Where would we be without the United Nations?
Ian O'DohertyWell, the big day is nearly upon us. Are you excited? I am.
Ian O'DohertyWell, the big day is nearly upon us. Are you excited? I am.
Ian O'Doherty Did you get vaccinated against the flu? Did you know that if you did get the jab, you were more likely to contract the far more deadly Aussie flu, while those who didn't bother getting the vaccination only succumbed to the more common or garden variety?
Ian O'Doherty Well, that's it, I'm toast. Kaput. Finito. I could keel over at any moment. And if you're part of the estimated 15pc of the Irish population who suffers from insomnia, you're in trouble as well.
Ian O'Doherty Well, it was nice while it lasted. I am, of course, talking about the Anthropocene Period, when humans ruled the roost.
Ian O'Doherty If we have learned one thing from the fallout from the Belfast rape trial - and that's a rather large 'if' - then it must surely be that the sexes still struggle to communicate with each other.
Ian O'Doherty No society can function when free expression is no longer valued. That's why comedians are so important.
Ian O'Doherty During the early to mid 1990s, when the internet was still seen as a new fangled gizmo that would never catch on, and mobile phones were the size of a phone book, there was one show which ruled...
Ian O'Doherty There are many ways in which ordinarily smart people can appear to completely lose their marbles.
Ian O'Doherty I finished watching The Unabomber on Netflix the other night and it was probably the best piece of TV I've seen so far this year.
So, Leo just spent the last few days in the States and met with Donald Trump on Thursday.
Ian O'Doherty Well, here we go again.
Ian O'Doherty Of all the stupid, needless, infuriating things that Donald Trump has done since he took office - and there have been a few - retweeting some fake videos by the Britain First group stands out.
Ian O'Doherty Well, they're at it again. Chipping away, sneering, demeaning and wallowing in their own misplaced sense of moral superiority, the anti-smoking zealots are once more on the march.
Ian O'Doherty Bear with me on the nostalgia trip, but bad weather tends to bring that out in the best of us. And even the rest of us.
Ian O'Doherty Here we go again.
Ian O'Doherty The news that UCD is to redesignate 170 toilets on campus as 'gender neutral' has been greeted with widespread apathy and a shrug of the shoulders, which is surely a good thing.
Ian O'Doherty So, another week, another mass shooting in America.
Ian O'Doherty Since it first appeared in the dim and distant days of, oh, about six months ago, the #MeToo movement has become the most successful social media campaign of all time.
Ian O'Doherty Are you one of those people staying up late to watch the Winter Olympics? Nope, me neither. My interest is directly proportionate to the danger the athletes face. So I have a bit of an interest in, say, the luge, where someone might die in a spectacular way, and zero interest in, say, the ice skating.
Ian O'Doherty So farewell, then, John Mahoney, and thanks for all the laughs.
Ian O'Doherty In the Information Age, any crime can shock the world. Whether it's a celebrity having some jewellery stolen from their hotel or footage of someone being bullied in a small American town, the proliferation of social media ensures that anything can go viral at any time.
Every year, it's the same depressing story. It shouldn't be shocking at this stage. In fact, it shouldn't even be surprising. Yet it always is.
Ian O'Doherty Well, that was an unexpected 12 months.
Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. Incredibly, even marking the occasion has become a controversial topic across Europe.
Ian O'Doherty There used to be a rather popular old saying which claimed that indifference is the best form of contempt.
Ian O'Doherty First the outrage, then the backlash.
Ian O'Doherty It's often said that the past is another country, and when it comes to this place in the 1980s, that country may as well have been Albania.
Ian O'Doherty Ah, 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 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...
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 Monday, August 28, 2000 is a date which will live in stupidity.
So, what will we ban next?
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 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 Forget hygge, we're now on a lykke bandwagon.
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...
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