Elaine Byrne, Opinion /

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

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