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Today, exactly halfway through 2019, is a good time to review the big media stories of the year. Here are my top five

Today, exactly halfway through 2019, is a good time to review the big media stories of the year. Here are my top five

We must reject Facebook’s drive for world domination

We must reject Facebook’s drive for world domination

Facebook wants you to sign up to its new digital currency, despite serious questions around trust and transparency

Will Reid manage to go where no HSE boss has gone before?

Will Reid manage to go where no HSE boss has gone before?

Director general Paul Reid’s mission is to end the era of broken budgets, but there is already pushback from within the health service

Johnson's near inevitable election confirms Britain's devolution into a pantomime state

Johnson's near inevitable election confirms Britain's devolution into a pantomime state

Britain’s political degradation, with its two different but terrible candidates, has occurred because of cynical self-interest on both sides

Settlement of €7m puts spotlight on causes of autism

Settlement of €7m puts spotlight on causes of autism

Last week’s High Court case raised the question of whether birth trauma can cause autism. The evidence is fascinating, but it’s not conclusive

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

Sentencing argument shows why we’ll miss Daly dose of wisdom

Sentencing argument shows why we’ll miss Daly dose of wisdom

The Dáil’s loss will be the European Parliament’s gain when Clare Daly, who is never afraid to fly in the face of popular opinion, moves to Brussels

RTÉ provides a good service, it deserves a licence fee increase

RTÉ provides a good service, it deserves a licence fee increase

In the long term, the television licence fee – a relic of a by-gone era – needs to be reformed to something closer to a public service broadcast charge

Makhlouf must clear the air before starting Central Bank role

Makhlouf must clear the air before starting Central Bank role

The Cairo-born economist was given a strong reprimand in recent days by New Zealand’s state services commission over an incident where the New Zealand budget was leaked

A Johnson premiership could be a blessing in disguise for us

A Johnson premiership could be a blessing in disguise for us

Boris Johnson could easily abandon Brexit once he is in office, and Brexiteers who believe the Tory frontrunner is the Messiah will be sadly disappointed

Biden could derail another four insufferable years of Trump

Biden could derail another four insufferable years of Trump

Only when we escape from the bizarre wrecking ball of the current US presidency will we begin to understand it. But for now, the priority is to avoid a second term of it

Circumventing scientific evidence could have significant implications

Circumventing scientific evidence could have significant implications

On Wednesday last, June 26, the medical cannabis access programme was launched, enabling compassionate access to cannabis for medicinal reasons where conventional treatment has failed

Democratic Party looks all at sea in a Trumpian world

Democratic Party looks all at sea in a Trumpian world

Its jostling crowd of 20 players may be a mark of equal opportunity within the Democratic Party, but it also speaks to uncertainty and a lack of direction for the real battle against the incumbent

Struggling world economy is no excuse to ignore world's poorest

Struggling world economy is no excuse to ignore world's poorest

Today’s low-income countries must jump higher than their predecessors did to escape poverty

Diesel in danger of becoming a Mercedes millstone

Diesel in danger of becoming a Mercedes millstone

Parent company Daimler has warned of a huge hit to profits because of provisions for 'various ongoing governmental proceedings and measures relating to diesel vehicles', without saying what these were