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VICTORIA WHITE: Simon Coveney can lead Fine Gael to become a party for social justice

Simon Coveney has shown that his is prepared to risk his political neck in order to do the right thing, writes Victoria White.

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GERARD HOWLIN: It is not enough to be a safe haven for a once-in-a-generation storm

Fine Gael today has no sense of how to become competitive outside its own comfort zone, writes Gerard Howlin.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Despite recent controversy, we can rely on Tusla to protect our children

There aren’t enough social workers, and sometimes that means that children aren’t reached quickly enough, says Fergus Finlay.

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TERRY PRONE: Trump’s empty adjectives mean we should be very, very worried

Occasionally, Trump loses the run of himself and allows his paired adverbs to breed like rabbits, writes Terry Prone.

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COLM O'REGAN: It sounds obvious but even in the least contentious of wills there’s a hell of a lot of death

Colm O’Regan reckons if you have any kind of assets worth more than a fiddler’s fart, get your will done.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: I used to be a woman, now I’ve become a host

Quote of the week: “I understand that they feel like that is their body. I feel like it is a separate — what I call them is, is you’re a ‘host’.”

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Maurice McCabe and his family have paid a terrible toll for his bravery

The most ludicrous utterance from a politician about the McCabe affair this week was also the most representative, says Michael Clifford.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Embattled Enda Kenny will step aside but appetite for a heave is lukewarm

Daniel McConnell takes a look at the potential contenders for Fine Gael leadership and who else is looking to give Enda Kenny the heave ho.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Statistics suggest some boys are watching porn as young as eight years of age

If you’re not going to engage in those conversations with your son or daughter, are you really in a position to criticise them for turning to pornography for guidance?

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AIDA AUSTIN: I’m not sure having kids is for me, he says, and it’s not just the worry side

I’m in neurology outpatients. Just a routine follow-up. 

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ALISON O'CONNOR: It is finally time to move on, but without this bumbling Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny’s approach has been to treat the whistleblower as if he had the equivalent of a political plague, writes Alison O’Connor.

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VICTORIA WHITE: Ross must open his mind — and cheque book — to save our buses

Our future depends on our public transport service, which has been starved of public funding for decades by government ministers who wouldn’t recognise a bus if it ran them over, writes Victoria White

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