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MetroLink’s delay is an inexcusable failure of government planning

A metro could both improve Dubliners’ qualities of life and help Ireland reach their climate action goals, its implementation should be a priority of the government

Irish media has in recent weeks been awash with expressions of anger and disappointment following the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) recent announcement that construction of Dublin’s underground rail line MetroLink (along with a raft of other transport infrastructure improvements) would


Sunday Longread: Local government in Dublin is in dire need of overhaul

Recent controversy over Owen Keegan’s conduct has made clear the need for the democratisation of Dublin City Council

Following years of unpopular policies and an almost impressive list of controversies, it is no surprise that Dublin City Council chief executive officer Owen Keegan’s recent “sarcastic” claim that students’ unions should become housing developers has once again led to


The government killed our clubs, not Covid

Outdated and moralistic government policy is to blame for most of the problems faced by Irish nightlife, not Covid-19.

Nightclubs, pubs, bars and other late-night businesses were rightly among the first places to be closed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is no doubt that they have suffered financially from a particularly extended period of lockdown.


Now is the time to prepare for a referendum on Irish unity

With recent polls suggesting growing support for a united Ireland, it would reckless not to prepare and plan for a border poll in the near future

After a century of partition, the prospect of a reunified Ireland has often appeared elusive.  A variety of factors including (but not limited to) gradual demographic change, the chaos of Brexit, and the electoral success of Sinn Féin on both


Ireland has a duty to provide refuge to those fleeing Afghanistan

Given Ireland’s privilege and unique role in the Afghan war, Ireland must do more to help those fleeing Afghanistan.

The sudden nature of the recent US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the accompanying success of the Taliban have left many Afghans, who fear the oppressive religious conservatism and violent brutality of the incoming regime, scrambling to find a route out

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Zappone appointment reveals deep-seated hostility toward transparency in Leinster House

With this event, the government has shown that neither honesty nor fairness is a priority.

At the height of the most severe health and housing crises in the state’s history, one might be surprised to find that the topic presently dominating political discourse in Ireland is the attempted appointment of former minister Katherine Zappone as


An “outdoor summer” is meaningless without access to public spaces

The combination of over-policing and a lack of public facilities has made for a poor start to the government’s “outdoor summer.”

In the past week, Dublin has been decorated with new, bright posters of young people extolling the virtues of an “outdoor summer”. Yet, if the controversy during the last week has shown us anything, it is that the very idea


Irish citizens living outside of the Republic should be allowed to vote

Irish citizens living abroad are refused the right to vote in Irish elections. This needs to change.

While many nations around the world can claim to be countries of immigrants, Ireland can somewhat uniquely also claim to be one of emigrants, and on account of our unique historical relationship with migration, huge numbers of Irishmen and women


We should embrace the possibility of Scottish independence

Scottish independence could be hugely influential on the formation of a United Ireland, writes Fionnán Uíbh Eachach

Promised a “devolution revolution” by Prime Minister David Cameron following the failed 2014 Scottish independence referendum, Scotland now finds itself at the whim of a Westminster government that has little interest in hearing its concerns. Much like Ireland a century …