More to Ireland's youth than just a pack of thrill seekers

Parents and policy makers should not be frightened by the findings of The Irish Times/TNS mrbi youth poll. Young people can sometimes seem like a species apart. They seem to be happiest when furthest away from adults, hanging out with friends in open spaces, in bars, in clubs, or secluded in their bedrooms. They are, in the words of one researcher, like... Read More

Posted: 22 September 2003


What you want, baby I got. Book review. Respect: The Formation of Character in an Age of Inequality by Richard Sennett

n Respect: The Formation of Character in an Age of Inequality,  Richard Sennett explores the relation between respect and inequality. It is, he says "an experiment. It's neither a book of practical policies for the welfare state nor a full-blown autobiography". In 1946, when he was three years old, Richard Sennett moved with his mother into Cabrini Green - the notorious housing... Read More

Posted: 08 March 2003


Giant failure of leadership leaves nation aghast

A leader's job is to take the heat, hold steady, judge just how far you can push people. We waited in vain for Keane or McCarthy to show this kind of strength. We are exhausted. For the past week we have been in the grip of an emotional emergency - what Daniel Goleman calls an emotional hijack . The hallmarks are all... Read More

Posted: 29 May 2002


Optimism is the key to a prosperous new year

In his great treatise on the wealth and poverty of nations throughout history, David Landes, Emeritus Professor of Economic History in Harvard, highlighted two key determinants of economic success. One was the attitude a society takes towards science and technology. The other was the importance of a society's attitudes, beliefs and behaviours for economic performance. He singled out one in... Read More

Posted: 29 December 2001


Emotion of eulogies at funerals upsets the stressed-out Hierarchy

Over the last few years, like many other people, I have attended a number of funerals and listened to heartfelt eulogies; from a father about to bury his 18-year-old son; from a half-weeping/half-laughing woman recalling her mother; from a sister paying tribute to a brother who was her inseparable companion in childhood; to a gay man saying a passionate goodbye... Read More

Posted: 01 April 2000


Broken people. Book Review. Suffer the Little Children: The Inside Story of Ireland's Industrial Schools. By Mary Raftery and Eoin O'Sullivan.

Baltimore, West Cork: Sunny summers, sailing, excellent food. For some Irish people, however, "Baltimore" means a train journey made during the second World War: "We got the train down and the journey took most of the day. It was getting dark when we arrived (there was a station platform in the Baltimore school grounds), but there was still enough light to... Read More

Posted: 11 December 1999