Bertie Ahern canvassing during the 2007 general elction.

Electorate should be mindful of its part in electing problem politicians of the past

‘Industry supporters characterise prostitution as a legitimate career choice, contrasting it with poorly-paid burger-flipping or retail work. But burger-flippers are not routinely assaulted.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Opinion: ‘Liberals might need to put clear, blue water between ourselves, libertarians and laissez-faire monetarism; where we nee(...)

Joe Kernen on CNBC’s Squawk Box with the IDA’s Martin Shanahan: ‘The trouble with Joe and his ilk is not the ignorance; it’s the shamelessness’ Joe Kernan on CNBC’s Squawk Box with the IDA’s Martin Shanahan: ‘The trouble with Joe and his ilk is not the ignorance; it’s the shamelessness’

Opinion: No shame in not knowing the answer - the shame is in not admitting it

“I kind of do the work as opposed to saying what I want to be.” Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice, visiting the Learning for Life centre in Esker Hill, Lucan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Practical, tireless, sharp and fast-moving, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is showing she has a flair for the feasible

‘Is there anyone who does not regard Nina Pham and her fellow workers as astounding human beings?’ Above, US President Barack Obama hugged Ebola survivor Nina Pham last week. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

Opinion: When Nina Pham mentioned God, the keyboard warriors bestirred themselves just long enough to read the prayer headline

Photograph: Eric Luke

After more than 10 years of writing, former Progressive Democrats leader Des O’Malley has published his autobiography. Few escape (...)

‘In 10 months’ time, Oscar Pistorius  will be 28, probably fit enough and gritty enough  to resume competitive running. Will he be embraced as someone who has done – or is doing — his time or will he be shunned?’ Above, Pistorius is led to a prison van after his sentencing in Pretoria yesterday. Photograph:  Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Opinion: In 10 months’ time, he will be 28, probably fit enough and gritty enough to resume competitive running

Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Children need inner strength to survive in a tough world, says‘Tiger Mother’ author

Family time: three out of every four people surveyed about their end-of-life wishes said they would like to die at home, surrounded by loved ones. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty

Ireland supposedly ‘does death well’. But a new survey suggests that it’s a modern taboo – and that end-of-life care in this count(...)

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