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Jennifer O&x27Connell

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What is it about RTÉ that it can’t seem to hold on to the talent?

It has been almost a year since the revelations – and this story may just ring the tiniest of bells, so bear with me – that RTÉ had been...

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The Dublin-New York Portal didn’t show us Manhattan, just our badly-behaved selves

The mild embarrassment over the Dublin-New York Portal raises the question of where Dublin City Council has been since the invention of the...

17.05.2024 70

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Bambie Thug’s quiet protest was more effective than any Eurovision boycott

As protests go, it was quieter than Sinéad O’Connor tearing up a picture of the Pope. Ireland’s Eurovision entrant Bambie Thug, who had resisted...

11.05.2024 60

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We shouldn’t import broken British rhetoric about migration

Jacob Rees-Mogg – formerly best known for his winning turn as cartoon villain of Brexit, now to be seen nightly on GB News performing in the role of...

04.05.2024 30

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What’s the right age for my daughter to get a smartphone? I asked her older siblings

Five years ago, in the unhealthy tradition of columnists who mine their children’s lives for material, I wrote about how my then 13-year-old...

27.04.2024 30

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Surge dining: Would you pay more to eat a rib-eye on a Saturday than on Tuesday?

Wendy’s is an American hamburger chain famous for fare that sounds like a Young Scientist experiment: square beef patties and “Frosty”...

21.04.2024 8

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‘No bull, no spin’: The problem with a Taoiseach who is extremely online

Simon Harris is, to use the internet parlance, extremely online. On his TikTok, where he has 98,200 followers and 1.9 million likes, he has posted 290...

14.04.2024 10

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Scotland’s hate crime law fiasco offers Ireland a playbook in how not to do it

In the first 48 hours after Scotland’s new hate crime legislation came into effect last Monday, complaints flooded in at a rate of one every 90...

07.04.2024 20

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My parents wanted to downsize, and we needed a bigger home. There was an obvious solution

Two-thirds of Irish people are rattling around in homes that are “too big for their needs”, new research has found. A report by the Economic and...

30.03.2024 20

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You’re not depressed or burnt out. But are you languishing?

You stay up late binge-watching Robbie Williams’s Netflix documentary, when you really can’t stand Robbie Williams. Or, for that matter,...

10.03.2024 20

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Women never wanted a constitutional pat on the head. What they want is a hand

If the five weeks of campaigning on the two referendums to be held on March 8th have established anything at all, it is the truth of the view stated...

25.02.2024 10

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Is the party over for influencers, with their #gifted treats and fast fashion habits?

Two apparently unconnected developments this week suggested the party may be coming to an end for influencers. The first was the news that the Revenue...

17.02.2024 10

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‘Concerned citizens’ protest about safety in their communities, yet are mute about arson

It used to be said that Americans don’t understand irony. Now that same deficiency is sweeping the Irish countryside faster than you can say...

10.02.2024 10

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Taylor Swift’s deepfake saga was a warning bell to women

A visibly uncomfortable, slightly waxen-faced Mark Zuckerberg interrupted what had been, up to that moment, some fairly robotic testimony to a US...

03.02.2024 10

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Living on Ryanair road: Would you really want your boss to be your landlord?

A few years ago, when I was working for a tech company in California, a colleague and I contrived some wheeze that got us an invitation to spend the...

28.01.2024 40

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Closing a street is a symptom of a city giving up on itself

In the past nine months I must have walked past Harbour Court lane more than 200 times. I have never walked through it, for reasons that will be...

13.01.2024 9

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Epstein is dead but misogyny is attracting a whole new generation

After all the fevered speculation, the Epstein files have been deemed a damp squib. The release of a further tranche of documents relating to a legal...

05.01.2024 10

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There is another reason Ireland can’t turn a blind eye to Gaza

This weekend, the moment each year when the western world briefly stops to celebrate children, and Christians celebrate a story about the birth of one...

23.12.2023 10

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Ireland is hostage to Rich Daddy Syndrome

A particular type of student prowled the campus in my college days. We referred to them as victims of Rich Daddy Syndrome (in the 1990s, there were...

17.12.2023 10

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Ireland is hostage to Rich Daddy Syndrome

A particular type of student prowled the campus in my college days. We referred to them as victims of Rich Daddy Syndrome (in the 1990s, there were...

17.12.2023 20

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‘Conor McGregor for President’ makes a strong argument against emigrant voting rights

A grim, unsettling year was juddering towards the finish line when it delivered what may be one of its most surreal moments so far: Conor McGregor...

10.12.2023 10

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How did we go from liberal bastion to cautionary tale about ‘Ireland-like scenarios’?

From years basking in the glow of being the best little Europeans in the class, Ireland finds itself in the unfamiliar position of having the rest of...

03.12.2023 10

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As the Luas went up in flames, so did the fantasy that Ireland is different

It was the day the illusions we hold about ourselves went up like a burning wheelie bin. It could never happen here. This is one of the safest...

25.11.2023 10

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Ryan Tubridy’s unforgivable sin wasn’t greed. It was the loss of his relatability

It’s the little things that trip you up, as Albert Reynolds famously almost said. In the case of Ryan Tubridy and RTÉ, it wasn’t a little thing,...

19.11.2023 10

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Truth about why Jason Corbett died is obscured in a maelstrom of high emotion

At the end of the eight-day sentencing hearing for Molly Martens and her father, Tom, the truth of what happened the night of Jason Corbett’s death...

11.11.2023 8

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It’s no wonder the average age of mothers in Ireland is at an all-time high

It’s hard to imagine any woman makes it to 35 these days without being able to rattle off the very long list of things that are supposed to...

05.11.2023 10

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Jennifer O’Connell: The best little country in the world in which to swim in your own sh*t

Carraroe, or an Cheathrú Rua, in South Connemara, Co Galway, is known for the coral sand of Trá an Dóilín, the rugged scenery that has attracted...

28.10.2023 10

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A legal bill and a rebuke from a judge merely stiffen Ammi Burke’s resolve

A judge sent a substantial legal bill and a firm rebuke Ammi Burke’s way this week – the courts are not your soapbox. The Castlebar solicitor has...

21.10.2023 6

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You don’t need a Nobel prize to know that work has got greedy. Time we all pushed back

You don’t have to dig very hard on the internet to find the gender pay gap conspiracists. More rational than flat-earthers, less voluble than...

15.10.2023 6

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We are sacrificing Ireland’s countryside to business and agricultural interests

We talk a lot about urban dereliction. We don’t talk nearly enough about natural dereliction, the slow sacrifice of the countryside to powerful...

07.10.2023 20

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Jennifer O’Connell: It should come as no surprise when anti-everything protests turn violent

Aisling O’Loughlin cut her presenting teeth on what was TV3′s now-defunct Xposé programme, gushing over Kim Kardashian makeover tutorials and...

23.09.2023 10

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The Birkenstock index is soaring, a measure of the anxious times we live in

During the first lockdown, some people bought campervans. Others got outdoor meat smokers. My lockdown impulse buy was a pair of black shearling...

17.09.2023 10

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There’s Elon Musk, the second most dangerous thing known to humanity

If you find yourself in the right place on the right night in August each year, the Perseid meteor shower is an awesome sight. There is something...

09.09.2023 10

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