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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: If in doubt about wasteful spending in welfare, the safe thing is to label it fraud

If in doubt about wasteful spending in welfare, the safe thing is to label it fraud, writes Columnist of the Year Michael Clifford.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Ireland’s future is under the EU spotlight

Not for the first time, Ireland looks like it will be centre-stage at this weekend’s meeting of European leaders in Brussels, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Stop telling me about what men like, need and want from me

It is usually a very specific type of woman that is sexualised in visual mediums like movies and TV — women who are very thin with large breasts, says Louise O’Neill.

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AIDA AUSTIN: I have two pairs of shutters on the windows and a twitch in both eyes

Last summer in Lefkada, I took a photograph of a pair of window shutters; double-panel, hardwood, painted palest sunbleached olive.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: For too long, mothers have given birth in buildings unfit for purpose

The problem is we all know the Church plays a very long game, and sticks, religiously, to its beliefs, writes Alison O’Connor

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GERARD HOWLIN: What disturbs me is the process surrounding maternity hospital

On the basic issues of property and profiteering, it seems the Sisters are doing some good, writes Gerard Howlin

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FERGUS FINLAY: Minister must deliver on details of agreement for maternity hospital

In some ways, the controversy over the ownership of the new maternity hospital is the most bizarre I’ve ever come across. And the reason is simple. We don’t know enough about it to make a judgement. In fact, we don’t know anything.

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TERRY PRONE: Sexual predation pays a hell of a lot better than sexual whistleblowing

The guys who did the bad things seem to have been rewarded with a lot more money than the girls to whom the bad things were done, writes Terry Prone.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Vulture signalling heralds rise of snark

Suzanne Harrington delves into the psyche of ’The Do Gooder’ to fin dout what they’re all about.

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COLM O'REGAN: Do we need to be flexible in life?

Colm O’Regan tackles adaptability in life this week.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I like to keep my gaze focused on my goal rather than agonise about my path

Winners never quit, I would tell myself, and quitters never win, writes Louise O’Neill.

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AIDA AUSTIN: If you just tell me where we’re staying I will still be surprised

Aida Austin illustrates how unpredictable and yet comical travelling can be once the plans are out of your hands.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Confessions of a remorseful killer

Restorative justice can assist in healing, which is what victims need more than anything, writes Michael Clifford.

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