Genetic revolution will move forward regardless of our readiness
TV actress Sofia Vergara is facing a bizarre lawsuit where her own frozen embryos are suing her.
TV actress Sofia Vergara is facing a bizarre lawsuit where her own frozen embryos are suing her.
I read with much interest Eddie Molloy's article (Irish Independent, December 6), entitled: 'Water Commission's message is clear - bottle the charges if you want to save your political skins'.
The recently announced intended visit of Pope Francis to Ireland could herald an awakening of the Catholic Church from years of complacency, or it could degenerate into a feast of triumphalist ceremonial activities, leaving everything as it was, particularly the...
I fully agree with Joe Brolly that what passes for culture these days is more about consumerism than real culture, for example St Valentine's Day and the now - thankfully - ceased Arthur's Day.
I heard Sinn Féin's Eoin Ó Broin state on radio that the majority of people wanted the water charges abolished.
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.
I suppose it was to be expected that the proposed visit to Ireland by Pope Francis would lead many in the media to a great deal of negativity and Colette Browne certainly didn't disappoint (Irish Independent, November 29). No one minds constructive criticism,...
I wish to disassociate myself from President Michael D Higgins's remarks on Fidel Castro. The only good revolution is from a closed society to an open one. Mr Castro turned Cuba into a closed society with compulsory conformity.
I read the news that a committee of wise men and women has come up with a plan for Irish Water. I have to say I'm impressed with their report - I had not expected them to come up with an even more ludicrous and complex mess than we have now, and yet that's...
The latest additions to our national discourse are the increasing references to what has become known as 'post-truth', the Oxford Dictionary's word of the year 2016; it is predicted to become one of the defining words of our time.
This letter is a challenge to the Taoiseach and Government to show courage and fairness by approving the current claims for salary increases by paying the same fixed amount to all entitled employees.
I take issue with Alison Hackett's letter (Irish Independent, November 25) that she finds it "abhorrent" that Irish corporation tax is comparatively low.
Sir - Last week's rugby game at the Aviva had everything, intensity, ferocity and sublime skill. The early exchanges resembled a scene from Mash; Henshaw, Sexton and Stander gone before the Fat Lady cleared her throat. A fantastic Irish performance only bettered by Kiwi black magic, with a defensive wall that Donald Trump would be proud of.
Lawrence O'Sullivan's conclusion, (Letters, November 24), that the Brexit vote and the Trump victory were not just a result of sexism and racism but also of people voting against the status quo that did not give them a chance to better themselves, is quite correct.
After watching two super games between Ireland and New Zealand, I was indeed proud of our performances, and by the fact that we had finally, I believed, got the respect of all New Zealanders.
First Brexit then Donald Trump, two surprising results which contradicted pollsters' predictions. So what exactly is going on here? Actually the answers are quite complex - society is a dynamic, ever-changing entity.
One of the world's greatest writers has passed away - William Trevor, born in Cork, master of the short story.
I doubt that the good citizens of the USA will enjoy their stuffed turkey and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day on Thursday.
Although one shouldn't be proud of it, I can't help but be overcome by an inordinate feeling of schadenfreude, resulting from the 'liberal' reaction to Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election. The entire liberal commentariat came across as so stridently arrogant in...
Sir - How reassuring to read Eamonn Sweeney's sane, thoughtful analysis (in the style of Con Houlihan in his prime) after the hysteria of adolescent rage following the US election (Sunday Independent, November 13). I was reminded of Tom Lehrer's right-on Ivy League condescension when he opined: "I don't like country music, but I don't wish to denigrate those who do. And for those who do like country music, 'denigrate' means to put down."
Sir - Eamonn Sweeney (Sunday Independent, November 13) makes a good case for sport being a window into cultures, especially those cultures which do not feature prominently in the arts and the media. I can also agree with him that liberals - be they politicians, artists or journalists - should do more to understand conservative working-class communities.
Siptu and a number of other unions are about to ballot members for strike action unless talks begin about accelerated pay restoration, despite agreements previously made via the Lansdowne Road Agreement.
The seizure of almost 100 puppies in the UK that had been illegally shipped from Ireland again focuses attention on the sickening trade in 'designer dogs'.
The final order of surrender letter penned by Pádraig Pearse during the Easter Rising in 1916 is set to be sold by public auction next month and indications are that this most important historical document looks set to leave Ireland (Irish Independent, November 16).
Donald Trump insisted in the final days of the campaign that the system 'was rigged' - presumably against him. He is both right and wrong on this claim.
The hysterical reaction by the out-of-touch media to Donald Trump's election is disturbing and amusing in equal measure.
One aspect of the recent US election that has not been reflected on much is that equity has prevailed over the excesses of politically correct equality.
Sir - Some wonderfully talented individuals have graced us with their presence on this earth.
I am simply heartbroken. Having just heard of Leonard Cohen's passing, I feel as if a member of my family has died. Cohen has been a constant soundtrack in my adult life, giving me inspiration in times of joy as well as comfort in times of sadness.
Coming of Pearse Street Station on the morning of the US presidential election results, and parading alongside the droves of suits and the plumes of warm breath, I spotted a familiar figure. It was Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Hillary Clinton cut a tragic figure as she sought to absorb the deeply personal nature of her defeat, wondering what went so badly wrong for her.
We seem to be witnessing a race by an ever-increasing number of public-sector bodies towards salary restoration to pre-crash levels.
Andrew Hammond (Irish Independent, October 5) erroneously claims that Hillary Clinton has helped restore America's reputation, leadership and standing in the world. I disagree.
What a heart-stopping, barn-storming performance by Ireland. Joe Schmidt and his 23-man panel gave their all and then some, blowing away the "best ever" rugby team.
Sir - Reading Jody Corcoran's description of how he was refused absolution in St Peter's Basilica in Rome during his first confession in 30 years was very harrowing (Sunday Independent, October 30).
The plight of the homeless is deeply worrying, but the inertia around solving the problem is shameful.
I refer to John Bruton's article of November 2 and share his worries about the consequences to our future ability to export to the UK.
David McWilliams is at it again! He has all the answers and concludes it is this simple: Just the State goes back to building old-fashioned council houses.
The issue of abortion in Ireland serves to exemplify the general ambiguity that characterises moral decisions, often leading to abusive confrontation between the differing protagonists, driven by non-negotiable certainties, rarely moving beyond predictable mutual...
We live in the northern part of our hemisphere, where the days are long during the summer, but short in the winter - yet we choose to put the clocks back and make winter days shorter still.
David Quinn's article (October 28) makes me wonder if he would like to write a comment piece about Adult Faith Development in the Catholic Church.
Sir - Over the past few weeks, I have followed the Sunday Independent with great interest while reading how readers have voiced their opinion on which bird should be voted our national bird.
I thank Mr A Leavy for his response to my letter. I can assure him, I am very much aware of the recent, and past history of Ireland. In particular, I am more than aware of the causes of the faux Celtic Tiger, and the tragically real effects of its aftermath.
When I saw the headline in your comments section this week (Irish Independent, October 26, 2016) that started "Ashes ban is the Vatican's...," I thought the article was about the Papacy's dislike of either cricket or Australians.
I applaud you for advocating eating less meat (Irish Independent, October 24) as a way to mitigate climate change and greenhouse gas emissions and as the best defence against coronary heart diseases, strokes, cancers, obesity, high blood pressure and other ailments.
It sometimes looks as if we have to learn to live with the persistent problem of crime. Some parts of our cities continue to be seen as no-go areas.
Given the volume of public sector pay demands in a time when the country is still running a massive deficit, we should consider what would be necessary to address the demands.
It is a fact that as many as 700 companies, from big corporations to the smallest ones, invest in this country today.
Sir - Ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper, I have adored being around mature people. What would be classed in today's terms as elderly, pertaining to anyone over 65?
When Robert Peel inaugurated the London Metropolitan Police in 1829 to replace parish policing, there was considerable public unease, anxiety and opposition. Peel devised nine principles, or general instructions, which underpin the legitimacy of policing today in Ireland, Canada,...
Leo Varadkar has taken a hardline stance on the proposed strike by gardaí. The Social Protection Minister has called on gardaí "to reflect on their position in society". Perhaps it is time for society to reflect on the same question. How much, or more importantly, how little do...
Former British... Lions Tour
You wake up after a late night, it's too early for a pizza to be socially... Food News
By day she's a Garda... Life
Real or artificial? Colour co-ordinated or... Christmas
New York can be expensive, but it doesn't... World/USA
John Downing writes John Downing
'This happened last Thursday' Gene Kerrigan
Wine expert Katy McGuinness selects wines Christmas