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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: The catastrophic mistakes were made before the bank guarantee was pledged

THERE are songs and there are songs and then there is ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’. 

 

 

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Politicians in a haze of denial about ‘war on drugs’

DRUGS have a funny effect on politicians.

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GUEST COLUMNIST: Centrist politics must challenge the threats from both extremes

EARLIER this week the all-powerful, life-giving or life-denying European Central Bank published the results of its stress tests on 130 of Europe’s banks. Only 25 failed and just one — and what a welcome “just” that is — is Irish.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "It has sound effects and everything! You’re first"

UPSTAIRS in bed at 11pm. My husband says he wants to watch episode 3 of The Bridge on my laptop but this would contravene our no-technology-in-bed-rule. 

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VICTORIA WHITE: We need to stop playing blame game over having autistic children

WHY WAS this research published? — I thought as I read the new study by UCC academics finding a link between C section and autism. It doesn’t prove anything.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Our double-think on immigration needs to be urgently re-examined

TWO THINGS I pleasurably waste a lot of time on are property supplements and travel websites.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Memoir, like the man, gets right to the point

Unlike many other recent political memoirs, this book pulls few punches and is an authentic transcription of the acuity, caustic manners and occasional bias of the man, writes Gerard Howlin

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FERGUS FINLAY: Adams says ‘justice for all’ and then denies it to anyone who’s in his way

I THINK there might be more merit in supporting Maíria Cahill than in attacking Gerry Adams. I’ve two reasons for saying that, and I realise that people who read that sentence might see it as the beginning of an apologia for Adams or Sinn Féin. I don’t mean it that way, and hope to make that clear.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Spin doctors mistreat hepatitis C sufferers

Twenty years on, the women at the centre of the hepatitis C scandal are still being treated poorly by the State that poisoned them, writes Special Correspondent Michael Clifford

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ANN CAHILL: Brussels Briefing

Get a taste of some of the interesting and quirky happenings in Europe from our Europe correspondent, Ann Cahill.

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TERRY PRONE: The Kangaroo Crew jump to conclusions in bid to condemn

SET to one side the morality of the quasi-judicial approach and let us deal instead with the craziness of it. The sheer, straight-up, no-messing craziness. The braindead loopiness that characterised this kind of procedure at the time and runs through any contemporary justification of it.

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COLM OREGAN: Opening Lines: TV isn't escapism for me anymore

Peow-peow-peoh , fufufufufuf!” The guns blazed. Bullets splintered the door frame. 

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Dick, (sorry, Brian) goes underground for love

A man called Brian Somethingorother has written something or other called How To Meet Women On The Subway. A manual on how to bother commuters in possession of vaginas? A dating guide to harrassment?

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Amongst women of strength, Gerry Adams falters

THE women victims of Republican violence seem to haunt Gerry Adams the most. Unlike murdered mother-of- 10, Jean McConville, rape survivor Maíria Cahill cannot be tossed into a shallow grave and forgotten about.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Water charges botched because the Government’s drowning in incompetence

YOU ALL remember that famous election poster, don’t you? It appeared in the 24 hours before polling began in both the 2002 and 2007 general elections. It was believed to be a clincher.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Dear readers: Get me back in the game, says Roy Keane

Behind all the bonhomie and judicious score-settling, Roy Keane’s books are discreetly aimed at Premier League bosses, says Michael Clifford

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AIDA AUSTIN: Look at us swishing along in our boots, all cotton-eye Joe!

1am in Sligo - and at the kitchen table, my sister’s head is bowed in earnest industry over some sprigged cotton which she’s cutting into covers for her jam-pot lids. 

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