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, [...]

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 [...]

Trust science, not emotion, with your child's future

Parenting is a sensitive business, and nobody ever believes they’ll do it right 100% of the time. Most of us, though, do our best. We do our best with the available information, and if not enough information is made available, we look for more. Unfortunately, the place we look for it these days - the internet [...]

Ian Bailey's life sentence

I spoke to Ian Bailey last week ahead of the launch of his poetry collection at Electric Picnic. I've thought a lot about Ian Bailey over the past couple of years - his various legal cases hit the news regularly - and I've wondered, as I'm sure everyone has, what the hell the truth is. We'll [...]

Taylor's the kind of girl you want in your #squad

Taylor Swift has a bit of a reputation as a tough nut. She doesn’t take flak lying down, and her feud with Kanye West - which has seen her go from wide-eyed country music ingenue to (apparently) a scheming snake queen straight out of Game of Thrones - is probably the most fascinating celebrity feud there [...]