COMMENT/ANALYSIS - IRISH EXAMINER

The party’s over as time is called on notions of nationhood

HE burst out onto Edinburgh’s Royal Mile from a side street after the results swung against separation, and channelling the words of that little-known unionist Amy Winehouse, loudly sang: "They tried to make me leave the UK, I said: No! No! No!"

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How the world reacted to the Scottish referendum result

Scotland’s decision to remain in the United Kingdom has reverberated across the world. Here is a round-up of that reaction.

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Michael Noonan: The priority is to turn the recovery into jobs.

Figures set Coalition sailing into election sunset

With the economy back on track, the prospect of two easier budgets in the 18-month run-in to the next election has increased the chances of the current Coalition seeing out its full term, and even securing a second one, writes Political Editor Mary Regan

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Alan Kelly: The environment minister appears intent on tackling the housing crisis.

Will Alan Kelly be the hero of affordable housing?

Alan Kelly is proposing forcing developers to hand over 10% of new developments for social and affordable housing. He better be prepared for very stiff resistance, writes Michael Clifford

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Yes supporters gather in George Square, Glasgow, ahead of the Scottish independence referendum which takes place today. Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

SCOTLAND DECIDES: ‘This is our first chance in 300 years to be ourselves’

"I’m swithering," said a woman outside the parliament building in Edinburgh as she used a local term for swinging backwards and forwards without being able to make a decision to explain where she stood as Scotland’s future hung precariously in the balance.

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People watch the waves batter into the sea wall of a marina in Brighton, Southern England

We must embrace climate for real change

When world leaders, including the Taoiseach, meet at the UN Climate Summit, they have a chance to make a real difference. Right now, it’s as if we are falling from a skyscraper muttering ‘so far so good’, writes Éamonn Meehan, executive director of Trócaire

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Micheál Martin: Advocates returning to the progressive policies of de Valera and Lemass without explaining what exactly those policies are.

Nowhere left to turn - Martin says no coalition with Fine Gael or Sinn Fein

Fianna Fáil under the leadership of Micheál Martin has not captured the public imagination with any distinctive policy programme, either right or left, writes Gary Murphy

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Scotland Decides: Och aye, the 'noo' — or Armageddon?

The edge of the union is an angry place to be. With less than 12 hours to go before Scotland decides its destiny — forever if it breaks away, for a generation if it decides to stay — it is clear that the fault lines exposed by the referendum will sear through this country for long after the ballots are counted.

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A year of reckoning for the coalition

Throughout its term in office, the Coalition has dropped the ball, picked it back up again, made promises, then backtracked. Can they make it across the election 2015 finish line? Mary Regan reports

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Political mettle test for the education minister

The question on everybody’s lips in the education sphere will be whether Jan O’Sullivan can maintain the same kind of favourable treatment for her department’s budget as Ruairi Quinn before her, writes Education Correspondent Niall Murray

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