The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing showed that almost 80 per cent of Irish people over 50 are either obese or overweight – nature or nurture? Photograph: Press Association.

We Irish are not alcoholics – we are everything-aholics. Of course we drink too much, but we also take too many drugs, eat too much rubbish, gamble to(...)

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is for sale for €20 million. Photograph: Alan Betson

Harry Crosbie, the man behind the development of Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre , said the proposed sale by receivers appointed by Nama would be “(...)

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre at Grand Canal Dock. Photograph: Alan Betson

The first thing to grasp about the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, the premium arts venue in Ireland that is now being offered for sale by Nama for just (...)

Jimmy Saville at the Central Remedial Clinic, Clontarf, Dublin, when he attended a testimonial luncheon in his honour given by the Variety Club of Ireland and the Central Remedial Clinic. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

In 1972, I went on a charity walk from Dublin to Baldoyle, in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic. I would like to claim I did it out of pure benefi(...)

Alan Kelly: could make a good start in his new job in Environment by getting to grips with this crisis. Photograph: Alan Betson

Given that Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin are still in place it would be naive to expect the new Cabinet to make big changes for the better. Howeve(...)

Philip Pettit: the absence of deference is almost as important as the absence of fear.  Photograph: Frank Wojciechowski/Princeton University

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Irish politics is short on ideas, with almost all the major parties clustering around a narrow range of(...)

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre,  one of our finest pieces of cultural infrastructure, is being sold off by Nama at a quarter of its original cost. Photograph: Alan Betson

Consider two depreciating assets: Ireland’s most lavish arts venue and the minister for the arts. If you had shares in either of them, you’d be jumpin(...)

Will we end up subsidising Greyhound’s operations by paying family income supplement to some of their workers? Photograph: David Sleator

Rubbish, trash, garbage – this column has them all. But also some bigger things: the stripping away of citizenship and the brutalisation of everyday l(...)

The Abbey has become less of a cultural powerhouse and more of a managerial institution.

It would be easy, if you read only the conclusions of the independent review of the Abbey Theatre commissioned by the Arts Council and published this (...)

‘I suspect this is what really disturbs some priests: not Fr Michael Cleary’s deviance from the standards he himself preached but the yearning for a family life that, however awkwardly, he tried to honour.’ Photograph:  THE IRISH TIMES

The story of Fr Michael Cleary, the superstar priest who had two sons with his housekeeper Phyllis Hamilton, is so well known that it is hard to under(...)