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A view from the roof of Commercial Travellers Club building in Martin Place of the thousands of floral tributes for deceased hostages Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson on December 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images)

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TODAY'S COLUMNIST

With political parties in transition, something will come out of ‘left’ field in 2015

CHRISTMAS is traditionally when we reflect on the past 12 months and speculate about the future. What feels different about the 2014 political review/scene setter is that there is so much happening that it is difficult to make a prediction of any accuracy about next year.

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TODAY'S BUSINESS

Widening of tax probe takes heat off State

The issue of Ireland’s tax regime was not raised for the first time in a long time at the EU summit, showing that pressure to change its tax regime has lessened as a result of the EU investigation being widened to include all EU countries.

Features

Why I can’t take another Irish Christmasby Liz O’Neill

Fashion & Beauty

Tried and tested: mascara

Food & Drink

Champagne for Christmas

Diet & Fitness

Look after your curves this Christmas with this simple workoutBy Amanda Khouv

Home & Interiors

Wish List: Some festive gift ideas to brighten any home

Travel

Munich: Where you're guaranteed bier und good timesBy Jonathan deBurca Butler

Arts, Books, Films & TV

Art lovers select their favourite Crawford Gallery pieceby Alan O’Riordan

Outdoors

Nature table: What do you know about mistletoe?By Dick Warner