ALISON O'CONNOR: Youthful Leo has old-fashioned attitude to women in politics

You cannot purport to be a modern leader, like Macron, and not prioritise women at cabinet, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: ‘No 10’ needs to realise it’s a small state and no longer No 1

Those in British politics who talk of a hard Brexit are mainlining a fantasy, and steeped in denial, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Leo Varadkar is young to be Taoiseach, but old enough to know himself

In the packed Mansion House Roundroom last Friday, a couple of Leo Varadkar supporters did just what you’d expect when an election has been won — they lifted their man high into the air.

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FG leadership candidate Leo Varadkar and Minister Paschal Donohoe offer coffees to members of the media at Leo St in Dublin.

ALISON O'CONNOR: How Fine Gael’s cappuccino candidate trumped his Complan rival

Regardless of who wins the election today, the real winner in all of this has been the
Fine Gael party, writes Alison O’Connor.

 

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ALISON O'CONNOR: We should respond in kind as Muslim community reaches out

I am afraid to go the French capital, and certainly do not want to bring them [my children] there, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: History books will treat Enda Kenny more fairly than the current commentary

Without doubt he damaged the party further by staying on too long in an act of self indulgence, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Legislate how our kids use the internet or we will regret it down the line

Children should never be allowed to have unlimited access to the internet, so rules must be put in place about what they can see and post, says Alison O’Connor. 

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Hijab allows Muslim women to articulate their faith and identity

They believe it is no wonder Muslim women are synonymous with words such as submissive, passive, oppressed, victim, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: For too long, mothers have given birth in buildings unfit for purpose

The problem is we all know the Church plays a very long game, and sticks, religiously, to its beliefs, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: It’s time to scale back on plastic pollution — think before you buy

You are cleaning your teeth with plastic. You can literally feel it on your tongue, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Politicians will still have the final say on decisions reached by assembly

Unlike the Convention on the Constitution that preceded it there were no politicians appointed to the Citizen’s Assembly, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: What value is transparency without accountability or responsibility?

We’re punch-drunk from scandals, especially those surrounding An Garda Síochána, writes Alison O’Connor.

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