The three pillars of Irish politics – the Church-State alliance, party tribalism and clientelism – are crumbling
Finatan O'Toole columns
Census finds Ireland’s Polish community is getting smaller – why are Poles returning home?
What would Irish politics really look like if a clever and magnetic leader were to emerge from the far right?
Jennifer O’Connell: By 2022, the ranks of the dawn commuter had swelled to close to 205,000. But there’s more to those numbers than tales of commuting hell
Sinn Féin has abandoned both anti-capitalism and the principle of making Northern Ireland unworkable, adopting economic policies that are not much to the left of the Republic’s mainstream
Fintan O’Toole: The centenarian embodies, perhaps more than anyone else, the failure of the United States to learn the moral lessons of the 20th century’s most catastrophic depravities
Referring to children subjected to extreme bullying by their peers as men and women helps us to keep at bay the knowledge that our children inflict violence on other children all the time
But it’s not quite that simple. Irish nationalists know that economic self-interest doesn’t determine our political actions and identities
The difference between what I would write on a subject and what ChatGPT concocts is that I have an opinion and the bot doesn’t
Letting the market decide has been a colossal failure – the Irish economy, left to itself, cannot and will not match capital investment to human needs for shelter and security
Fintan O’Toole: King Charles’s coronation is £100m worth of retro wrapping paper surrounding a much diminished object
The problem is that this show is a giant signifier with very little left to signify
Association’s achievement in severing links that bind Irish local and national identities to notions of racial superiority being undermined
For an island with a maritime territory seven times its landmass, if development of the offshore wind sector is our moonshot, the entire political system obviously needs a rocket under it
Ireland can entice multinational corporations. It can’t entice equitable and available housing, an end to child poverty, coherent planning or a functioning health service
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE...
Inquests into the nightclub fire that led to the deaths of 48 people
A project examining attitudes about the future of Ireland
Weddings, Births, Deaths and other family notices