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Feel no pity for Theresa May. She has been the worst prime minister in recent history

Spare me the inevitable pity for Theresa May after her tearful farewell address this morning. “Oh wasn’t she given such a terrible hand!” people might cry – or “is it her fault that her backbenchers are such a bunch of Neanderthal extremists?” some will say and “it’s not her ...

today 12:29 open_in_new
Ireland’s climate revolution must start with transport

The climate crisis has gained unprecedented prominence in Irish politics, media and society in recent months. This is not before time, but better late than never. Ireland is at a critical juncture in developing a response to climate change and transitioning to a low-carbon economy.

The way ...

today 05:08 open_in_new
Redress for abuse victims now a bargaining chip in Stormont talks

Imagine how it must feel to be told that the payment of a token of compensation for the destruction of your childhood by cruelty and neglect is less important than, say, the establishment of a commission for livestock and meat, or the implementation of a law concerning the sale of alcohol at a ...

today 00:56 open_in_new
The European elections are your chance to stand up for what you believe in

This week Europeans will take to the polls in the largest transnational democratic exercise anywhere in the world. Some 427 million people in 28 countries will be voting for the members of the European Parliament that will represent them. In doing so, they will also be determining the direction ...

yesterday 01:49 open_in_new
LGBT+ people should not have to live in fear

Ireland’s journey towards equality includes the recent passage of the marriage equality referendum, and the introduction of legal gender recognition for trans people in 2015. LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and other) people are increasingly represented among the nation’s public ...

yesterday 00:46 open_in_new
The Irish Times view on the European elections: high stakes – and a clear choice

In the coming days, in the second largest democratic exercise in the world (after India’s election), voters across the European Union will select 751 members of the European Parliament for a five-year term. For the estimated 374 million people who are old enough to vote, including more than ...

yesterday 00:46 open_in_new
Netherlands did not sleepwalk into legalising cannabis

While Ireland struggles with the idea of legalising medicinal cannabis, in the Netherlands, where marijuana is freely available for personal use, a small but vocal lobby is advocating the legalisation of other drugs as well, including cocaine, ecstacy, amphetamines, and even heroin.

That ...

2019-05-22 03:31 open_in_new
The Irish Times view on cannabis: a debate long overdue

The controversy over cannabis, which has been re-ignited this week by the warnings from senior doctors about its dangers, is really several debates in one. But as the doctors in the Cannabis Risk Alliance pointed out, the boundaries between these debates – on the recreational versus medicinal ...

2019-05-22 02:28 open_in_new
Trying to get out of the Orbán swamp

There is absolutely no reason why Hungary should be among the key countries to watch during the coming European elections. Its population is 1.92 percent of Europe’s and its economic contribution to the EU’s GDP is just 0.8 percent.

The only thing lifting Hungary from its marginality ...

2019-05-21 18:04 open_in_new
The right wing tail will wag the liberal dog

The European elections in Estonia follow closely on national elections which were held in March this year. These were won by two ostensibly liberal parties, both members of the ALDE political family. The liberalism of both is less than spotless, but their European credentials have been, by ...

2019-05-21 15:58 open_in_new
Europe votes: Trying to get out of the Orbán swamp

There is absolutely no reason why Hungary should be among the key countries to watch during the coming European elections. Its population is 1.92 percent of Europe’s and its economic contribution to the EU’s GDP is just 0.8 percent.

The only thing lifting Hungary from its marginality ...

2019-05-21 15:58 open_in_new
Trying to get out the Orbán swamp

There is absolutely no reason why Hungary should be among the key countries to watch during the coming European elections. Its population is 1.92 percent of Europe’s and its economic contribution to the EU’s GDP is just 0.8 percent.

The only thing lifting Hungary from its marginality ...

2019-05-21 13:52 open_in_new
A duel whose nature is typical of Europe itself

In the mountain village where I go to get away from the city, the bus turns back at the tavern, where the road ends. In the winter, sunlight is blocked by the high, steep hills above the village. At times it seems that this place is not just secluded from the city, but from Europe ...

2019-05-21 13:52 open_in_new
Europe votes: The view from Hungary

There is absolutely no reason why Hungary should be among the key countries to watch during the coming European elections. Its population is 1.92 percent of Europe’s and its economic contribution to the EU’s GDP is just 0.8 percent.

The only thing lifting Hungary from its marginality ...

2019-05-21 12:49 open_in_new
Objective of referendum is not to support marriage, but to liberalise divorce

Many people are asking what exactly are we being asked to vote on in the constitutional referendum on divorce this Friday. People are looking for clarity and direction. A key aspect of the mission of the church is to spiritually and pastorally support marriage with the greatest of compassion. In ...

2019-05-21 03:22 open_in_new
The Irish Times view on the climate crisis: momentum for real action

At last, there is tangible indication that if Irish citizens shout enough about the threat of climate breakdown, politicians will listen. Equally, it shows a non-violent global movement can sometimes hold sway over the grip of big corporations; notably in this case the fossil fuel industry. For ...

2019-05-21 02:19 open_in_new
The Irish Times view on Austria’s coalition collapse: Kurz’s big gamble

Less than two years after it came to power on an anti-corruption platform decrying the supposedly rotten elite that ran Austria, the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) is reeling from the resignation of its leader after an apparent sting in which he promised government contracts for campaign ...

2019-05-21 02:19 open_in_new
Many people helped to draw ‘the map of an Irish hell’

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the publication of the report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse.

The Irish Times described the report as “the map of an Irish hell” and cautioned readers to remember that “alongside the warmth and intimacy, the kindness and generosity ...

2019-05-20 04:16 open_in_new
Make sure your vote counts for Irish charities

On Friday we will be voting to elect representatives to both the European Parliament and local government.

In recent weeks, as prospective candidates have been having conversations on doorsteps across the country, they have heard about the biggest issues they will need to address in their ...

2019-05-20 03:13 open_in_new
Irish Times view on Romania-Brussels standoff: Rights and responsibilities

When EU leaders met this month in Sibiu, Romania, to cast the future of a post-Brexit EU in as positive light as possible, there was a subtext to the agenda for not a few of them about a union of responsibilities as well as of rights.

The Dutch in particular articulated the need to ...

2019-05-20 02:10 open_in_new
The Irish Times view on the new oral health policy: Filling the gaps

A new national oral health policy has set out the future of dental care in Ireland. It promises free treatment for all children up to the age of 16, but abolishes school intervention teams. The policy focuses on prevention, on screening and on building links between oral and general health ...

2019-05-20 02:10 open_in_new