Cathal Mac Coille

Cathal Mac Coille

We need to change habits - and a 2c tax won’t do that

We need to change habits - and a 2c tax won’t do that

The small carbon tax hike in last week’s budget looks like little more than virtue signalling, and it feeds public cynicism about the government’s willingness to take real action on climate change

Ten reasons why we must not back down on the backstop

Ten reasons why we must not back down on the backstop

Rejecting calls for concessions on this workable compromise is the only way to maintain stability in the North

Apple should face same grilling over privacy as politicians

Apple should face same grilling over privacy as politicians

The data watchdog’s findings on the Public Services Card raise important questions, but the issue is not on the scale of the Siri debacle

Never mind the youthful messenger, hear the message

Never mind the youthful messenger, hear the message

Greta Thunberg’s voyage to New York may be a publicity stunt, but her warning is real and we ignore it at our peril

Portraits in Power: Brian Cowen

Portraits in Power: Brian Cowen

Brian Cowen was regarded as one of Bertie Ahern’s most able lieutenants, but his time as Taoiseach would be haunted by decisions he made as finance minister during the boom, writes Cathal Mac Coille

Our friends in the North get a bad rap despite their progress

Our friends in the North get a bad rap despite their progress

The 50th anniversary of the deployment of British troops is a reminder of how key advances made in the North since 1969 are still intact

Affluent, single, ready to mingle? Co-living’s for you

Affluent, single, ready to mingle? Co-living’s for you

No couples, families or introverts need apply for tiny quarters in Bartra’s new Dún Laoghaire co-living complex - and nurses, gardaí and teachers couldn’t afford them

At least Bailey’s brass neck wasn’t damaged in SwingGate fall

At least Bailey’s brass neck wasn’t damaged in SwingGate fall

Lowry’s Open win provided the perfect cover to release the report on the Fine Gael TD’s actions. But ten significant questions remain unanswered as sky-high insurance premiums have forced another festival to cancel

Our leaders must avoid inflaming Anglo-Irish tensions

Our leaders must avoid inflaming Anglo-Irish tensions

Co-operation with Britain on trade and the North is too important to jeopardise with undiplomatic comments – however idiotically our neighbours behave

Referendum on voting rights in presidential election is confusing

Referendum on voting rights in presidential election is confusing

Whether Irish citizens in the North and those living elsewhere should gain the right to vote for our next president are separate issues

Brexit’s a mess, but who are we to crow about it?

Brexit’s a mess, but who are we to crow about it?

Before we get too smug over Britain’s failures, let’s not forget our own domestic horror stories

A culture of misogyny places women of all ages at risk

A culture of misogyny places women of all ages at risk

The Ana Kriégel murder trial was a stark reminder of the dangers women and girls live with every day. Men must address this

In a crisis, we shouldn’t wait to implement ‘perfect’ solutions

In a crisis, we shouldn’t wait to implement ‘perfect’ solutions

It’s time to set aside the ban on bedsits and other imperfect accommodation as reports highlight the damage done to those living in hotels and hubs

Our own climate behaviour deserves a fiery speech or two

Our own climate behaviour deserves a fiery speech or two

President Higgins was right to strongly criticise Donald Trump’s stance on climate change. But Ireland’s own record is also fairly lamentable