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AIDA AUSTIN: ‘Sometimes, I think he feels it’s safer to chat through a dog’

9PM, at home in our new town house. The nuts and bolts of selling our old farmhouse have been accomplished, but the buckles and braces require some attention.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Electorate wants change but what is the alternative

If narcissism is a result of being unloved, it explains the quandary of Fine Gael and Labour, writes Gerard Howlin

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FERGUS FINLAY: We may wake after vote to ask ‘what have we done?’

The only combination that has nowhere near a majority is the outgoing Government, writes Fergus Finlay

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Let Dáil be no foil for masking ‘issues’

How did the case about horrific abuse of a vulnerable child end up before the Public Accounts Committee, asks Michael Clifford

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ALISON O'CONNOR: There is a sense that Fine Gael would abandon economic caution simply to get back into power

A general election machine can be so well-oiled that it can slip out of your hands before the campaign has even begun, writes Alison O’Connor

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: After all the talk, the show is finally under way. Expect plenty waffle

With only 21 days of electioneering, there is lots of guff to get out there, writes Michael Clifford

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FERGUS FINLAY: Hedge and burning flexibility to help with farmland management

Dependence on rural dwellers and the farming community to help manage and maintain the countryside has been acknowledged by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys.

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VICTORIA WHITE: €2 an hour for childcare puts parents on a wage of €2 an hour

We haven’t heard a word so far from the Coalition about turning the economy around to value the work of caring for children, writes Victoria White

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GERARD HOWLIN: Let’s hope nonsense policies get washed away before the rainy day

The rash of promises to spend on everything is all about engendering a feelgood factor, now, writes Gerard Howlin

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FERGUS FINLAY: Foster care scandal: Still an air of denial and defensiveness within the HSE

It matters because there is still an air of denial and defensiveness within the HSE about these issues, writes Fergus Finlay

 

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ANN CAHILL: Brussels Briefing - A weekly round-up of the most interesting news from Europe

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: Rape is rape. Groping is groping. Let’s not confuse the issues

The ‘non-consensual sexual experience’ phrase lumps together everything from a feel to rape, writes Terry Prone

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COLM O'REGAN: MUST SEES AND DYING TO DOS: We spend our lives dodging spoilers

Hold on a second — how far are you in it?

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: The pale grey Oscars are unfair and boring

“WE all dream in gold,” says the official 2016 Oscars poster. The dreaming may be in gold, but the nominations are most definitely in white, while the boycotts are in black. It’s as if that other dream, the one Martin Luther King had, never happened, writes Suzanne Harrington

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Labour doing its best to make all the wrong decisions

It was left to Alan Kelly to rule out any deal with Michael Lowry — when Kelly emerges
as the principled voice of reason in the party, you know something has gone badly awry in the failed state that is Labour, writes Shaun Connolly

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Voters get the politicians they deserve

The reception for Mr Lowry will be of a kind usually reserved for folk heroes, writes Michael Clifford

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