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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Enda’s not singing from same hymn sheet as us

HAS it come to this Enda — channelling your inner Bob Geldof to win back public favour?

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: The ghosts of Christmas past had it harder than us

ENOUGH. Enough of the affairs of State. It’s the time of year for reflection and excess, joy and pain, laughter and tears. And whatever you’re having yourself with a hot drop.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "Lick it off the wall is right," I agree, licking my lips

HOME, 8pm, and we’re watching Masterchef. “Lucky judges,” I say, “never mind the pickled cauliflower — it would be worth having to taste them just for those shallots.”

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ALISON OCONNOR: With political parties in transition, something will come out of ‘left’ field in 2015

CHRISTMAS is traditionally when we reflect on the past 12 months and speculate about the future. What feels different about the 2014 political review/scene setter is that there is so much happening that it is difficult to make a prediction of any accuracy about next year.

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VICTORIA WHITE: Is there something fishy about the health advice on farmed salmon?

SMOKED salmon is the easy part of Christmas. Throw it on brown bread, with lemon and black pepper, and the innocents will think it’s posh and that you’ve spent a lot. 

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GERARD HOWLIN: Opinion: Government should rue failure to pursue democratic revolution

THE Government took an important tactical decision yesterday, and the opposition may do so on another issue soon. Both manoeuvres have potentially enormous strategic consequences.

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FERGUS FINLAY: No more reports on intellectual disability — it’s time to finally act after Aras Attracta

How can we take to the streets to fight for water charges but not to support Áras Attracta residents, asks Fergus Finlay.

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ANN CAHILL: ANN CAHILL: Brussels Briefing

Allergy-prone ingredients to be listed

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TERRY PRONE: Cameras could be the best protection against crime of abuse

Back in the days when I was a junior reporter with RTÉ and the Troubles were going on north of the Border, a mad young producer got the idea that someone should go Up There and capture covert recordings of just how difficult the British Army and the RUC were to people from the Republic. 

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: I’m fed up with complaints about public breastfeeding

YOU won’t be getting anything Christmassy out of me this week, because I’m nonplussed by the news that feeding your baby and having a wee are one and the same. 

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COLM OREGAN: Opening Lines - Fighting the urge to dance at the staff Christmas party

Despite all the warnings, some of you will be unable to resist. Drink may have been taken, endorphins coursing in your veins, inhibitions lost. Before you know it, as your colleagues at the Christmas party stand nearby, aghast, you are dancing.

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