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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Cool heads win over Scottish independent brave hearts

A ROLLER-COASTER campaign saw Scotland flirt with freedom but finally decide to switch back to safety mode and snuggle up to the south after all.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Are some guards still above the law?

CHANGE is a serious dose. Change is difficult and painful, and it can be excruciating. So it goes for an individual. For an organisation in which resides great power, change can be the harbinger of tremendous upheaval.

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AIDA AUSTIN: My heart tells me independence already suits my daughter

IT’S 11am. I’m driving up to Cork with my youngest. She’s leaving home for college today. And, if I were to take a tack of notice of what sensible people are saying, inside I should be cheering.

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ALISON OCONNOR: Dangerous game to categorise different circumstances of rape

THERE is much that we tip toe around when discussing the issue of rape; much that’s left unsaid because it risks offending those who have already been so gravely offended by a rapist.

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VICTORIA WHITE: Scotland will never be the same no matter what the result of poll

THE UK looks finished, from where I’m sitting. It’s true my view is a little bit obstructed right now, after a “Yes Scotland” rally in Glasgow’s George’s Square. But no matter how the people of Scotland vote today, I believe the joyous euphoria released by the “Yes, Scotland” campaign means the days of the UK are numbered.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Winds of change not blowing as Dáil dodges meaningful reform

Dáil Éireann sits again this afternoon after the summer recess, serene in the knowledge that alone of the five main legislative assemblies on these islands it is impervious to the possibility of effective change. 

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FERGUS FINLAY: Our education system is failing the test for pre-schoolers

IF there’s anything that makes us universally smug, it’s the wonderful unbeatable quality of our education system. The best little education system in the world, isn’t it? Only the other night I saw young people on the 9 o’clock News, clutching their Junior Cert results, their faces awash with relief and happiness at their results. They were on track to get the points they needed for college.

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TERRY PRONE: How not to sound like a politician and yet get your message across

I’M insulted about not being asked to attend a think-in.

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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

IF the Scots vote yes on Thursday, rest assured that will not be the end of the story.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Every moment counts, so turn off the camera

WHEN you go to a concert/ art show/football match (insert cultural event of your choice), do you (a) remain in the moment or (b) film the moment?

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AIDA AUSTIN: "She’s a tonic - she’ll say anything, that one"

MY FRIEND thinks I could do with a good night out in Cork. 

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