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BRIAN LUCEY: As a society, we must open up to debate

The debacle surrounding Irish water, which is by no means yet resolved, has highlighted once again the importance of communications. Indeed, much of the blame in relation to Irish water is being laid at the door of communications, from the company and from the government.

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Sorry Leo, they're just not that into you

LEO Varadkar is thinking about a same-sex marriage with Fianna Fáil — trouble is, they are just not that into him.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: People power is going down the drain

WHERE to go from here? 

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JIM POWER: Instability may put our future at risk

Earlier this week, PwC released the results of its Business Barometer carried out for its annual business forum.

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ALISON OCONNOR: Opinion: Coalition must do more to restore faith in wake of water debacle

I’M feeling like the Government has given me a bunch of flowers and an apology, but no real explanation why they’ve made such a mess of our relationship.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "Come on," he shouts, just like he did when I was in childbirth, "last push now"

SUNDAY, 5pm, and after a five-year break from painting, I’m resurrecting my old studio. It’s a long way from Picasso’s atelier on the Riviera but it will do, like it always did, the job.

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VICTORIA WHITE: Opinion: We don’t need a revolution – just the ballot at next general election

THE water charges unveiled yesterday will do nothing to conserve water or reflect ability to pay and may not work to fix our creaking system. The plan was hatched by a Government which is, as the Right to Water Campaign said this week, “on the run”.

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GERARD HOWLIN: The future is being re-mortgaged by the failure of Irish Water plans

HALF of us signed up for water charges and have been made mugs of. Instead of a pay-as-you-use system, delivering revenues sufficient to make a quantum difference to a shambolic but essential infrastructure, a flat charge is coming.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Opinion: Protest is democratic, but tactics of fear and intimidation are not

A REPUBLIC is no longer a republic if democracy does not matter. Democracy stops mattering if the right to dissent, and to protest, is not protected, if the rights of minorities are ignored, if government does not listen to the people. A republic stops being a republic the day fear is used to manipulate public discourse.

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ANN CAHILL: Budgeting for a long night of short change

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: Writing a wrong: How social media changed the rules on interviews

To find Marian Keyes eating the face off Marian Finucane on Twitter is like finding your budgie savaging your alsatian.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Denmark is one of the all time happiest places on earth. Why? They share nicely.

My favourite ever definition of humanity is “a successful virus clinging to a speck of mud suspended in endless nothing”. 

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COLM OREGAN: How to pass two hours on the train to Dublin with no WiFi

THE Dublin-Cork train hadn’t left the station long when the Irish Rail announcer said that the WiFi was broken. He didn’t say the Wifi was broken. He said the WiFi was offline for the duration of the trip.

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