COMMENT/ANALYSIS - IRISH EXAMINER

Cannabis: We need policies that help, not harm

IS THERE a person out there who won’t join in Cork mother Vera Twomey’s joy following news that medicinal cannabis could soon be legal in Ireland, asks Clodagh Finn 

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Men will have a vote so why not a place in the 8th Amendment?

Democratic and informed debate is predicated on all sides and all viewpoints being able to make their point freely and that is why Fathers4Justice have launched a campaign calling for the Eighth Amendment to be changed to reflect what they view as the unrecognised rights of fathers in the constitution, argues the group's International Campaign Co-Ordinator, Nadine O'Connor. 

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Fine Gael feel the pain again as water torture returns

Oh what a mess. The nightmare of water charges is back to haunt Fine Gael and those in Government, writes Juno McEnroe

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Making the right call on France’s future president fraught with danger

While the conservative candidate is likely to beat Marine Le Pen in a presidential run-off, the assumptions behind this can no longer be guaranteed, writes Hugo Drochon

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Minister Simon Harris finally driven to act on CUMH crisis

Minister Simon Harris received letters in May and October about the state of gynaecology services at CUMH but did nothing, writes Health Correspondent Catherine Shanahan

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Evidence points to Trump administration not being as radical as campaign rhetoric

Those concerned by a Donald Trump presidency should take comfort in the knowledge that the way a person governs is often starkly at odds with the way he campaigns, argues Scott Fitzsimmons.

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Why Europe’s populist revolt is spreading

Josh Lowe, Owen Matthews and Matt McAllester examine what’s happening in Europe to try to understand what’s behind the emergence and spread of the current global populist revolt

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Rock star welcome for Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon

Senators lost the run of themselves yesterday with the visit of Scotland’s first minister to the Upper House, writes Juno McEnroe

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Time for clinicians to be masters at Cork’s maternity hospital

It is unprecedented for consultants to write to hospital management in terms as stark as those expressed by CUMH doctors over gynaecology services, writes Peter Boylan

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Gordon Brown: The United Kingdom is united in name only

Whatever ties bind the UK together are being severely strained with different regions and industries trying to opt out of a hard Brexit from the European Union, writes Gordon Brown

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