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ALISON O'CONNOR: President Higgins is just too old to serve for a second, seven-year term

Reading between the lines President Higgins is actively considering running again, writes Alison O’Connor

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VICTORIA WHITE: Unsustainable claims behind green food production campaign

Bord Bia’s mantra that Irish farming is at the forefront of food sustainability is poppy-cock, writes Victora White

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GERARD HOWLIN: Gloves off as budget nears but it’s all about how game is played

In a world where figures are not facts, it is down to politics, writes Gerard Howlin.

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FERGUS FINLAY: The rebirth of rural Ireland is down to the hard work of women

One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is the drive and the creativity of people living and working in rural Ireland, writes Fergus Finlay

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TERRY PRONE: If a mentor you are meant to be, don’t be the shy and retiring type

Keep swimming like a shark because there’s always someone younger, prettier and more talented than you right behind you, writes Terry Prone

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COLM O'REGAN: We don’t learn something new every day

He told me casually but I think he knew this was a dynamite revelation. He knew life would never be the same again, in a very tiny way.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: News cycle leaves plenty in its wake

It’s odd how the news works on our brains. When something is ‘in’ the news, we perceive it as a reality and respond accordingly — especially if it’s dramatic (if it bleeds, it leads) or insane (the current White House).

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Nuance is lost amid the Twitter storms

A FEW months ago in this slot I wrote the following about Nóirín O’Sullivan: “She could well argue that her biggest problem is dumb luck. If she had been commissioner at any other time in the force’s history, she might well be considered to be doing a fine job.”

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: The wages of spin: Has anything changed in Leo Varadkar's first 100 days?

Leo Varadkar has a lot of help in shaping his image. The tax-funded resources dedicated to ‘spinning’ on his behalf are considerable.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Is cosmetic surgery a feminist issue?

It seems doubly cruel how we laugh at plastic surgery that has gone wrong, writes Louise O’Neill

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AIDA AUSTIN: My daughter and husband are determined to be my caregivers

9am. I am in the car, en route to hospital, where I am to have a small lesion removed from my lower calf, writes Aida Austin

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Next few months will reveal if Leo is man of substance or just style

After  a summer of wetsuit posing, efforts to expand his appeal through social media and going unrecognised by Irish students on their J1 visa Taoiseach Leo Varadkar now gets down to the real business of running the country, writes Alison O’Connor.

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