Why Maduro is blocking Venezuela-bound humanitarian aid when so many people in his country need it

These shipments are rarely just about saving lives, writes Morten Wendelbo.

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Immunisation uptake has stalled and children are dying

Some 1.5m deaths could be prevented each year if simple vaccinations were administered more widely, says Radhika Batra

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Brexit poses a serious constitutional problem

The issue of partition poisoned Irish politics for decades as Ireland sought to withdraw from the UK. Now it’s posing a constitutional problem for Britain, ...

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Theresa May playing dangerous game of brinksmanship

After another defeat last Thursday, Andrew Hammond asks how often Theresa May can ask for “more time”, before it finally runs out.

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Uphill battle against Trump’s emergency

The 1976 act invoked dozens of times by US presidents, and now used by Trump to build his US-Mexico wall, has never been successfully challenged, write Alison Frankel ...

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Pop historian Éric Zemmour - The hi-vis ‘reactionary

The pop historian Éric Zemmour has fashioned himself as an evangelist of French culture — and has become a driving force for French conservatism, writes ...

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Lack of honesty is eroding faith in democracy

It’s reputational death by a thousand drip feeds that those in power should really worry about, says Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

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JOYCE FEGAN: Do you want to be right, or to effect change?

Trust in authority is at an all-time low around the world, but we can all do more before giving into despair, writes Joyce Fegan.

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Prison service facing up to claims of covert surveillance

With confirmation that the prison service has employed two private investigation firms, we do not know what service they provided, writes Michael Clifford.

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Dust storm of housing figures rolling through

Even by granting mathematical generosity to the minister, the gap between what is being achieved in social housing and what is needed is vast, writes Caroline O’Doherty. ...

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Important lessons on achieving global education goals

Everyone has a right to an education, and upholding this right and ensuring no one gets left behind will require co-operation from all stakeholders, writes Amina ...

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Need to reform sperm donor law hits home

‘Pre-conception’ approval of parentage as part of a sperm-donation agreement would provide legal certainty for all involved in the case of home insemination, ...

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'What if I'd been told earlier?' Women continue to wait for results amid CervicalCheck scandal

This is the question no one wants to have to ask when faced with concerning health results.

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Google, fake news, and the crisis of truth

When the internet became a standard utility, it was widely believed that we were giving every friend of the truth the technical means with which to contribute, boldly ...

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Alarm bells sound as Brexit’s ‘Project Fear’ becomes a reality

Britain’s politicians have had the luxury of a relatively benign economy while they dithered and squabbled over the departure. Not any more, writes Ferdinando ...

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George Soros: Europe doesn’t know it’s on cusp of a revolutionary moment

The first step to defending Europe from its enemies, both internal and external, is to recognise the magnitude of the threat they present. The second is to awaken ...

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Armed gardaí under no illusions of dangers involved

Gardaí have hit organised crime with arrests, the seizure of cash, firearms and drugs, and stopping murder teams, Detective Superintendent Seamus Boland tells ...

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Eddie Hobbs: Government lost in dark ages of obduracy and secrecy

Throwing money at a crisis is no longer acceptable in Ireland. Eddie Hobbs says it is time for the Government to catch up with the values of its people.

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Record seizures tell of booming cocaine trade

Record production of cocaine and rising income levels in Ireland is creating a new boom in the cocaine trade, a senior garda tells Security Correspondent Cormac ...

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The tricky business of forgiving Liam Neeson

Does Liam Neeson deserve to be shunned for all of eternity? No. Most importantly, do we need to sincerely listen to black people about why they are hurt by his comments? ...

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Devil in the details casts poor light on Simon Harris

Everybody was kept in the dark while Mr Harris and officials donned white coats and went into a laboratory to do some crystallising., writes Michael Clifford

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Sorry Liam Neeson, murderous racism is not a natural or 'primal' response – here's the science

Referring to something as “primal” makes is sound inevitable, as if the reaction can’t be helped because we are programmed to behave in a certain ...

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How a grieving mum turned her anger into a force for good

Since her daughter was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre last year, Lori Alhadeff has become an activist, and Alyssa’s Law has now ...

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Breaking Germany’s coal addiction

The world’s fourth-largest economy has set 2038 as the deadline for reaching zero coal, not a moment too soon, say Johan Rockström and Owen Gaffney.

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Britain doesn’t return our love — that’s why Brexit hurts

It’s not just the political upheaval and economic uncertainty, it’s the lingering fear that we weren’t good enough for the British, says Stephen ...

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Hit-and-run victim’s family deserve answers

For seven years since his hit-and-run death, Shane O’Farrell’s family have been trying to find out how the criminal justice system failed their loved ...

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Brexit: The path to hell is paved with good intentions

You know your stock has fallen to all time lows when even Brussels bureaucrats tell a reverend's daughter to go to hell, but warn the devil himself may not let her ...

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Brexit: David Trimble’s legal challenge to the Irish backstop is a hiding to nothing

One of the architects of the Good Friday Agreement, David Trimble, is threatening legal action against a controversial part of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, writes ...

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Global health faces uphill battle against online trolls

False information, particularly that which is spread online, puts years of medical research — and lives — at risk, writes Junaid Nabi.

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Nurses’ strike: It’s time we cared about those who care the most

Sean O’Riordan says nurses are right to make their voices heard after enduring substandard wages and conditions for far too long.

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Amazon moving on from disrupting retail to target tech firms

Its focus is shifting from retail to online ads and services, which is good news for ‘Main Street’, not so much for Facebook and Google, says Conor Sen. ...

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Europe can’t be absent from arms-race debate

With the demise of the INF treaty, Europe is entering a potentially dangerous period and must play a central role in containing the new nuclear arms race, writes ...

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Productivity incentives could break impasse to pay dispute

A ‘productivity award’ independent and in addition to the ‘wage award’ in public sector pay talks could offer a means of resolving the current ...

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Could a civil servant have alerted Simon Harris of cost overruns?

Department of Expenditure and Reform’s Code of Practice seems to be at odds with Department of Finance policy, writes Catherine Shanahan

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We need an extra €2.5bn - €3bn in tax if we are serious about addressing the deficits in our society

Ireland needs to have a real debate about the level of public services and social infrastructure it wishes to have in the coming decades and how these are to be ...

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A hardline stance from EU will just embolden Brexiteers

Given the current impasse with the UK, Jean Pisani-Ferry suggests the best way forward for the European Union is to stand firm on principles but to soften its approach ...

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Vulnerable people left fall through the cracks

A quarter of the country’s disabled population lives in poverty, while 42% of applications for disability allowance made in 2018 were rejected. It’s ...

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Citizen Trump: the president shuns the arts – but increasingly resembles one of cinema's greatest creations

The White House of Donald J Trump is a curiously inert place, says Martin Carter.

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Crack forensic team could crack up trying to unearth truth behind costly overrun

A costly review will tell us mistakes were made, but not necessarily who made them, writes Catherine Shanahan.

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In God’s name? The politicisation of religion and potentially deadly consequences

TP O’Mahony charts the politicisation of religion and the potentially deadly consequences.

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The nurses’ strike is about the future of Ireland

The nurses’ strike is about so much more than our nurses, writes Joyce Feegan.

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For the sake of our children mental health provision should be non-negotiable

We need to respond to the mental health crisis in a more appropriate and holistic manner – for the sake of our children, suggests Lisa Molloy.

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We must do everything to avert chaotic Brexit

With the UK’s departure, Europeans will lose an economic and military powerhouse, a move symptomatic of our wider loss of influence and relevance, says Sigmar ...

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Waging a campaign to deliver equal pay for equal work

The INTO continues to fight for equal pay and pension rights for all teachers and never ‘colluded’ with Government to cut new entrants’ pay, says ...

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One digital ID is better than a raft of passwords you forget

The electronic equivalent of an identification card will allow the world’s 4.4bn internet users to navigate it more easily and could become key to inclusive ...

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Dublin’s anger about Brexit is palpable

The Government is enraged that Theresa May has reneged on the withdrawal agreement and that the DUP is so self-serving, says political editor Daniel McConnell

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Why Republicans won’t stop another political shutdown

Republicans aren’t preparing for another shutdown because they don’t want to believe that one is possible — but that’s what they thought ...

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Nancy Pelosi’s great wall of resistance

Despite Donald Trump’s by now familiar bluster in the face of opposition to his plans, House speaker Nancy Pelosi stood firm — and won, writes Elizabeth ...

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Fascism’s war of words is its ticket to respectability

Though fascism generally evokes images of jack-booted thugs and mass rallies, fascist movements first politicise language.

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Imagining a Davos for the many that was actually serious about climate change

From the moment world leaders claiming to want to fight climate change arrived in private jets, the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos attracted controversy.

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