Qualified clinical professionals are obliged to give advice that is scientifically sound and free of bias. Photograph: iStock Beware the rise of unqualified self-styled ‘nutrition experts’

The voice of the qualified professional is hard to hear above faddish nutrition noise

Frascati Shopping Centre: Hoarding seems to suggest Aldi and a couple of dozen extra stores and eateries will attract a whole new demographic. Orna Mulcahy: Can we keep it real down at the Frascati please?

Shopping centre bosses keen to push the dream – bright young things – instead of reality

Infrastructure Australia plays a key role in prioritising and progressing infrastructure projects. To do this, it undertook a comprehensive review of Australia’s infrastructure and the future needs across transport, water, energy and telecommunications. Lessons from down under for Irish infrastructure

Infrastructure Australia plays a key role in prioritising and progressing infrastructure projects with a 15 year rolling Infrastructure Plan, including a ‘High Priority List’ of infrastructure projects

British  foreign minister Boris Johnson with US secretary of state Rex Tillerson who has  been sent a bipartisan letter from Congress urging him not to eliminate the position of Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AFP/Getty Images Washington needs to get more involved in Brexit

US can make a meaningful contribution to debate on management of Border

‘If the market couldn’t solve a housing crisis when we were building at a rate scarcely ever matched in any country, it is never going to do so.’ Photograph: Frank Miller Fintan O’Toole: We have returned to 1913 conditions - families living in a single room

Political solution needed as building industry cannot solve permanent emergency

Rob Grant  and Stomptown Brass Robert Grant: The truth deserves a decent funeral

As the politics of fact are dead, let’s look to vision, hope and imagination

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, London on  September 13, 2017 : PA Wire Did Theresa May mislead parliament over her £1 billion deal with the DUP?

Despite claims that first tranche would come next month no arrangement made for its approval

A Waking The Feminists event  highlights the lack of gender equality in the Abbey’s programme  in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons Una Mullally: Gender balance is lacking throughout media

Women in media have struggled for entire careers but real change is elusive

A bread cart with armed fighters in the Irish Civil War, around 1922: We can never know for sure if Protestants were targeted out of pure religious hatred or selected as convenient symbols of the old coloniser, Britain. Photograph: National Library of Ireland The Irish revolution: Moral campaign or bitter sectarian conflict?

Free State didn’t sanction ‘cleansing’ of Protestants akin to mass killings of time

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un:  interest in the Northern Ireland peace process is growing in Korea, especially among those who prioritise improved inter-Korean relations over political unification.  Photograph:  KCNA/VIA KNS/STR/AFP Divided Korea can learn from Northern Ireland’s peace process

Histories of hurt and trauma link Ireland with two Koreas and may show way forward

 An astounding number of voters have been asked for their vote personally by the candidates, election studies show, and moreover, asking more voters for their vote increases a candidate’s chances of being elected. Photograph: Alan Betson Pressure now on Fine Gael to deliver if it wants to retain power

Public services may be the decisive battleground on which next election is fought

A letter from WB Yeats to his  friend and first lover, Olivia Shakespear, featuring the poem “After Long Silence”,   is displayed at the Yeats: The Family Collection exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images for Sotheby’s The State’s indifference to sale of Yeats collection is striking

There is no more appropriate place for the Yeats papers than the National Library

The property tax is only 1 per cent of tax revenue. The economic argument would be to let it drift up over the years and use the cash to cut income tax, or fund key projects. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien Property tax risks dying of neglect

The balance of opinion in some councils is that there may be more votes in better services

Even George Orwell did not foresee how much people would covet devices in their pockets that track their every action and which attempt to abolish the concept of privacy in order to maximise commercial exploitation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien Don’t let the internet bring up your children

Adults have responsibilities. So put down that smartphone and listen to your children now

In a speech at the European Parliament, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker called for a more united and democratically accountable European Union. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg World View: Welcome signs of wider and more confident EU agenda

Prospects for Juncker proposals rest on leaders and citizens, not EU commission

Newstalk: George Hook has been working at a station where the line between news and opinion has blurred George Hook’s right to free speech ends where it does gratuitous harm

Fintan O’Toole: Who’d want to be associated with his views on rape? Not advertisers

Letters included in Sotheby’s sale of items from the Yeats family collection. Yeats collection should belong to the nation

Auction of items raises questions about Ireland’s approach to preserving our culture

Hillary Clinton has revealed she considered  including a universal basic income as a central policy plank in her 2016 election campaign. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images Noel Whelan: The case for universal basic income

Hillary Clinton’s revelation that she considered such a proposal shows its potency

‘While former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan may have been qualified to lead a major police service, An Garda Síochána was not that police service.’ Photograph: Alan Betson Nóirín O’Sullivan’s resignation was due to government failures

Garda commissioner’s move was inevitable given refusal of politicians to push for real reform

Mr Coffey found no smoking gun or hidden loophole to allow unfair tax competition.  Julien Behal/PA Wire Irish corporate tax code gets clean bill of health but public need convincing

The Coffey report should be used as a blue print for reform of the corporate tax code to reassure multinationals and the public

Newstalk presenter George Hook. Photograph: Eric Luke George Hook should be challenged, not silenced

Presenter’s rape comments were abhorrent but censoring him will not help women

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May prior to the start of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, on July 7, 2017.  BERND VON JUTRCZENKA/AFP/Getty Images Philip Stephens: Merkel’s message to Theresa May - Brexit means Brexit

We have been here before. Misreading Bonn and later Berlin has been one of the more reliable threads of 44 years of British EU membership

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell inspects a guard of honour at a Garda graduation ceremony in Templemore. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons Michael McDowell: I did not blow my chance to reform the Garda

Minister for Justice and Gsoc were given ample powers of oversight in my 2005 Act

Demonstrators celebrate the Catalan national day in Barcelona on Monday. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images Sinn Féin’s stance on Catalan independence is deeply hypocritical

SF is backing Catalonia’s separatists while trying to force unionists into a united Ireland

Protesters took to the streets of Pakistan’s major cities  to condemn a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, with many carrying placards stating “Shame on Aung San Suu Kyi”.  Photograph: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images Rohingya situation demands far more from Suu Kyi

Friends such as Desmond Tutu and many in Amnesty are sorely disappointed by her silence

Angela Merkel: After 12 years in power,  the German chancellor knows that major reform of how the EU  operates will be a slow  affair. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/AFP/Getty Images Ireland’s days of hiding behind Britain in Europe are over

We will eventually have to show our hand when the push for EU reforms gathers pace

Politicians are quite aware that the necessary massive building programme for social and affordable housing is going to meet stiff local opposition in certain areas, which, quite simply, vote for them. Photograph: Alan Betson Public culture is ultimately to blame for lack of houses

Self-interest and protecting our own area means those most in need are left suffering

Newstalk presenter George Hook. File photograph: ©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan Fintan O’Toole: Why I will not appear on Newstalk again

George Hook’s rape comments are the result of the station’s flagrantly sexist strategy

US feminist Kate Millett in 1973 at a poetry conference in London. (Photo by Frank Tewkesbury/Evening Standard/Getty Images) Una Mullally: Remembering Kate Millett and her Irish Loony-Bin Trip

The late American feminist was committed to an Irish mental hospital and rescued by friends

Nóirín O’Sullivan: It is important to state that she was not the core problem, and  the solution should not be reduced to a simplistic debate about an outsider and the salary that the job will attract in the future You can’t sort out Garda without sorting out Department of Justice

It must be established and made clear who is responsible for overseeing policing

“Humanity’s propensity for selfish hedonism is steadily reducing this planet to an environment unsustainable for life of any kind.” File photograph: Getty Images Rite & Reason: Stewardship of planet must begin with better conversations

Civic discourse is being steadily degraded by discussion which is not reasoned

The European Union flag flies outside the European Commission building in Brussels: in a landmark decision the commission found that Apple owed the Irish Government over €13bn plus interest for unpaid tax. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg Our diplomats facing a fight in Brussels and it’s not about Brexit

Looming new corporate tax proposals open up another battlefront for Ireland

US president Donald Trump: Even though his incompetence is so clear, the latest figures say 47% of white men approve of the job he is doing. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Una Mullally: Public permission for Trump’s racism founded in 9/11

The environment for scapegoating immigrants, refugees and Muslims was reinforced this day 16 years ago

PE sends shivers down the spines of many current and former secondary school students. Photograph: iStock School PE is part of the childhood obesity problem

The curriculum is outdated and does not equip students to lead healthy lives

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: At the Customs House yesterday, he hosted another emergency summit on homelessness. Nobody will be surprised if there will be yet more. Photograph: Cyril Byrne Solving the housing crisis a test of this Government

Housing mess is a chance for the parties in power to show ‘new politics’ can work

Trumpian agenda:  Budapest has erected a fence along its eastern border to keep migrants out of the country. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Why is Ireland silent on the threat to democracy at the heart of Europe?

World View: Europe’s leaders remain silent on the authoritarian drift in their ranks

 ‘Class and ideology have clearly always been central to Irish housing policy.’ Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire Class and ideology have always dominated Irish housing policy

Governments have the desire to solve housing issues, but refuse to face down vested interests

John McNamee, dressed as a customs worker, joins other members of Border Communities Against Brexit in setting up an old customs post at Carrickcarnon, between Dundalk and Newry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill EU may not protect Ireland when it comes to the Border

Europe and the UK are placing higher priority on other issues in the Brexit talks

Gardasil: TDs have mentioned the HPV vaccine 130 times during the 32nd Dáil, and the Irish Cancer Society says less than 15 per cent of them could be construed as supportive. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty TDs must stop playing politics with the HPV vaccine

Finian McGrath’s stance on Gardasil is not appropriate for a matter of life and death

Brexit countdown: after a few summer weeks of sanity, UK strategy has returned to chaos. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA The UK’s Brexit strategy has returned to a state of chaos

Theresa May’s weakness has left her a captive of her party’s hard Brexiteers

Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald at Sinn Féin’s annual ‘think-in’ this week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Fianna Fáil is not lying about its position on a Sinn Féin coalition

Micheál Martin’s ruling out of a government with the party is due to political necessity

‘We stand on the cusp of a new era where we finally have the means to prevent an entire class of cancers.’ Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire Anti-HPV vaccine myths have fatal consequences

Political and media support for false claims condemns young people to preventable deaths

Addiction and recovery are hellishly complex, profoundly personal and dramatically life-altering events. File photograph: Getty Images Brian Boyd: If we raise awareness of everything, we raise awareness of nothing

National Recovery Month reduces addiction to selfies, thumbs-ups and confessionals

Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid, Josh Parry and Dr Michael Davidson on ‘Good Morning Britain’ Owen Jones: Giving the ‘gay cure’ quack a TV platform is an abuse of free speech

Being provided with a platform is not the same as free speech, however much it is falsely portrayed as such

The Commission task force insists that any solution involving the creation of a “frictionless” Border will have to be unique to the island of Ireland. Photograph:Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images EU signals unique Brexit border arrangement for Ireland possible

Any Irish Border solution must respect integrity of EU’s legal order and single market

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