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Thursday 26 March, 2020

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

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

Mar 26th 2020, 7:00 AM 29,117 Views 52 Comments

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'
# Read Me
# Read Me

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

Jun 8th 2017, 6:30 AM 1,587 Views 78 Comments

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'
# Whistle Blower
# Whistle Blower

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

May 17th 2017, 6:20 AM 88 Views 25 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

We need to smash the silence that surrounds sexual violence

Feb 4th 2016, 12:30 PM 119 Views 90 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

May 12th 2015, 6:05 PM 62 Views 243 Comments

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
# Protest
# Protest

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

Dec 9th 2014, 8:00 PM 26 Views 35 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Aug 23rd 2014, 12:00 PM 2,048 Views 17 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Jan 10th 2014, 7:00 AM 88 Views 11 Comments

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?
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Jan 8th 2014, 1:00 PM 7 Views 38 Comments

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.
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Dec 15th 2013, 6:15 PM 12 Views 36 Comments

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
# Hitchhiker's Guide

Here's what I learned from hitching around Ireland

Aug 11th 2013, 9:45 AM 27,346 Views 21 Comments

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.