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TERRY PRONE: Nursing homes exporting their demented problems to hospitals

THEY PUT her in a home, the two sisters and their brother. They couldn’t believe that the pejorative phrase would apply to them and to their mother, but it did.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: I’m stuck in a car with two children, but sh*t happens

THE lovely people at Penguin sent a book about the Roman philosopher, Seneca, written by a professor of classics, Emily Wilson.

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COLM O'REGAN: Why do we deem some jobs and items unworthy of payment?

BEFORE I start, I should say that the Irish Examiner website is my gateway into the world. Occasionally, though, I will look at other newspaper websites — just to see what second- and third-best look like.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: A dispute born of HSE unaccountability

PHILOMENA CANNING has been allowed to return to work. Three weeks ago, the last time this column visited the State’s attack on Ms Canning, that phrase was hardly imaginable

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Enda won his own lottery when he became Taoiseach

It’s a bit rich of Mr Kenny to launch a commission on low pay when his salary is €185,000 a year, or €3,500 a week, which is more than the leaders of the much larger Britain and France earn

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ANN CAHILL: Report reveals how divide in Irish society continues to widen

With the highest number of children in jobless households, Ireland risks creating a vicious cycle of poverty and social exclusion, reports Ann Cahill, Europe Correspondent

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Water protests are as ridiculous as a TV sitcom long past its best

The anti-water charges movement has ‘jumped the shark’ in the sincerity of its protests, writes Alison O’ Connor.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "My driving is a safe kind of chaotic. Scatty but slow..."

MY SISTER is driving me to Stansted Airport. Right now she’s navigating a junction on the M11, so that we might merge with traffic on the A120 and she is getting sweary, London-driver style.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: McWilliams rocks up to banking inquiry

Rock ‘n’ roll arrived at the Oireachtas banking inquiry yesterday. It came in the form of David McWilliams: He Who Foretold The Crash.

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VICTORIA WHITE: No justification for one-parent-family payment cuts ... even on planet Joan

Mothers I know who work full-time and whose children are in primary school have full-time childminders, writes Victoria White

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GERARD HOWLIN: We’re sorry that other people are deprived, but happy not to be them

OUR ideology crumples when confronted with vested interest. 

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FERGUS FINLAY: ‘F’ for fail: Government has a very poor grade in fighting child poverty

THAT was a good speech by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the weekend. 

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Embracing change with the zeal of an evangelist

Enda Kenny was sending love letters with one hand while issuing dark threats about what life would be like if we ever left him with the other.

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ANN CAHILL: Brussels Briefing - Race is on to succeed Ban Ki-moon

Next year a new United Nations secretary general will be chosen.

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TERRY PRONE: Skips and new cars are a sign that economic recovery’s taking root

IF I WERE to say that Finance Minister Michael Noonan is off with his statistics on economic recovery, he would come after me and give me a black eye to match the one he’s sporting.

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COLM O'REGAN: A wince is a sign of old embarrasing memories

TO PARAPHRASE the Hal David and Burt Bacharach song: If you see me walking down the street and I start to wince, walk on by.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Sign this 7-point contract before watching ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

BEFORE you go to see Fifty Shades of Grey, you must enter into a contract. The contract is between the film dominating cinemas everywhere, and the audience submitting two hours and five minutes of their lives which they will never get back.

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