Mortuary conditions at UHW: HSE dysfunction

If the HSE — as an institution — were a family, it would be dysfunctional one, shrouded in secrecy and characterised by obfuscation and confusion.

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Safe sex is best way to stop HIV

The history of HIV and the AIDS epidemic began in confusion, followed by illness, fear and death as the world faced an unknown virus. By 1999, AIDS was the fourth ...

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A century of democracy: Use your influence and vote

Irish voters will face a busy time on May 24, with decisions to be made at European, national and local level.

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TUI demands end to two-tier pay: A chance to fight inequities

It is not surprising that the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has taken a strong position on the two-tier pay scale.

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Fire warning: Defence Forces undermined

The weekend gorse fires in Donegal, which were dangerously out of control for a period, raise several issues. One is the frequency of these outbreaks right across ...

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Confronting a violent minority: We must turn outrage into real action

One of the consequences of the murder of Lyra McKee, who will be buried today, in Derry last week is the sobering reminder that an enduring evil festers barely beneath ...

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Lest we forget: Galling hypocrisy

The determination to transcend the horrors and sectarian divisions of our past, recent and not so recent, is one

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Social media and democracy: A force moving beyond control

Back in the day, when a public figure could make a suggestion without filtering it through rigorous sensibilities, Theodore Roosevelt, speaking about diplomacy offered: ...

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The challenging worlds of work: Neo-slavery is shaming this Republic

Workers can, in the broadest of terms, be divided into categories where different realities prevail.

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Turning a deaf ear invites chaos - The politics of redemption

This is Easter Monday and Christians will celebrate core, unchanging beliefs: The ideas of redemption and rebirth encapsulated in yesterday’s resurrection ...

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‘Paramilitaries’ march in Dublin - Clowns, and not in our name

Even the darkest moments, even the most critical situations offer opportunities for sanity-saving levity.

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Ban open farms - Salmon licence discontinued

Marine Minister Michael Creed has taken an unprecedented step of “discontinuing” a licence held by Norwegian multinational Mowi, formerly Marine Harvest, ...

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Polarisation means report is irrelevant

Some politicians weaponise polarisation and provoke it intentionally.

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Lyra McKee: Yet again, ambiguity is not an option

The murder of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee, in Derry on Thursday night raises so many issues, is such an affront to humanity and our democracy, that it is very ...

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Figures show how weak regions are: Dublin gets 85% of passengers

In a little over a month almost 400,000 voters in Cork, Limerick, and Waterford will decide on a proposal to have directly elected mayors run their city. That idea ...

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New audit laws: Preventing conflict of interest

Earlier this week the banks launched an organisation that would “change the culture” of how they do business and treat customers.

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Reckless change in education: Teaching history is an obligation

Teachers will, in time, have to explain to students why life was once so very different in Ireland on Good Friday. Those teachers, unless we risk Brexit-scale disruption ...

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The Irish Republic: 70 years today

Perhaps because it can often coincide with Easter observances — both inside and outside churches — the significance of today’s date in Ireland’s ...

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2020 hopefuls: Democrats spoilt for choices

If Donald Trump has achieved anything that could be described as constructive it’s been to help create a political climate that has produced no fewer than ...

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Mother and baby homes: Report is a study in amnesia

There is much talk now of the moral compass, which is simply a novel description of whatever it is in our hearts and minds that enables us to distinguish right from ...

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Use aid leverage to clear the air: FAI faces credibility crisis

Politicians understand the power of sport and how its reflected glory — never the alternative — can endear them to fans of one code or another.

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Notre Dame: A rallying point for EU solidarity

Not every society has symbols that tell a story far beyond their original intent; buildings or monuments so polished

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Living to work: Chinese workers begin to protest

Every discussion about our public services is peppered with references to working conditions.

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Blind belief: Woods offers example for Folau

Tiger Woods and Israel Folau are extraordinary, almost once-in-a-lifetime sports superstars.

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Changing bank culture: Hold individuals responsible

For far too many people, the phrase “bank customer care” has become an oxymoron mocking the unequal relationship between financial institutions and everyday ...

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We get the politicians we deserve: Nearly 60 candidates in EU vote

If a decision to stand as a candidate in an election is an expression of optimism or frustration, of ambition or dissatisfaction, or as it seems at its simplest, ...

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Pretend policing: UN warns on corruption

The United Nations has given us another finger-wagging over our ratio of legislation to policing capacity and intent — as if it was needed. It confirmed again ...

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Mental health service resources: €40m needed to deliver ’06 plan

There can hardly be an area where hope, where optimism can be such a catalyst for recovery as it is when individuals or families are confronted with mental health ...

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Property tax review long-fingered: Tax deferral a failure of leadership

The official campaign to highlight the issues, the latent possibilities, around the idea of directly-elected mayors for Cork, Limerick, and Waterford begins today.

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Time to review laws on accountability

One hundred years ago today British troops massacred 379 Indians at Jallianwala Bagh — also known as Amritsar.

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Focus on the issues rather than Assange

It is hard to imagine that the Julian Assange affair will end well.

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Stroke rehab is vital

It is not always easy, or rewarding, to review health education programmes.

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Brexit risks: Extension date target must be hit

The EU has once again shown patience and unity by agreeing a Brexit extension until October 31.

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Garda reform: Action needed, not fine words

When Drew Harris took over as Garda commissioner last September, expectations were high that major reform within the force would quickly follow.

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The environment: Flushing fatbergs

Most people are aware of the need to protect the environment and many take measures to ensure they do not cause damage through pollution or being careless when it ...

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Farm cruelty sentence upheld: A fair warning

The idea of animal rights means many different things to many different people, but there is a consensus around wanton animal cruelty. The industrialisation of farming ...

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Navy struggles to crew patrols: A dangerous vulnerability

Any discussion around Irish neutrality is rendered meaningless by the incapacity of our under-resourced but willing Defence Forces.

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Battle over school patronage: Marriages show change is inevitable

The CSO yesterday published data on the 21,053 marriages held last year.

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Buying a home gets harder: Cuckoo funds a renewed imperialism

It may be a renewal of the post-1960s optimism that declared the 1970s would be socialist to suggest, or even hope, that the arrival of cuckoo funds might force ...

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Another embarrassing day: Health failures on a grand scale

It is an embarrassing coincidence that on the very day that, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, a 2019 record for of patients — 631 — ...

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Look to the seas: Alternative energy challenges

The need to reduce our dependency on carbon-generated energy is one of the imperatives of our age.

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Europe prepares to vote: Right relies on apathy and anger

Those who believed that Donald Trump might not be a good president for America or an inspiring, reliable partner in the alliances that have sustained the West for ...

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Bishop John Buckley steps aside: An affable man, a kindly bishop

John Buckley, 79, has served the Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross as bishop for over 20 years.

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Back on the beat:  ATM smash and grab robberies

It is, amazingly, over half a century since Fagin told his innocent — not for long — charges in Oliver that “You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket ...

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Theresa May faces poll ultimatum - Hold the line in the face of extremists

On the eve of elections that seem to carry particular weight for Israel and that troubled region, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to annex Jewish settlements ...

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Tiger Roll takes second Grand National - Davy Russell wins and inspires

The Tory zealots, the European Research Group, may not maintain a wine cellar, but if it did, it is unlikely that the faction’s sommelier would have been busy ...

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Pesticides in drinking water - A stark warning

We have a long tradition of less than rigorous regulation in myriad areas.

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New Tusla strategy: how will it work in practice?

Tusla has launched its new Child and Youth Participation Strategy for 2019-2023, as part of its “ongoing commitment to the participation of children, young ...

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Hidden camera in Airbnb accommodation

Transparency matters in lots of areas, particularly in light of technological advances in surveillance technology, as a family from New Zealand found to their cost ...

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Facebook should embrace transparency

Transparency matters. It matters in personal and business relationships.

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