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VICTORIA WHITE: Autism is in your genes and isn’t something that can be taken away

There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to autism as every child has a different constellation of disabilities, writes Victora White

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GERARD HOWLIN: Sports organisations need to take a hard look in the mirror

Church, State, gardaí, charities, and sport have been cut off at the knees by the modern phenomenon of the death of deference, writes Gerard Howlin.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Rio tickets scandal set to run and run

Michael Clifford says with the Brazilian ‘cast the net wide’ process and the limited Irish probe, it will be a while before we have answers.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Bodies in receipt of taxpayers’ funds must be fully accountable

One of the great clichés in Ireland is “best practice”. It’s time for some basic practice, writes Fergus Finlay

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TERRY PRONE: The hair-raising truth about those who put fame above achievement

HERE’S a quiz question. No prize, but have a go anyway. What do Donald Trump and Ryan Lochte have in common? Odd hair, I hear you say? Accurate, but not the right answer, writes Terry Prone

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: On again, off again: Men in spin over what women wear

It seems to have all gone a bit bantastic on Mediterranean beaches lately, between the banning of burkinis in Cannes and the banning of unofficial reservations via your towel on various Italian beaches, writes Suzanne Harrington

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COLM O'REGAN: Internet speak will soon be our language

Resistance is futile. Internet-speak is going to take over your lives, writes Colm O’Regan

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Cost of going to court reinforces inequalities

Like a posh hotel, the civil courts are open to everyone, but only the wealthy can afford to go   there. Michael Clifford highlights some recent cases that show the prohibitive cost of justice

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LOUISE O'NEILL: To be a Rose was to have made it in life

Why do they insist on providing male escorts? Why do they think a woman in her twenties would need to be chaperoned?

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Olympic achievements not dulled by controversy

Where there’s money and sport, there will continue to be corruption of one form or another, writes Michael Clifford

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AIDA AUSTIN: My husband is trying to coax me off the jetty and back on the boat...

We are in Meganisi port in Greece. It is 1am. There are about 50 boats all politely moored in a row up against the jetty. All is pin-drop quiet.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Pat Hickey’s disgrace must radically change Olympic Council of Ireland

The arrest of the Olympic Council of Ireland boss for ticket-touting is the culmination of years of arrogance by an organisation that wouldn’t answer to anyone, writes political editor, Daniel McConnell

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ALISON O'CONNOR: A marginalised section of society ignored because of our ignorance

In truth a 14-year-old male wishing to wear women’s underwear today would probably feel nowhere near as comfortable as George Hook imagines they might, writes Alison O’Connor

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Suffering shellshock and schadenfreude after arrest of Pat Hickey in Rio

It is inevitable that the arrest of Pat Hickey in Rio de Janeiro will give rise to schadenfreude among more than a few people, writes Michael Clifford

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ROJA FAZAELI: Cannes mayor wins gold medal for burkini bigotry and politics of shame

I see parallels between my mother’s experience... and the latest French statements banning women in burkinis, writes Roja Fazaeli

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