James McDermott

James McDermott

What’s so wrong with the Leaving Cert?

What’s so wrong with the Leaving Cert?

Critics of the Leaving find it hard to come up with an alternative – for good reason

Cut staff hours and boost the bottom line

Cut staff hours and boost the bottom line

Working long after the office closes is par for the course here, but a recent legal ruling should force employers to think again

Restaurants and no-shows have become a bread and butter issue

Restaurants and no-shows have become a bread and butter issue

Failing to turn up for a restaurant reservation should not be consequence-free

Out with the touts

Out with the touts

Can new legislation really put an end to ticket price gouging?

Hey, teachers, leave that Leaving Certificate alone

Hey, teachers, leave that Leaving Certificate alone

Few things in modern Ireland are seen as absolutely fair, transparent and accountable – but the dreaded exam is one of them

Making Lanigan’s Ball out of a political coin toss

Making Lanigan’s Ball out of a political coin toss

With nothing in writing, the rotating-minister deal between Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran and Seán Canney may not have stood up in court

Rugby mandarins drop the ball

Rugby mandarins drop the ball

Following a social media storm, the IRFU has apologised for 'mistakenly advertising' for a national sports science intern, saying that they don’t have any unpaid internship positions

The strange case of an unlucky whistleblower

The strange case of an unlucky whistleblower

It’s very easy to form a company using false information. Too easy, as one man found out

The Verdict: Study Harder

The Verdict: Study Harder

In which an Oxford-educated Harvard Law hopeful learns that you can’t sue your university for a first - you have to earn it

The patience of Irish football fans may be running out

The patience of Irish football fans may be running out

Martin O’Neill’s contract has made the headlines - but what about the FAI’s duty to fans who are still waiting to see who the national team will actually be playing?

James McDermott: The risk of criminalising recklessness

James McDermott: The risk of criminalising recklessness

We should think hard about making it a crime for people to put themselves in situations from which they need rescuing

The enduring economic miracle of UCD football

The enduring economic miracle of UCD football

Watched by small crowds and run on a minuscule budget, the club still develops emerging talent

Leaving Cert changes will reward ‘lesser’ exam results

Leaving Cert changes will reward ‘lesser’ exam results

Tinkering with our grading system is a threat to fair and accountable exams, and benefits neither students nor universities

For sex offenders in our prisons, no rehab, no problem

For sex offenders in our prisons, no rehab, no problem

Startling gaps in the law mean that sex offenders are not required to attend even one hour of rehabilitation before walking free after their sentence ends

Boozy pub deals may not survive a sober judge

Boozy pub deals may not survive a sober judge

Heavy drinking in the Horse and Groom pub in London led to a supposed promise of a £15m bonus by the unorthodox boss of Sports Direct, Mike Ashley