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A socially divisive election

A socially divisive election

Election 2016 is shaping up to be one of our most socially divisive. And Labour and Fianna Fáil could fall into the resulting chasm

Let’s not forget Gallipoli all over again

Let’s not forget Gallipoli all over again

The events of the 1916 Rising and the conflict in Turkey a year earlier are closely entwined

Long game must trump tactical manoeuvring

Long game must trump tactical manoeuvring

Irish history tells us that parties who buy elections using short-term policies tend to destabilise the economy in the long run. Fiscal history is unkind to Fianna Fáil in particular. Years like 1977 and 2007 are stamped in the public’s mind, where t

What does the state want from its banks?

What does the state want from its banks?

What does the government want? It is a question that many bankers – from board members to executives to the general rank-and-file staffers – have been asking in recent weeks, as the government has sought to influence the state-backed banks on emotive

It’s time to talk about children

It’s time to talk about children

Ex-public servants need to cool off

Ex-public servants need to cool off

Departing civil servants must have a cooling-off period before being allowed to take up similar posts in the private sector

An anarchic classic that awakened us all

An anarchic classic that awakened us all

Father Ted captured a whole series of religious and cultural epiphanies, and remains a comedy landmark two decades on from its debut

For Ireland, it’s a tax strategy or bust

For Ireland, it’s a tax strategy or bust

We have gone bust three times since independence, each time largely because of the composition of our tax structure

Has the coalition’s recovery sunk beneath the waves?

Has the coalition’s recovery sunk beneath the waves?

Any past misdeeds may be water under the bridge for Sinn Féin, but the government parties are not so easily forgiven – especially for water charges

Now is the time for a new New Deal

Now is the time for a new New Deal

Decades of right-wing economic policy have sown inequality and political discontent throughout Europe – but conditions are perfect for a Keynesian response

Time to let our watchdogs bark loudly

Time to let our watchdogs bark loudly

What is the point of having watchdogs like Hiqa and GSOC if they are muzzled?

Here is a way to keep people in their homes

Here is a way to keep people in their homes

There is a way to prevent unnecessary repossessions

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Last Post: Cabinet Live! You know it would work

Last Post: Cabinet Live! You know it would work

How aid hurts Africa

How aid hurts Africa

Rafael Marques, an Angolan journalist currently facing a possible nine years in jail for accusing Angolan army generals of corruption, gave me an early lesson in the harsh and complex reality of aid.