A protester is pushed  away from blocking Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s car outside the Mansion House, Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Opinion: ‘Incidents have been exaggerated to portray opponents of the current political order as little better than terrorists’ (...)

‘There are scores of other players who might resent their jerseys being used to promote British patriotism and sentimentalise war. But only James McClean (above) from Creggan Heights stood up and said so, explaining his refusal to wear a poppy playing for Wigan against Bolton on Friday night. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Opinion: ‘The underlying purpose of Remembrance is to soften the memory of futile slaughter the better to make the next generation(...)

‘Harrying Adams should not rule out hammering on the door of Theresa Villiers’s office.’ Photograph:   Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Opinion: A question of priorities means, in practice, wronged women must wait

‘Harrying Adams should not rule out hammering on the door of Theresa Villiers’s office.’ Photograph:   Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Opinion: A question of priorities means, in practice, wronged women must wait

‘Commentators who would never be seen dead at a demo came close to lamenting that the working class was letting the country down. Oh for the days of Jim Larkin, they sighed, relaxed that the preacher of discontent was safely entombed in Glasnevin.’ Above, an anti-water charges protest march, in O’Connell Street, Dublin, last month. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Opinion: ‘The idea of having to pay for a substance so natural that it falls from the sky and without which we’d die sparks a part(...)

‘The troops who left Afghanistan on Monday last after 13 years of war  were told by Downing Street and the White House, the MoD and the Pentagon, that, all things considered, their efforts had been worthwhile. I suppose they can say no other.’ above, US marines preparing to depart following  the end of operations for marines and British combat troops in Helmand on Monday. Photograph: /Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Opinion: More than $100 billion has been spent and thousands have died, yet it remains one of the world’s poorest and most corrupt(...)

A protest of Travellers and supporters protest outside the Dáil on Kildare Street, Dublin last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Opinion: ‘It struck me that if we had taken this approach in the North, there might still be a government at Stormont, probably he(...)

‘Peter Robinson will not be attending today’s gathering on account of having “a very full diary as First Minister on Thursday”.’ Above, Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, First Minister Peter Robinson and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a press conference after a meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council at Dublin Castle earlier this month. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Opinion: North talks include parades, the past, flags, welfare reform and the election of a new Assembly speaker

‘Back at the United Nations, Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was explaining that any apparent differences between Isis, Hamas, Iran, Hizbollah, the Assad regime, the Palestinian Authority, etc, etc, were entirely illusory.’ Photograph: John Minchillo/AP

Opinion: Isis proclaims its disregard for national borders. Hamas, on the other hand, is a nationalist organisation par excellence(...)

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