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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: If Government sacrifices truth for Garda top brass scandals will be repeated

Fine Gael have seen a minister and commissioner resign on its watch. Is that why it’s so disinclined to get to the bottom of the Garda whistleblower scandal, asks Michael Clifford

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VICTORIA WHITE: It’s time to start outlawing the charging of fees for State schools

Why does the State spend an annual figure of €6.75m on the Protestant Block Grant which supports Protestants who need it with school fees? asks Victoria White

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Time to address the real problems if we are serious about fighting crime

Electronic tagging for people out on bail is nothing new. It’s this week’s mandatory minimum sentences — remember them, writes Michael Clifford

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GERARD HOWLIN: Recognising that only culture can credibly define the country

Engagement with culture and art as an essential part of every child’s education, writes Gerard Howlin

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FERGUS FINLAY: We’ve got to open the doors, and our minds, on domestic violence

Where domestic violence is happening there is a huge risk of irreparable damage to children, writes Fergus Finlay

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TERRY PRONE: Smartphone photos offer people another way to record themselves

Photographs used to be a passive storage device ... now, they are an active, ever-present form of exhibitionism, writes Terry Prone

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Normalise mental ill-health to make the pill easier to swallow

I WAS a bit late filing this column today because I got held up at the doctor’s.

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COLM O'REGAN: It’s logically better to do something about climate change than not

OK sh*t’s getting real now. The Arctic ice is knackered. As in, you could have gone there on holiday this autumn without your Big Coat. Something is seriously wrong with the climate.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Water charges debacle has made a mug of the diligent taxpayer

The FG-led Coalition has twice made fools of people who complied with the law and paid their water charges, and the long-term cost will be a leaky infrastructure, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: With record numbers sleeping rough our priorities are skewed again by water charges

WHAT matter that a record number of people are sleeping rough as temperatures dip below zero — once we’re not doomed to pay water charges, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Denis O'Brien case is a big deal in terms of the functioning of our democracy

Big themes were explored yesterday in the High Court action Denis O’Brien is taking against the Oireachtas. 

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Citizens’ Assembly finally gets around to discussing abortion

Poorer women accept the pregnancy because they can’t raise €1,000 to fund a termination abroad, writes Alison O’Connor

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Stats show someone you know must be affected by a violent partner or parent

By refusing to accept that violence against women is not just a problem but an epidemic — we are complicit, writes Louise O’Neill

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AIDA AUSTIN: This is what it's really like to be in a fancy photo shoot

Aida Austin on taking part in a photo shoot for the Irish Examiner

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