If we insist on a president, we must be able to vote for one
Ian O'DohertyAh, the will he/won't he debate.
Ian O'DohertyAh, the will he/won't he debate.
Ian O'Doherty Have you ever spoken to a Holocaust denier? If you ever get such an opportunity, I highly recommend it.
Ian O'Doherty Okay, let's do a quick check list to see where we stand, shall we?
Ian O'Doherty I've always believed that politics is too important to take seriously. In other words, it's best to take a sideways view of things because if you were to look it straight in the eye, you'd completely lose your mind.
A recent episode of Have I Got News For You carried one of those interesting little factoids which we all love, even though they are entirely trivial.
Forgive my naïvety, but I genuinely thought we had moved beyond some of the self-inflicted problems we see today.
Ian O'Doherty Are we nearly there, yet? Are we nearly there, yet?
Ian O'Doherty Well, it's been a tough week for wealthy, blonde, white women. And that's not a phrase you write every day.
Ian O'Doherty It was 'outrageous'. It was 'disgusting'. It was 'racism'.
Ian O'Doherty I was once accosted by a group of self-professed anarchists who started shrieking 'no speech for fascists' every time I opened my mouth.
Ian O'Doherty What is evil? Is it an act? Is it a state of mind? Can someone commit an evil act and still be deemed a decent person, or are they consumed by powers beyond their control which merely makes...
So, what will we ban next?
Ian O'Doherty Monday, August 28, 2000 is a date which will live in stupidity.
Ian O'Doherty It should always be remembered that a large proportion of academics are entirely mad.
Ian O'Doherty It wasn't supposed to end like that.
Ian O'Doherty Ah, you know the feeling - you're doing your shopping, picking up some basic provisions and before you know it you've spent all your money on booze. You didn't intend to buy all those bottles of wine and you have no idea why you have two slabs of cheap beer in the back of your car. All you wanted was to get a few things for...
Ian O'Doherty It has been rather interesting, even amusing, to observe the hysterical reactions from the usual circles to the sight of Leo Varadkar wearing the 'shamrock poppy' in the Dáil earlier this week.
Ian O'Doherty What does it mean to be Irish? It's a question which has been asked a lot in the wake of the Halawa case, while forgetting the only legal fact that counts - he is an Irish citizen, and entitled to exactly the kind of consular assistance available to any other Irish citizen, regardless of where their parents come from. You can have as...
Ian O'Doherty I was once asked by a wise man: what is most important - justice or mercy?
Ian O'Doherty As the Harvey Weinstein story grows more horrible and weird by the day, we're witnessing the collapse of the Hollywood hierarchy.
Ian O'Doherty To the non-religious mind, all forms of faith are vaguely absurd.
Ian O'Doherty Forget hygge, we're now on a lykke bandwagon.
Ian O'Doherty When the news broke that infamous movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was a serial predator, my only surprise was that people were surprised.
Ian O'Doherty Arguably the greatest stain on America's conscience, the death penalty is an obscenity that has no place in a civilised society. Apart from the obvious horror of executing an innocent person, the state-sanctioned murder of even a genuinely guilty individual reduces the people - in whose name the act is committed - to the same moral...
Ian O'Doherty Think you know your comedy?
Who knew American football could be so entertaining? As a fan of most sports, I've tried to get into gridiron but even when there are good games (and the most recent Superbowl was undeniably gripping), they just take so long and have so many breaks that it's virtually impossible to sustain interest.
Ian O'Doherty First they came for our Christmas ads and we said nothing. Well, not quite. First they came for our Christmas ads and the nation, as one, rolled their eyes to heaven and had a grim laugh as yet...
Ian O'Doherty Most young journalists - one would hope, anyway - will be familiar with the name Walter Duranty.
Ian O'Doherty In a time of unprecedented strife and rancour, where people seem further apart than any time in recent memory, the one thing we really need is... an abortion referendum.
Ian O'Doherty Another day, another scandal.
Ian O'Doherty Sometimes it's hard to be a woman - apparently.
Ian O'Doherty For most people, growing up means learning new things and remembering old lessons.
Ian O'Doherty I was watching Sky News the other afternoon - how I came to have an afternoon free to watch the telly is another matter entirely - and a woman from an organisation called Anxiety UK was being interviewed.
Ian O'Doherty Every now and then, it's a good idea to take a take step back from the Sturm und Drang of popular culture and see if you can tie any disparate threads into a coherent knot.
Ian O'Doherty You'd swear we have no domestic controversies of our own, such is our insatiable desire to import them from other countries.
Ian O'Doherty It has been the one conversational constant for the last few months, a never-ending deluge of opinions, conspiracy theories, general befuddlement and occasional outright fury.
Ian O'Doherty Now here's something to gladden the heart of every proud Irish man and woman - we're the most liberal country in the world!
Ian O'Doherty It always amazes me how some secular people bring a religious fervour to their politics.
Ian O'Doherty It started in the roof. Rustling, scratching and the dreaded fear that, after being told for years I had bats in the belfry, I now had mice in the attic.
Ian O'Doherty I used to think that we're witnessing the end of liberalism, and that was something to be deplored. After all, the basic tenets of old-school liberalism were tolerance, an acceptance of opposing points of view, a fundamental belief in freedom and an opposition to censorship.
Ian O'Doherty Unless you've been living with your head in a bucket, in a cave, on Mars, you will know that we're rapidly approaching the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's untimely death.
Ian O'Doherty Amidst the hysterical hand-wringing and ever-present stench of envy, one person will be happy at how the BBC pay controversy has dominated the headlines for the last few days.
Any time someone tells me to be a bit more careful in what I say and how I say it, I usually laugh.
Ian O'Doherty As Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather went through the gruesome motions of their rolling press conferences before their much anticipated bout in Las Vegas on August 26, many emotions...
If you happened to be anywhere around the Dublin 6 area on Thursday afternoon and heard a strange, strangulated screaming followed by a volley of rude words then I apologise.
Ian O'Doherty By now, you will have read the horrifying details of a crime committed by a thug called Robert Maguire.
Ian O'Doherty I'm sure, by now, that you've seen the video of Donald Trump scrapping with a guy with the CNN logo digitally superimposed on his head.
Ian O'Doherty Well, have you had your 5-a-day yet?
Ian O'Doherty Well, it's that time of the year again - the strawberries and cream have been prepared, the Pimm's is on ice, Wimbledon has just started and, of course, we also have the traditional sexism row.
Ian O'Doherty For all the talk of the so-called era of 'new politics' we're supposed to have entered, it seems more a case of here comes the new politics, same as the old politics. The squabbling remains, the...
Ian O'Doherty The death last Sunday of Galway woman Teresa McDonagh (pictured) following an attack by two mastiffs was horrific but, sadly, not surprising.
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