Seán FitzPatrick, after being  acquitted last week. Under intense pressure, jurors heard complex evidence from a number of witnesses and came up with verdicts that seem nuanced, sophisticated, coherent and fair. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Anglo trial showed ordinary people can make intelligent decisions, yet they have no real say in the political sphere

The marketisation of education: a Grant Thornton report points out that that Irish universities have become again, at their core, private institutions. Photograph: Thinkstock

As State support has been cut drastically – a fall of 25 per cent in five years – students are increasingly situated as paying cus(...)

Protesters  demonstrate against the visit of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel last week in Athens,  a day after Greece  returned to international bond markets. Photograph:  Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Opinion: The importance of following Miss Prism’s logic

Film and fragility: actors Susan Loughnane, Val O’Connor and Jeda De Brí at the Factory on Barrow Street. Photograph: Alan Betson

An independent hub for film-makers in the Dublin Docklands has been given notice to quit its space, which has gone from derelict t(...)

‘Only in our most distressful country are the actions of Michael Donnellan (above)  extraordinary.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Opinion: Head of Prison Service shows how accountability should work

Active Nazi, thinking philosopher: Martin Heidegger. Photograph: Apic/Getty Images

It is hard to overstate Martin Heidegger’s cultural influence. Now that the philosopher’s notebooks show him to have been a thoro(...)

‘The second sorrowful mystery is why Enda Kenny didn’t call Alan Shatter (above) with the news that there was a potential crisis in the justice system on March 23rd or for 24 hours after he himself was told.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Opinion: ‘I pray that my faith will withstand these unworthy doubts’

Bryan Cranston, left, as Lyndon Baines Johnson and Brandon Dirden as Martin Luther King, Jr in  ‘All the Way’ at the Neil Simon Theater in New York. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

We know from the brilliant knockabout of ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ and the rawness of ‘Breaking Bad’ that Cranston can act with his (...)

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