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ANN CAHILL: Team Juncker clears hurdle

Team Juncker roared past the finishing post in the European Parliament, right on schedule, promising to present a €300 billion plan for investment, growth and jobs within six weeks.

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VICTORIA WHITE: We need milk law legislation to really protects mothers and babies

IT’S International Nestlé Free Week from Monday but that doesn’t matter if you’re going to Rochestown Park Hotel, Douglas, on Thursday to see Neven Maguire doing a cookery demonstration as part of the First 1,000 Days initiative because it’s sponsored by Danone.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Sinn Féin allegations: There can be no justice while Adams is a law unto himself

MÁIRIA Cahill’s case is not primarily about sexual abuse. It is about abuse, and abuse is about power. 

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Trying to pour oil on troubled waters

Changing a few board members at Irish Water will not allow the Cabinet to wash it hands of the mess that it has created. It must tackle the bonus issue and fast, writes Shaun Connolly

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Sinn Fein young guns spin a past that’s not theirs

The fresh faces of Sinn Féin seem happy to take Gerry Adams at his word when he says there was no cover-up of sexual abuse, writes Special Correspondent Micheal Clifford

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FERGUS FINLAY: Fears about the traditional family unit are born of propaganda

A referendum on gay marriage won't pass easily even though it affects the happiness and security of thousands in our society, writes Fergus Finlay.

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TERRY PRONE: Budget brought good news but not for the political parties

THE song should never have been a hit anywhere because its title was weird: ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah’. (Translation: ‘Hello Mother, Hello Father’.) It should certainly never have been a hit in Ireland because the entire song was about something we didn’t have back in the 1960s: Summer camps.

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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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COLM OREGAN: Opening Lines: Hoarding firewood salvaged from a skip is as survivalist as I get

It leans outside against the wall of the back yard: the product of instinct, opportunism and about an hour’s proper physical labour.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: At last, a decent female sociopath!

So have seen Gone Girl yet? Lots of us have already read the book.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Cigarettes: Doing the right thing can be a drag

THE old reliables had mixed fortunes in last Tuesday’s budget. Booze was left alone, while cigarettes went up 40c a packet. Isn’t it gas how these two highly dangerous drugs are known as "the old reliables", as if they were a beloved caberet duo on a never-ending tour across the country?

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Water-charges fiasco has left a stain on everyone

HOW ironic that the company charged with decontaminating our water supply is now the most contaminated brand of the moment.

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AIDA AUSTIN: Aida Austin: Family life feels forever fixed in time

My sister’s house, Sligo, where children hold your hands, drink their milk and family life feels forever fixed in time.

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ALISON OCONNOR: It’s a hard Irish habit to break, governments buying elections

We could see a general election where a large number of independents are elected

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VICTORIA WHITE: Sweet Budget for well-off leaves a sour taste for everyone else

SWEETS for babbies. I know that’s a harsh assessment of Tuesday’s budget, but we have endured too much to be faced now with more of the same.

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