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SHAUN CONNOLLY: Hard to call which politician most deserves derision

While the behaviour of some politicians attracts derision, President Michael D Higgins deserves respect, writes Shaun Connolly.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: This political abuse has to stop now

Some are using the feeling of anger in Ireland to drag the standards of decency and legitimate protest down. It must stop, writes Michael Clifford 

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Wrong there Michael Lowry, it’s a pretty awful way to be judging women

Alison O’ Connor says we shouldn’t dismiss it as harmless when society judges women on their appearance 

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AIDA AUSTIN: "Nice one granny, you’ve cleared the jelly! High five"

MY DAUGHTER is sitting in the conservatory looking over my mother’s shoulder. My mother, who has come to visit along with my sister, sits beside my daughter on the sofa, reading.

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VICTORIA WHITE: Male-dominated labour practices are disempowering women

TWO BABIES born late last year in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe have died. Seven families in all have had their babies referred for “brain cooling” because of suspected “apoxia” — lack of oxygen to the brain — during their births at the hospital.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Take note: It’s political patronage as usual

Michael Lowry’s ‘fine girl you are’ note to Enda Kenny in reference to Valerie O’Reilly shows that political patronage is as central to governing as it ever was, writes Michael Clifford

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GERARD HOWLIN: Aer Lingus sale puts government in a very tight political corner

THE DECISION by Aer Lingus to recommend acceptance of the latest offer for the company from International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways, puts the Government on the spot. Either it or Ryanair can effectively block the sale.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: COMMENT: Penalty points report highlights need for reform

The publication of the penalty points report earlier today is major step forward in tackling the ’nod and wink’ culture that persists among some in the Gardai ranks, suggests Michael Clifford. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: From fornication to Phonegate, TD could be reaching the end of the line

Her views on “fornication” propelled Michelle Mulherin into international headlines. Now, her international phonecalls have left the Mayo TD open to a taxpayer backlash, suggests Shaun Connolly.

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FERGUS FINLAY: The growing Irish family must finally include gay married couples

The Consitutional clause on the Irish family should include same-sex married couples, writes Fergus Finlay.

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ANN CAHILL: Brussels Briefing - EU rapidly changes it’s tune on Greece

The mood music around the election of left-wing Syriza in Greece changed significantly in the EU as voting day approached.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Special Report: ’He started to beat me hard. He told me I will break your face’

Anna Bubula came to Ireland to start a new life but claims she was raped and sexually assaulted while being held against her will. A Garda investigation has been launched into a failure to properly investigate the matter, writes Michael Clifford. Here is Anna's story.


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TERRY PRONE: The microphone is mightier than the double-edged sword of sexism

THE up-side and down-side of rancid sexism are hard to distinguish from each other, these days.

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COLM O'REGAN: Using my smartphone to help me give up...my smartphone

A man called Andy talks gently in my ear and I’m at ease with that. It’s part of a New Year’s Resolution.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Oops! We all made a boob. The Sun has not covered up its anachronistic ‘page three’

BOOBS out of The Sun! Boobs out for The Sun! Crikey, make up your mind, Rupert.

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SHAUN CONNOLLY: There are no winners in the farce that is Irish politics

It’s awards season, but  the drama queens and preening wannabes in the make-believe world of the Dáil deserve no accolades, and, inevitably, the biggest losers will be the voters, writes Shaun Connolly

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: It’s time to be straight about gay rights

I FIRST met a Protestant when I was 12. My family had moved that year to a town where there were a number of them. There were rumoured to be a few in my hometown, as well, down in the “deep south”, but nobody my age.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "Actually, they’re vegan. And Leo doesn’t drink"

A FRIEND arrives in the kitchen, bearing a plate covered in tin foil. “Scones,” she says, “just out of the oven but they might need a bit more cooking.”

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