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Dublin: 11 °C Friday 4 September, 2015

Saturday 29 August, 2015

Dublin won’t save rural Ireland, it needs to grow up and be allowed to save itself

We need to decentralise control of the purse strings, rather than government departments, writes Aaron McKenna.

Saturday 22 August, 2015

Unless you can magic up a few houses, welfare recipients will need to move away from Dublin

It’s an unpalatable solution politically, but the truth is workers and students need to be in a place while those in receipt of welfare cannot make the same claim.

Saturday 15 August, 2015

The taxman is right to chase Airbnb hosts. Here’s why

Allowing those who rent their rooms via the sharing website to be tax exempt will simply put more professionals and students on the streets in times of severe rental crisis.

Saturday 8 August, 2015

Ted Heath a paedophile? Not until he’s proven guilty

The former British prime minister has a right to his presumed innocence.

Saturday 1 August, 2015

New fines begin the overdue fightback against pesky cyclists

With the backing of powerful bureaucratic interests, cyclists have been getting a free ride where it comes to their responsibilities on the road.

Saturday 25 July, 2015

Disaster of a reunited Ireland may come one step closer this summer

UK Labour leader frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn is a longtime supporter of Irish unification. What would his election mean for Northern Ireland?

Saturday 18 July, 2015

‘Old, frail, repentant… But still a criminal: The bookkeeper of Auschwitz should die in prison’

Oskar Gröning looks like he could be a kindly grandfather. He probably is. But he also volunteered to serve in one of the greatest murder camps ever constructed.

Saturday 11 July, 2015

Senators want to criminalise offending people online – and they’re dangerously misguided

Without the freedom to offend, freedom of expression does not exist.

Saturday 4 July, 2015

It’s time to let Greece – and the euro – go

The Greek problem will never be solved within the eurozone. It’s time to let them leave the euro, default on their loans, and try to rebuild from there with the drachma.

Saturday 27 June, 2015

State bureaucracy is helping drive up rents, and it needs to stop

It takes a project an average of 79 weeks from the date of planning application till the first builders start clearing the first square foot of the site for construction.

Friday 19 June, 2015

Why should commuters have to put up with trouble and danger on public transport?

We have all been subjected to annoying, intimidating or downright dangerous behaviour on a bus or train – it’s unacceptable.

Saturday 13 June, 2015

The pro-life case for a referendum on the 8th Amendment

We cannot have another 20 years of simply refusing to deal with this issue. Holding a two-part referendum could be the answer.

Saturday 6 June, 2015

Public sector workers shouldn’t get disproportionate pay increases over everyone else

A €2,000 pay rise for virtually all public sector workers over the next two years is madness, no matter what kind of spin the union bosses want to put on it.

Saturday 30 May, 2015

Ireland and the UK should double team the EU on tax

Eurocrats are gearing up, once again, to meddle with our corporate tax rate. We should take a leaf out of our neighbour’s book and demand better.

Saturday 23 May, 2015

The ‘gay cake’ row and freedom of speech: Being offended isn’t a right

The trouble with trying to put limits on free speech and the freedom of conscience is that you inevitably wind up tying yourself in knots.

Saturday 16 May, 2015

‘Got a big Irish Water bill? Alright – now fix that leak’

People are finally talking about ways to flush less drinking water down their toilets. Why? Because that water is going to cost them money.

Saturday 9 May, 2015

Do we really need to mollycoddle so many apathetic people into voting?

Democracy is on the brain following the shock UK general election result and the pending marriage referendum here…

Saturday 2 May, 2015

Why low-earners need to continue paying their way in taxes

If you want a functioning State, you’ve got to pay for it – USC might be a horrible tax but we still need it.

Saturday 25 April, 2015

To stop drownings, Europe should ferry across migrants itself

I am a believer in tight border security, but I cannot turn a blind eye wanton waste of life in the Mediterranean.

Saturday 18 April, 2015

The Yes campaign excludes those with reservations about same sex marriage

The fact is that some voters have reservations about gay couples adopting children, therefore genuine engagement on this issue is needed.

Saturday 11 April, 2015

Pay thy neighbour’s mortgage? No thanks

If county councils pay the difference between what people owe on their mortgages and what they can afford to pay the taxpayer foots the bill, writes Aaron McKenna.

Saturday 4 April, 2015

While there’s a limit to what employers should provide for workers, I wish Dunnes strikers the very best

A friend of mine wondered what a capitalist like me was doing expressing support for striking workers, but all’s fair in my view.

Saturday 28 March, 2015

The Graham Dwyer trial shows why some cases should be held in seclusion

The life and death of Elaine O’Hara and the details of Graham Dwyer’s predilections flowed out of this trial, but details could have withheld until a verdict.

Saturday 21 March, 2015

Should TDs be allowed to hire family members? Yes, of course!

Hiring a family member can be advantageous to accomplishing the work that voters demand of our TDs.

Saturday 14 March, 2015

Ministers sell Ireland around Paddy’s Day to secure jobs. Why the begrudgery?

It may sound kitsch to bring folks along to a green themed breakfast or lunch engagement, but it works, writes Aaron McKenna.

Saturday 7 March, 2015

For Dublin, it’s high rise or high unemployment

We can’t afford to lose one single investment because of our current lack of office space.

Saturday 28 February, 2015

Greece proves left wing parties don’t have a chance of delivering in power

They’re good at protesting and making noise, but they have no workable policies.

Sunday 22 February, 2015

Why SHOULD Irish get full EU support? Not enough of us speak it.

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

From Business ETC Small airline, small country, small minds – the Aer Lingus story Head In The Clouds

Small airline, small country, small minds – the Aer Lingus story

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

Opinion: Blowing taxpayers money might generate headlines, but it won’t solve homelessness

An issue like homelessness has long-term causes and consequences that need to be dealt with.

Saturday 31 January, 2015

Opinion: Break up the eurozone and slim down the EU – or voters will do it for us

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

Opinion: Advice for overweight people to slim down is valid – it’s about health, not body image

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

Opinion: Islam must be treated like Christianity in Europe – accepted, revered and lambasted

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

Opinion: Our state pensions ponzi scheme is nearing a breaking point

The demographic pressures on our welfare system are becoming less and less tomorrow’s problem…

Saturday 27 December, 2014

Aaron McKenna: We need our politicians to behave themselves in 2015

The Oireachtas descended into the anarchist’s cook book in 2014 – and it threatens to break our democratic system.

Saturday 20 December, 2014

Opinion: Sony has capitulated to terrorist demands – it will have a chilling effect on freedom of speech

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

Opinion: ‘Poor people can’t cook’ remark caused outrage – but consider the facts behind the headlines

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

Opinion: We can’t let bad charities sour us on doing good this Christmas

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

Opinion: France flouts the eurozone rules Ireland was beaten down with EU

Opinion: France flouts the eurozone rules Ireland was beaten down with

The French prime minister has insisted that “France must be respected, it is a big country.”

Saturday 22 November, 2014

Opinion: Water protestors should claim victory and go home now

Good compromises exist when neither side gets all that they wanted, but something of what they needed.

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