Elaine Byrne, Opinion /

Blurring the lines on cannabis doesn’t help doctors’ case

Blurring the lines on cannabis doesn’t help doctors’ case

In discussing legalisation of the drug, the Cannabis Risk Alliance has lumped together medicinal and recreational use

Promises in the Constitution won’t build any more houses

Promises in the Constitution won’t build any more houses

Sinn Féin’s bid to get housing rights into the Constitution has failed in the Dáil. But the reality is that a right to a home would be meaningless if it could not be delivered on

Vaccination laws and education must go hand in hand

Vaccination laws and education must go hand in hand

We need to keep measles inoculation rates up, but steps should also be taken to allay the concerns of parents who believe the unscientific claims of anti-vaxxers

Is our system of local democracy merely a sham?

Is our system of local democracy merely a sham?

Next month’s local election may record the lowest ever turnout in the history of the state. You can understand why

FAI circus shows limitations of Oireachtas committees

FAI circus shows limitations of Oireachtas committees

There are more effective means of investigating the football association’s finances and workings

How trumped-up rumours become fake news

How trumped-up rumours become fake news

The school patronage ‘crisis’, entirely self-created by a handful of interested parties, is a grim reminder of how quickly fear and misinformation can be weaponised

Why are we leaving divorce in the Constitution at all?

Why are we leaving divorce in the Constitution at all?

We’re being asked to remove the minimum living-apart period. But that will leave other provisions on divorce in the Constitution that have no place there at all

If you stand by and do nothing, are you complicit?

If you stand by and do nothing, are you complicit?

Did Fine Gael wait until it was politically safe to reject Hungarian far-right leader Viktor Orbán?

Ross, McDonald and McGuinness go strangely silent after ruling

Ross, McDonald and McGuinness go strangely silent after ruling

Anyone who believes in due process and fairness should welcome the Supreme Court’s recent decision that the PAC was out of line on Rehab

Britain cannot wash its hands of problems that created Isis bride

Britain cannot wash its hands of problems that created Isis bride

The home secretary Sajid Javid tried to export the teenager to Bangladesh, a country she has never visited, rather than allow her to be judged by a British court. Is this in the public interest?

The shortage of judges has grave implications not only for Irish litigants, but for our trust in the justice system as a whole

The shortage of judges has grave implications not only for Irish litigants, but for our trust in the justice system as a whole

History repeats itself in our housing policy

History repeats itself in our housing policy

It’s the 1960s again as we see a perfect storm of a booming but precarious economy, a housing shortage and a rising population in Dublin - yet the public sector standards bill is languishing

The sheikh, the farmers and the generous CAP

The sheikh, the farmers and the generous CAP

Some of the wealthiest people in the world, including Sheikh Mohammed, benefit from EU farm subsidies

There should be no topic too dangerous for TV

There should be no topic too dangerous for TV

One minute’s worth of controversial remarks rightly didn’t deter 368,000 viewers from watching a useful report on transgender issues

State’s homelessness failures are no free licence  for charities

State’s homelessness failures are no free licence for charities

As Conor Skehan suggests, our homeless charities need to be more efficient at what they do, because they’re wasting limited resources