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Living lightly in 2018

I wrote this at the end of December for the Herald and it's been just over three weeks...  How are we all doing on those resolutions? It’s the time of year when, for most of us, everything is full. Our bellies, our bins, our wardrobes and fridges are all heaving with things we needed, things we wanted, [...]

Dolores O'Riordan was the real deal

Where I am from, Dolores O’Riordan was the only rock star that mattered, because she was just like us. And then she wasn’t. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6Kspj3OO0s She proved that the world knew where we were, and that raw talent could do it for you. She was one of the biggest rock stars in the world, and she [...]

Wearing a black dress is a symbol of intent. Let's get to work, ladies

We’re used to seeing a sea of black at professional events. Rows of penguins, black suits, white shirts, bowties. That’s what professional life looks like. The Dail looks like that. The House of Commons looks like that. Business conferences look like that. Only the entertainment industry, with its flocks of gorgeously adorned beautiful women tends to [...]

Send nudes? Not on your life

As my son grows from a baby into a toddler I have realised that parenting mainly consists of finding something new to be afraid of at least once a day. While romance is a long way in his future, a study I came across yesterday about how teenagers are now approaching relationships struck fear into my [...]

2018-12-01T09:52:41+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Homelessness is the new normal

The Facebook post from a cafe wondering why their milk delivery is being intercepted every morning. The complaints from out-of-town shoppers that they no longer like to visit the city, because they are accosted by beggars on every street. The queues outside rental agencies when a new property goes up on their website. The children who [...]

2018-12-01T09:52:41+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , |

Celebs talking about their nits gives me an itch

It’s time for the media to make a new year’s resolution, but to do it, we need your help. There used to be such a thing as too much information, but these days no ailment is too disgusting, no thought too private and no statement so pointless but it warrants coverage somewhere. And the problem is, [...]

Gambling with our kids' futures

There are dangers we anticipate ahead of our children in their journey in life. Roadblocks like illness, or bullying, diversions like getting in with the wrong crowd. Behavioural issues, problems at school, and when they’re a bit older, inadvisable experimenting with drink and drugs. Many of these dangers are amplified by the internet, with cyber-bullying, grooming [...]

2018-12-01T09:52:41+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Categories: Print|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Money, money everywhere but not for proper homes

Last Friday I spoke off the air to a landlord who lets out short stay apartments, purchased and renovated last year for this purpose. He's been housing three homeless families, funded by Community Welfare Officers at a rate of €100 per family per night, since they were all asked to leave hotel rooms over the October [...]

Was it for this?

When Constance Markievicz made history as the first woman in the British Isles to be elected a Member of Parliament, it must have been an epic moment. 100 years ago next year, (some) women across the United Kingdom, then including Ireland, got the vote, and the first to be elected was an Anglo-Irish republican socialist from [...]

2018-12-01T09:52:42+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Having our Catholic cake and eating it

Image from Geograph Ireland copyright John Salter When news broke over the weekend about a Catholic school manager scuppering promotions of one teacher for being Protestant and another for being an unmarried mother, nothing was less surprising than the outrage online. Who do these nuns think they are, cried social media commentators, outraged that [...]