Chairwoman of the  Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland, Kathleen O’Toole. Photograph: Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland/PA Report has got it wrong on the future governance of the Garda

There should be political representation on the proposed new oversight commission

Here we are in the United Nations Development Programme index, with only Norway, Switzerland and Australia ahead of us and Germany behind us at number five.  Ireland: The land of the lost perspective

Why can’t we just be pleased about the latest the UN development rankings?

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris passes a poster of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore: the Government must find the political vision and resolve to use the commission’s report as a platform for change. Photograph: Tom Honan Policing report's transformative potential hinges on Government response

Clarity needed on recomendations about Garda accountablity and transparency

Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Akesson: while the party has a white supremacist background, mainstream parties might be wise not to exclude them lest they bask as victims of elites. Photograph: Ints Kalnins Swedish model beckons for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael

Ireland’s domninant parties may have to consider unlikely post-election coalitions

People take part in a sit down protest  following the  eviction from a house at  North Frederick Street, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Police work must be open to public scrutiny

Democratic and human rights-compliant policing are key to to transparency

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at the launch of the Land Development Agency. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins Fintan O’Toole: It is insane to look to developers to solve housing crisis

Developer-led planning has never met the basic need for shelter. Yet the Government clings to its blind ideological faith in the market.

The stigmata, corresponding to Christ’s crucifixion wounds, first appeared on Padre Pio  100 years ago in September 1918 and lasted until the end of his life. They didn’t deteriorate, nor did they heal and the blood was said to smell of perfume. Photograph:  Massimo Sambucetti Was St Padre Pio an incarnation of Jesus or a fraud?

Rite&Reason: Canonised in 2002, much loved saint died 50 years ago this week

What happens when a generation does not put self-interest first? This is, after all, a generation of straight people who canvassed for their LGBT peers, and a generation of young men who marched for young women’s reproductive rights. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons Una Mullally: Why youth won’t play along with the ‘recovery’

This generation knows emigration and high rents – and sees protest as form of expression

Upwards of 90 per cent of women runners in the UK report harassment, a survey found. Why is harassing women runners acceptable for some Irish men?

Harassment of women runners is endemic and discourages participation

Tory MP Michael Fabricant expressed the hope that prime minister Theresa May becomes “the new Boudica”. Image: iStock Historical nonsense underpins UK’s Brexit floundering

From Hastings to Dunkirk a past that blinds Britain to reality has been peddled

Boris Johnson:  trying to snatch glorious defeat from the jaws of his accidental victory, to recreate Brexit as a Lost Cause.  Photograph: Steve Back/Getty Images Fintan O’Toole: Boris Johnson has stopped being funny

Johnson is not evil, but he is a deeply unserious manchild who pursues only his own pleasures – while ruining the country he purports to love

Vacant former social housing  off Townsend Street in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller David McWilliams: Dereliction is legalised vandalism for the property-owning classes

Taxing vacant buildings and rewarding their renovation would breathe new life into our cities

Dr Gabriel Scally (centre) with Stephen Teap, whose wife died before she was told her smear test had been wrongly interpreted, and Lorraine Walsh, who received an incorrect smear test. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Scally report on cervical screening puts many previous reports to shame

Sadly, the redolence of ‘whole system failure’ identified suggests we have not seen the end of the scandals

Supporters at a national programme of Brexit-focused action at the Town Hall in Dover on  Friday, September 14th. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA UK constitutional crisis looms if Brexit talks founder

World View: Political instability makes fudge most plausible immediate outcome

Éamon de Valera: insisted in the Dáil that despite the contentious clause there was “no suggestion” a woman’s life “should necessarily be spent within the home”. Photograph: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images Diarmaid Ferriter: Role of women in the home remains enigma

Constitution’s article 41.2 has never been tested in terms of gender rights

With the Land Development Agency, the big winners could be developers and the assorted hangers on in the big advisory companies, who have already milked Nama. Photograph: David Davies/PA Cliff Taylor: Government being pulled deeper into housing market

Land agency may trap State between private and public house provision

 Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: Labour isn’t getting noticed much these days. It has drifted to the margins. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons Pat Leahy: Labour must fight back to position of power

Time for Labour to march from oppositional sidelines to gain seats and political influence

Steve Bannon: The ‘New Yorker’ magazine came under pressure this month over its decision to invite the former Trump adviser onto its platform. File photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images To ‘platform’ or to ‘no platform’? That is the question

The liberal media’s conceit is that they can defeat extremists with reasoned debate

US president Donald Trump: We can now avoid the need for the Irish president to receive him. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Noel Whelan: Trump not coming to Ireland is for the better

Circumnavigation of tricky issues no longer necessary as US president’s trip called off

Lorraine Walsh, who received an incorrect smear test result, and Stephen Teap, who lost his wife Irene Teap, to cervical cancer at the launch of the Scally Report into the CervicalCheck screening programme. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Muiris Houston: Scally report signals deep problems in Irish healthcare

Communication and disclosure are key flaws among CervicalCheck’s systemic deficits

The Hungarian government forcibly retired judges and gave political figures greater control over the judiciary, while in Poland, the government has increased  control of the judiciary. Hungary and Poland pose worse threat to EU than Brexit

Mutual recognition and trust among member states around legal systems vital to EU

Gardaí from the public order unit  outside  34 North Frederick Street last Tuesday as unidentified men in balaclavas remove protestors who had been occupying the building.   Photo - Jack Power North Frederick Street looks like proof that the system is conspiring against the people

Balaclava-wearing gardaí helping remove protesters only inflames an already tense situation

Far from demonstrating the poverty of rural Ireland, the decline in the use of post offices in villages and small towns reflects the fact that so many people living in the countryside are affluent enough to travel to big urban centres or modern supermarkets on the outskirts of towns to do their shopping. File photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Stephen Collins: Death of rural Ireland is a myth

Painting changes in lifestyle as rural neglect could lead to wrong policy decisions

John O’Doherty, director of the Rainbow Project speaking at a campaign event in Belfast as several major international companies operating in the North called for same-sex marriage to be introduced. Photograph: PA Newton Emerson: Big business finally finds its its voice in the North

Call for extension of same-sex marriage law from multinationals is unprecedented

Dr Gabriel Scally in Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin, at the publication of his final report of the scoping inquiry into the CervicalCheck Screening Programme. Photograph: Sam Boal/ Pat Leahy: Scally report pulses with anger of mistreated women

Some descriptions of how women were informed of audit results beggar belief

Presidential hopeful Kevin Sharkey: “Ireland first. It’s my principle, but it should be a law.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Kathy Sheridan: Race for Áras just got weird again

Dissimulators, delusionals and fantasists get weeded out as competition intensifies

 Supporters of the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement in Kungsholmstorg square, Stockholm, in August: a third of links shared via Twitter with Swedish political hashtags were  sensationalist, conspiratorial or designed to mislead.  Photograph: Fredrik Persson/EPA Trusted news sources curbed social media impact on Swedish vote

Proportional representation helped block online electoral interference

Far-right demonstration in Chemnitz, Germany: The banner reads “We are the people”. Photograph: Matthias Rietschel/Reuters Why does nationalism exude a seductive appeal?

Grounding one’s life in a culturally cohesive community is a basic human desire

Pope Francis is not really interested in institutionalism but, rather, in authentic love for all people. Photograph: Reuters A Church of Ireland perspective on the pope’s visit

Pope’s strength of Christian character provided opportunity for a renewal among Christians generally

In every vile regime, there are people who tell themselves that they are working on the inside in order to protect the state from the worst excess of a half-crazed tyrant. Indeed, vile regimes can’t work without these people. Photograph: Getty Images Fintan O'Toole: ‘Adults in the room’ are not the resistance – they are Trump collaborators

Fintan O’Toole: Self-exculpating mindsets of the enablers are not a form of resistance

Social Democrats prime minister Stefan Löfven. All “decent” parties in Sweden had a moral responsibility to try new things for a stable government, he said. Photograph: Getty Images The Swedish election in one word: Lagom

No amount of Muslim scare stories could lift far-right above symbolic 20 per cent mark

Britain's former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reacts to seeing photographers taking his picture as he sits in a spectator seat whilst attending the fifth cricket test match of a five match series between England and India at the Oval cricket ground in London, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Johnson and his wife issued a joint statement on Friday that they separated some time ago and are now in the process of divorcing. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Ignore Boris Johnson’s sex life. His flirtation with Steve Bannon is the real worry

The Tory grass roots have moved on. To scupper his leadership bid, rivals must realise his private life is irrelevant

The 20th anniversary of the Omagh bomb, in the town centre. Twenty-nine people – including a woman pregnant with twins – died in the 1998 attack in the Co Tyrone town. Photograph: Photopress A conditional Troubles amnesty is worthy of consideration

Likely to face strong opposition from legacy issue politicians and organisations that trade on perpetuating conflict

Labour’s plan for  Brexit in the short term  means a transitional period on the same basic terms as now, in the customs union and single market. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire Solution to Brexit’s biggest problem is in Ireland

Anxiety mounting both sides of Border over no deal risk, writes Keir Starmer

Una Mullally: Hozier is truly the bard of the risen people

He is part of a wider movement of socially conscious Irish artists making their influence felt

Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien Why Varadkar and Martin remain the best of frenemies

Pat Leahy: The two parties fight, but the reality is they are still the best of frenemies

Banking did more than any other industry to undermine the economic prospects of Ireland’s ‘Crash Kids’. Photograph: Bettmann David McWilliams: Why millennials may kill the banking industry

If there’s one industry Irish 'Crash Kids' are itching to disrupt, it’s the banking business

New Zealand landscape. In 1971 Wellington and the EEC agreed a special arrangement for New Zealand’s butter, cheese and lamb sectors, which were all vital to the national economy. New Zealand may hold the key for post-Brexit Ireland

Ruadhán Mac Cormaic: We can learn a lot from the Pacific nation’s fate in the 1970s

“We worry vaguely about the internet making us stupid, with good reason, but we scarcely address the undermining of democracy, which happens at a level much more subtle than fake news.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne Breda O’Brien: Tech giants are undermining democracy

We need more emphasis on philosophy and accountability, not more efficiency

Pro-Brexit demonstrators protest outside the Houses of Parliament in central London: it’s impossible to construct an economic model which will tell you what will happen in the few months after a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Cliff Taylor: Far more danger in Brexit than just the Border

A no-deal Brexit is a very real risk and would bring chaos across a range of areas

  The Celebrations perform at the  National Lottery’s  offices in the Irish Life Centre on Abbey Street Lower,  Dublin 1: Just 30 cent of every euro spent on the Lotto goes to good causes. Photograph: Mac Innes  Diarmaid Ferriter: Lotto price rises have not helped those in need

Far too little focus goes on how lottery funds are distributed

‘Donald Trump’s trips away are always useful as campaign material.’ Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP Niall O’Dowd: The real reasons Trump wants to visit Ireland

Our Hollywood handsome Taoiseach is just one of the draws for the US president

William Hahne, vice chairman of far-right “Alternative For Sweden”, speaks during a far-right “Alternative For Sweden” campaign meeting in Stockholm on September 7, 2018. - Sweden’s general election take place on September 9, 2018. (Photo by Erik SIMANDER / TT News Agency / AFP) A bogus we-want-our-country-back narrative has taken hold in Sweden

Opinion polls suggest the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats could be the second-biggest party after Sunday’s election

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne Ó Broin, Boyd Barrett, Paul Murphy: all from backgrounds as ‘posh’ as FG leadership

Economic and social background is not a useful guide to ministerial ability

Instead of building structures with great views of the sea and mountains, we seek to “protect” these vistas. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien It’s not a housing crisis. It’s an apartment crisis

Dublin has failed to build ample, quality apartments, crazily ‘protecting ’ the view

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