Sexual image-based abuse will likely persist in Ireland even when it is outlawed. Legislation alone will not tackle Ireland's 'revenge porn' problem

Without preventative measures, the problem of non-consensual sharing of images will persist

RTÉ presenters David McCullagh and Miriam O’Callaghan with retiring reception supervisor Phil Collins Kathy Sheridan: Dozens of agendas come into play when RTÉ drops its guard

Controversial gathering daft and stupid but hardly a hanging offence

Areas of Georgian Dublin such as Fitzwilliam Square were not simply random patchworks of individual plot developments, but  carefully controlled streetscapes and building types decided on by the great developers, including the Wide Street Commissioners, the Gardiner Estate and the Pembroke Estate. Photograph: Cyril Byrne Michael McDowell: Our cities need huge planned, aesthetically pleasing redevelopment

Open space doesn't equate to beautiful urban landscape: Awful mistakes have been made, such as Smithfield and Newmarket

Research  showed that Ireland’s extremely generous tax breaks afforded to companies onshoring intellectual property is starting to impact on African and Latin American countries. Photo: Children playing in remote village of El Yaque, Margaritta Island, Venezuela. Irish tax policy is now a human rights issue for the UN

Committee will study if it undermines the ability of developing countries to guarantee the rights of children

Many social ideas strongly rooted in the heritage of Christianity go beyond mere justice to include care for the poor, the homeless and the migrant. Many exalted western values rooted in Christian tradition

Equality and doing no harm predate Enlightenment and French Revolution

Labour has had a Bill outlawing so-called “revenge porn” before the Oireachtas since 2017, going nowhere. Now, it’s suddenly urgent and the Government is promising action. File photograph: iStock Fintan O’Toole: Our Government should be a fox. It is actually a snake

In a fast world, our slow government gradually digests issues it swallowed years ago

There has never been a more important time to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the 16 days of international activism which follow. Photograph: iStock Covid brings home dangers of domestic violence this Christmas

More funds are needed to support families dreading what the season will bring

Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely during the Senate judiciary committee in Washington. Photograph: Bill Clark/Pool/AFP via Getty Una Mullally: Facebook experts at shrugging off culpability

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

The well-being effect of the pandemic is largest amongst those aged 18-34. Photograph: iStock Branding young people as ‘Covid delinquents’ is not helpful

Outrage diminishes the sacrifices and efforts that many others have made

“A Brexit deal that respects the sovereignty of both parties is to be had in the coming days. The first step must be to understand and accept what that sovereignty means.” Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire Somebody needs to explain sovereignty to Johnson before it is too late

UK’s recent narrow understanding of sovereignty belongs to a receding Trumpian world

‘I saw four people coming and going . . . if people are being pressurised to come into the office, it isn’t here.’ File photograph: Getty Cliff Taylor: Fewer Covid-19 anecdotes and more evidence please

Toxic three-way relationship between Government, Nphet and business is not helping

Right now business travel is down 96 per cent since the start of 2020. Photograph: iStock David McWilliams: The business trip is dead. Dublin goes into mourning

Surprising amount of urban economy depends on maligned business traveller

 UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images Fintan O’Toole: Ireland can be the middle island between the EU and Biden’s US

The crises of 2016 posed huge difficulties for Ireland but have left us in a better place

Solidarity from the EU over Northern Ireland and Brexit is now joined by similar support from the incoming Biden administration. Photograph:  Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images Europe should think before renewing the transatlantic alliance with Biden

Macron’s vision of a more activist and autonomous Europe is worthy of consideration

Ireland needs to have effective structures in place to successfully implement a population-wide vaccination programme. Photograph: BioNTech via The New York Times Will Covid-19 vaccines pave path back to normality?

If we get mass rollout and uptake of vaccines, we can be cautiously optimistic

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar leaves Dublin Castle following the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Pat Leahy: Pragmatism wins out over Woulfe

Annoyance at Varadkar but acceptance that toughing it out is the best solution

Dryrobe culture war is about aspiration, tribalism, social class and snobbery. Being “highly active” is correlated with higher socioeconomic status, according to a sports report. Jennifer O’Connell: Dryrobe culture wars a symbol of change

Debate around pricey towel with hood is socioeconomics swimming against tide

Teaching and learning are based on communication and our brains are exhausted by trying to make up for the absence of more than half of our facial cues. File photograph: Getty Breda O’Brien: Students, teachers and management are exhausted

High time for a slightly longer break over the festive period as it would give everyone a lift

Micheál Martin:  courageous leadership will be needed from the Taoiseach and his Ministers for any post-lockdown strategy. Photograph: Getty Images Stephen Collins: Government must assert its authority over Nphet

Experts engaging in PR campaign to keep strict lockdown in place for December

Cultural engagement produces engaged citizens, helping to shape reflective and empathetic individuals, giving them a greater understanding of themselves and their lives, and an appreciation of the diversity of human experience. Art is key to national health and merits financial support

Universal basic income for creative industries would pay us all great dividends

‘Coronavirus restrictions are worth little if North and South continue on divergent paths.’ File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Diarmaid Ferriter: Farcical Covid strategy does not bode well for a ‘Shared Island’

Coronavirus restrictions are worth little if North and South continue on divergent paths

CreditL Vogue/Tyler Mitchell Harry Styles in a dress. A South County Dublin parent writes...

“You have had your fun and now I am left to pick up the pieces”

Séamus Woulfe. The judicial appointments process – alongside the removal process – is one of the only checks and balances that our Constitution provides for democratic oversight of the judiciary. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw Government silence over Séamus Woulfe appointment does not stack up

The Coalition is accountable to the Dáil for the performance of its functions

The average Brexit voter is far more interested in the state of public services and the NHS, unlike the Brexit pursued by Jacob Rees-Mogg, laden with lofty gestures to Britannia unchained. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Brexit has emboldened casual anti-Englishness among the Irish

Finn McRedmond: Nastier impulses of nationalism are increasing in scale

Does International Men’s Day diminish women’s struggle for equality?

Though well intentioned it can give a platform to those who begrudge the progress made by women

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty: his press release  rehashes the  claim that Northern Ireland’s subvention  is about half the official figure. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Sinn Féin is still trying to wish away economic realities of a united Ireland

Newton Emerson: Party is peddling frustrating nonsense about the UK subvention

We must act now on remote workers rights

Ireland is one of only nine EU member-states that does not recognise remote working in our employment code

Grafton Street: Vaccines and anti-virals will not arrive in time and any talk of significant relaxation of guidelines for Christmas is highly irresponsible.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw Ireland has only one way to avoid entering third lockdown

State must take lead in Europe and pursue a policy of zero Covid

My friend was unaware of the law that takeaway drinks cannot be consumed within 100 metres of the pub that sold them. Does everyone know that? Photograph: Getty Images Kathy Sheridan: The 'save Christmas' appeal does not fit into narrative for lots of people

‘Save Christmas’ drive relies on narrative of the emigrant’s return that belongs to another era

Trump is reported to have asked senior advisers in the Oval Office last Thursday whether he could launch an attack on Iran’s nuclear facility. Photograph: Getty Stolen election narrative will sustain Republicans in opposition

Donald Trump is no longer an insurgent in the party, he has effective control of it

For some family caregivers, day care is a lifeline service and the closure of day care centres although understandable at the time, has had a very significant impact on family caregivers’ well-being. Photograph: Getty Images Burned-out families: Restore care services for vulnerable elderly people now

Home-support services to assist frail older people to live at home need to return

Dominic Cummings should have gone in May, when his contemptuous breach of lockdown restrictions was revealed. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA  Fintan O’Toole: Collapse of Vote Leave gang comes too late to save Brexit-addled Britain

Collapse of Vote Leave gang not timely enough to save Brexit-addled Britain

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.  They are the Faustian poster couple of the Trump presidency REUTERS/Jim Bourg/File Photo Frank Bruni: Was it worth it, Jared and Ivanka?

They rationalised her father’s tantrums, fed his delusions and laundered his cruelty

In Ireland more than 16,000 jobs are dependent on fisheries which is worth an annual €1.2bn to our economy. File photograph: Getty Brexit: Time to debunk myth of bad deal for British fishermen

UK has netted over €1bn in last 10 years as result of fishing rights negotiated by EU

Climate activists march in Washington, DC, during the presidential election on November 3rd. Two-thirds of the American public, including a majority of Republicans, indicate a preference for stronger government action on climate.  Photograph: Eric Lee/Bloomberg What difference will the US rejoining the Paris Agreement make?

Translating lofty ambitions into concrete action will be a challenge for Biden

During a confidence vote on the Tánaiste,   Leo Varadkar on Tuesday, Fine Gael and Sinn Féin traded   insults. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire What is Fine Gael’s message beyond bashing Sinn Féin?

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

The newly formed John and Pat Hume Foundation will promote social justice and reconciliation.  Photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA/EDI Mark Durkan: Propagating John Hume’s ethics and methods

New foundation will support ‘quiet leaders for peace’

Joe Biden pauses during a campaign speech. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Fintan O’Toole: Joe Biden is the US’s mourner-in-chief

Haunted by intimate and public grief, he is the most Gothic figure in US politics

The most important aspect of the coronavirus vaccine is the notion that we can now see light at the end of the tunnel. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw David McWilliams: Ireland is facing a golden opportunity for its economy

Vaccine, low rates and madness of King Boris have changed our economic outlook

It is vital we find a balance for Christmas which does not involve another widespread shutdown and tens of thousands being laid off again in early 2021.  Photograph: Alan Betson Cliff Taylor: Covid-19 vaccine will be shot in arm for economy

Government must intensify its help for businesses as science moves to beat virus

 A BioNTech laboratory in Mainz, Germany. The vaccine developed by BioNTech, a European company founded by a German couple of Turkish origin, will be distributed by Pfizer. Photograph: BioNTech SE/EPA Vaccine nationalism will put poorest countries at back of the queue

World View: International scientific co-operation on Covid-19 not replicated by governments

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: the Government and the National Public Health Emergency Team should be figuring out how to reverse the country out of the ill-conceived purgatory of Level 5 with minimal further damage.   Photograph: Getty Images Jennifer O’Connell: The Government's speculation on Christmas is infantilising

Government instruction distracts us from asking difficult questions about Level 5

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald during a  leaders’ debate earlier this year. The divide between their parties is now the principal cleavage in Irish politics. Photograph:  Niall Carson/AFP via Getty Images Pat Leahy: Bitter debate over Varadkar a sign of divided politics to come

Sinn Féin and Fine Gael creating more polarised discourse and boxing out Fianna Fáil

If Joe Biden wanted to make a real difference, he could call the bluff of both Republicans and Democrats, both of which claim to represent the working and middle classes and neither of which really do. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster Joe Biden needs to prioritise families on the wrong side of the wealth divide

Democrats did badly in congressional elections as they are perceived as elitists in thrall to woke values

 The new Covid-19 vaccine produced by BioNTech and Pfizer is based on a totally new principle. Photograph: BioNTech/EPA A vaccine against Covid-19: Is it too early to celebrate?

There are still many questions that need to be answered about how inoculation would work