Why humans need mercy more than justice to survive
- June 27, 2019, 05:00
Is it better to be just or merciful? This question has troubled politicians and preachers down the ages but in recent times the hammer of justice has (...)
Unthinkable: Should college places be awarded by lottery?
- September 29, 2015, 06:00
Making decisions by lottery is often seen as an affront to justice. Witness, for example, the furore over the Camogie Association’s plan to settle (...)
Unthinkable: Are parents entitled to rule their children?
- May 12, 2015, 01:00
Children’s rights have come a long way since Abraham tied up his son Isaac for slaughter on God’s command. The notion that children have a right to(...)
Corruption claims should not halt junior cycle reform
- November 28, 2014, 06:21
Observations about corruption in Irish society shouldn’t stand in the way of junior cycle reform, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said.In a (...)
Fears that target to end homelessness by 2016 will not be reached
- Social Affairs
- July 23, 2014, 01:00
Deepening pessimism about ending long-term homelessness by 2016 is outlined in a high-level report to the Minister for Housing. Written on July 4th by(...)
Unthinkable: Are the good things in our lives our own doing?
- February 28, 2014, 01:00
Winning the Lotto is considered pure luck but what about winning the lottery of life? If you land a good job, enter a happy marriage, or find y(...)
Time to ditch old dogmas and develop policies that serve the common good
- Social Affairs
- April 1, 2013, 06:00
Ireland needs a new guiding vision. The economic crisis of recent years is principally the result of the failure of an economic and social phil(...)