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GERARD HOWLIN: Tsipras enhanced his power and menace with referendum result

CALLING the bluff of Greek’s European partners, and retorting with an immediate referendum demonstrated Napoleonic verve by prime minister Alexis Tsipras, writes Gerard Howlin

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ANN CAHILL: Cutting Greek debt likely to be key at talks

Cutting Greece’s debt is likely to prove the core issue in the negotiations over the next few days with all sides under pressure on the issue.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Election-buying politics of Ahern and McCreevy left nothing behind

I WISH I could send ye a postcard. 

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TERRY PRONE: Racist massacre flags up issues about good ol’ boys and bad TV

WHEN something that has driven you nuts gets exterminated, it’s time for fists in the air and wild whoops of glee. 

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Documentary is an indictment of society rather than of Amy Winehouse’s life

DOCUMENTARIES don’t tend to sell out by the lunchtime of their cinema opening night, or elicit prolonged emotional applause at the end — but the new film about Amy Winehouse was never going to be ordinary. And we all know the ending.

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COLM O'REGAN: How to cleanse your soul in a Civic Amenity Centre

Colm O’Regan explains why he has found peace in a recycling centre

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: We do not want an economic future like our past

Everybody would like to pay less tax, but at what cost? That is the question, writes Michael Clifford

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AIDA AUSTIN: "My sister's gentle purring ensures I remain just awake"

East London, five o’clock in the morning. I’m in a taxi, heading from my son’s house towards my sister’s apartment and, I hope, complete oblivion.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention...

He threw his hands up now and again in deference to wisdom after the event, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Banking Inquiry: Regrets? None, absolutely nein, zero, zip, zilch...

Anybody expecting Charlie McCreevy to enter the banking inquiry armed with sackcloth and ashes would have been a long time waiting.

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VICTORIA WHITE: Counting every penny and every minute devalues parent’s role

Is ‘expanding capacity’ our only vision for society, even if it leaves a child waiting alone at the school gate, asks Victoria White

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GERARD HOWLIN: For negotiations to succeed, there must be commitment and trust

The reason politics is a hard trade is you have to make hard decisions. Greece, is a marginalised country, playing a weak hand, writes Gerard Howlin

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