COLUMNISTS

FERGUS FINLAY: Government needs to be on the money with forthcoming budget

WATCHED the first episode of The West Wing, for the first time in years, the other night. I’d forgotten how good it was: a dense, fast-paced political drama, packed with dialogue and incident. You knew you were watching something good.

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COLM OREGAN: Opening Lines

FOR me, it’s all about the back-gardens. Yes, I know the ‘ice-bucket challenge’ is about raising awareness and money for motor neurone disease, but it’s also about good-natured peer pressure and the awesome power of ‘viral’.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Women worth more than contents of their uterus

OFFLINE and unplugged during August, it takes a moment for the ‘more than a vessel’ hashtag to contextualise.

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TERRY PRONE: It’s time to say goodbye and unplug our message obsession

Terry Prone reflects on our over reliance on technology and why instant messaging does not make us productive.

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BRIAN LUCEY: Treat calls for capital spending with caution

Infrastructure investment is a huge business.

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GUEST COLUMNIST: Man on the ledge shows our compassion is precarious

ONE fabulously hot morning last month, a man stood on the roof of a building in Dublin City centre, indicating, by his actions if not words, that he planned to throw himself off.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: The political saviour is a comforting myth

LOST leaders were mourned to varying degrees last week.

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JIM POWER: Our fragile recovery can easily be derailed

Apart from getting out there and talking to real people in the real economy, the two pieces of data that give the best picture of what is really going on in the economy are the monthly tax returns and employment data.

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ALISON OCONNOR: Citizen’s Assembly an ideal way to take heat out of abortion issue

THE best way for us to sort the issue of abortion in Ireland is to take politicians out of the decision making process.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "Having nothing in common has never got in the way"

COASTAL Suffolk, and we are instigating radical change; with an empty nest looming my husband and I have put ourselves to discovering areas of common interest. 

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VICTORIA WHITE: The truth about formula saving babies’ lives

ABOUT 830,000 newborn babies would be saved every year if they had just one hour at their mother’s breast before being separated from her. That’s why Save the Children call breastmilk a "super-food". It is nature’s miracle-worker, writes Victorial White.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Can reconvened Cabinet prove this Government is for all seasons?

I remember when August 15 was the turning point in summer. A last festival, both holiday and holy day. It was the end of the builders’ holidays (and for lots of other businesses that closed for the first two weeks in August, too).

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FERGUS FINLAY: A brave and fictional boy matters a lot more than an intellectual giant

I was going to write 1,200 words about Richard Dawkins, a man whose behaviour incensed me beyond words last week. The more I thought about it, the more I thought he wasn’t worth it. Instead, I want to write about Joe Kavanagh.

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