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.
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
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
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.
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