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A person holds a picture of the priest Jacques Hamel outside Rouen’s cathedral during the funeral of the priest who was killed in a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray on July 26th. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty

I am so angry about events of the past few weeks. On the one hand Europe – particularly France – is seeing only now, for the first time at close quart(...)

A man places candles near flowers that were left in tribute at makeshift memorials to the victims of the truck attack along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France on July 18th. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Amet/Reuters

There were 120 of us, mainly Syrian but some Iraqi and Afghani too, I think. Some were on their own but there were families too. In that moment we wer(...)

A child runs among containers at the port of Piraeus, where nearly 1,500 refugees and migrants live at a makeshift camp or in passenger areas, in Athens on July 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis

The last few weeks have been strange. In a different way. I’ve had good news but it’s unsettled me. I am being relocated to France. As I understand it(...)

A refugee family  at the port of Piraeus in Athens, where some 1,500 migrants and refugees are stranded. Photograph:   Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

There’s a different ring tone on FaceTime. It’s like it’s distant, appropriately so, but because I call my wife so often it allows to me control costs(...)

 A man drags his baby in a baby walker at the port of Piraeus in Athens where some 1,500 migrants and refugees are stranded. LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

It’s like the ring tone is embedded. I hear it in my sleep. On What’s App, it’s duller than calling on the network. In the last few weeks I’ve been re(...)

Tents of migrants and refugees in the port of Piraeus, Athens, Greece. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

The first weeks in the port in Piraeus were tedious. One day morphed into the next. There were no days in the week. There were things to be grateful f(...)

A makeshift camp near Idomeni and close to the Greek-Macedonian border: how “honoured” are these “guests”? Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP

The Greeks have the same word for “stranger” and “guest” – xenos. Why? Because the arrival of a foreigner inevitably triggers the instinct and obligat(...)

Refugees and migrants walk after disembarking from the passenger ferry Blue Star 1 at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece,  March 8,  2016. REUTERS/Michalis Karagiannis

Greece is on its knees. If that suggests it is metaphorically praying for economic deliverance then it can hardly be optimistic its prayers are being (...)

There are question marks over how the Houses of the Oireachtas Service has handled the allegations about the banking inquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson Banking inquiry: The most useful recommendations from the committee might actually relate to how in future such inquiries should operate.

On September 10th last, the final day of public hearings at the Oireachtas banking inquiry began with a statement by its chairman, Ciarán Lynch. He (...)

Developers Michael O’Flynn (left) and Johnny Ronan  who have  separately  expressed concerns about the final banking inquiry report and threatened legal action.

Two of the country’s largest developers have made fresh legal threats to the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Johnny Ronan and Michael O’Flynn, who are (...)

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