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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Martin leadership safe within the gaping power vacuum

While constituency politics was a factor in Power’s exit from FF, her complaints were not without substance, writes Michael Clifford

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GERARD HOWLIN: Will we pay in the future if we sell our share in Aer Lingus now?

THE Government knows that selling its share in Aer Lingus will be politically tricky, and will require careful handling. In holding the issue over to yesterday’s cabinet meeting, and in moving on in the afterglow of last weekend’s same-sex marriage referendum win, it is managing its exit from the airline business with as little political hassle as can be hoped for.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Averil Power’s criticism rings true, but will Fianna Fáil listen?

Micheál Martin’s party lacks the numbers and, with only a few exceptions, lacks the passion to impact in Leinster House and the vision to reinvent itself, writes Gerard Howlin

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FERGUS FINLAY: We made history – now let’s fight to end other inequalities

The crowd had been gathering in the square at Dublin Castle since before lunch-time on Saturday. It was the sort of thing that doesn’t happen in Ireland – we’re more used to seeing these kind of images from Paris or Athens or other, more colourful capitals. By the time the declaration was made, from a giant screen in the corner, you couldn’t move.

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ANN CAHILL: Brussels Briefing: A weekly round-up of the most interesting news from Europe

Get a taste of some of the interesting and quirky happenings in Europe from our Europe correspondent, Ann Cahill.

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Marriage Referendum: Love that dared not speak its name shouts loud and proud

A human rainbow of hope burst through Dublin as centuries of oppression finally gave way to the sunshine of hope with one wave of the ballot box pencil.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Marriage Referendum: Much-maligned Middle Ireland emerges blinking into the dawn of a new world

The reaction to the constituency polls on Saturday resembled the overthrow of an old, despotic regime, writes Special Correspondent Michael Clifford

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COLM O'REGAN: Ireland needs more table quizzes

The crowd is silent, expectant. All eyes are on the stage, on me. I take a breath and say it:

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Marriage Referendum: ’I have never in my entire life felt so proud to be Irish’

I’ve never voted in Ireland because I left for good in my teens. I didn’t leave for economic reasons; I had a perfectly good job, unlike many of my peers during the late Eighties recession. No, I left for social reasons.

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TERRY PRONE: In casting our referendum votes, we showed faith, hope, and love

IT WAS politics at its best, the referendum. Political parties looking at a proposition decided to espouse it. Ways were found by both sides in the argument to engage the public. The clearest of decisions was made by the electorate, and countless lives were changed for the better.

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Former justice minister’s ‘day in court’ ends badly

“The judge said there had been no denial of fair procedures by barrister Sean Guerin to Shatter, and expressed bafflement that Shatter, as a member of the government that commissioned and
published the Guerin report, could complain of its consequences”

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: When all’s said and Dunne, he’s still rich

The bankrupt Sean Dunne and his family still live like globe-trotting millionaires

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AIDA AUSTIN: "Creative people have a tendency to think that being creative is the only thing they’re good at"

IT’S 11.30am. My mother is on the phone. “Can’t talk long,” I say, “I’ve got a free business-advice meeting at 12pm.”

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Age referendum is a good way to involve younger people in politics

The fear is that if we are to vote a majority yes today ... we could end up with a mere child in the Áras, writes Alison O’ Connor

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Building regulations make Dodge City look good

The evidence points to the fact that stringent building controls are needed to protect the interests of citizens, but the current controls appear to be more about optics than anything else more substantial, and a review of these is unlikely to change anything, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Top drawer intellectually but ultimately judgment failed him

Alan Shatter is gone from frontline politics, but he appears determined not to be forgotten, writes Michael Clifford

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VICTORIA WHITE: Every adult should have an equal opportunity to run for presidency

It’s critical we turn around as a society and give young adults the respect accorded to adulthood, the respect they deserve, writes Victoria White

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GERARD HOWLIN: Referendum puts Ireland in the vanguard of global change

Marriage equality will perform a function of socially anchoring those who although previously criminalised, must now be anchored effectively within society, writes Gerard Howlin

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