councillor.
2009 blasphemy law was a result of failed case against a Sunday Independent cartoon
Ireland's prohibition of blasphemy was enshrined in the 1938 Constitution, but the current legal manifestation banning "publication or utterance of blasphemous matter" only passed into the statute books in 2009.
CAB to probe Irish extremists - Fitzgerald
Niall O'Connor and Paul Williams IRISH-based extremists found to be channelling funds to the terror group Islamic State face the prospect of being investigated by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).
CAB may probe claims Irish-based extremists channelling money to Islamic State
Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent THE CRIMINAL Assets Bureau (CAB) could be used investigate allegations that Irish-based extremists are channelling money to the Middle East in order to fund terror group Islamic State.
New editor at the 'Sunday Independent'
The Sunday Independent, Ireland's best-selling Sunday newspaper, has a new editor from today.
Bankers can celebrate
Sir - I write to you in response to the 'Letter of the Week' written by Mel Devlin, (Sunday Independent, 4 January).
Independent News and Media appoints new editors
Independent News and Media has appointed new editors at the Irish Independent and Sunday Independent.
INM appoints two new editors to Irish Independent and Sunday Independent
Independent.ie Newsdesk The new editors of the Irish Independent and the Sunday Independent have been announced.
Letters: Michael Fitzmaurice could be good for Ireland
Letters to the Editor Sir - John Drennan in his recent profile of Michael Fitzmaurice says that "this fellow, it struck us even then, was different," when referring to his decision not to meet a deputation of protesting workers because...
Kenny fails to convince us we'll be better off
Shane Doran DESPITE Taoiseach Enda Kenny's claims that the measures announced in the Budget would benefit everyone, less than one-in-six people believe they will be better off next year.
Right-to-die case is one of 'horror and absurdity'
John Drennan and Daniel McConnell The Master of Dublin's Holles St Maternity Hospital, Dr Rhona Mahony, last night described the High Court hearing into the prolonging of treatment of a brain-dead pregnant woman as "one of horror and absurdity".
Only two in five say they will pay new water charge
Shane Doran Less than two in five householders say they will pay the Government's revised water charges, a new Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll reveals.
Traditional parties' annus horribilis ends with support hitting new low
Paul Moran This final Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll of the year, conducted from December 8 up until Thursday of last week, confirms what many had suspected. The era of a two-and-a-half party...
Mairia Cahill scandal makes serious dent in Sinn Fein support
Jody Corcoran and John Drennan The effect of the Mairia Cahill rape scandal has made a serious dent in support for Sinn Fein, according to the latest Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll.
An editor with edge exits with flag flying
Eoghan Harris Anne Harris exits this weekend as editor of the Sunday Independent. Recruited by Aengus Fanning, she helped make the paper a publishing phenomenon. Taking over as editor three years ago, she put her own stamp on the paper.
Troubled voters seek real change
Editorial Before the age of polling, prophets and poets articulated the feelings of a voiceless citizenry. In today's Millward Brown/Sunday Independent poll there is more than a slight element of the old Israelite prophet's plea of 'how long Lord must I cry for help but you do not listen' surrounding the state of the citizenry. Like a latter-day version of the Israelites...
Sinn Fein's popularity plummets to 21pc in latest opinion poll
Philip Ryan Political Correspondent After two months of controversy over its handling of sex offenders and Maria Cahill’s abuse allegations, Sinn Fein’s popularity has plummeted, according to a Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll.
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