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JIM POWER: Education debacle is a depressing spectacle

The week after Easter has become synonymous with teacher and medical conferences, and some excitement is always promised.

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VICTORIA WHITE: It’s time to give faith teaching back to families and the Church

GETTING the boot into the Catholic Church is always a good start for any Labour minister. Complaining that the Catholic hierarchy had not provided him with examples of how inclusiveness can work in Catholic schools two years after he had asked them to worked well for Ruairi Quinn before the teachers’ conferences got down to what mattered: restoring pay rates.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Dilapidated waterworks are leaking money and Government is sinking

MUCH has been written about ‘leaks’ from Cabinet and the quarrelsome discussion on water charges last week. But the big issue is not Cabinet incontinence. It is a national water system leaking 40% of its content into the ground between its source and our taps.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Ten years on, our Ombudsman for Children is more important than ever

A LITTLE over 10 years ago a group of young Irish people were brought together to conduct an interview. It was the first time in Ireland’s history – as far as I know, the only time — that the advice of young people was sought on a major public appointment.

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TERRY PRONE: Foaming at the mouth as half-baked culinary aspirations go up in smoke

NOT ONLY am I a rotten cook, but I’m never going to be anything other than a rotten cook, and if that’s not important to you, I’m sorry.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: My rage at John Waters' dated rhetoric and old-school ignorance

IT has always struck me as a bit unseemly when people in the same profession go for each other in print or online. So I never have.

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JOANNE ORIORDAN: Don't let recent charity scandals stop you donating

WITH recent problems in our charity sector it’s clear that the public are starting to wonder about donating. Can I really blame them?

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COLM OREGAN: The nuances of language - when to be pedantic about made-up words

AS soon as I’d said it, I knew I’d done a bad thing. My wife had a “You, of ALL people” look on her face.

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Labour were never going to walk on water

AT LEAST it was fitting in Holy Week that we asked the question: Will Labour walk on water?

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Political inaction will cost us the Earth

MARY Robinson would never cut it as Flash Gordon. While Flash had only 14 hours to save the universe, Mrs Robinson has given us all of 20 years to save the planet.

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ALISON OCONNOR: Our treatment of asylum seekers is the modern-day scandal we ignore

I HAVE a small girl who appears to be allergic to going to bed. Every night we make a deliberate visit to the kitchen for a last-minute snack but still she shouts from her room upstairs about how she is either hungry or thirsty.

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JIM POWER: Rural areas cannot be abandoned in recovery

Only the most stubborn amongst us would deny that things are once again starting to move for the Irish economy.

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AIDA AUSTIN: State of denial

FRANKLY, I don’t think being in a state of denial comes naturally to me. But you don’t get better at something by not doing it, so I’ve been practicing assiduously for two weeks.

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