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Saturday 23 June, 2018

'There are gardaí, politicians and doctors who have taken something illegal at some point'

They get away with it, because we only criminalise the poor, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Friday 1 June, 2018

What's next?: Breaking religious influence over education with a Citizens Assembly model

If the constitution is the problem, then the models previously used such as the Constitutional Convention and the Citizens Assembly should be utilised to address the issue, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Friday 12 January, 2018

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: It's time to abolish single-sex schools

Can any of us genuinely argue that separating girls and boys in schools is a practice worth defending, asks Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Wednesday 8 November, 2017

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 'The Irish are for Trump. So perhaps we should say something about it'

The staffers and spokespeople who robustly defend Trump’s indefensible presidency have Irish names, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Tuesday 25 April, 2017

Drugs: 'How is arresting someone for something that they are addicted to helping?'

Decriminalisation of addiction is our next great step to a better drug policy, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Thursday 16 March, 2017

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 'It's time Irish people stood up against racism. We were the terrorists at one time'

It is our responsibility to speak truth to power. If it doesn’t happen in the White House, it’ll happen in The Riverside Church NYC tomorrow, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Thursday 23 February, 2017

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 'I never pass pickets. We are all humans and need each other to survive'

Going on strike is one of the only weapons a worker has, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Sunday 26 January, 2014

Column: Drug crime can’t be broken down simply into a battle of ‘good’ versus ‘evil’

The link between educational underachievement, literacy, social empowerment and a drugs and crime culture is real and also extremely complex, says Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Saturday 8 June, 2013

Column: We must tackle the underinvestment in pre-school education

Ireland has historically tries to provide education ‘on the cheap’ by affording remarkable influence to religious bodies and other patrons, so the recent childcare controversy should shock – but not necessary surprise – us, writes, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Wednesday 27 March, 2013

Column: Should we increase school inspections?

The reality is that inspections only offer a momentary window into a teacher’s classroom as an educator. I would challenge the very notion that increasing inspections and appraisals is necessary to help develop better education standards, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Monday 25 February, 2013

Tweeting the election: How one TD really saw the 2011 campaign

Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin kept a diary recording all his tweets – and what he really thought – throughout the 2011 election campaign. Two years on from the election, he shares some of them for the first time.

Thursday 24 January, 2013

Column: Fiona Doyle was caught in the crossfire of a war over sentencing

The blame does not lie with one judge but with the inconsistency of the Court of Criminal Appeal, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Column: The children's referendum is a chance to put things right

By voting yes, we can prove that this generation has done more than any other to protect children who have been betrayed in the past, writes Aodhán Ó Riordáin.

Thursday 8 December, 2011

Column: Why I reported Darren Scully for inciting hatred – and why I’m not backing down

Since reporting Darren Scully for his controversial comments last month, Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has received a torrent of abuse but he’s not backing down…

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