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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Amongst women of strength, Gerry Adams falters

THE women victims of Republican violence seem to haunt Gerry Adams the most. Unlike murdered mother-of- 10, Jean McConville, rape survivor Maíria Cahill cannot be tossed into a shallow grave and forgotten about.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Water charges botched because the Government’s drowning in incompetence

YOU ALL remember that famous election poster, don’t you? It appeared in the 24 hours before polling began in both the 2002 and 2007 general elections. It was believed to be a clincher.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Dear readers: Get me back in the game, says Roy Keane

Behind all the bonhomie and judicious score-settling, Roy Keane’s books are discreetly aimed at Premier League bosses, says Michael Clifford

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ALISON OCONNOR: Adams must be held to account just like any other politician

WHY is Gerry Adams still the leader of Sinn Fein? 

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AIDA AUSTIN: Look at us swishing along in our boots, all cotton-eye Joe!

1am in Sligo - and at the kitchen table, my sister’s head is bowed in earnest industry over some sprigged cotton which she’s cutting into covers for her jam-pot lids. 

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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

830,000 babies die every year because they weren’t even breast-fed for an hour

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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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