Pledges, pledges, pledges: there must be an election on the way

WOULDN’T you know there is a by-election in the offing and a general election on the way? Pledges, pledges and more pledges; the more the merrier it would seem. There seems to be no end to the pledging by all...

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Teens’ assault on man with special needs is a new low

THERE are times when there is no question but we are going backwards. In 2003, the country was bursting with pride when we successfully hosted the World Summer Games of the Special Olympics, when more than 7,000 athletes from 150...

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The release of Eamonn Lillis poses pertinent moral questions

I KNOW it is legal, but that doesn’t make it right. What I am talking about is the release of...

Wednesday, 15/04/15 - 12:05pm Read More

Illegal dumping is the scourge of the countryside

ASK any tourist what their lasting memory of Ireland is and they will probably tell you it is the colour...

Wednesday, 18/03/15 - 2:55pm Read More

Enda Kenny’s €185k salary is anything but excessive

AN underlying attitude of entitlement and arrogance was how Sinn Féin’s Pierce Doherty described taoiseach Enda Kenny’s claim that he...

Wednesday, 04/03/15 - 12:14pm Read More

I think it’s time we cut the pope some slack

IT SEEMS Pope Francis cannot say anything right these days. He is damned if he does and damned if he...

Wednesday, 18/02/15 - 3:26pm Read More

The end of cheap alcohol is a step in the right direction

I HAVE to admit that it infuriates me when legislation impinges on the simplest of things, such as buying eye...

Wednesday, 11/02/15 - 3:32pm Read More

Political correctness gone mad

THERE are times when political correctness is a must, and then there are times when it is just a distraction...

Wednesday, 04/02/15 - 10:40am Read More

What ‘quantitative easing’ will mean for you and me

A COUPLE of years ago no-one – or very few, at least – had heard the term ‘quantitative easing’, let...

Wednesday, 28/01/15 - 12:31pm Read More

Town ticks all the boxes, but still no jobs investment

I HAVE to admit that I am getting sick to death of reading, or hearing, of all the places in...

Wednesday, 21/01/15 - 11:08am Read More

A parent’s worst nightmare

A LOT of words have been used to describe the deaths of four young women in a road accident outside...

Wednesday, 14/01/15 - 10:13am Read More

Online shopping could mean the death knell for high-street stores

ONLINE shopping is slowly but surely living up to its potential. Most young people now prefer to purchase online rather...

Tuesday, 02/12/14 - 4:26pm Read More

Momentum has well and truly shifted in Irish Water situation

A LOT of political spin was put on the government’s solution to solving the Irish Water problem last week. But...

Thursday, 27/11/14 - 2:31pm Read More

Irish Water has lost the hearts and minds of the electorate

THE water saga just goes on and on. But at the time of writing, no major changes have taken place...

Wednesday, 19/11/14 - 12:22pm Read More

Wi-fi solution at web summit is closer than you think, Paddy

IT IS fast becoming one of the major events around the world, or at least the major event for technology...

Wednesday, 12/11/14 - 10:02am Read More

People power can force rethink on water charges

I HAD reason to use an ATM at the Bank of Ireland recently and it suddenly dawned on me what...

Wednesday, 05/11/14 - 11:45am Read More

Our bail laws need serious reform

I HAVE spent long enough covering court cases over the years to understand that not everyone who appears before a...

Thursday, 30/10/14 - 11:42am Read More

Want to keep our hospitals bug-free? Wash your hands

I SAW a report last week stating that poor standards of hygiene and infection controls at Tallaght Hospital meant there...

Friday, 24/10/14 - 10:13am Read More

Smoking is a killer and it’s right to ban it in cars

I heard a few rumblings last week about Ireland turning into a nanny state following an announcement by children’s minister...

Friday, 17/10/14 - 3:44pm Read More

Boost to government coffers unlikely to trickle down

THERE was a lot of talk last week about how the economy was performing better than expected, prompting the Central...

Monday, 13/10/14 - 3:53pm Read More