‘We’re relying exclusively on slow and expensive lab-based PCR testing, instead of a test that costs about €6 in pharmacies [and] can be administered at home.’ Photograph: iStock

Here we go again. The Covid case numbers are rising. The positivity rate is over 10 per cent. Professor Philip Nolan of the National Public Health Eme(...)

If we’re rewarding teachers where’s the bonus for the pupils who were locked out of the classroom and away from their peers for eight months? Or for the parents who doubled jobbed as teachers?   Photograph: Getty Images

Since the start of the Covid pandemic there have been calls for the State to hold a day of remembrance or reflection when it is all over. Commemoratio(...)

Carrie Symonds: media outlets portrayed  her as a demanding, unstable wannabe Princess Diana. Photograph: Getty Images

Why is it that when men in positions of power make idiots of themselves, commit some transgression, fall out with one another – or, in this case, mana(...)

Sil Fox at home: ‘I just want to get back to telling a gag and making people happy.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Sil Fox hasn’t really been himself since the day in early 2019 When he got a phone call asking him to come down to a Garda station There’s no gu(...)

Odhrán Allen is a lifelong asthma sufferer

A total of 40,000 people are waiting for a test for coronavirus in Dublin, according to figures published at the weekend. Odhrán Allen, a 47-year-old (...)

I like a giant pair that sit on my head like a bright, white Do Not Disturb Sign on my imaginary office door. Photograph: iStock

They’re suddenly everywhere. They crept up on us, completing the trajectory from edgy to essential in record time, like smartphones 13 years ago, or m(...)

‘I met people who may be in their final days or weeks of life, and who are facing whatever might come with grace: gratitude for all they’ve had, sadness, a sense of humour, courage and no small amount of fear.’ Photograph: iStock

The car stopped working the other week. It gave a short, violent shudder and then ground to a halt in a car park right before Christmas. We got it tow(...)

 Whether by accident, or by dint of socialisation, most of   the planning, shopping and the writing of to-do lists falls to me. Photograph: iStock

“I don’t think Mrs Claus gets nearly enough credit,” one of my children said a year or two ago, when he was old enough to start being a bit more knowi(...)

Homesickness isn’t really about place. It’s about experiences. It’s a longing for memories of another time, memories that don’t yet exist, and now won’t ever exist. Photograph: iStock

There’s a particular kind of homesickness that only emigrants understand. It comes as you’re sitting on the beach at Manly or Freshwater on Christmas(...)

Ian Austin, former Labour MP for Dudley who is urging his constituents to support Boris Johnson. Photograph: Jennifer O’Connell

If you want to get to the heart of the divisions splintering Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, the first floor office in a nondescript brown brick buildin(...)

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