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ALISON O'CONNOR: Fennelly Fallout: Government is treating people like they are fools

IN THE world of our Taoiseach Enda Kenny if you wake up with the head of a dead horse in the bed beside you the thing to do is take it to a taxidermist and have it stuffed and mounted, writes Alison O’Connor

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Fennelly Fallout: Latest whistleblower saga shows it’s a case of same old, same old for gardaí

A vastly different culture in An Garda Síochána was heralded with the new commissioner but has yet to materialise, writes Mick Clifford

 

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VICTORIA WHITE: We live in a society that neglects children but are loathe to admit it

NANNIES must be proven innocent, not guilty. They transgress our ideals of motherhood and raise in us fears we cannot name, writes Victoria White.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Fennelly Report: Cleaning up a political mess

The Fennelly report found that Mr Kenny did not fire Martin Callinan, yet there remains a smell off the whole affair, writes Michael Clifford

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GERARD HOWLIN: Coming months will be ultimate fight of Kenny’s political life

ENDA KENNY, Ireland’s most prominent Mayo man, will be hoping last Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final football clash with Dublin is a metaphor for his political life, writes Gerard Howlin. 

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FERGUS FINLAY: Merkel is right — we’re not doing enough to help ease refugee crisis

Boy, didn’t we get huffy last week when Angela Merkel told us we weren’t doing enough to help in the refugee crisis, writes Fergus Finlay. 

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TERRY PRONE: Dust Lady’s death stirs debate on muddied morals of news images

Backlit by a yellow hue, the picture had an air of infinity to it, as if the Dust Lady were one of the lava shapes in Pompeii, writes Terry Prone

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COLM O'REGAN: My legacy keeps me awake (during the day)

What does the word legacy mean to you, asks Colm O’Regan

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: So sad to bid au revoir to the land of poubelles

IT’S hard to leave a place where the word for rubbish bin is ‘poubelle’. I mean, come on. Poubelle. Could there be a prettier word for such a utilitarian object? A thing stuffed with fag butts, rotting sandwiches, ice cream sticks, sweet wrappers, old newspapers and far worse — and yet still sounds like something from fairyland. Like Tinkerbell’s French cousin.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Birthday boy Van Morrison: Have I told you lately...

Van Morrison turns 70 today. There should be a lot more going on to pay tribute to somebody whose contribution to music and popular culture has been spectacular, suggests Michael Clifford

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AIDA AUSTIN: Mark Hayes: ’Just jump out and hit the ground at 10mph’

So there I was, Sunday night, somewhere in the Hollywood Hills, about three in the morn, drunk as a skunk, debating whether or not to jump out of this moving car.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Opportunistic government not helping the Northern Executive

Since taking power it appears that Enda Kenny has a rather ambivalent attitude to the North, writes Alison O’Connor

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: The holier-than-thou defence won’t wash

The existence or otherwise of the IRA is a real issue, despite what the Shinners might claim and Gerry Adams’ best efforts to blame ‘cynical’ political opponents, says Michael Clifford

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