How Vladimir Putin outfoxed Donald Trump at Helsinki before their meeting even began

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s summit with US counterpart Donald Trump was never going to be a balanced negotiation.

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Pope’s reform agenda struck by headwinds

A new book on Pope Francis argues that, given the various crises which face the Catholic Church, what’s needed is a new blueprint, especially here in Ireland, ...

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Europe and China would be foolish to retaliate to US tariffs

Trump’s protectionism can only spiral into a trade war if other countries react rashly. If they do, they will lose out financially and will also lose the high ...

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Bob Geldof: We are setting ourselves up for self-annihilation

The greatest threat to our planet is our belief that somebody else will save it. If we do not act now, then it will be too late and our fate will be sealed, writes ...

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Even Trump will eventually face the judgment of history

He has made bold decisions, but that’s not the same as being a good leader, as his motives have been to consolidate his own power in the US, says Scott Cowen. ...

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Special report: Authorities scale new heights in €257m bid to protect Ireland’s national parks

A €257m, 10-year tourism masterplan for our national parks has been a long time coming, writes Caroline O’Doherty.

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Our national treasures are a version of us, writ large

We cherish the example of people like the late poet, Seamus Heaney, and of the boxer, Katie Taylor, and of U2, because they show us what we can become.

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Why was a priest killed in a couple’s bedroom at an unholy hour?

Sergeant Kevin Forde was awoken at 3.15am on July 6, 1985. The parish priest was knocking on his door.

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Success of French football team masks underlying tensions over race and class

The French football team has made the world cup final for the first time since 2006 – and 20 years after it won the trophy on home soil in 1998, writes Joseph ...

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The ‘stolen babies’ trial in Spain finally shines a light on a scandal that cannot be forgotten

It is June 6, 1969, and Spain is living through the final years of Franco’s dictatorship. At a clinic in Madrid, a woman gives birth to a baby girl she will ...

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Long fight over illegal adoption finally ends

TRESSA Reeves never asked for anything for herself. All she ever wanted was for her son to be told the truth of who he was, writes Conall Ó Fátharta. ...

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Cyber hit squads are damaging democracy

India’s ruling party, the BJP has cultivated an army of cyber warriors to propagate its message of Hindu chauvinism, contempt for minorities, and hyper-nationalism, ...

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EU braces for what happens when Trump meets Putin

After a fractious Nato summit earlier this week, EU leaders fear what may follow the US president meeting his Russian counterpart next week, writes Gregory Feifer

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At Tuam baby home site, justice must trump commemoration

Mary Morrissy Considering ‘memorialisation’ on equal terms with investigation will quite literally pave over the wrongdoing, writes Mary Morrissy.

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Where are all the dead pigeons?

It may not seem like one of life’s great mysteries, but a quick internet search reveals that people from across the world – London to Hong Kong, Cape ...

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Trump baby balloon: why humour is such a powerful form of protest

An inflatable “baby” Donald Trump is expected to be the star attraction in London as protestors take to the streets to register their dissatisfaction ...

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Fighting fake news is an online arms race

Disinformation — inaccuracies spread deliberately rather than in error — gathers traction particularly quickly in the US due to its unparalleled free-speech ...

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Online deviants will continue to prey on young

It only takes minutes for a child to be contacted by an online predator so it's crucial that we take more proactive steps in bringing online child sexual offenders ...

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Donald Trump driving full throttle to the point of no return for US

Trump’s tantrums as companies respond to his economic policies are dripping with contempt for the rule of law, says J Bradford DeLong.

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The science of superstition – and why people believe in the unbelievable

The number 13, black cats, breaking mirrors, or walking under ladders, may all be things you actively avoid – if you’re anything like the 25% of people ...

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End of an era for the Irish Examiner but thorough and professional journalism will continue

The ownership of the ‘Irish Examiner’ may have changed but its thorough and professional journalism, hallmarks of a free press, will continue, writes ...

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Who’s to blame for Theresa May’s meltdown – and where will it end?

When Theresa May gathered her cabinet at Chequers on July 6, it seemed she would face one of three possible outcomes, writes Robin Pettitt.

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'Ireland can make history by backing human rights in Palestine in Seanad tomorrow'

Tomorrow Frances Black’s Occupied Territories Bill 2018 will go before the Seanad for vote.

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Why roads and trains may be key to bringing peace to the Korean peninsula

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un left his historic Singapore summit with US President Donald Trump last month with a massive political victory in hand, but questions ...

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Back to the future — the return of town councils?

A Labour Party bill proposes restoration of town councils. Justin Sinnott looks at how the proposals would operate in practice.

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Is low election turnout a vote of no confidence in US democracy?

Throughout history, countries where citizens have stopped participating in the political process have generally met unfavourable ends.

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Barry Cowen sets out Fianna Fáil wish list for Budget 2019

Fianna Fáil’s public expenditure spokesman Barry Cowen has, for the first time, set out some of the priorities for his party, writes Political Correspondent ...

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Defence Forces fight a rear-guard action amid personnel crisis

The strength of the Defence Forces is about 500 less than the minimum set for trained personnel. It constitutes a crisis, writes Defence Correspondent Sean O’Riordan. ...

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Charlie Flanagan: A woman’s place, like a man’s, is where she chooses it to be

Charlie Flanagan has secured Cabinet backing for a proposal to delete Article 41.2, which deals with women in the home, from the Constitution.

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Fiona Sinnott's family: ‘We know who murdered Fiona’

After 20 years family has ‘nothing left to lose’, and are no longer afraid of naming the suspect, writes Joyce Fegan.

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Joyce Fegan: Politicians exploit our low threshold for big problems

It suits those in power when you focus on Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne’s break-up over the fact that there are 3,826 children living in a sweatbox of a hotel ...

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Did a jeweller to the stars commit India’s biggest bank fraud?

Nirav Modi didn’t seem like the kind of person who needed to rob $2bn (€1.7bn) from a bank. He’s a short man, 47 years old and losing hair, the ...

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The Church is alive and full of the love and passion of Jesus Christ: Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan

The Church must go back to basics as it finds herself in a very different place amidst an increasingly secular society, writes the the Bishop of Waterford & Lismore, ...

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Thai cave boys: the psychology of surviving underground

When 12 young footballers and their coach entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand, it was supposed to be a fun outing after football practice. But when ...

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Abortion law must accommodate the conscientious objector

Failure to address the concerns of the conscientious objector in abortion legislation will run the risk of losing GPs, says Catherine O’Donoghue.

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Before Brexit, there will be a big political crisis

It is impossible to reconcile the various border and trade permutations, and a no-deal scenario will be economically and socially catastrophic for Britain says Jacek ...

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Worrying trend as jobs are created but pay is not increasing

Wage growth is stagnant and worryingly uneven in its distribution as workers struggle to adapt to rapidly evolving world of work, says Stefano Scarpetta.

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Michael Clifford: Varadkar gaffe was to find common cause with Trump

How dare he. How dare Leo Varadkar criticise the media. Does he not realise that we in the media are above all criticism?

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Elaine Loughlin: The mask slips from carefully crafted Brand Leo

Since entering office, Leo Varadkar has worked tirelessly to maintain his public image — if only those pesky journalists would stop interfering.

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Ending America’s global war on reproductive freedom

Tlaleng Mofokeng laments the global gag rule, which means US aid is conditional on the absence of any mention of abortion in reproductive health literature.

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Gap is harder to bridge for homeless children

With the publication, today of ‘Home Works’, a study examining the impact of homelessness on children, Geraldine Scanlon and Grainne McKenna explain ...

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Governments should invest in sport to build communities

The World Cup is elite sport, but even soccer at grassroots level can unite and help youths develop positive life skills, writes Luis Alberto Moreno.

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Mexican-US standoff likely with Obrador

Similarities between the new Mexican president and US President Donald Trump are sure to plunge relations between the countries to new depths of strain, writes Jorge ...

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The Earth’s magnetic field reverses more often – now we know why

Underneath our feet, deep down in the Earth, liquid iron is producing the magnetic field that we all take for granted. But every now and then that magnetic field ...

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Even if Taylor claims are discredited, gardaí were hostile to Sgt McCabe

The tribunal’s inquiries into the veracity of former Garda press officer David Taylor’s statement that he was ordered to negatively brief reporters about ...

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Lest they forget: Quaid on a mission to help people understand dementia

‘What’s going on with Quaid?’ his friends would ask. Kevin Quaid was asking himself the same question. The answer, when it came, was devastating: ...

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Football fever can play part in political life

The passion of supporters at the World Cup in Russia provides both hope and fear for politicians whose fate can rise or fall on the performance of the team, writes ...

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Cork’s infrastructure must catch up with economic growth

Talent and housing shortages and transport congestion must be resolved if the region is to continue to attract investment, says James Winters.

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Analysis: Garda commissioner appointment ‘like Man City signing the Man Utd manager’

Two conundrums have emerged with the appointment of PSNI police chief Drew Harris as the next garda commissioner.

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From alternative facts to tender age shelters – how euphemisms become political weapons of mass distraction

The recent images of children in cages provided yet another reason to throw your head into your hands over America’s inhumane treatment of immigrants.

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