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FERGUS FINLAY: Trump could be triumphant based on US electorate’s hatred of Hillary

Trump faces a media audience that has already given him a fool’s pass, writes Fergus Finlay.

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TERRY PRONE: Basil muncher bouncing on the exercise ball is real star of Can’t Cope Won’t Cope

Can’t Cope Won’t Cope’s Lorraine (played by Sheila Moylette) is our Lady of the Perpetual Cardigan, as glamorous as a Hoover, and riotously funny, writes Terry Prone.

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COLM O'REGAN: The genius of Gogglebox is that it celebrates the ordinary

I don’t aspire to be on most television programmes (except obviously, one with my name in the title and a giant wedge of money to present it), because I feel I’d be giving up too much of myself for too little return, writes Colm O’Regan

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Brangelina reporting should make us ask some serious questions ...

When news emerged of Angelina Jolie filing for divorce from Brad Pitt, the internet swivelled its digital eyeball towards Pitt’s first wife, Jennifer Aniston, for her reaction. 

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Gerry Adams is a politician without a past

VIEWED in isolation, the accusations against and attacks on Gerry Adams this week were unfair. 

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Fianna Fáil’s water stance: Populist? Yes. Credible? No

Micheál Martin’s numbers on water charges do not stack up, but this is not the most important consideration for a party fighting its way back from the political wilderness, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Virginity has been framed as something a girl must safeguard and hold on to as long as possible

Girls need to understand that sex is normal and natural, not something that needs to be contained to protect their reputation.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Labour can triumph on the rocky road to Dublin

The singing of traditional Irish songs late into the night has become the norm at political party think-ins.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Hillary must be at top of her game in the run-in, or it’s President Trump

The clock is ticking all to quickly towards polling day and the first presidential debate with Trump is on Monday, writes Alison O’Connor.

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VICTORIA WHITE: Katherine Zappone’s childcare plan prices stay-home parents out of market

The argument for the policy is that government should not discriminate between parents in paid work and parents at home, writes Victoria White.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Dublin Bus dispute will lead to a general strike in public transport

IF YOU live in Cork, Limerick, or Galway and think the Dublin Bus strike doesn’t affect you; fear not, it will, writes Gerard Howlin

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Fianna Fáil think-in: Don’t be fooled.... this isn’t the usual suspects

Meet Fianna Fáil Supernova, a breath of fresh air blowing through the body politic, and not to be mistaken with the gang in power when the country collapsed, says Michael Clifford 

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FERGUS FINLAY: The smart money says there is no university funding crisis in Ireland

There are 9,443 universities in 206 countries. All of ours are comfortably in the top 10%, writes Fergus Finlay.

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