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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Nobody willing to take blame for Water shambles

With conservation metering off the agenda this decade and those who didn’t pay for water probably receiving €100 for the privilege, the credibility of those we have put in charge of the country has taken another hit, writes Shaun Connolly

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Irish Water will be major election issue

The opposition’s solution to a creaking infrastructure is to get the rich to pay for it, writes Michael Clifford

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Inquiry showed once gung-ho Taoiseach to be a weak performer

There is a strong suspicion that the horrible lessons we learned through the economic bust are
being forgotten, writes Alison O’Connor

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AIDA AUSTIN: ’Never mind the tax,’ he says, ’just drive.’

IT IS the evening before my return to Ireland and I am sitting at the table in my sister’s apartment, eating Thai fish cakes with buttery green beans, and cloth table napkins.

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VICTORIA WHITE: Childcare plan is about boosting workforce not children or society

SO NOW I’ve read the whole thing and I know where we’re at. Our Government is proposing to further tip the balance against families who care for their own children by pricing them out of the market, writes Victoria White.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Water farce continues but the joke is on all of us, not just the Coalition

The politics of yesterday’s decision by Eurostat are appalling for the Government. Don’t gloat, however. They are worse for the country, writes Gerard Howlin.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Too late to buy popularity, but Government could gain respect

DEAR ENDA, Joan, Michael and Brendan, I’m writing to you because you’re the four people who together constitute the economic engine room of the government. 

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ANN CAHILL: Brussels Briefing - A lighter look at European events

Get a taste of some of the interesting and quirky happenings in Europe from our Europe correspondent, Ann Cahill.

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TERRY PRONE: Before immigration, Ireland was a grey and colourless place to live

In the Ireland I grew up in, we had an identity, we had sovereignty, we had white skin and not a whole lot else, writes Terry Prone

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COLM O'REGAN: A Whole New You

SCIENTIFIC breakthroughs don’t always grab the attention they deserve. They are often in esoteric areas of speciality and it’s difficult for us plebs to understand their importance.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Dying to be thin is society’s biggest shame

DINITROPHENOL, according to government scientists, is “an industrial drug” which can be “extremely dangerous to human health”, writes Suzanne Harrington

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Blatant electioneering disingenuous and offensive

The Coalition’s nakedly blatant electioneering as they lapped it up in Lissadell proves they are no different from the last shower and, sadly, their chicken, opportunist decisions will as ever come home to wreck the roost, writes Shaun Connolly

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: If in doubt, reach for another inquiry

After a trend, this column is today being presented as an inquiry into inquiries, writes Michael Clifford

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AIDA AUSTIN: I lift up my spray gun nozzle and point it at his face

1 PM, and I’m in the shower cubicle, choking on bleach fumes; my excitement at selling the house, I think [scrub... scrub], has been worn thin [scrub... scrub] by constant cleaning.

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