On the sixth anniversary of Thatcher's death, a frank obituary would mark her as one of the biggest arms dealers of her time

We have always had trans people; whether by that name or social role. They have been a source of awe, fascination or fear. Held apart, lauded and sometimes hated. Whether the 'third gender' or the shaman: invested with powers, their insights sometimes sought but freque...

The coverage since this days-old conviction doesn’t give us much insight into Cardinal Pell, but it does give us a good look at how ‘mateship’ and corruption in Australia works.

As soon as the matter became public the flak machine went into overdrive, casting doubt on t...

If Eurozone members are not able to create a system of wealth transfers it is a safe bet that the future has in store another episode of deflation for Ireland, if not several.

Like Frost's The Road Not Taken, John Greenleaf Whittier instead contemplates the road most taken. 

His poem Maud Muller is most famous for containing the lines "of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these; it might have been," but reading it it i...

Many in Australia and around the world have lauded the Canadian academic Jordan B. Peterson, whose refusal to use chosen pronouns has provoked a wider debate about freedom of speech.  As a psychologist and public figure, he lends respectability to a painful debate abou...

I left Ballymun in 1998, before the billion-euro improvement plan which saw much valuable land released and the community without a shopping centre.

In the towns neighbouring Ballymun - Santry, Glasnevin and Finglas - I often cycled on wild goose chases to find some per...

A year ago I did a medical test as part of applying for permanent residency.

I went for a Government-mandated chest x-ray, HIV test and "physical examination".

I weigh 84 kilograms, measure 183cm in shoes and I bleed profusely when pricked. I also laugh when tickled, die...

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