Renovation work in Doha: Every piece of journalism about Qatar 2022 should focus on the loss of life of those who built it, the corruption and allegations of bribery that led to it, and the human rights abuses characteristic of Qatari society. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP

Beauty of sport coated in blood of migrant workers and tainted by broadcast rights

Data centres will be using 30 per cent of our electricity – with some projections as high as 70 per cent – by the end of the decade. This is untenable.

Government decides to not just swallow industry’s spin, but repeat it as policy

St James’ church in Dingle

Musicians look back on the local festival that became an Irish cultural juggernaut

Coppinger Row, named after the street it has operated from for 13 years in Dublin 2, will close on December 31st

Owner Marc Bereen gives staff redundancy notice after landlord Aviva puts lease on market

If you already own a car, then why not modify it, instead of chucking it and buying a new one? Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

A million new EVs on Irish roads by 2030? It won’t happen, of course, but nor should it

 Capel Street: Last year, it seemed like everyone was bursting to socialise. This time around, it’s not uncommon  for people to be shirking the social occasions and spaces they so deeply missed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Unease and Covid fears will keep many of us away from pre-Christmas meet-ups

News broke on Thursday that the Science Gallery, an Irish success story, is to close. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Squat evictions and Cobblestone and Science Gallery plans among factors fanning flames

‘Nobody who cares about democracy, decency and safety could argue that antagonistic, spiteful protests [...]outside Leo Varadkar’s home are normal or acceptable.’ Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Obsession with civility can deflect from legitimate anti-government criticism

‘As the pandemic progressed, I realised that I didn’t want a “return” to gigs I was familiar with, I wanted a progression towards something new.’ Photograph: EyeEm/Getty Images

Una Mullally and Conner Habib’s National Concert Hall series explores what we can do better

‘If we don’t get the average rent down by 50 per cent, we will not be able to sufficiently staff shops, hospitality businesses, healthcare and construction.’ Photograph: iStock

The housing crisis is exacerbating staff shortages and political stupor is behind it

Author Michael Harding in the Poisoned Glen, at the foot of Mount Errigal, in Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Dunne

The author says starting a podcast helped him relate to people when he felt vulnerable

The owner of the Merchant’s Arch pub in Temple Bar is seeking to knock one side of the laneway at Merchant’s Arch made up of a two-storey building, and build a three-storey-over-basement hotel and restaurant. Photograph: Tom Honan

The Cobblestone and Merchant’s Arch are just two of many sites subject to change

Marching to the Dublin City Council offices: people are now protesting the literal removal of texture and grain, of spirit and meaning, of culture and community. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

If so many can turn up and close a street, imagine what housing protests will look like

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the opening of Google’s new data centre in June 2016. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In its evangelical zeal for data centres, the party failed to see the obvious consequences

Herbert Park:  We must allow public barbecuing and scrap the bylaws that make public drinking illegal. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Our capital city can be revitalised cheaply and made more fun to live in. Here’s how

The Bernard Shaw on Richmond Street South: Along with other venues, its closure  was a canary in a mine alerting broader society to an amenities crisis as public space was eroded and overpoliced. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Coalface operators require stable venues to resist plague of developer-led speculation

An Amazon employee sorts items into the waiting robots at the company’s facility on Staten Island in New York. Photograph: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

In other cities around the world, people protest the prospect of company arriving

We’re living among the wreckage of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil’s grand plans and big pronouncements. Photograph: iStock

We have to get them as far away as possible from housing policy to address crisis

This drip-drip of departures is driven first and foremost by the housing crisis. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

Poor quality of life, particularly in Dublin, has been badly exposed by the pandemic

Wild Youth at July’s pilot festival at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Wild Youth, Pillow Queens, Elaine Mai, Mango and others, on continued event closures

   It’s clear that Catherine Martin is trying, and there are obviously other political forces at play that see Green Party Ministers disregarded. Photograph: Tom Honan

Government’s inaction that is actively damaging the industry is unacceptable

Grafton Street: What are we ‘opening back up’ into? When ‘real life’ returns, how will people cope with its inadequacies or anti-climatic aspects? Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government must reconsider values that propel policy in era of collective stress

Tom McFarland: ‘I have to bury myself in this whirlpool of artistic pain to make something great? I think that’s bulls**t’

Tom McFarland of the duo on writing their third album and leaving their label

Neighbours and friends of boxer  Kellie Harrington celebrate her Tokyo Olympic gold medal win in the street outside their homes on Portland Row in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

For all the lofty talk about the importance of community, Portland Row just showed it

 James Vincent McMorrow on stage at the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, in June. Photograph: Tom Honan /The Irish Times

We cannot pretend to value art yet have cities that are hostile to artists

A Google data centre

These energy vampires will drain already lacklustre efforts to meet climate targets

Labour Candidate Ivana Bacik at the RDS in Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

What was once radical and ‘unelectable’ is now mainstream and very electable indeed

Una Mullally: ‘James Geoghegan is in many ways a Fine Gael trope.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dublin Bay South candidate has run superficial campaign based on brand of bland nothingness

The actor, comic and writer on the painful process of creating her new TV series in lockdown

Dublin’s Aviva Stadium is lit up in the rainbow colours of Pride: UEFA  saw a rainbow stadium as a political statement, yet did not see banning it as an equally potent political statement. Photograph: ©INPHO/ Tommy Dickson

Covid restrictions gave cis-straight people an opportunity to empathise with the queer experience

Surveys show most workers are dead against a return to being stuck in an office full time. Photograph: iStock

Varadkar’s out-of-touch ‘back to the grind’ mentality belongs in the 20th century

Pyrite cracking in Dublin. Unlike the mica redress scheme, the pyrite redress scheme offered 100% compensation. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

State has never properly dealt with building issues that emerged during and after Celtic Tiger

Aoife Noonan’s new project is a series of cooking classes given online from her Co Meath kitchen. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Aoife Noonan has swapped her chef’s whites for teaching people to bake in their own home

Members of the public brave the bad weather in Dublin’s city centre on May 20th. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Lockdowns have given us time to imagine a changed world after the pandemic

The Dubliner has left radio and written a surprising novel. What compelled her?

Sinead O’Connor sings at the funeral Mass of puppeteer Eugene Lambert in 2010: Like many girls and women in Ireland and elsewhere, her life was honed and hemmed by misogyny. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Sinéad O’Connor avoids cliche in brilliant account of artistic life lived on her own terms

Dublin’s  Capel Street: a six-weekend-long pedestrianisation trial will begin in late June. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

People want more public amenities in city and are making local government comply

Housing activists outside Apollo House in 2017. Photograph: Elaine Edwards

When people can gather safely, a movement akin to anti-water charges protests will begin

New homes at Mullen Park, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael’s ideology is so embedded they cannot even recognise it themselves

People outside the Jigsaw community centre, at Belvedere Court near Mountjoy Square in Dublin 1, in 2018. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Pandemic may offer opportunity to transform Georgian squares into cultural venues

“There’s no reason why we can’t have bookshops setting out their literal stalls on streets and in public squares and parks.” File photograph: iStock

Feeding your mind is essential – and reading has helped many battle through pandemic

Young people have massive political influence, if they use it. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The young have had a devastating pandemic. Politicians will ignore this at their peril

Aldborough House on Portland Row, one of the  most spectacular Georgian buildings in Dublin, has been allowed fall into dereliction.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Forget whitewater rafting – we need ideas that benefit those who live here

Outdoor dining in Dublin last October. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The lack of provision of public toilets is just a symptom of a much bigger problem

Social media platforms – especially Facebook – and entities such as YouTube create a radicalisation pipeline that works quickly and often privately.

Those who fall for wild unfounded internet ideas must be helped with compassion

Sarah Grace was attacked in her apartment in Grand Canal Dock in Dublin in July 2019. Photograph: Alison Grace

Sarah Grace discusses disclosure of therapy notes with Minister for Justice

Sarah Grace was attacked in her apartment in Grand Canal Dock in Dublin in July 2019. Photograph: Alison Grace

Sarah Grace says aspects of what victims face in court are ‘barbaric’ and ‘unacceptable’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Tom Honan/Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

To have a leader happy to tread water in an era of profound change is quite sad

What white people can do next: Hazel Chu and Emma Dabiri. Photographs: Dara Mac Dónaill and Joanne O’Brien

Race, inequality and how we have a unique opportunity to create a better country

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sarah Grace will bring recommendations including ending practice of ‘therapy notes’

 We are not in control of the situation, but we are in control of how we react to it. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Rage and frustration will not work. Positivity and emotional intelligence are best tools

David Balfe: ‘I think there’s a great responsibility that comes when you’re opening up topics like that’

The deeply affecting For Those I Love project memorialises a friend who died by suicide

While many people may balk at the idea of being on the board of a local pub with convoluted decision-making processes, it doesn’t need to be like that. Photograph: iStock

Community ownership of pubs and spaces will protect both commerce and venue users

Anyone engaged with issues doesn’t care about     Fine Gael’s fluffy social media-driven campaign, which includes a video of Richard Bruton baking scones. Photograph:  Laura Hutton

Enacting policies that address women’s concerns is needed, not a fluffy online campaign

Sarah Grace is highly critical of elements of  the courts system: ‘The only thing that kept me going was if I leave, he walks, and this is going to happen again. And I can’t do that’

Solicitor Sarah Grace wants the system to change for sexual assault survivors like her

British composer Daphne Oram: invented Oramics, a method of painting shapes on to 35mm film which were then converted into sound.  Photograph: Daphne Oram Trust

Magical documentary maps genre as soundtrack to its female artists’ liberation

Citizens in Codogno in northern Italy attend the unveiling of a memorial for Covid deaths on February 21st, exactly a year after the the town recorded the first locally transmitted case of Covid-19 in Europe. Photograph: Luca Bruno/AP

A day of remembrance a year after our first Covid-19 death could offer catharsis

The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on the self-employed and business owners whose work connects directly with others. File photograph: iStock

Resentment, caused by a specific societal divide, will be the defining force in 2021

Born in 1958, Keith Haring grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania. He moved to New York in 1978, evolving from a street art start to an international art star. Photograph: Joe McNally/Getty

Simon Doonan intentionally sought to reflect ‘the crazy energy’ of Haring’s 1980s New York

A selection of knives confiscated by An Garda Síochána and put on display in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Una Mullally: Government can tackle knife crime by tackling poverty and inequality

Labour Party Senator Rebecca Moynihan   has been at the forefront of efforts to tackle period poverty. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

If Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael care about this, why not Labour’s superior Bill?

Gemma Dunleavy’s Twitter biog is ‘Sheriff St born bread n buttered’.

‘No one around me was into art. It wasn’t a normal thing in my family or around my road’

The GameStop event pulls at cyber-anarchism, anti-capitalist  action, pure internet divilment, pandemic boredom and  recession-revenge. It reflects the urge to “burn it all down”.  Photograph: Tiffany Hagler-Geard

Motivations multifaceted and actors diverse but late-stage capitalism was target of move

It’s okay to find things hard right now. But it is temporary, even if it feels like we’re stuck in a loop. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Our politicians are not immune to the national meltdown provoked by Covid-19

If initial lockdowns offered personal, cultural and economic revelations, then a third one could offer political ones. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A desire for radical change may grow out of this latest period of reflection

The Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Tipperary, which was a mother and baby home operated by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary from 1930 to 1970. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Church’s guilt was meted out through violence and oppression. That is not our shame. It is their guilt

Trump is always showering love on his followers, and in turn, they love him, hence the dominance of Trump flags over American flags in the DC crowd. Photograph: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

Biden saying that Capitol riots do not reflect a true America is profoundly unhelpful

Micheál Martin’s populist insistence that people could be ‘given’ a Christmas reprieve  led to actions that people previously would have avoided. Photograph: Julien Behal

People who should know better broke Covid-19 guidelines, but messaging came from the top

Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin, Louise O’Reilly and Lynn Boylan at Leinster House. There will be plenty of column inches filled  with Sinn Féin anthropology and the almost David Attenborough-esque commentary on the seemingly mythical future of a left-wing coalition government. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It’s about a new generation with higher standards, who have aspirations

Francis Danby’s The Opening of the Sixth Seal: illustrates a section from the Book of Revelations which foretold cosmic calamity and a multitude of disasters all at once.

Solstice gives us turning point from which to look forward to better, brighter days in 2021

‘Grief was compounded by the surreal nature of how Covid funerals were carried out.’ Photograph: Flavio Lo Scalzo/Reuters

Services are not in place to deal with immense trauma suffered

The band Cream are ‘the high point of western civilisation as far as I’m concerned’, Chief Justice Frank Clarke told the Ireland’s Edge event in Dingle, Co Kerry. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

He did not discuss the Séamus Woulfe issue, in an interview at the Ireland’s Edge festival

Fontaines DC playing their now Grammy-nominated album, A Hero’s Death, in Kilmainham Gaol: In 2020, people have leaned hard on music to cope. Photograph: Alan Betson

Artists’ low earnings proof of disordered economics and society’s fear of the mirror

If they didn’t care about public health advice, everyone drinking on the street would instead be in a house or an apartment  boozing together in comfort and warmth. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Government should be empowering smart decisions not infantilising people

Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely during the Senate judiciary committee in Washington. Photograph: Bill Clark/Pool/AFP via Getty

Firm does not even directly employ these low-paid workers in their distressing roles

During a confidence vote on the Tánaiste,   Leo Varadkar on Tuesday, Fine Gael and Sinn Féin traded   insults. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The party’s relentless attacks on the Opposition are proving counter-productive

People gathered in Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, DC, react to the presidential race being called by CNN in Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s favour. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

Supposed bastion of freedom barely holding on to flawed democracy a salutary warning

Roderic O’Gorman: his inability to shout ‘stop’ as the situation was spiralling out of control shows the Government is getting lost in the paperwork and missing the context. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

People don’t want legislation papering over gaps on such matters

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Labour leader has mellowed and could oversee an improbable rebirth of his party

The now-closed Bernard Shaw on Richmond Street: The things that emerged from the last recession – independent venues, studios, small and scrappy creative spaces – were literally bulldozed.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Cheap rent and studio space would foster creativity but Dublin forces its artists abroad

We need to focus the public’s mind on how they spend and use that spending to help local businesses. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Spend money strategically by shopping at home-based independent businesses

Una Mullally: “As the pandemic unfolded, there were so many echoes of my own experience with illness.” Photograph: Hazel Coonagh/GCN

My experience with illness provided tools for dealing with a global pandemic in ways I could never have predicted

Face masks and social distancing reminders in Dundalk, Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Narratives that get a lot of airtime such as ‘people don’t want a hard lockdown’ may not be true

The division between the get-its who are viscerally experiencing the pandemic’s recession, and the don’t-get-its who aren’t, may be the most profound and disruptive social and political aspect of this pandemic. Photograph: iStock

Unequal impact of pandemic on employment will feed resentment

Melissa Plunkett was welfare officer at UCD for the academic year 2018- 2019. Photograph: The Irish Times

The 2018-2019 student welfare officer recorded 363 allegations of harassment and assault

Dublin street horses: Right now, at Molyneux Yard in the Liberties, plans are in train to erase a bastion of this culture.

Una Mullally: Generation after generation kept horses in the Liberties, yet council seems to have no regard for this culture

Pillow Queens: 'An antidote to people who are up their own holes'

With their debut album In Waiting, the Dublin band’s world is about to get bigger

Heather Humphreys, Minister for Social Protection. Photograph: Nigel Kelly/ Tir Na Nog Photos

The ‘tapering’ bears all the hallmarks of Fine Gael’s delusional sense of meritocracy

A quiet street in  Temple Bar. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Multiple ideal areas are bereft of life as the city council does nothing to help

Christmas 2020:  All of the settings, scenarios and behaviours are a disaster for everything Covid-related. It is a confluence of everything we’ve been told to avoid. Photograph: Francis R Malasig

We must work out how to enjoy festivities safely without breaking our hearts

UCD president Prof Andrew Deeks: put under pressure at meeting of governing authority,  especially by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Calls for expert group to be set up amid fallout from Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin controversy

The UCD campus. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

University president was told last year there was ‘no evidence’ of commitment to tackle issue

The Sorting Office development  on the corner of Cardiff Lane and Hanover Street East in  which Google was going to lease office space.

It was so obvious to anyone living in or near the city centre that it was not going to end well

Abandoned tents after last year’s Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

There can be no reduction in the €350 unemployment pay for the industry’s workers

Aoibhinn Ni Suilleabhain, academic, TV presenter and former Rose of Tralee. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The academic and broadcaster recounts her experience of harassment by a colleague

We need to create new forms of being, working, socialising and thriving. We know what the pandemic has taken but what has it given us? Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Rather than view 2020 as a ‘wasted’ year, we can see it as moment of communal pause

Taoiseach Micheál Martin takes questions from the media  Photo Damien Storan. PA Photo.

The parties in power have simply failed to recognise that the world has changed

An anti-lockdown and anti-facemask protest which took place in Dublin on Saturday. We have seen what happens in other countries when distrust in an ‘establishment’ is weaponised by people who prey on a collapse in accountability and in turn use it to bolster their own interests and desire for power. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

This latest scandal will not only damage social cohesion – it will threaten democracy

Theresa Chimamkpam and Elias Jegede with some of  their belongings outside the property on Berkeley Road in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Black-clad men removed furnishings while three gardaí allowed them to pass by

‘The Covid-19 pandemic has shown how direct provision is a threat to public health.’ File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Amid a pandemic, the people of Ireland have done their job. The system, however, has not

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