Stephen Kinsella on Budget 2024: Moving from “how much” to “what for”
The chance to be transformative for the nation is rare for any individual or group. Ministers for finance get a go at it every year. This may be the last budget that can be ambitious in structural terms for some time to come and it is too good a chance to waste.
Kate Demolder: Russell Brand did not hide who he was. We just never believed him
Brand's calcified persona was met with appreciation by men and global systems, most notably after the third wave of feminism in the 1990s – almost as if his presence alone told women that they should be nothing more than quiet, f**kable, and willing to do what they were told.
Tommie Gorman: Death of a salesman and how Ireland’s great artistic women are finally finding their place in the National Gallery
The town of Sligo lost one of Ireland’s great traders recently. His seven-decade career covered the era of the mighty transatlantic liners to the first credit card used in his shop. And on Dublin, women occupy an artistic pantheon, not a year too soon.
Sinead O’Sullivan: What a trip to Sardinia taught me about wealth
The Polaroid photos of my trip to Sardinia with the mountains, the beaches, and my friends are pinned next to my desk, just to remind me that in moving back to Europe, I became the equivalent of an American billionaire seemingly overnight.
Nitrates, slurry and the quest for renewable energy
Farmers and politicians are flocking to this week’s Ploughing in an atmosphere of distrust after the nitrates derogation was repealed. The missed opportunity to turn excess farm waste into biogas illustrates poor joined-up thinking in national policy.