COLUMNISTS

FERGUS FINLAY: If we can’t get truth, accountability, it’s time to abolish unwieldy HSE

Remove the element of accountability, and the bureaucracy always wins. And when unaccountable bureaucracy wins, citizens lose, writes Fergus Finlay

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TERRY PRONE: From small seeds of publicity, great Daffodil Day grows

From the very start, this was about more than money. It was about public education, writes Terry Prone.

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COLM O'REGAN: I think dictionaries don’t get the kudos they deserve

There’s something you should know, if this thing between us is going to get more serious.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Fitness app tracks my steps to dystopia

TO combat my worsening clinomania — it’s like nymphomania, except instead of wanting sex all the time, you fast forward to the bit afterwards, where you just want to lie in bed all the time, propped up on squashy pillows, wrapped in furry blankets, staring dreamily into space — I wear a device on my wrist that tells me to move. It’s a fitness tracker. Maybe you have one, writes Suzanne Harrington.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: No blowback from breathalyser scandal

Each and every station superintendant has been out on the beat and should be able to recognise bogus figures, writes Michael Clifford.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Thank you mum, for believing in me when I couldn’t even believe in myself

In a study released in 2013, scientists found that when they applied an electric shock to mice as they were exposed to the smell of cherry blossoms, the mice were, in time, trained to fear that scent. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: I’m unable to decide if these trousers are highly amusing or chic

8pm. My husband and I are running inexcusably late for a dinner party; he’s half-in, half-out of a pair of crumpled trousers in one bedroom, while I’m half-in, half-out of a barely-worn pair in another.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Could Enda Kenny be staring down at us from posters at the next election?

The leadership contest has effectively been going on for over a year, points out Alison O’Connor.

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VICTORIA WHITE: Martin McGuinness was a product of the hostile environment he grew up in

McGuinness worked out a united Ireland was not going to be achieved by IRA violence, writes Victoria White

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GERARD HOWLIN: We enter a period where the scale of change is going to outpace events

Grand-coalition would be a selfeating ebola, and leave its advocates more discomforted than ever, writes Gerard Howlin

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FERGUS FINLAY: Enda must leave now or he will tarnish his reputation forever

If he tries for a long goodbye, or even no goodbye at all, he puts himself at the mercy of the next crisis, writes Fergus Finlay

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