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A to-do list for the new communications minister

A to-do list for the new communications minister

Richard Bruton is in danger of having greatness thrust upon him, if he deals with just a few outstanding media matters

Is North's binary choice the only choice?

Is North's binary choice the only choice?

The Good Friday Agreement allows the people of the North two options: keep the union or enter a united Ireland. But are there other options?

Why this presidential election was a pointless exercise

Why this presidential election was a pointless exercise

The five also-rans are no doubt patriotic, well-intentioned citizens. But why they want to start in the Phoenix Park is puzzling

A weak response to a journalist’s brutal murder

A weak response to a journalist’s brutal murder

Ireland needs to do more after Jamal Khashoggi’s savage torture and execution

Peter Casey may have done Irish politics a service

Peter Casey may have done Irish politics a service

By exposing ugly fissures in Irish society around Travellers and those on welfare, prejudice may become more visible and easier to fight

Davy’s money man will be a hard act to follow

Davy’s money man will be a hard act to follow

As the AIB chief executive Bernard Byrne gets ready to step into Kyran McLaughlin’s shoes at Davy he will be conscious that he is replacing the man who has been Ireland’s most important figure in Irish corporate fundraising over the last 40 years

Stephen Kinsella on Brexit

Stephen Kinsella on Brexit

There are not enough people, no systems, no actual borders set up to deal with Brexit. And 85 per cent of the time given to sort this out has already passed. As my mother repeatedly told me while I was cramming for exams, you can’t fatten the pig the night before the fair

Minority governments will be the new normal

Minority governments will be the new normal

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have gained ground since 2016 and are set to remain big players in an increasingly fragmented Dáil

Murphy’s numbers just don’t add up

Murphy’s numbers just don’t add up

The Minister for Housing’s monthly figures have been so distorted by political machinations that they are of little value and should be taken out of his control

Demand for amnesty adds to families’ grief

Demand for amnesty adds to families’ grief

Questions about alleged security force collusion in killings in the North must still be answered

Retain private practice in public hospitals

Retain private practice in public hospitals

We cannot allow the availability of specialists and services be subject to vagaries of the market

SBP editorial: Green affair shows money can’t always silence everything

SBP editorial: Green affair shows money can’t always silence everything

SBP editorial: Time to look at bankers’ salary cap

SBP editorial: Time to look at bankers’ salary cap

What's in May's '95 per cent' Brexit basket?

What's in May's '95 per cent' Brexit basket?

Telling us all that 95 per cent of the Brexit deal has been achieved is a blatant exaggeration of the current status of the most ragged and disorganised negotiations ever witnessed in the public domain

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Off Message

These days, people don’t expect to make it in the creative arts unless they’re Instagram-savvy, picture-perfect commodities – so Anna Burns’s Booker win is surprising and welcome news