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The Elysian Tower in Cork in many ways symbolises the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger and now, potentially, the developers behind the landmark project.

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Law and disorder: Public service chaos is managerial and political

BRIAN Purcell has taken a bullet for the State twice in his career. Once, when he was near the bottom of the pile, as a young official in the Department of Social Welfare, he refused payment to an applicant for the dole. That claimant was the notorious Dublin gangster, The General. Purcell was kneecapped for his troubles.

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Workplace conflict: Can we talk about it?By Rita de Brun

Fashion & Beauty

Product watch: the best “no makeup” makeupBy Rachel Marie Walsh

Food & Drink

One list, five meals: Potato Pancakes with Sour Cream and Rough Tomato SalsaBy Michelle Darmody

Health & Life

The sleep diet: Can cooler bedrooms improve metabolism?By Gretchen Reynolds

Home & Interiors

Vintage view: The dining room sideboardBy Kya deLongchamps

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Beara essentials in CastletownbereBy Eoin English

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Getting to the nature of art at the GlucksmanBy Colette Sheridan

Outdoors

Caterpillar master of camouflageBy Dick Warner