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ALISON O'CONNOR: Sordid tales of sexual violence are robbing us of our humanity

I feel defiled having listened to the graphic and disturbing detail in the murder trial of Graham Dwyer, writes Alison O’Connor.

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VICTORIA WHITE: The HSE’s entrenched attitude to criticism and change is unhealthy

We can only have confidence again in our maternity services by way of a wholly independent, root-and-branch evaluation followed by swift action to effect radical change, writes Victoria White

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GERARD HOWLIN: Age of Presidential candidacy should not be lowered to 21

WE HAVE two constitutional referenda to decide on May 22 and I’ll be voting yes and no says Gerard Howlin

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FERGUS FINLAY: Sometimes, acting on conscience is another form of discrimination

I SET OUT to write about Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, and about conscience and marriage, writes Fergus Finlay

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ANN CAHILL: Brussels Briefing - A weekly round-up of the most interesting news from Europe

A quick look at the latest and most interesting news from Brussels

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TERRY PRONE: Let me be the Devil’s advocate and start ... by setting the agenda

A man named Ambrose Bierce once published a volume called The Devil’s Dictionary, filled with unorthodox definitions of terms common to late 19th century America, writes Terry Prone.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Killing off Irish Water just one of the aims of protests

Saturday’s water protest was the first real manifestation of an effort to organise on the left of the political spectrum and a seething electorate may grant it some success, writes Michael Clifford.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Elton John on song in his anger about ‘designer’ baby comments

I am so furious at my sunglasses I could splinter them into a million tiny pieces, writes Suzanne Harrington.

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COLM O'REGAN: Oneup(pen)manship: A good pen is hard to find

CAN I borrow your pen?” asked the man in the bank queue. I tensed visibly. Searching my pockets for another pen, I realised that I had to give him the one I was hiding. My good pen.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Tax cut talk is a wake-up call for us all

If there is one constant in Irish politics, it is the electorate’s wish to get fooled again with more promises, writes Michael Clifford

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: How Fianna Fáil have been totally eclipsed by events

Under Micheal Martin’s leadership, they have been sidelined. They didn’t nominate a presidential candidate, have no female TDs, and their only MEP, Brian Crowley, left after his re-election. Shaun Connolly asks, has the sun set on the party?

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AIDA AUSTIN: "I still can’t get my new i-box to work."— "I-Pad," I say

BRISTOL Airport — and I am walking towards my mother-in-law’s car burdened by my luggage and a nagging sense of guilt about having dissed her driving in last-week’s column.

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