Saturday 30 August, 2014
The situation at the border is far too volatile for the UN mission’s remit – it seems the only reason to keep it there is for political posturing.
Saturday 23 August, 2014
After taking away a person’s freedom as punishment for their crimes, we should move on to the practical question of how we can reduce their likelihood to reoffend.
Saturday 16 August, 2014
We shouldn’t be focused on Vladimir Putin’s bullyboy ban on many EU foods – we should be making ties with ambitious countries that share our values.
Saturday 9 August, 2014
Hopefully in 100 years we’ll look back on animals in circuses like we now do about Victorian ‘freak show’ performances using disabled people.
Saturday 2 August, 2014
The public sector employs hundreds of thousands of people, yet it rarely if ever actually dismisses anyone. It’s bizarre.
Saturday 26 July, 2014
In the normal course of things, Nama would be wound down and consigned to the history books…
Saturday 19 July, 2014
Conspicuously absent from the talk about the reshuffle was an evaluation of intelligence, skills, capabilities or temperament.
Saturday 12 July, 2014
Politicians are bemoaning the fact that older people might now have to carry debt onto their pension books – but that’s the risk of re-mortgaging.
Saturday 5 July, 2014
We’re clearly feeling more bullish about the economy if we’re cancelling sold-out shows. But should we be so confident?
Saturday 28 June, 2014
Politicians do not deserve to be deliberately intimidated, which is essentially what protesting at a person’s house is designed to do.
Saturday 21 June, 2014
This ‘inquiry’ has no credibility whatsoever and a decent opposition would have resigned en masse in protest.
Saturday 14 June, 2014
Banning ice cream and caramel Frappuccinos will not solve our obesity problem – we need to get to the root of the what’s causing it.
Saturday 7 June, 2014
For Irish people who lived through these times to claim no knowledge of what went on in places like Tuam is disingenuous – and smacks of “I was only following orders”.
Saturday 31 May, 2014
Our troubles with e-voting occurred ten years and two local elections ago – the technology has moved on a lot in recent years.
Saturday 24 May, 2014
Political hopefuls call for better public spaces, clean streets, motherhood and apple pie – but many are happy to leave their campaigning rubbish about.
Saturday 17 May, 2014
In Ireland, as with most social issues, we treat the matter of domestic violence as a pariah topic that occasionally gets an airing. It’s just not good enough.
Saturday 10 May, 2014
The more we pay for water, perhaps the more we’ll think about how we use it, writes Aaron McKenna.
Saturday 3 May, 2014
Adams might be the last roadblock to Sinn Féin managing to uncork its potential to conquer the left wing, working class and republican ground in Irish politics.
Saturday 26 April, 2014
At a time when so many are unemployed, we have no choice but to to bring workers from abroad to Ireland. Why? We simply don’t have the skills ourselves.
Saturday 19 April, 2014
There is such a thing as being too sensitive and overreacting when people do stupid things on social media, writes Aaron McKenna.
Saturday 12 April, 2014
We need to construct curriculums with international relevance and figure out fairer ways of funding education in order to compete globally, writes Aaron McKenna.
Saturday 5 April, 2014
As business costs begin to rise again, we need to remember that nobody owes us a living, writes Aaron McKenna.
Saturday 29 March, 2014
This is the arrogant nature of permanent government. It gets too used to running the show and always being right, writes Aaron McKenna.
Saturday 22 March, 2014
Many people loathed the Westboro Baptist Church’s message, but the USA rightfully protected their right to be seen and heard, writes Aaron McKenna.
Saturday 15 March, 2014
Early relationships and sexual adventures – or the choice to avoid them – can have a formative effect both on a personality and on a life. As such, young people need access to consistent sex education, writes Aaron McKenna.
Saturday 8 March, 2014
We live in a society, not just an economy – and giving additional points to people for accomplishments beyond the academic makes sense, write Aaron McKenna.
Saturday 22 February, 2014
Saturday 15 February, 2014
The Department of Education has stopped short of taking a concrete step that would reduce the amount of junk food eaten by children in schools: banning junk food vending machines from schools.
Saturday 8 February, 2014
There’s money for capital spending to defend our most vulnerable cities from flooding – the trouble is the government wants to toss it down the drain to keep a few seats in Leinster House.
Saturday 1 February, 2014
Our courts seem to have affected an uncaring view towards violent and sexual crimes against women – allowing offenders to escape jail sentences by simply giving their victims a payoff. It is horrific and unacceptable.
Saturday 25 January, 2014
Oxfam won a PR coup this week with the simple line that the richest 85 people in the world have more wealth than the poorest 3.5 billion. But there’s one problem with that message – inequality isn’t actually keeping people in poverty.
Saturday 18 January, 2014
About 5,500 dogs are euthanised in Ireland every year – most are perfectly healthy. The only reason they have to die is because otherwise ordinary people are happy to turn a blind eye to the appalling consequences of their actions.
Saturday 11 January, 2014
Capital Gains Tax is a good way of making the rich pay their taxes – but it isn’t only the rich that invest into start-ups. This tax should be treated completely differently for job creation initiatives.
Saturday 4 January, 2014
Proposing a simplistic solution to arbitrarily attempt to solve one facet of Ireland’s housing problem is just bad policymaking, writes Aaron McKenna.
Tuesday 31 December, 2013
The only way to affect real change in politics is at the ballot box. Ask you local council candidate whether they plan to voluntarily publish receipts for their expenses. If they will, tell them you’ll vote for them. If not, good luck and goodbye.
Saturday 21 December, 2013
People working in charities have mortgages and kids and wants and desires. The sector can’t hope to recruit and retain top class people, capable of running very complex operations, if they offer significantly less than the private sector.
Saturday 14 December, 2013
Aaron McKenna: Reports of drug users shooting up on public transport stops people using the service, not class
People’s negative impressions is preventing people from taking the bus, train and tram, writes Aaron McKenna, who says it’s nothing about how ‘snobby’ they are.
Saturday 7 December, 2013
The Irish language is either a waste of scarce public money, or it is a national treasure that we must make it our mission to revive into daily use. Either way, it’s time to get off the fence.
Saturday 30 November, 2013
Without power, our modern society cannot function normally – which is why workers at the ESB ought to be banned from striking and causing a total or partial power failure, writes Aaron McKenna.
Saturday 23 November, 2013
There are many reasons why a Swiss-like pay proposal is a bad one. For one, the top one per cent of income earners in Ireland pay 20 per cent of the income tax, writes Aaron McKenna.