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VICTORIA WHITE: Water charges imperative if we are going to deplete our natural capital

I’m the eejit who bought the water harvester, a gigantic yoke sitting in the back garden looking like it’s an oil tank, writes Victoria White

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Great Garda soundbites but commission indicates culture of secrecy still exists

While progress was seen to be made in some areas of policing at Monday’s meeting of the Garda Authority, the O’Higgins commission’s efforts to access Garda documents exposed the old culture of secrecy, writes Special Correspondent Michael Clifford

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GERARD HOWLIN: Water charges vital to tax base and to supporting those on low incomes

We all need to accept we must pay more, not less... and ensure, as an environmental policy, that those who use pay, writes Gerard Howlin

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FERGUS FINLAY: Setting up of Irish Water is a model for how to get things totally wrong

There is no reason to believe that we can’t afford to put charging on hold until we get the structures of Irish Water right, writes Fergus Finlay

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TERRY PRONE: We should start tackling this problem like a rat up a drainpipe

If fast-food restaurants are infested with rats, the rest of us better stock up on Warfarin. Or domesticate them and keep them as pets, writes Terry Prone.

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COLM O'REGAN: Shakespeare could have used social media to hone the skill of a good insult

INSULTS: they’re not what they used to be, writes Colm O’Regan

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Making sense of the stats surrounding Prince's death

NOT another one. If you’re still trying to comprehend the idea that David Bowie was not, in fact, a star man made of star dust, but encased in a biodegradable meat sack like the rest of us, then the news of Prince will have felt like a great big purple slap, writes Suzanne Harrington. 

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Sinn Féin Ard Fheis: Reaching the future through the past

Would the real Sinn Féin please stand up? Anybody visiting the party’s Ard Fheis in Dublin’s Covention Centre at the weekend might well have asked the question, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Sean Quinn too stubborn for his own good

Stubbornness is a requisite attribute in anybody who achieves big things. Whether it be in politics, sport, business, the arts, or service to any ideals, the man or woman who refuses to yield, when common sense dictates otherwise, is imbued with a drive to succeed, often against the odds.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Government talks: TDs are caught in a trap and they can’t walk out

It’s suspicious minds all round as TDs are still deciding whether it’s worth taking the decisive plunge to form a Government, writes Daniel McConnell

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I'll explain some of the reasons why I’ve rejected people in the past so that you can learn from their mistakes

Dylan: Strong. Very strong.
Me: I feel like this is a trap but I’ll ask anyway. What’s very strong?
Dylan: Very strong chance you have a cracking body. Unreal smile in your profile too.

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AIDA AUSTIN: I’d respond to my husband but that would mean lifting my head into a typhoon

IT’S 4.30pm in Cork and my husband and I are setting off towards the airport on foot, at a fast trot.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Only Santa can resolve this fiasco. Failing that, call a second election

I took the liberty of writing Santa a letter... explaining to him the political scenario here, writes Alison O’Connor

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VICTORIA WHITE: Men ‘shanghaied’ as women at heart of 1916 play ‘Plough and the Stars’

The struggle for the birth of a child is the work of love while armed struggle for the birth of a nation state is the work of hate, writes Victoria White

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Rural Ireland needs a dedicated minister

A minister for rural affairs is needed — but only if they are willing to face up to responsibilities far beyond the next election, writes Michael Clifford

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