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BRIAN LUCEY: Treat calls for capital spending with caution

Infrastructure investment is a huge business.

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GUEST COLUMNIST: Man on the ledge shows our compassion is precarious

ONE fabulously hot morning last month, a man stood on the roof of a building in Dublin City centre, indicating, by his actions if not words, that he planned to throw himself off.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: The political saviour is a comforting myth

LOST leaders were mourned to varying degrees last week.

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JIM POWER: Our fragile recovery can easily be derailed

Apart from getting out there and talking to real people in the real economy, the two pieces of data that give the best picture of what is really going on in the economy are the monthly tax returns and employment data.

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ALISON OCONNOR: Citizen’s Assembly an ideal way to take heat out of abortion issue

THE best way for us to sort the issue of abortion in Ireland is to take politicians out of the decision making process.

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VICTORIA WHITE: The truth about formula saving babies’ lives

ABOUT 830,000 newborn babies would be saved every year if they had just one hour at their mother’s breast before being separated from her. That’s why Save the Children call breastmilk a "super-food". It is nature’s miracle-worker, writes Victorial White.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Can reconvened Cabinet prove this Government is for all seasons?

I remember when August 15 was the turning point in summer. A last festival, both holiday and holy day. It was the end of the builders’ holidays (and for lots of other businesses that closed for the first two weeks in August, too).

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FERGUS FINLAY: A brave and fictional boy matters a lot more than an intellectual giant

I was going to write 1,200 words about Richard Dawkins, a man whose behaviour incensed me beyond words last week. The more I thought about it, the more I thought he wasn’t worth it. Instead, I want to write about Joe Kavanagh.

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TERRY PRONE: My tower house is ready to play its part in celebrating our heritage

IF the neighbours weren’t used to it, they’d demand the destruction of my house. It is one of the ugliest buildings in the neighbourhood. In fact, it wins the prize for being ugly, leaky, and disfunctional.

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COLM OREGAN: The importance of finding a good housemate

AFTER last week’s paean to oddness I realise that it’s not practical for everyone to be odd and proud. I forget that I have a bit more leeway.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Hitting the road in a test of the bonds that tie us

IF you ever want to test parental, familial and romantic bonds to see how cool-headed you really are, how much you actually love your children, and how strong your relationship is, pile them all into the car.

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GUEST COLUMNIST: The Leaving Certificate ‘leaves’ too many people behind

AS the drama of the CAO third-level places unfolded this week, I thought about what Burmese pro-democracy advocate, Aung San Suu Kyi, said in Strasbourg last year when accepting a prize for promoting freedom of thought: "I’ve always said there’s no hope without endeavour. Hope has no meaning unless we are prepared to work to realise our hopes and dreams, but in order to do that we need friends."

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: It seems this is no country for old women

THE past rose up to meet the present this past week. Albert Reynolds’ passing and the furore over the latest abortion story to convulse the country brought to mind how the actions of yesteryear still resonate in today’s world.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "I am TI-TAAAA-NIIII-UUUUM! [Woof, woof, woof, woof!]"

OUR youngest sister is celebrating her 40th birthday tonight in Sligo. Months ago, she warned us of her plans: “We’re taking over the hostel on Lough Arrow for the night,” she said. 

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