Elaine Byrne, Opinion /

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

The forgotten Jewish heroes of the War of Independence

The forgotten Jewish heroes of the War of Independence

The centenary commemorations give us a chance to look at neglected narratives in Irish history, including the role played by members of one particular community

The case for legalising weed for recreational use

The case for legalising weed for recreational use

Now that it’s legal in much of North America, big business, including Guinness owner Diageo, is considering investing in marijuana as a product. Isn’t it time we too looked into it?

We can become ethical carnivores

We can become ethical carnivores

We meat-eaters have become divorced from the reality of where our food comes from. That’s bad for animals, and for us

The great recession and the great forgetting

The great recession and the great forgetting

The Central Bank fined a former Irish Nationwide executive €23,000 last week. Hardly anybody noticed. And therein lies the problem

Money speaks loudest in democracy’s moral maze

Money speaks loudest in democracy’s moral maze

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi and other Saudi excesses won’t be allowed to hurt trade with the desert kingdom either in the US or here

Watching his own life unfold, at home over a cup of tea

Watching his own life unfold, at home over a cup of tea

It was seeing Maurice McCabe’s sheer ordinariness - as portrayed in last week’s RTÉ documentary - that allowed us to grasp the extraordinary nature of his courage

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