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Thursday 26 March, 2020

Opinion: This current crisis is calling for the emergence of a bolder, braver and kinder humanity

Ruairí McKiernan says yes, this is a scary time, but our social structure hasn’t been working for everyone, and we may have an opportunity to change.

Thursday 8 June, 2017

'Last Sunday Bernie Sanders delivered a message Ireland needed to hear'

We are becoming increasingly like the United States, and not by accident, writes Ruairi McKiernan.

Wednesday 17 May, 2017

Column: 'I do not know what Chelsea Manning will do next. She owes the world nothing'

On the day of Chelsea Manning’s release from prison, campaigner Ruairí McKiernan reflects on the Irish campaign for her freedom.

Thursday 4 February, 2016

We need to smash the silence that surrounds sexual violence

Compelling first year Trinity College students to attend mandatory classes on sexual consent has raised eyebrows, writes Ruairí McKiernan.

Tuesday 12 May, 2015

Fear is the enemy of love – on 22nd May we have a chance to choose love

We can help heal Ireland and send a powerful message to the world about what kind of people we are.

Tuesday 9 December, 2014

Opinion: When the people lead, politicians are forced to follow – so let's make our voices heard

We need a solution for our water needs – but one that doesn’t include creative accounting, cronyism, and possible privatisation.

Saturday 23 August, 2014

Opinion: 10 things you can do if you didn't get that college place you wanted

It may not seem so right now, but the world is your oyster…

Friday 10 January, 2014

Column: Gentleman and genius - remembering ‘internet elder’ Aaron Swartz

I met Aaron at Harvard when he was 24. It was immediately clear that he was not only a genius, but also a gentleman who was wise beyond his years.

Wednesday 8 January, 2014

Column: Why are so many vital services being provided by charities in the first place?

We must – of course – question the behaviour and practises of Irish charities, but should also ask why they are providing so many vital services instead of the State, writes Ruairí McKiernan.

Sunday 15 December, 2013

Column: Goodbye Mandela. Now it is up to us.

Mandela was was rare role model for many, a man who was unafraid to speak truth to power, writes Ruairí McKiernan, who says the challenge now is for us to remember him by taking action.

Sunday 11 August, 2013

Here's what I learned from hitching around Ireland Hitchhiker's Guide This post contains images

Here's what I learned from hitching around Ireland

Last month, Ruairí McKiernan hitchhiked around the country, recording people’s thoughts about the country. He heard from them about an Ireland where people are optimistic about the future – but also very, very angry.