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FERGUS FINLAY: New agency needed to monitor standards in our health services

Aras Attracta is home to nearly a hundred people. It’s in Swinford in County Mayo. It has a website, part of the much larger HSE website.

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ANN CAHILL: Brussels Briefing

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: The real ewe? Retromingent cows have shorn me of all nature illusions

EVERY week, another report surfaces which establishes that the more time you spend on Facebook or Twitter, the more likely you are to be an unhappy, nail-biting paranoid.

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COLM OREGAN: Opening Lines

GAH! Too late! The message on the page reads: THIS PROJECT IS FUNDED! Now I feel left out. I could have been in at the start but now I’m pressing my nose against the glass as the funders and the fundees smile inside.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Nowhere to hide from latest Gaza attacks

THE summer holidays! Picnics and barbecues. Sunshine and beaches. Bombs and missiles. On the beach with my son the other day I wonder what it was like for those boys on the beach in Gaza, the bloodied ones running for their lives when the Israelis dropped the second bomb that killed them.

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BRIAN LUCEY: Time to admit our mistakes and rectify them

Hemingway had it right on bankruptcy; that it happens slowly then all at once. So too it seems are changes in how the world sees finance. For the best part of a decade now the (final?) flowering of Financialisation has been rampant.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Out-of-this-world answers to Ireland’s woes

IT’S that time of year again. The great and good of public life pack their buckets and spades and head off to the wilds of Donegal to muse over the road less travelled.

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Windsor Castle best place to lay ghosts of the past

AS the final Cabinet meeting of the Dáil term fades into the rear view mirror and a fearful country wonders how it will do without their guiding hands during the well-deserved two-month holiday TDs voted themselves, it is time to look back over the highs and lows of an eventful session.

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JIM POWER: Popularity can’t be government’s top priority

Now that a new complexion has been put on the physical shape of the Government and it has departed for the summer holidays, speculation will mount about the manner in which policy might or might not change over the remaining lifetime of the Government.

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ALISON OCONNOR: Kenny is way behind the curve on women’s role in politics

THE birds are angry. That is good news. Their anger can be put to good use.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "Whatchya do? You being a sex pest again?"

HOME, 8am, and the type of noise my youngest sister’s generating downstairs in the kitchen declares her view that if getting up at 8am is good enough for her, it’s good enough for everybody. 

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VICTORIA WHITE: Given our colonial history, we have a duty to stand with the Palestinians

MORE than 650 Palestinians and 31 Israelis have died, so far, as a result of ‘Operation Protective Edge.’ For two weeks, each day’s news has brought fresh horrors: yesterday, 12-year-old Palestinian, Rabee Qasim, was killed by an Israeli shell as he led a donkey and cart through a Bedouin village.

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GERARD HOWLIN: We, the voters, are just as much to blame for the rot at the top

How do we restore trust in and credibility to our institutions, asks Gerard Howlin?

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TERRY PRONE: Flight paths over war zones questione

The downing of Malaysian Airline MH17 with the deaths of all passengers and its crew must call into question the sense of having flight paths over conflict areas.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Russia and Israel must answer for their crimes against humanity

AS far as I can tell, any government which is a party to the Rome Statute can refer a crime to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The Rome Statute is the piece of international law that set up the Court.

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