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Time to praise our doctors and nurses
Sir - I take exception to the statement that doctors and nurses "should wear masks and gloves... They should tell their patients...
Letters to the Editor: 'Just the work of cowards'
Letters to the EditorSir — The Haunting Soldier sculpture, right, marking the end of World War I and...
Letters to the Editor: 'Jobs discrimination sets risky...
Letters to the Editor:Sir - Mary Mitchell O'Connor, the Minister for Higher Education, (Sunday Independent,...
Letters to the Editor: 'Confront HSE union scourge'
Letters to the EditorSir - We have all heard the stories about our failing health service, the lack of...
Robust, funded rehab care needed urgently
Sir - Alan O'Keeffe's article 'Young people with brain injuries face a lifetime in care homes' (Sunday Independent, October 14) was excellent. It is bitterly disappointing that, yet again, the implementation of the National Neuro-rehabilitation Strategy (published in 2011) appears not to have been deemed a priority by Government. This in the face of overwhelming unmet demand for neuro-rehabilitation services in our health care system.
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DUP and Foster are not success stories
Letters to the Editor Sir - Eoghan Harris (Sunday Independent, October 7) claims that Peter Robinson and Ian Paisley were successful because they embraced change, so as to control the agenda. He's wrong.
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The lady’s not for moving
Letters to the Editor Sir - I could not start my tractor on Monday last week, having previously used it some days before to shift some silage bales. Was the battery flat, was the starter stuck, had I a flat tyre? The answer to all these questions was no, it was due to something entirely different.
A man and the 'Sunday Independent' - the Press Ombudsman's ruling
The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint that the Sunday Independent breached Principle 8 (Prejudice) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland.
People of faith do not deserve ridicule
Letters to the Editor Sir - Well done to Eilis O'Hanlon (Sunday Independent, August 26) for such a fair and balanced article in the midst of all the hysteria surrounding the Pope's visit to Ireland and to the Sunday Independent in general for providing balanced coverage of such a controversial event.
My church ought to choose reconciliation
Letters to the Editor Sir - It's water under the bridge. I looked up the meaning of the word "misogyny" as referred to in your recent edition. I discovered that it means "the hatred of women". Now, whatever the faults of the Catholic Church, this is not one of them.
Solution to childcare issue
Letters to the Editor Sir - Regarding the controversy relating to the so-called "granny grant", could I try and bring what I consider to be a level of practicality and common sense to this issue?
Climate world war started
Letters to the Editor Sir - A study called 'Trajectories of the Earth system in the Anthropocene', published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, warns a hothouse Earth may, in coming decades and future centuries, threaten the "habitability of the planet for humans".
Adams shows no concern for past
Letters to the Editor Sir — Regarding Wayne O’Connor’s report on the attack on Gerry Adams’s Belfast home (Sunday Independent, July 15), how touching of Mr Adams to be concerned for his grandchildren’s welfare, and of Mary Lou McDonald’s concern for him and the threat to the peace process by “dissident” perpetrators.
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Is Trump listening to voices of reason?
Letters to the Editor Sir - Donald Trump's recent contentious remarks and subsequent retractions highlight a significant change in the American president's public disposition. Within the space of a few days, Trump's outspoken style can be seen to be curtailed by the reaction of popular opinion. This came to light first in his visit last weekend...
Pope deserves warm welcome from us all
Letters to the Editor Sir - I disagree with Gordon Cunningham's scathing attack on the Pope's upcoming visit. (Letters, Sunday Independent, July 8). It's not often the Pope makes a trip to Ireland, so I think we should extend every courtesy to him.
'It doesn't get any easier' - brother of slain Veronica speaks out 22 years on
Amy Molloy The brother of murdered 'Sunday Independent' journalist Veronica Guerin has insisted "it doesn't get any easier" for her family 22 years on from her brutal killing.
Exciting partnership deepens our bond
The Sunday Independent is the new sponsor of the All-Ireland Twenty20 Cup, which is competed for by the winners of the 20-over cups in the four provincial unions.
Line gives help to combat loneliness
Letters to the Editor Sir - Following Alan O'Keeffe's article (Sunday Independent, June 17) and the recently published report by Dr Keith Swanick on loneliness in Ireland, I would like to tell you of a free service available to all older people that aims to lessen loneliness.
Disclosures Tribunal: Irish Independent editor says claims by former Sunday Independent...
Andrew Phelan IRISH Independent editor Fionnan Sheahan has denied telling a former Sunday Independent editor that garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe was a “paedophile,” saying her allegations were born out of a...
True cost of €4bn bill for landlords
Letters to the Editor Sir - I want to respond to Philip Ryan's article on government spending on housing supplements (Sunday Independent, June 3).
Life after the Leaving Cert
Letters to the Editor Sir - May I join your excellent columnist, Dr Ciara Kelly (Living, Sunday Independent, May 13), in giving some advice to the many parents of children who will be sitting their Leaving Cert in the next week or so? I am well into my 60s and I still have nightmares about sitting mine.
Private stories that shouldn't be told
Letters to the Editor Sir - It was 2013. I was sitting watching my one-year-old son playing, while I was having a miscarriage. This was day three. It was an early one, nothing very dramatic. I went to work the next day and the Early Pregnancy Unit the day after to check it was all gone, and that was it. It was a period with a few clots and a...
Restrictions don't reduce abortion rate
Letters to the Editor Sir - Restrictions to abortion do not reduce the rate of abortions. In other words, the Eighth Amendment has not saved any lives. The recent 'Abortion Worldwide 2017' study shows that abortion occurs as frequently in the two most restrictive regimes as the two least restrictive regimes.
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Abortion is part of women's healthcare
Letters to the Editor Sir - Cattle farmers have crisis pregnancies in their herds from time to time. If they decide that they do not want the pregnancy to continue, they call the vet. The vet might administer a drug such as Estrumate to abort the pregnancy.
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Sinn Fein/IRA were a blight for 30 years
Letters to the Editor Sir - As an opponent of Sinn Fein/IRA for the past 50 years, I cannot praise the Sunday Independent and its excellent journalists highly enough, in particular Willie Kealy and Brendan O'Connor, for their articles and indeed also the editorial last week (Sunday Independent, February 11).
It's going to be close - but there is no gender war on abortion
Eilis O'Hanlon Polls are not merely a snapshot of where the country stands in advance of the referendum on removing the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution.
Sunday Independent to publish 24-Page Walking Magazine in association with Sport Ireland
Robin, the murdering hoodlum
Letters to the Editor Sir - That's it! I've had enough of the tweets and spin from the members of the robin fan club. I could just about keep my beak shut after reading Joe Kennedy's 'Fearless robin a caring bird of courage' (Country Matters, Sunday Independent, January 21) but when Damien Boyd's 'Tales of the mighty robin' (Letter of the Week,...
New home launches 2018: The full list of new homes in Ireland
Property Special in this week's Sunday Independent
Tales of the mighty robin
Letters to the Editor Sir - Lovely to read the heart-warming tales of the mighty robin, our ubiquitous red-breasted garden bird, with a deserved reputation for calm and charming curiosity (Country Matters, Sunday Independent, January 21). This wonderful little fellow, a close cousin of the blackbird, gets amazingly close to us humans on a daily basis...
The School League Tables 2018
Sunday Independent to publish definitive Rich List for 2018
Brexit is war, not a nervous breakdown
Letters to the Editor Sir - Some of Colm McCarthy's statements (Sunday Independent, December 31) in relation to Brexit and the EU are open to challenge.
Tom and the joy of reading
Letters to the Editor Sir — As an avid reader, I thoroughly enjoyed Tom McCaughren’s beautiful article about books (Sunday Independent, November 26). I appreciate that social media is now all pervasive, but it’s hard to beat the satisfaction of reading a captivating book. Between the covers of a book, readers of all ages are exposed to adventure,...
Michael Colgan: I failed to see - and should have respected - the difference between friends...
Independent.ie Newsdesk MICHAEL COLGAN has broken his silence on allegations of inappropriate behaviour and abuse of power, apologising for his "misjudged behaviour" and for causing distress.
A proud day at the track
Letters to the Editor Sir — There are sports where Ireland can compete at the highest level. I’m thinking about boxing, golf, rugby union, athletics, equestrian sports and maybe cycling, plus a few more. However, I believe that horse racing is where we not only compete at the highest level, but excel and lead the field, if you’ll pardon the pun.
Plausible sounding experts
Letters to the Editor Sir - Brendan O'Connor complains about marketing experts having too much influence over our Government (The country is being run by "experts" full of guff, Sunday Independent, October 29). This is no doubt the case, but it is hardly a new problem.
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Silence no longer an option
Letters to the Editor TD Clare Daly stated a simple and undeniable fact when she said: "No one of a present reproductive age has had a chance to vote on this matter."
INM feature strongly in Journalism Awards 2017 shortlist
Independent.ie Newsdesk Independent News and Media feature heavily in the shortlist for this year's Journalism Awards.
Letters to the Editor Sir - As someone who was involved in Gaelic football most of my life, I completely disagree with Alan Brogan's article (Sport, Sunday Independent, September 24) which condoned the behaviour of the Dublin players in the last minutes of their All-Ireland final against Mayo.
Plight of elderly over nursing home costs
Letters to the Editor Sir - Congratulations on publishing your front cover story and full-length feature (Sunday Independent, September 17) on extra charges levied by many nursing homes on ''Fair Deal'' (FD) residents.
Dull Familiar Drumming
Letters to the Editor Sir - It was with surprise, and pleasure, to see Ruth Dudley Edwards begin her column (Sunday Independent, September 3) by reprinting some lines of my 1991 poem, The Dull Familiar Drumming.
Gentle process of courting
Letters to the Editor Sir - Teenagers keep their distance in the cautious new world of dating and sex, writes Niamh Horan (Sunday Independent, August 20).
Culture of celebrity taking over airwaves
Letters to the Editor Sir - I guess Bruce Arnold (Sunday Independent, August 6) has a point regarding the amount of talk which dominates the RTE radio schedule, but he forgets that the current culture and celebrity fixation ensures that such a formula seems to work as regards maintaining a mass audience. The downturn in advertising is a...
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Seven seats of influence
Letters to the Editor Sir - With no possibility of Sinn Fein moving from its policy of abstention, is it not time for it to consider vacating its seven seats at Westminster, allowing for seven by-elections in Northern Ireland?
Farewell to Pat Comyn, a real gentleman and stalwart of the 'Sunday Independent'
Campbell Spray "I have fought the good fight… I have kept the faith." The Bible verse read at the Requiem Mass for Pat Comyn - revered long-time Motoring Editor and Assistant Editor with the Sunday Independent...
The terrible states of fear
Letters to the Editor Sir - I read the article about Dr Randles and the letters in reply (Sunday Independent, July 16 and 23).
The good Doctor Randles
Letters to the Editor Sir - I buy the Sunday Independent regularly, principally for the excellence of the articles by its regular columnists, particularly, but not only, Eoghan Harris, Eilis O'Hanlon, Miriam O'Callaghan, Declan Lynch and Brendan O'Connor.
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'Hail Marys' aren't trivial
Letters to the Editor Sir - There is no doubt about the enormous demand among parents for non-religious school patronage.
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Some lessons of the past
Letters to the Editor Sir - When, as a teenager, I was told by my handlers that there was nothing new under the sun, I believed them. I still do today, because it makes sense, and because it is a phrase taken from the Christian Bible.
Sunday Independent launches Harry Potter book collection in Tesco
The Sunday Independent have partnered with Tesco, Warner Bros and Scholastic to launch a limited edition Harry Potter book collection exclusive to Tesco Stores in Ireland.
Never mind ‘beach-body ready’ – it’s time to get beach-body healthy
Pippa's elegant, modest example
Letters to the Editor Sir - I am not one to follow British royalty but I thought Pippa's dress was superb (Sunday Independent, May 21). Our Irish brides could take their example from her and wear an elegant modest dress for a church or even a non-church wedding.
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Why it's only human to ask
Letters to the Editor Sir - 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 again, new poll
Hayley Halpin The public has loosened its purse strings and intends to start spending again, according to a Sunday Independent / Kantar Millward Brown opinion poll.
Pension money stolen in shop
Letters to the Editor Sir - Last weekend, when I went to the checkout at a supermarket in Rathmines, Dublin 6, to pay for my shopping, I discovered my purse was missing. I nearly fainted, as I had just withdrawn €500 of my pension money to pay my monthly bills.
Shocking cruelty to cattle
Letters to the Editor Sir - 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
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.
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.
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."
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...
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,...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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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: 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).
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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...
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...
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
Schools earning money on junk food
Niamh Horan Irish schools are earning thousands from fattening up children by placing vending machines outside classrooms.
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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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bride-to-be who died on hen night laid to rest in wedding dress Irish News
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'It's the first time I've had no long-term ambition for anything' - Paul O'Connell Rugby
Scramble to stop Border if No Deal goes ahead Brexit
Man accused of being the world's biggest facilitator of child porn extradited to US Courts
Ballybunion still making waves across the Atlantic Irish News
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FAI CEO John Delaney to step down from position and take new role within... International Soccer
Eilish O'Regan: 'Patients have right to question why change is taking so long'
How the resilience of Syrian women and girls is inspiring a hard-fought battle for gender equality
Declan Lynch: 'Ruby, you gotta know when to walk away, know when to run'
We need to talk about how radicals are made
Jude Whyte: 'If the dead could speak to us, they'd say 'forgive''
Martin Breheny: 'Luck of the draw ensures inequality will be rampant in next year's hurling league'
'I am deeply saddened by Brexit' - Central Bank's Ed Sibley
Paul Williams: 'Smith will face intense scrutiny until she can prove she is no longer under extremist spell'
Dear Dr Nina: 'I'm concerned about the pain in my stomach in the mornings'
Tony Ward: 'Physical, patient and precise - Gatland won't sleep easy after this'
Colombia: An epic trek to discover the Lost City of Teyuna
Katie Byrne: 'My e-cigarette became more like a child's pacifier'
It's National No Smoking Day today
Billy Keane: 'GAA Ireland now ends at Clonliffe Road - It's time to send Dublin to Cork'
Neil Francis: 'Money men will attempt to change game as we know it'
'They will unquestionably change rugby'