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# read-mes - Friday 14 March, 2014

Column: How we lost St Patrick's Day
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Column: How we lost St Patrick's Day

Mar 14th 2014, 12:00 PM 653 Views 141 Comments

As I watched the St Patrick’s Day parade march down New York’s Fifth Avenue, the true meaning of our national holiday struck me. And it made me realise many of us fail to understand what March 17 actually represents for our small nation, writes Paul Allen.

# read-mes - Sunday 9 March, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Why are the Irish not more critical of the EU?
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Damien Kiberd: Why are the Irish not more critical of the EU?

Mar 9th 2014, 8:30 AM 254 Views 156 Comments

And more to the point – are we “f**ked and brainwashed” by the ‘European Project’?

# read-mes - Sunday 2 March, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Government policy on housing is a massive muddle
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Damien Kiberd: Government policy on housing is a massive muddle

Mar 2nd 2014, 8:30 AM 19 Views 13 Comments

When the economy collapsed the banks got top priority. Building workers and people who need social housing were far down the pecking order. Now they’re telling us a miracle is on the way…

# read-mes - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Column: The #GSOC debacle is a war of spin
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Column: The #GSOC debacle is a war of spin

Feb 25th 2014, 5:05 PM 12 Views 40 Comments

With a constant flow of leaks, jousting between journalists and politicians, and the resulting war of words spinning out of control, the casualties in the Garda Ombudsman conflict will be high, writes Paul Allen.

# read-mes - Monday 24 February, 2014

Why care, why share? Using social media for your business
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Why care, why share? Using social media for your business

Feb 24th 2014, 7:30 PM 42 Views 9 Comments

The former global head of social media for Red Bull reveals her gospel for getting consumers to interact with your brand on their own terms.

# read-mes - Sunday 23 February, 2014

Damien Kiberd: A new property bubble - but not as we know it
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Damien Kiberd: A new property bubble - but not as we know it

Feb 23rd 2014, 8:30 AM 32 Views 68 Comments

A glut of cash buyers, homeowners anchored by negative equity and tracker mortgages – in Dublin, the situation for young people trying to buy is alarming.

# read-mes - Sunday 16 February, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Why neither Ireland nor USA wants to question tax haven
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Damien Kiberd: Why neither Ireland nor USA wants to question tax haven

Feb 16th 2014, 8:30 AM 55 Views 56 Comments

Official Ireland does not like inconvenient truths – which is why Trinity professor Jim Stewart’s spot-on research makes it defensive.

# read-mes - Sunday 9 February, 2014

Damien Kiberd: RTÉ thinks it played safe on Pantigate - I beg to differ
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Damien Kiberd: RTÉ thinks it played safe on Pantigate - I beg to differ

Feb 9th 2014, 8:30 AM 122 Views 117 Comments

RTÉ would do well to remember the story of Jurgen Klinsmann’s dive in the 1990 World Cup and the effect that had on schoolboy footballers for years to come.

# read-mes - Thursday 6 February, 2014

Column: Why are we still dying to party?
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Column: Why are we still dying to party?

Feb 6th 2014, 9:45 PM 182 Views 14 Comments

The Stardust fire happened 33 years ago, but we still have not learned the lessons of that horrific night, writes Paul Allen.

# read-mes - Sunday 26 January, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Why was Ariel Sharon's funeral such a lonely affair?
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Damien Kiberd: Why was Ariel Sharon's funeral such a lonely affair?

Jan 26th 2014, 8:30 AM 498 Views 93 Comments

Psychopath or a good soldier? The ‘no show’ of global leaders at his final goodbye nods to a life of contradictions.

# read-mes - Sunday 12 January, 2014

Damien Kiberd: So what if Kenny and Bruton didn't lecture Middle East on human rights?
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Damien Kiberd: So what if Kenny and Bruton didn't lecture Middle East on human rights?

Jan 12th 2014, 8:30 AM 17 Views 57 Comments

Were they not correct to put the business interests of Ireland first? And what about those other human rights abusers Ireland conveniently chooses to ignore?

# read-mes - Thursday 9 January, 2014

Phil Prendergast: 8 reasons why pylons should not go ahead
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Phil Prendergast: 8 reasons why pylons should not go ahead

Jan 9th 2014, 11:30 PM 1,780 Views 124 Comments

MEP outlines her arguments for opposing Eirgrid’s Gridlink infrastructure plan, which would see giant pylons across rural areas.

# read-mes - Sunday 5 January, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Why middle-aged men with money invest in Netflix...
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Damien Kiberd: Why middle-aged men with money invest in Netflix...

Jan 5th 2014, 8:30 AM 24 Views 17 Comments

…And why their tech confusion means there is no logic in how they price its shares.

# read-mes - Sunday 22 December, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Drop the goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy
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Damien Kiberd: Drop the goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy

Dec 22nd 2013, 8:30 AM 47 Views 49 Comments

Job figure increases are welcome – but Government needs to be bolshy to grab the three things it needs for proper growth.

# read-mes - Sunday 15 December, 2013

Damien Kiberd: We recover part of our sovereignty - but banks still losing their senses
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Damien Kiberd: We recover part of our sovereignty - but banks still losing their senses

Dec 15th 2013, 8:30 AM 72 Views 22 Comments

The target borrower for banks is often a high net worth individual living overseas: ordinary owner-occupiers can go and whistle.

# read-mes - Thursday 12 December, 2013

Column: Michael O'Leary turned Santa because he had to
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Column: Michael O'Leary turned Santa because he had to

Dec 12th 2013, 1:00 PM 49 Views 60 Comments

Ryanair customers feeling the love – because social media has the power to make or break the business.

# read-mes - Tuesday 10 December, 2013

Column: The equality struggle didn’t end with Mandela’s prison release, it must continue
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Column: The equality struggle didn’t end with Mandela’s prison release, it must continue

Dec 10th 2013, 11:30 AM 53 Views 49 Comments

Mandela did not topple white rule single-handedly – nor did he ever claim to, writes David Cronin, who says that while he retains a deep admiration for Mandela, he did turn his back on some of his beliefs.

# read-mes - Sunday 8 December, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Forbes has Ireland all wrong
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Damien Kiberd: Forbes has Ireland all wrong

Dec 8th 2013, 8:30 AM 41 Views 58 Comments

Ireland Inc. got the thumbs-up as the best place to do business. The glossy magazine headline hides a less attractive truth about tax, unemployment and Stalinist powers.

# read-mes - Sunday 1 December, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Reasons to be cheerful? Maybe - but cautious too
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Damien Kiberd: Reasons to be cheerful? Maybe - but cautious too

Dec 1st 2013, 8:30 AM 12 Views 16 Comments

Should we be optimistic or pessimistic? Doing the hokey cokey or pleading poverty at the back door of the Bundesbank?

# read-mes - Thursday 28 November, 2013

Column: Calling time on multinational imperialism
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Column: Calling time on multinational imperialism

Nov 28th 2013, 8:30 PM 65 Views 31 Comments

With employment figures finally on the up and job announcements by the likes of Microsoft making the headlines, it is time to start cheerleading our thriving start-up sector, writes Paul Allen.

# read-mes - Sunday 24 November, 2013

Damien Kiberd: 'Top-up' payments part of a game whose rules need to change
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Damien Kiberd: 'Top-up' payments part of a game whose rules need to change

Nov 24th 2013, 8:30 AM 13 Views 27 Comments

“The model of social partnership promoted since 1987 relies for its internal cohesion on permitting people at various levels within the system to milk that system for their own benefit.”

# read-mes - Friday 22 November, 2013

Nick Leeson: Positive talk sounds hollow in the corridors of power
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Nick Leeson: Positive talk sounds hollow in the corridors of power

Nov 22nd 2013, 7:00 AM 18 Views 22 Comments

Talking up the state of the economy got us into this mess in the first place – but things are not looking up for the average man and woman.

# read-mes - Sunday 17 November, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Why we need to deliver an Irish version of the NHS
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Damien Kiberd: Why we need to deliver an Irish version of the NHS

Nov 17th 2013, 8:30 AM 26 Views 67 Comments

Two million Irish people pay for private health cover out of fear of our public system – but both are broken. Here’s what we COULD do…

# read-mes - Thursday 7 November, 2013

Column: 'Facts invalidate Emer Costello's anecdotes about Gaza'
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Column: 'Facts invalidate Emer Costello's anecdotes about Gaza'

Nov 7th 2013, 11:56 AM 30 Views 105 Comments

Israeli ambassador to Ireland responds to Irish MEP’s statements about Israeli policy.

# read-mes - Sunday 3 November, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Jihad against Junior Cert is bizarre
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Damien Kiberd: Jihad against Junior Cert is bizarre

Nov 3rd 2013, 8:30 AM 81 Views 87 Comments

Rather than tackle these rather basic issues of numeracy and literacy, we are meddling with exam systems which may not be a problem at all.

# read-mes - Sunday 27 October, 2013

Damien Kiberd: If Enda wants cash from his EU mates, he needs to stop ticking the boxes
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Damien Kiberd: If Enda wants cash from his EU mates, he needs to stop ticking the boxes

Oct 27th 2013, 8:30 AM 21 Views 66 Comments

Taoiseach Kenny wrote a letter to 26 EU heads about their 2012 “commitment” to give Ireland special treatment – but they don’t care for wimpish reminders.

# read-mes - Saturday 26 October, 2013

Phil Prendergast: As a mother, I felt physically sick over Roma children mistakes
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Phil Prendergast: As a mother, I felt physically sick over Roma children mistakes

Oct 26th 2013, 4:30 PM 61 Views 124 Comments

“Of course this is unlikely to happen to an Irish family – we are not subjected to the odious stereotypes that the Roma community are forced to endure,” writes the MEP for Ireland South.

# read-mes - Sunday 20 October, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Health is not just Angola, it’s the original Heart of Darkness
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Damien Kiberd: Health is not just Angola, it’s the original Heart of Darkness

Oct 20th 2013, 8:45 AM 26 Views 40 Comments

What’s to become of the very sick who can’t afford insurance cover and who don’t qualify for medical cards? Does anyone – including Reilly – know?

# read-mes - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Budget 2014 arithmetic not just iffy - it's scary
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Damien Kiberd: Budget 2014 arithmetic not just iffy - it's scary

Oct 16th 2013, 7:00 AM 15 Views 73 Comments

The figures are extraordinarily precise, writes TheJournal.ie columnist Damien Kiberd – as imaginary numbers often neatly are.

# read-mes - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Austerity economics have us locked in Permaslump
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Damien Kiberd: Austerity economics have us locked in Permaslump

Oct 8th 2013, 10:58 PM 65 Views 66 Comments

“Families want to exit their own micro-bailouts too,” writes new TheJournal.ie columnist Damien Kiberd.

# read-mes - Sunday 29 September, 2013

Column: RTÉ's future plans are missing one vital ingredient: you.
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Column: RTÉ's future plans are missing one vital ingredient: you.

Sep 29th 2013, 8:30 AM 66 Views 51 Comments

The public service broadcaster’s just-published five-year strategy is not short on ambition, but it may point towards an organisation more ready to forge commercial partnerships than embrace its public, writes Mark Cullinane.

# read-mes - Saturday 28 September, 2013

Declan Ganley: "Fewer politicians" is not an argument for getting rid of Seanad
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Declan Ganley: "Fewer politicians" is not an argument for getting rid of Seanad

Sep 28th 2013, 10:01 AM 51 Views 38 Comments

“The constitution did not make it a retirement home for failed politicians and a creche for aspiring ones – the political class did.”

Richard Bruton: Scrap the political creche and convalescent home that is the Seanad
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Richard Bruton: Scrap the political creche and convalescent home that is the Seanad

Sep 28th 2013, 10:00 AM 40 Views 45 Comments

Fine Gael’s Director of Elections for the Seanad Referendum on why he believes “undemocratic institution” has no place in modern Ireland.

Aaron McKenna: The 9% VAT rate proves it - lowering taxes creates jobs
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Aaron McKenna: The 9% VAT rate proves it - lowering taxes creates jobs

Sep 28th 2013, 8:00 AM 4,369 Views 76 Comments

“It is disingenuous of government to claim that it was a temporary measure… and getting rid of it is a kick in the head to anyone who has invested in the hospitality industry.”

# read-mes - Friday 27 September, 2013

Column: What exactly does a senator do in a day?
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Column: What exactly does a senator do in a day?

Sep 27th 2013, 9:35 PM 969 Views 62 Comments

Professor John Crown, independent senator, answers the question with a timeline of a typical day in the life for him.

Column: What does the climate change report mean for Ireland?
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Column: What does the climate change report mean for Ireland?

Sep 27th 2013, 7:45 PM 301 Views 89 Comments

The nation may face major economic and demographic upheaval unless steps are taken now on climate change, writes Professor John Sweeney.

# read-mes - Friday 20 September, 2013

Nick Leeson: In debt? Don't panic.
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Nick Leeson: In debt? Don't panic.

Sep 20th 2013, 8:00 PM 204 Views 22 Comments

The former trader’s new book tries to help people tackles debt and find a path through the stress and complexities of dealing with financial institutions.

# read-mes - Monday 26 August, 2013

Column: Is it time to stop bashing Bertie?
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Column: Is it time to stop bashing Bertie?

Aug 26th 2013, 1:00 PM 81 Views 272 Comments

Serious question, writes Paul Allen. If we do not learn from our mistakes and more readily embrace the knowledge of those that have made them, we will always be prone to repeating the errors of the past.

# read-mes - Sunday 18 August, 2013

Column: Why are we making citizenship difficult for those who are entitled to it?
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Column: Why are we making citizenship difficult for those who are entitled to it?

Aug 18th 2013, 8:30 AM 2,887 Views 170 Comments

If someone is willing to contribute to Irish society why do we put barriers in their way? asks Dr Matt Cannon.

# read-mes - Friday 16 August, 2013

Column: Why is Guantanamo Bay still open?
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Column: Why is Guantanamo Bay still open?

Aug 16th 2013, 7:00 AM 32 Views 61 Comments

Detainees eligible for release from Guantanamo Bay are caught in limbo: the US won’t accept them and foreign countries are reluctant to take in refugees who have been incarcerated with terrorists, writes Scott Fitzsimmons.