Irish soccer is the winner as Premier League loses its way

Tomorrow, between 30,000 and 35,000 fans are expected to be at the FAI Cup final in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. Even without Shamrock Rovers, the league champions, it should be quite the afternoon of soccer in the city, in a league where the standard of the game is...

Stop hiding behind faux arguments when objecting to new homes

The solution to too few homes is more homes. The solution to far too few homes is lots more homes. You might think this is obvious. It is. Yet objections to new building abound and are coming from several quarters, including a quite unscientific movement which argues...

What happens to a country when its money dies?

The road from Beirut to the Roman ruins at Baalbek takes you on the main highway to Damascus, the same route the occupying Syrian army rumbled along, east to west, throughout their 20-year occupation during Lebanon’s civil war. With a certain cruel symmetry, it is the...

We can do climate action our way, or the Norway way

Fossil fuels are the slave trade of the 21st century, and these companies defiling the planet will be ostracised over the next 30 years. We will make this change, without doubt. Supporting the burning of fossil fuels will soon become a mark of shame and derision....
Wages will rise and profits will fall amid the Great Resignation

Wages will rise and profits will fall amid the Great Resignation

One impact of the Black Death in the mid-14th century was an upsurge in the international slave trade. The collapse in Europe’s population caused by the plague led to a massive labour shortage. Slaves were the solution. Italy, being the centre of the European economy,...