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Sunday 22 July, 2018

Saying goodbye to Dad: 'I grappled with how I could fully express how much he means to me'

In the final week of my stay, my mind turned to how I would leave my father on what would definitely be the most heavy hearted of all our farewells, writes Larry Donnelly.

Friday 20 July, 2018

Letter from America: 'Trump isn’t perfect but voting for him sent a message – and I’m still glad I did'

Donald Trump’s central animating impulse in public life has long been that his country gets a raw deal, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 16 June, 2018

'That Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un were able to reach an agreement must be welcomed'

Because of the enormous stakes for everyone on the planet, all we can do is hope and pray now, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 26 May, 2018

'Ireland in 2018 is not just a post-Catholic country, it's a pro-choice country'

It’s a very new day and a very new dawn for Ireland.

Friday 11 May, 2018

Larry Donnelly: 'There is a definite sense that the net is tightening around Donald Trump'

However, the president’s job approval ratings have been on a clear, upward arc as of late, writes Larry Donnelly.

Monday 16 April, 2018

Get ready world: 'Trump’s posturing is even more inconsistent and incoherent than Obama's'

But the potential for a conflict between the United States and Russia was, and may still be, on the brink, writes Larry Donnelly.

Sunday 4 March, 2018

America’s gun culture: What makes Americans so attached to their weapons?

After opening their session with a prayer for the 17 young Floridians recently killed, state legislators then overwhelmingly rejected a ban on semi-automatic guns.

Wednesday 31 January, 2018

State of the Union: 'Trump didn’t go off script. He was measured and sought to be conciliatory'

Last night’s speech showed the serious challenges confronting Republicans and Democrats as they prepare for mid-term elections, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 27 January, 2018

Giving vote to emigrants won't lead to 'President Bono' but these are arguments expats hear

Irish politics matters in a very real fashion to me as an expat; it’s not just a sporting interest, writes Larry Donnelly.

Sunday 31 December, 2017

2017: How was it for Trump?

A stunning year in politics on the other side of the Atlantic has ended on a remarkable note, writes Larry Donnelly.

Tuesday 26 December, 2017

'Some scoff at his use of social media and attire but 'brand Leo' is resonating with us'

The big questions is: can the present government last another year, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 2 December, 2017

Opinion: How badly damaged has the Taoiseach been?

Paddy Power Politics has set the odds on the next general election to take place in 2018 at 1/25. The bookies aren’t in it to lose money, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 11 November, 2017

Larry Donnelly on Trump: 'There is the substance and the sideshow'

What will Trump do next? Your guess is as good as mine, writes Larry Donnelly.

Friday 3 November, 2017

Opinion: Is this the beginning of the end of Donald Trump?

We don’t know at present exactly what all that has unfolded this week means or what lies ahead, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 28 October, 2017

'The majority of us don't agree with either pro choice or pro life hardliners'

The middle ground are rarely heard in Ireland’s fraught debates over abortion, writes Larry Donnelly.

Tuesday 3 October, 2017

Column: 'When it comes to guns and the country of my birth, I despair'

The answers to the gun control question, to me and to millions of Americans, are obvious, writes Larry Donnelly.

Tuesday 26 September, 2017

'Should the Democrats return to their roots or follow moneyed interests?'

Even if Hillary Clinton had won in November, the Democratic Party would still be in trouble, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 7 September, 2017

Could a fellow Republican beat Donald Trump in 2020?

There is a plausible scenario in which Trump could be vanquished by someone from his own party, Larry Donnelly writes.

Thursday 17 August, 2017

Opinion: 'These bigots are not representative of 60 million citizens who voted for Trump'

Saying that the average Trump voter is a racist amounts to a slur on those (including several of my own close friends) who voted for him for a variety of reasons, writes Larry Donnelly.

Sunday 9 July, 2017

'Trump doesn’t use Twitter to govern. He uses it to stay in touch with the American people'

I am disheartened by President Trump’s tweets, and much more besides, but it’s past time to get real, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 1 July, 2017

'Jobstown wasn't a peaceful, legitimate protest. Intimidating two women is not peaceful'

The ‘hard Left’ make unrealistic promises that can never be kept, writes Larry Donnelly.

Monday 26 June, 2017

Opinion: 'Leo is right to welcome people who have socially conservative views'

Pushing Christians whose politics are shaped by their religious convictions to the periphery is wrong and dumb, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 1 June, 2017

'Bitter, ugly, divisive politics. Team Coveney could have marched on without going so negative'

This internal struggle has (re)opened some wounds that will take time to heal, writes Larry Donnelly.

Tuesday 16 May, 2017

Divided Ireland: 'One side dedicated to making Ireland secular; another preserving Church's influence'

There is a profound, far-reaching division in Irish society, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 22 April, 2017

100 Days of Trump: 'There has been a great betrayal of vulnerable voters'

Politically, the frenetic, unpredictable approach of the Trump administration has engendered one unnecessary nightmare after another, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 18 March, 2017

'By any objective measure, Enda Kenny acquitted himself and the Irish people honourably'

Enda Kenny had a difficult tightrope to walk and he performed admirably writes Larry Donnelly.

Monday 20 February, 2017

The parallels between Irish and American controversies, in a wild week for politics

Those who say they know what lies ahead – in either country – are either clairvoyant or just plain wrong, writes Larry Donnelly.

Tuesday 24 January, 2017

America First: 'If President Trump stays “on message,” he may just unite, not further divide, the US'

In electing Donald Trump, the people of the US have, at least in part, signalled to the world that they want to recalibrate their relationship with it, writes Larry Donnelly.

Sunday 15 January, 2017

'Listening to Trump voters, I am surprised, disappointed, bewildered, fascinated and enlightened'

In overlooking certain perspectives, the media is committing its gravest error in this undeniably frightening time of political upheaval, writes Larry Donnelly.

Tuesday 27 December, 2016

'After Trump and Brexit, the centre ground of Irish politics shouldn't take their position for granted in 2017'

Uncertainty currently reigns in the two countries I call home. Here’s what to expect in the US and in Ireland in 2017, writes Larry Donnelly.

Wednesday 7 December, 2016

'A sense of perspective about what Trump's presidency may be like is badly needed'

“Trump Derangement Syndrome” is affecting many otherwise reasonable, thoughtful people at the moment, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 12 November, 2016

"I - and most pundits - got it wrong about Trump v Clinton"

Now that the first shock has abated, TheJournal.ie columnist Larry Donnelly ponders on a world post-Trump victory.

Tuesday 8 November, 2016

This is what a Trump presidency could look like

No matter what happens today, God save the United States, writes Bostonian Larry Donnelly with a sad heart.

Saturday 5 November, 2016

Opinion: 'I all but guaranteed a win for Hillary but then we had a political earthquake...'

At this extremely late stage, there are a lot of unknowns, writes Larry Donnelly.

Wednesday 26 October, 2016

Opinion: 'Donald Trump had a chance and he blew it'

I suspect everyone else will breathe a sigh of relief that this whole sorry affair is nearing its denouement, writes Larry Donnelly.

Monday 10 October, 2016

Trump lives to fight another day but he needs an awful lot of luck to become the next POTUS

Neither candidate is the person to lead America out of crisis, writes Larry Donnelly.

Tuesday 27 September, 2016

Hillary won because Trump was either not prepared or he grew tired and bored

The race for the White House remains Hillary Clinton’s to lose, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 8 September, 2016

The US Electoral College: An Explanation and a Defence

Those outside the US tend to regard the Electoral College with a mixture of profound suspicion and incomprehension. In truth, it is easier to demystify than, for instance, the myriad nuances of Irish parliamentary elections, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 23 July, 2016

'Pundits are terrified of being proven wrong by Donald Trump again. I'm not'

Larry Donnelly says he would bet a lot of money on Hillary Clinton being the next US president.

Friday 8 July, 2016

The violence won't end until we stop believing it's cops vs black people

In the wake of the Dallas shootings, Larry Donnelly argues that there needs to be a fundamental shift around the Black Lives Matter debate.

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