Once again, Dublin and London must ride to the rescue in the North
John Downing Enda Kenny is about to get a very up-front seminar in 'the SDLP experience".
John Downing Enda Kenny is about to get a very up-front seminar in 'the SDLP experience".
David Quinn The founder of the Ashley Madison website, Noel Biderman, is himself married. He says he has never had an affair. His website is, of course, based on encouraging married people to cheat. Its tagline is: "Life is...
John Downing Tánaiste Joan Burton chose an apt and important word when she spoke of an "insidious threat" from a residual Provisional IRA to democracy on this island.
Ivan Yates What do Micheál Martin and Jeremy Corbyn have in common? They both look set fair to establish internal party membership popularity at the expense of the real needs of voters.
Dan O'Brien The numbers at work are rising at their fastest rate since the crash. All eight regions of the country are enjoying a recovery in employment. Most sectors of the economy are adding people to payrolls.
Martina Devlin Rule number one of gambling: the house always wins. There are no other rules. Except punters tend to believe they can beat the house. Sometimes they score a hit, but sooner or later gamblers hand back...
Ian O'Doherty In the week since the Ashley Madison hacking story broke, the reaction has run the gamut of emotions, from amusement to indignation to fury.
Michael McCarthy The 'Off The Ball Roadshows' are back this September and we want you to join us.
Michael McCarthy Another Sunday, another GAA game with an unfathomable umpire mistake.
Joe Molloy There has been much talk of Usain Bolt and the saving of his sport in recent days. It seems many have taken their lead from Steve Cram on the BBC commentary, "And Bolt gets it! He's saved his title! He's...
Colm Parkinson I'm tired of hearing about the black card.
Hugh O'Flaherty This coming Friday and Saturday, the O’Connell School will take place in Cahersiveen and Derrynane. Daniel O’Connell is fortunate in that there have been two major biographies in recent years by Professors...
Shane Coleman There's a bitter irony about the fact that Kevin McGuigan's murder took place just a day shy of the 20th anniversary of Gerry Adams's infamous remark in Belfast that the "IRA hadn't gone away".
Colette Browne Finally, the identity of the sinister organisations responsible for the homeless crisis has been revealed. No, it's not some cabal of greedy developers, scheming bankers or incompetent TDs. It's the homeless...
'They haven't gone away you know." It may be the quote that Gerry Adams is most famous for, and now it's the one he wishes would just disappear. The comments were made 20 years ago on Sunday August 13, 1995, and grabbed every front page the following day.
Billy Keane The man who knows nothing about women knows even less than I thought he did. We have revised his rating to the man who knows nothing at all about women.
Gene Kerrigan It's eight months now since this Government solved the problem of homelessness. Jonathan Corrie died sleeping in a doorway across the road from the Dail. A homeless person dying in the open on a...
George Hook The last few months have been fun, as the media has got itself in a twist at the prospect of me writing an erotic novel. After the enormous success of Fifty Shades of Grey, there seemed to be an element of bandwagon jumping, but in truth, the idea had been in my head for a long time.
Shane Ross In prehistoric days, the dinosaurs were dangerous. Today's dinosaurs are confined to museums or to the odd guest appearance in Scotland's Loch Ness. Or to the stage.
Brendan O'Connor One glass of wine a day can give you breast cancer. Sitting down is as dangerous as smoking. It turns out that carbs are good and the Paleo diet is wrong. But it turns out fats are good too. Working long hours causes a stroke. I'm guessing you've had enough health-scare pieces in the past week. There's even a danger at this stage that we're going...
Carol Hunt What if? What if Irish politics never transitioned from the gun to solely the democratic use of the ballot box? What would our society be like if some of the people who founded our State, in blood, sacrifice and...
Eoghan Harris If I do not seem my usual sweet self this week (ignoring the danger of irony in Ireland) it's not because I am off sugar following a firm talk from Professor Noel Caplice of CUH.
Billy Keane There was a night long ago when we met this man crying outside Tim Kennelly's pub. It was back in the time when men were only allowed to cry after football matches and only if you won at that.
Mary Kenny It's exactly three months since the same-sex marriage referendum, and a book will shortly be published about the 'Yes' side's successful campaign. We shall see whether this will explain and enlighten, or re-arouse, contentious feelings about the events of May 22.
David Quinn Every year, VE Day and VJ Day come and go and they pass us right by. Why? Because we were not a combatant in World War Two. We should have been.
Charlie Weston Banks are run by chancers. That much is certain.
Dan O'Brien For every 1,600 human beings alive on the planet, only one is resident in Ireland. That figure illustrates just how small a part of the world's total population we in this country make up.
Ian O'Doherty Right about now, you're probably enjoying a nasty little giggle at the Ashley Madison story.
Sinéad Moriarty Breast reduction is becoming one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures in Ireland, and it's not just women who are getting it done.
David McWilliams Did you know that Ireland has two new world champions whose achievements should be celebrated, and the significance of their victory should be appreciated in every school up and down the...
Joe Molloy In what's been a stellar season, the fourth Major of the year went to the guy who has been very close for a long time.
Shane Coleman These are strange times in politics across the world. In the UK, the Labour party is poised to go back to the 1940s and elect a hard-left leader with some pretty outlandish views, particularly when it...
Colette Browne It has been nearly a week since it was revealed that 20 people were to be charged in connection with the infamous Jobstown protest – yet no charges have been laid. How much longer are these people supposed...
Mary Kenny Exam results time in August and we are treated once again to pictures of celebrating school pupils jumping up and down in exhilaration as their results come out.
Mandy Johnston Coalition Governments are difficult enough when you are in them, but getting out of them requires delicate dexterity. Like a marriage, they are an entanglement of interests which do not make separation easy.
Billy Keane Our mother is dressed up in her best by her friend Phil. And she has a lovely smile. It's the smile she keeps for Dad.
Declan Lynch Recently on the European Tour, Shane Lowry could be seen celebrating a hole in one. Not only was it an ace, it came with a prize of a BMW sports car, a flying machine worth about 150 grand. So it is no wonder that Lowry was punching the air, high on the improbability of it all.
Eoghan Harris Last weekend saw the start of the political silly season. Spooked by a few carefully targeted media questions, gullible Fianna Fail and Labour politicians began a charge towards the cliffs.
Brendan O'Connor Post diagnosis of national points of madness is easy. Anyone can look back now and say: "Ah you knew it had all gone too far when . . ."
Brendan O'Connor There are 8,000 Irish people living in direct provision centres. It costs an average of €112,500 to keep each of these people in those centres. Some of them are run by the HSE. Some of them are run by private...
Colm McCarthy Last Tuesday's announcement from Ryanair that Europe's biggest carrier may commence interlining with long-haul airlines is hugely significant for Aer Lingus and for Dublin Airport.
Dan O'Brien What is happening in the economy? How closely linked are economic performance and support for the Government parties? And what do the answers to these questions mean for the outcome of the next general election, which is now at most seven months away?
Ruth Dudley Edwards I had a conversation on Friday morning with my brother. We both want the world to be nicer and kinder, but he's an idealist and I'm a pragmatist.
Ellis O'Hanlon Summer is the time of year when radio presenters play musical chairs.
Gene Kerrigan It's like someone farted in a lift. Everyone knows it happened, but they're pretending otherwise. They hold their breath and look at the floor, the walls, the ceiling.
Mary Kenny In the years before she died, the singer Cilla Black had lamented that she was going deaf, and she found this a great affliction. Perhaps she found deafness tormenting just because she was a singer, and she was particularly sensitive to sound. I am going deaf myself, so I can quite see that it is a vexation: but that's how I regard my increasing...
Forget about a game of two halves, this was a week of two periods.
Despite my sunny demeanour, I've always been rather obsessive about dystopian movies, particularly those that feature fictional news broadcasts in the background which offer a bigger-picture glimpse of the disaster that is unfolding.
Vincent Hogan On Thursday, Kenneth Egan marked five years of sobriety with a simple Tweet celebrating the beautiful paradox of accepting "defeat" to come "out the winner."
David Quinn A huge amount of EU time has been spent dealing with the Greek crisis. Rightly so. But much more time needs to be spent discussing how best to deal with the refugee crisis.
Martina Devlin Plan A: build an electric fence around Europe's perimeters, with lethal voltages running through it, and hire disposal staff to deal with the dead bodies of the multitudes who tried to scale the barricade.
Sorcha Doyle on her CAO choice