Minister of State  Kathleen Lynch. The proposed commission of inquiry is designed to deflect criticism before an election. Photograph: Joe Boland

Back in 2013, I quoted John Byrne, a lecturer in social care practice in Waterford Institute of Technology. He said the most common misconception abo(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  unveiling measures to tackle the mortgage arrears crisis in 2013. There are about 750,000 residential mortgages in Ireland, and over 92,000 of those are in arrears – about one in eight. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

We have new neighbours next door, because houses have begun to sell again in our estate. For some people, these signs of modest economic recovery only(...)

An Armenian Orthodox woman prays at the Syrian Saint Sarkis Church during Christmas celebrations on January 6, 2016 in Damascus. AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA

Genocide is a specific legal term. If something is classified as genocide, it imposes a responsibility to act on both individual states and the intern(...)

The drive to dehumanise the unborn child is relentless. In a recent column on abortion, Emer O’Toole generated enough straw men to feed all the livest(...)

Päivi Räsänen of the unashamedly pro-family Christian Democratic party was Finland’s interior minister until the  election last year.

Reviewing a Broadway performance of Katherine Hepburn’s, the acidic Miss Dorothy Parker wrote that she ran the gamut of emotions from A to B. When it(...)

‘Imagine if a fraction of the passion that is expended on getting re-elected was expended on creating narratives that point to the brighter future that can result from caring for the environment.’ Photograph: Clement Sabourin/AFP/Getty Images

Daniel Gilbert, a Harvard professor of psychology, once said to writer George Marshall that if climate change were caused by eating puppies, that mill(...)

Again and again, research has shown that denominational schools are far more likely to contain minorities such as travellers or immigrant children, and to welcome them. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

An American company designs survival capsules, that is, reinforced pods to protect people from natural disasters like tsunamis. They are built to high(...)

RAF Typhoons arrive at RAF Akrotiri to begin operations againts Isis in Syria in Akrotiri, Cyprus. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has executed 152 people in 2015, most of them by beheading, leaving so-called Islamic State, also known as Isis, in the ha’penny place wh(...)

Zapatero’s government introduced a one-stage ‘express’ divorce law. The incidence of divorce jumped from 51,000 divorces in 2004 to 127,000 in 2007, and eventually levelled off at roughly double the 2004 rate. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

During the last divorce referendum, we were told that it was imperative to introduce a right to remarry. It was claimed that here was a g(...)

Fr Kevin Reynolds meeting with parishioners after Mass after he was welcomed back to his ministry in Saint Cuan’s Church in Ahascragh in 2011. It was fortunate for him that DNA testing cleared his name. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

It is amazing that commentators are declaring that the publication of allegations against Pat Carey marks a new low in journalism. Does no one remembe(...)