COLUMNISTS

VICTORIA WHITE: Given our colonial history, we have a duty to stand with the Palestinians

MORE than 650 Palestinians and 31 Israelis have died, so far, as a result of ‘Operation Protective Edge.’ For two weeks, each day’s news has brought fresh horrors: yesterday, 12-year-old Palestinian, Rabee Qasim, was killed by an Israeli shell as he led a donkey and cart through a Bedouin village.

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GERARD HOWLIN: We, the voters, are just as much to blame for the rot at the top

How do we restore trust in and credibility to our institutions, asks Gerard Howlin?

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TERRY PRONE: Flight paths over war zones questione

The downing of Malaysian Airline MH17 with the deaths of all passengers and its crew must call into question the sense of having flight paths over conflict areas.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Russia and Israel must answer for their crimes against humanity

AS far as I can tell, any government which is a party to the Rome Statute can refer a crime to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The Rome Statute is the piece of international law that set up the Court.

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TERRY PRONE: Television sweeps aside vanities fair and unfair of today’s diva hotel guests

A CHEF clutching a cluster of small copper saucepans is part of the promotion for the new four-part series about the Shelbourne Hotel being broadcast by RTÉ. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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COLM OREGAN: Opening Lines

IT WAS tough on Joe McHugh last week. Not a wet second into the job and already people were questioning his abilities.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Stars clean up their act with vegan obsession

BOY George lists his breakfast. Almond milk, chia seeds, coconut nectar, buckwheat, brazil nuts. Not a bowl of Frosties in sight, or a bacon and egg fry up with a mug of three sugars tea and a mound of white bread.

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JOANNE ORIORDAN: Same sex couples deserve our respect

I am sick of the way society can be so segregated and divided simply because people don’t understand others are different

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: UN’s opinion of Ireland is hard to hear

THERE were two hearings last week about one Ireland. Both told plenty about who we are and how we are governed, and, not least of all, how we want to be governed.

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Reshuffle produces a Cabinet full of botch-job cowboys

OH, when cringe and current affairs combine to produce the perfect picture of the political zeitgeist.

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JIM POWER: Growing exports key for firms seeking to expand

Ireland’s export statistics have become very volatile in recent times.

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GUEST COLUMNIST: The right to choose how we say our last goodbye still escapes us

IT isn’t a question that anybody would like to have to answer yet it looms in the distance with certainty. It’s a conversation nobody looks forward to but should be undertaken with seriousness, because it lurks in everybody’s future.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "I lie back in the sun all kissed out by my niece"

IT’S 9am, down in the garden and I’m sitting on a rug in the sun. Beside me, my younger sister is lying face down.

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VICTORIA WHITE: We’re back to subjecting single mothers to blame and shame

THIS month we made a big step towards abolishing the idea that children need care over the age of seven. On July 3 we did away with the notion that children over 16 need care if they were receiving a One Parent Family payment before April 27, 2011.

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