The Garda does not have a full and honest picture of violence against women in the home because it is ignoring and closing off cases by the thousand.  Photograph: Getty Images No room for complacency over Sinn Féin in government

There has been little or no consideration of how the party is controlled and by whom

Lego is an example of how capital in Denmark, unlike in the Republic, is rooted in locality, family and society. Photograph: iStock 6:31 Fintan O’Toole: Ireland would not be viable without 10 big US corporations

Without revenue from multinationals the State would face radically different choices

Reopening economies have pushed up energy prices, where supply problems – notably in the gas market – have also been a big facto Photograph: iStock Inflation is back with a bang but how long will it stick around?

Cliff Taylor: There are several reasons to be nervous about the outlook

Reopening economies have pushed up energy prices, where supply problems – notably in the gas market – have also been a big facto Photograph: iStock Schools are facing intolerable strain and a reckoning is coming

Politicians take for granted gargantuan pandemic efforts teachers are making

A computer-generated view of a build-to-rent apartment scheme for Milltown Park, Sandford Road, Dublin 6, approved by An Bord Pleanála in spite of more than 165 objections Social contract at heart of planning process is broken

Successive ministers have left us with a mockery of the usual democratic process

For much of its existence the State – though politically stable – was not good at building a society of comfort or warmth, of opportunity or equality for many of its citizens. Photograph: Getty Images Pat Leahy: The State is neither failed nor perfect: it is a work in progress

Recent decades have been dizzying and change mostly for the better, we’re going in the right direction

For much of its existence the State – though politically stable – was not good at building a society of comfort or warmth, of opportunity or equality for many of its citizens. Photograph: Getty Images 6:21 Here’s what women don’t want to happen after the murder of Ashling Murphy

Jennifer O'Connell: ‘Stop giving us advice on how to stay safe. Stop glamourising violent men’

Flowers and messages left near the location in Tullamore, Co Offaly, where Ashling Murphy was killed on Wednesday after she was attacked while jogging. Photograph: Dominic McGrath/PA Wire Femicide is not due to bad men ‘acting alone’

Seeing wider patterns could inform policy actions required to tackle issue

Sculptor Aidan Harte with his bronze statue of the Púca Diarmaid Ferriter: Have we really got to stage where the auld Púca must be cancelled?

‘Sinister’ sculpture of pagan mythological figure will now not be erected in Clare town

Sculptor Aidan Harte with his bronze statue of the Púca Stephen Collins: NI protocol may be weaponised again as Boris Johnson clings to power

The prime minister’s fate now lies in the hands of senior civil servant Sue Gray

Novak Djokovic does not have to be a role model. It is not his job to be a public health ambassador. Photograph: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images 5:17 Finn McRedmond: We don’t need our athletes to be thought leaders

Whatever Novak Djokovic thinks of the Covid vaccine is really irrelevant

Everything we know about Boris Johnson indicates he will sit tight. File photograph:  Getty 5:18 Newton Emerson: Boris Johnson’s fate and politics of the union

In Northern Ireland the Prime Minister’s destiny is seen in the context of Brexit in particular

Everything we know about Boris Johnson indicates he will sit tight. File photograph:  Getty 5:01 How did Ireland run out of electricity?

State must focus on energy security and decarbonisation as two go hand in hand

Some people have argued that there are pragmatic reasons why mandatory Covid-19 vaccination may not be advisable, at least in Ireland where more than 90% of adults are already vaccinated. File photograph: Getty Mandatory vaccination not the same as compulsory

As individuals we don’t only have rights, but also responsibilities towards others in society

Members of the public queue outside the Covid vaccination centre at Richmond Barracks in Inchicore, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins 4:46 Michael McDowell: Covid controls should err on side of keeping society open

Political debate must shift from point-scoring and wisdom after the event

Members of the public queue outside the Covid vaccination centre at Richmond Barracks in Inchicore, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Our desire for home ownership is no post-Famine neurosis

It is a logical response to our socio-economic model

'Sinn Féin has moved into the political mainstream in that prospective voters expect it to deliver on big, key issues.' File photograph: Alan Betson Kathy Sheridan: Will the real Sinn Féin please stand up?

Party members cannot continue to deny legitimacy of the State SF is expected to govern

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell. Photograph: Alan Betson 4:23 Will new Dublin archbishop take interfaith dialogue seriously?

The pope’s enlightened approach has sadly yet to take root in Irish Catholicism

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell. Photograph: Alan Betson Fintan O’Toole: Ireland is now demonstrably less politically corrupt than England

Pandemic test of Irish political culture finds it more honest than 20 years ago

Many women quietly shouldered the burden of trauma or injury caused by violence and loss throughout their lives. Photograph: Walshe/Getty Images To remember the Civil War, we must recall violence against women

Crimes of gender-based and sexual violence must never be let happen again

When money loses its value: The  danger of high inflation is insecurity and a breakdown in the social order, as happened in Germany in the 1930s and several Latin American and African countries since. 5:27 Inflation in 2022: Temporary or a cause for serious concern?

Wage growth pressures have put ECB on guard against price hikes in excess of 2%

When money loses its value: The  danger of high inflation is insecurity and a breakdown in the social order, as happened in Germany in the 1930s and several Latin American and African countries since. 6:39 New future taking shape as a result of cross-Border co-operation

Practical work on the ground often trumps wider political considerations

CivilServicepic 5:57 Una Mullally: It's time to challenge the institutionally stagnant Civil Service

State employer gives cosy jobs for life, is a sexist waster of talent and can hardly fire you

Will these parallel currencies issued by private tech platforms continue to fascinate in 2022? Photograph: iStock David McWilliams: Cryptocurrency is patently not real money

The history of private money isn’t too sparkling, so why would it be any different now?

Will these parallel currencies issued by private tech platforms continue to fascinate in 2022? Photograph: iStock North’s politics take a dark turn in sectarian direction

Is Donaldson’s electoral strategy based on re-igniting sectarianism?

An Amazon employee sorts items into the waiting robots at the company’s facility on Staten Island in New York. Photograph: Chang W Lee/The New York Times Our communities will not benefit from Amazon’s working conditions

US firm is infamous for demanding a punishing pace and closely monitoring workers

Henry Street during lockdown: The more people work from home rather than returning to city centre offices, the more small city-centre enterprises will close. Photograph: Laura Hutton Cliff Taylor: Time to plan for implications of working from home

Pandemic labour trends may boost living standards, output and balanced development

Henry Street during lockdown: The more people work from home rather than returning to city centre offices, the more small city-centre enterprises will close. Photograph: Laura Hutton Macron’s ‘piss them off’ strategy claims the initiative

French president’s swipe at the unvaccinated exposes divisions to his right

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. The party  knows  that for all the talk  about a left-wing coalition after the next election the numbers may not add up for that option.  Photograph: Getty Images Is a half-embrace at a funeral a sign that Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil will cosy up together?

Inside Politics: If Mary Lou does make it to power she will have to make real-world decisions about State’s resources

Supporters of Serbia’s Novak Djokovic gather outside a government detention centre where the tennis champion is reported to be staying in Melbourne. Photograph:  Con Chronis / AFP via Getty Show trial? The only show is the one Djokovic is making of himself

Two years on, we all know a Novak Djokovic and they’re increasingly hard to take

Supporters of Serbia’s Novak Djokovic gather outside a government detention centre where the tennis champion is reported to be staying in Melbourne. Photograph:  Con Chronis / AFP via Getty 5:42 Sacrificing Ireland’s single market membership to prevent Border would be dramatic change in policy

Erosion of membership of EU single market would have grave economic consequences for Ireland

Managers in central administration responsible for monitoring efficiency and accountability are often pitted against workers struggling to deliver care and services in an under-resourced environment. HSE is severely infected by managerialism

Bloated middle-management’s use of wrong metrics skews and mismeasures healthcare

Free State army troops march into Victoria Barracks, Athlone, in February 1922, after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images Diarmaid Ferriter: Tension, tears and anger as Treaty ratified 100 years ago

Too easy to take a simplistic hero-and-villain view of those on both sides of the debate

Free State army troops march into Victoria Barracks, Athlone, in February 1922, after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images The Treaty won public support – but this could not stop the Civil War

Reflections on the Anglo-Irish Treaty 100 years after the Dáil vote

This year let’s use our feet and our voices to ensure that no woman is left behind. Photograph: iStock 4:58 On Nollaig na mBan it is time to demand action for women

Women’s equality must be at centre of change in Ireland, beginning with the Constitution

Varadkar’s off-the-mark 2020 prediction may have been based on decent evidence, but how we feel about Covid will likely matter more than anything. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw 5:08 Finn McRedmond: How do you know when a pandemic is over?

Point at which majority deems case rates acceptable may mark turning point

Varadkar’s off-the-mark 2020 prediction may have been based on decent evidence, but how we feel about Covid will likely matter more than anything. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw 5:21 Newton Emerson: Pride before fall for the blustering DUP

Collapse of Stormont would cause real damage for which party could be punished at the polls

Alcohol on sale in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Michael McDowell: Anti-alcohol law contains some utterly ridiculous legal provisions

New Irish law is an affront to common sense and might even breach single market rules

Meryl Streep as president Janie Orlean in Don’t Look Up. Photograph:  Niko Tavernise / Netflix © 2021 Kathy Sheridan: Don’t Look Up opens odd new flank in the culture wars

Those who didn’t think the film was great were assumed to have missed the point by many who did

Meryl Streep as president Janie Orlean in Don’t Look Up. Photograph:  Niko Tavernise / Netflix © 2021 6:46 Ireland needs to reflect on the lessons from Covid-19 to prepare for the next pandemic

We were lucky with coronavirus as the Spanish flu caused the deaths of 50 million whereas Covid-19 has killed about 5.4 million

If one line from Paul, identified as referring to homosexual relations, is made into the key insight into the God proclaimed in the New Testament, what method is being used? Presbyterian Church must not lose sight of Jesus’s core message

Christian message of love and non-discriminatory support for human rights go together

O’Devaney Gardens flats: in a report from November last, there is even a literal replacement of bad flats by good apartments. We have ‘the proposed development of more than 1,000 apartments’ on the site of the former ‘O’Devaney Gardens flats’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Fintan O’Toole: When and why did ‘flats’ become ‘apartments’ in Ireland?

When words are being manipulated, something is being obscured. In this case, it is the loss of a sense of community

O’Devaney Gardens flats: in a report from November last, there is even a literal replacement of bad flats by good apartments. We have ‘the proposed development of more than 1,000 apartments’ on the site of the former ‘O’Devaney Gardens flats’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 4:44 Country strolls under threat of poorly signalled development plans

Sunday walkers taken unawares by bulldozers for vast, hideous building schemes

Over two-thirds of our alcohol is consumed at home. This is largely driven by easy access to very cheap alcohol in supermarkets and convenience shops. 3:46 Alcohol price controls will boost health, help hospitals and save lives

Cost of alcohol across healthcare, crime and social protection may be €3.7bn a year

Michael Collins leaves a Requiem service held at Portobello Barracks, August 1922. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty The Irish State has had unimaginable success in its first century

Yes, we have problems, but the UN ranks our quality of life as the second highest on Earth