TERRY PRONE: Damage to freedom of individuals could be worst outcome of Brexit

British law, and the courts enforcing it, has a sacramental significance to older Tory voters, says Terry Prone

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Ireland scuppers the surreal spoof of Brexit

HERE’S a letter from Irene in Manchester, published in the free London tabloid Metro (circulation 1,475,543, owned by the pro-Brexit Daily Mail, and commonly found littering commuter train carriages).

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COLM O'REGAN: How about a revolution in convenience sleep?

Sleep - what a beautiful word. Say it. I bet you feel like a sleep now. 

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Bringing delusional Brexiteers to senses

Colm Tóibín is an awful man for getting inside your head, writes Michael Clifford

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LOUISE O'NEILL: 'It became increasingly challenging to eat properly because I was concerned about what my body would look like on camera'

Last month, I was given the James Joyce award by the Literary and Historical Society of UCD. It is the highest award that an Irish University can bestow upon an individual, and is reserved for those who ‘have achieved outstanding success in their given field’. 

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JIM POWER: Varadkar must make no Brexit concessions as deal looks likely

There was considerable and obviously well informed speculation last weekend about a proposal to align regulation between the North and the Republic as a means of avoiding a hard border between both parts of the island, writes Jim Power.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: You’re barking up the wrong tree if you get a dog for Christmas

It’s a regular complaint in our house. “You’re much better off being a dog than a husband here,” my spouse will grumble at least once a week, writes Alison O’Connor.

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VICTORIA WHITE: Return of hard border would put an end to dream of united Ireland

My grand-uncle drilled with the UVF in Donegal in 1912, writes Victoria White.

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GERARD HOWLIN: May day for DUP as party caught in a mass of contradictions over Brexit

In embracing Brexit, the DUP has placed itself and the union in hock to London, to an unprecedented extent, writes Gerard Howlin

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FERGUS FINLAY: Leo stuck to the bottom line on Brexit and delivered at his end

The British, it is said, are a pragmatic people, the Irish a nation of dreamers. The British think (and govern) in prose, the Irish in poetry. The British are interested in concrete results, the Irish concentrate on process writes Fergus Finlay.

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TERRY PRONE: ‘Non-addictive’ Oxycontin is at heart of America’s opiate epidemic

Millions of Americans are now hooked on drugs they or somebody close to them had prescribed for pain, writes Terry Prone

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Nightmare of a White House Christmas

If you ever wanted to explain the word “metaphor” to a small child, show them a photo of this year’s White House Christmas decorations. 

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