Trump’s week to forget a sign of things to come

Implicated by his own justice department in a felony, Donald Trump has seen the stock market plunge as the tide begins to turn against him, writes Elizabeth Drew

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Across Europe, populists and right-wing parties seek power

UK liberals want a second Brexit vote to reverse the decision to leave the EU. But it would generate class war, writes John Lloyd

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Geminids meteor shower: an astrophysicist on what to look out for

The Geminids meteor shower peaks on the mornings of December 13 and 14, 2018 – but if you look up any time there’s a clear night sky up until December ...

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English language teaching educators must be protected

As English language teaching continues to grow, protections for teachers are required at this point, writes Leon Vaughan

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Playtime is over for unhealthy attitudes

Because of rising rates of obesity and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, writes Claire ...

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“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”: War of words led to a universal human rights declaration

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has played a pivotal role in the quest for global justice, writes TP O’Mahony. ...

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Newly released data provides first full picture of spy power for many years

How can gardaí seek mobile phone data for the investigation of serious crime, given the legislation enabling them to do so is contrary to EU law, asks Cormac ...

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AKK's succession in Germany can only be ‘A-OK’ for the EU project

For the first time since 2000, Angela Merkel’s name will no longer appear on the ballot for the German electorate, writes Philip Hartley.

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More people are experiencing severe food allergies than ever before - but why?

The recent inquest into the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse from anaphylaxis after eating a Pret A Manger baguette she was unaware contained sesame, could lead ...

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What the ruling means for Dwyer and other cases

Professor of Law Shane Kilcommins explains the High Court ruling data retention, the implications it might have on Graham Dwyer's case and ongoing investigations

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Comment: Fairytale or a nightmare to walk in another’s shoes

So much of our debate today centres around privileged people being offended by marginalised people's offence, writes Joyce Fegan.

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In life and death, love is the most important thing

The 41st president of America, the father of the 43rd president of America, a war veteran, a millionaire by 40, and yet it was the loss of a loved one that was the ...

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Insect apocalypse now: What does it mean for life on earth

The numbers are stark, indicating a vast impoverishment of an entire insect universe, writes Brooke Jarvis

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Why Apple is no longer a byword for innovation – just ask the markets

Which company would you say is going to grow faster in the coming years: Apple or Domino’s Pizza? Intuitively, we see Apple as an innovative firm with a forward-looking ...

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Chinese contradictions on animal trafficking

Why would Beijing push a policy that undermines President Xi Jinping’s oft-stated ambition to build an ‘ecological civilization, asks Brook Larmer.

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Preparation and fair play essential to low-carbon economy

In Ireland, the Just Transition does not only apply to workers in fossil fuel industries such as peat, coal, or oil, says Sean Sherlock.

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Guy Verhofstadt: Mark Zuckerberg loses control of Facebook as ‘self-regulation’ fails

There can be little doubt that monopoly control over millions of people’s personal data and the flow of news and information online poses a clear and present ...

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Brexit: is it possible to stop it?

Stopping Brexit is possible, but it’s complicated.

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One test to diagnose them all: researchers exploit cancers’ unique DNA signature

Researchers have developed a test that could be used to diagnose all cancers. It is based on a unique DNA signature that appears to be common across cancer types, ...

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Michael Clifford: We need a real inquiry to unlock the truth

Two weeks ago, the justice minister ordered what now appears to be a Mickey Mouse probe into a whistleblower’s claims about the prison service, writes Michael ...

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The violent history of brutal and intrusive procedures

Force feeding of people on hunger strike for political reasons was precipitated by the actions of some suffragettes, writes Meadhbh Murphy, UCD Archives

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US-China trade war truce: Why it's unlikely to last

Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping have agreed to a ceasefire in their increasingly painful trade war, yet their governments’ differing depictions of the ...

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Are near-death experiences hallucinations? Experts explain the science behind this puzzling phenomenon

In our never-ending quest to understand what happens to us after we die, humans have long seen the rare phenomenon of near-death experiences as providing some hints, ...

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The 1918 election that marked a turning point in history

The general election of 1918 provided Sinn Féin with a democratic endorsement both to establish Dáil Éireann and proclaim a republic, writesRyle ...

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Stephen Fry’s Brexit mythbusting video repeats Remain's 2016 mistakes

The odds of a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU are now at higher than 40% in the betting markets – close to a coin toss. It’s ...

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Latest debacle puts GRA back in firing line

The Garda Representative Body was subjected to intense criticism over the one million fake breath tests — a year on, little appears to have changed, writes ...

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US flourished as a result of George HW Bush’s dynamic reign

The 41st president saw himself merely as a temporary occupant of the Oval Office but his achievements were significant, writes Richard N Haass.

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Complaints aplenty but no specific noise control legislation for 'crow bangers'

Farmers, for over 50 years, have been using bird pest control measures but no specific national legislation exists in relation to noise containment for instruments ...

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Abortion Q&A: Everything you need to know from service availability to conscientious objection

Health correspondent Catherine Shanahan answers all the pressing questions concerning the abortion legislation

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COP24: how a plastics treaty could clean up our oceans

It seems new action to tackle plastic pollution is announced every week, from the 5p plastic bag charge to governments debating a tax on plastic packaging, writes ...

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Germany’s political crisis emblematic of EU

Forget Brexit, the real battle is taking place within every EU country. It is a battle between progressives and authoritarians, writes Yanis Varoufakis

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Hunger for change must put a greener diet on the menu

We must actively work to cut our consumption of meat if we are to win the battle against climate change, writes Riccardo Valentini

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The vote was not an empty symbol but a transformative tool for women

Dr Mary Strangman, the first female councillor in the city, was vital in the organisation of Waterford suffrage, writes Leeann Lane.

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Vote for women: We celebrate century of change but must avoid complacency

Exactly 100 years ago, in December 1918, Constance Markievicz became the first woman elected to the Westminster parliament, writes Louise Ryan

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The Clinton Affair: Monica Lewinsky has a new perspective 20 years on

Twenty years since the White House was rocked by a sex scandal, it is being seen through new #MeToo eyes as ‘The Clinton Affair’, writes TP O’Mahony. ...

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Is journalism being killed-off?

‘Washington Post’ columnist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in October, but the profession itself is endangered by low pay, the internet, and ‘fake ...

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Women always carry greater burden of responsibility

‘The Clinton Affair’ is not just the story of Monica Lewinsky but the story of women, and how they’re viewed in our society.

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Unesco-recognised sport of hurling strikes an important note throughout Irish history

The context in which hurling is played is what makes the story of the sport unique to Ireland, write Paul Rouse and Aidan O’Sullivan

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Electricity bills could rise if Brexit threatens Ireland’s unique energy agreement

We've successfully collaborated on electricity supply for 11 years, but could Brexit pull this unique innovation apart?

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G20 summit: Nations need to come to the table prepared

Alienating traditional US partners while wooing Putin and the Saudis, Donald Trump is facing another difficult G20 summit this weekend, writes David A Andelman

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UNESCO decision on hurling 'yet another high point in what has been a quite exceptional 2018 for the game'

It makes us rage, despair and on some wonderful days, it makes us weep with joy - and now hurling has been granted special cultural status by UNESCO.

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Having children is linked to increased risk of heart disease, new study suggests – but don't let that put you off

Children are stressful. The more children you have, the more stress you have to manage. But that isn’t all, having lots of children might raise more than just ...

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There is no stopping the digital revolution in its tracks

To secure the digital infrastructure supply chain, we need greater transparency regarding the provenance of technological components, writes Julian King.

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So what happened in the Big Apple, Denis?

The then minister’s trip to New York earlier this year has come under scrutiny, more so with the release of redacted WhatsApp comments, writes Daniel McConnell. ...

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Not everyone wants their donations touted on Facebook or plastered on walls

The twinge of self-consciousness I feel when asked to publicize my donation on social media or have my name revealed made me wonder why some donors broadcast their ...

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West must decide on Russian response

With its actions on the Azov Sea over the weekend, coming on the eve of a G20 meeting, Russia and Vladimir Putin is calling the west’s bluff, writes Peter ...

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Broadband plan unlikely to progress until answers found

Despite the Government spin, the report into the Denis Naughten broadband fiasco fails to provide answers needed to clarify what happened, writes political correspondent ...

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Are phones listening to us? What they can learn from the sound of your voice

And while many of us are already well aware of privacy issues associated with smartphones an increasing number of people are starting to worry that their smartphone ...

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McDonald’s is a social and healthcare burden – whatever its charity PR might indicate

McDonald’s is a social, fiscal, healthcare burden in Ireland and presumably everywhere else it sells its delicious, convenient, cheap food that is high in ...

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Those impacted by 1980s Aids crisis forced to take matters into their own hands

The dearth of information in the wake of the Aids crisis demanded that early health education campaigns were undertaken by grassroots groups, writes Dr Nina Holmes ...

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