Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s murder and media irresponsibility
In the year preceding the Frenchwoman's killing in west Cork, Sam Smyth covered OJ Simpson's trial in similar circumstances of media frenzy and failure by the authorities to secure any murder conviction. The latest interview of Ian Bailey by Sinéad O'Connor rekindles his unease at the way journalists have repeatedly approached the case.
24th Jul, 2021 - 9 min read
The wreckage of the past: Sinn Féin, the old brigade and the uneasy accommodation with the truth
Sinn Féin and its associates are among those who will never tell the full truth about the Troubles. As they come close to power in the south, this will reveal some uncomfortable realities, writes Tommie Gorman.
24th Jul, 2021 - 6 min read
“Good faith” and the Beacon: racing a Ferrari is different to running a hospital
The unthinking way Beacon chief executive Michael Cullen doled out state-owned vaccines to private school teachers raises questions for its board. While the scandal is different from the one that played out at Davy, the discrepancy between actions and consequences is glaring.
23rd Jul, 2021 - 6 min read
Improbable, but certainly not impossible: What if the corporation tax take was about to increase?
Some columns are exercises in whataboutery. This column is an exercise in whatifery. Corporation tax receipts here are supposed to fall in the coming years. What if they rise?
22nd Jul, 2021 - 5 min read
Delete your investing apps. Convenience and investing do not mix
Everyone wants to be the hero of their own stories. They want to take action, make canny moves, avoid danger, seize opportunities. This urge gets stronger the more time people spend thinking and reading about investing. But it gets people in trouble.
21st Jul, 2021 - 3 min read
A rocketeer’s take on the new space race
Polarising, overpriced and ultimately boring: A view of the billionaire space race from someone immersed in space launches, satellites, space law, space venture capital, space financing, space ethics and general space shenanigans.
20th Jul, 2021 - 11 min read
Northern Ireland confronts its past: discomforting truths about the peace process in a world of mirrors and shards of glass
Brandon Lewis's plan for an amnesty on Troubles-related crimes may force us to look at our own flaws and contradictions on legacy issues, writes Tommie Gorman