Saturday 28 February, 2015
They’re good at protesting and making noise, but they have no workable policies.
Sunday 22 February, 2015
Translating documents is a waste of time and money considering the amount of people who choose to actually work through Irish.
Saturday 14 February, 2015
Political interference has kept Aer Lingus one of the smallest airlines in Europe whilst its home-grown competition passed it by ten times over.
Saturday 7 February, 2015
An issue like homelessness has long-term causes and consequences that need to be dealt with.
Saturday 31 January, 2015
The refusal to deal with the core problems of the Union are driving people to fringe parties that take absolute positions against the EU.
Saturday 24 January, 2015
We don’t need a nation of size 8s and Disney-proportioned cartoon characters, but we do need to admit that being overweight is not healthy.
Saturday 10 January, 2015
It is up to moderate people to have an open debate about religion and society. Otherwise, extremists will have it for us.
Saturday 3 January, 2015
The demographic pressures on our welfare system are becoming less and less tomorrow’s problem…
Saturday 27 December, 2014
The Oireachtas descended into the anarchist’s cook book in 2014 – and it threatens to break our democratic system.
Saturday 20 December, 2014
Pretty much any nefarious tin-pot dictator can pay hackers to go do a job for them. Will the people of the free world just throw their hands up in surrender?
Saturday 13 December, 2014
Is a quick and cheap story about a rich woman talking down to poor people easier to stomach than the truth?
Saturday 6 December, 2014
Giving to those in need is a special thing in a world where so much indifference and evil is given free rein; we cannot allow bad apples to shake our faith in good.
Saturday 29 November, 2014
The French prime minister has insisted that “France must be respected, it is a big country.”
Saturday 22 November, 2014
Good compromises exist when neither side gets all that they wanted, but something of what they needed.
Saturday 15 November, 2014
Thousands of people die from smoking-related diseases every year in Ireland, but e-cigarettes can help them quit. So why are we trying to ban advertising them?
Saturday 8 November, 2014
Robbing murderous criminals of revenues for selling a drug that’s no more harmful than tobacco and alcohol is a no-brainer.
Saturday 1 November, 2014
The only effective public sector reform is privatisation.
Saturday 25 October, 2014
Envying the successful is not a viable tax policy – it is a disincentive to honest, hard work.
Saturday 18 October, 2014
It is difficult to imagine how otherwise ostensibly politically-savvy people conceived of Irish Water in its current form.
Saturday 11 October, 2014
With these rules in place, property prices will tied to people’s incomes rather than crazy speculations.
Saturday 4 October, 2014
The energy and vibrancy of younger workers is what drives an economy on – but, quite apart from that, emigration is a poignant human tragedy.
Saturday 27 September, 2014
Yes, it may be politically unpalatable to target older drivers (ie solid voters) but is that a good enough reason to allow dangerous drivers onto our road?
Saturday 20 September, 2014
Coalitions are the price of proportional systems such as ours: voters should have truthful information about potential alliances in order to make informed decisions.
Saturday 13 September, 2014
European Commissioners aren’t picked on any basis of merit or usefulness. It’s no different than most governments, but at least we elect the cabinet together at home.
Saturday 6 September, 2014
For the first time in a long time, we’ll have some room in this budget to play around with spending hikes or tax cuts. USC should the first to go.
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
From Business ETC
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.