Elaine Byrne, Opinion /

The carpenter from Carlow who walked through hell

The carpenter from Carlow who walked through hell

My great-grandfather joined the Dublin Fusiliers and survived a gas attack on Easter Week 1916 which killed 538 Irishmen. He was wounded at Ypres. And when the war ended he never came home

An open letter to President Higgins

An open letter to President Higgins

Heartfelt congratulations, Michael D, but don’t get carried away – and please start being yourself again

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

Paying tax is one of the cornerstones of a republic

Paying tax is one of the cornerstones of a republic

JP McManus’s donation to the GAA is nice, but let’s not lose sight of the ordinary taxpayer who picks up the tab required to keep Ireland going

Positive economic prospects for farming

Positive economic prospects for farming

Farmers often accentuate the negative, but the outlook for Irish agriculture is not all bleak

A tale of two evictions

A tale of two evictions

Gardaí felt the need to wear balaclavas at an inner-city eviction last week. Quite a contrast to the events at Gorse Hill in affluent Killiney three years ago

We need to stop with this reverse snobbery

We need to stop with this reverse snobbery

Sneering at people because of their background should never be acceptable

Returning emigrants find there’s no place like home

Returning emigrants find there’s no place like home

It’s true that greater numbers of Irish emigrants are now returning to live here, but the government must do more to support those who make the choice to move back

Joy at Pope Francis’s visit reflects an Ireland of two Churches

Joy at Pope Francis’s visit reflects an Ireland of two Churches

The current pontiff’s popularity derives from his rejection of the trappings of the scandal-riven institution

Government must move on problem gambling

Government must move on problem gambling

€50m betting duty take goes to greyhounds and horses, not to fight scourge of gambling addiction

Second run for Áras might not be so easy for Michael D

Second run for Áras might not be so easy for Michael D

President Higgins will have a formidable opponent in the shape of a well-organised Sinn Féin

Data regulator needs to face down Facebook

Data regulator needs to face down Facebook

Ireland’s current ‘soft-touch’ approach to social media giants is worryingly similar to our pre-crash regulation of the banks

We have royally lost the run of ourselves

We have royally lost the run of ourselves

Prince Harry will never be king: he’s a celeb, married to an actor. Yet when he and his wife came here, some of us couldn’t get enough

Higgins is above political play-acting on re-election

Higgins is above political play-acting on re-election

The political parties that control nominations have decided to disenfranchise us by not having a presidential election

Michael Lowry has finally been brought to account

Michael Lowry has finally been brought to account

Journalism played a major part in the conviction of the Tipperary TD for tax offences