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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ALISON O'CONNOR: Frances Fitzgerald may have departed but this issue is far from buried

It took an extraordinarily long time, in political terms, for Frances Fitzgerald to finally announce that she would resign, suggests Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Saying sorry is easy but saying it like they mean it seems impossible

‘Learn about myself’, ‘learn from my actions’, ‘conquer my demons’, ‘a wake up call’, ‘pursuing shared feelings’, ‘was mistaken’, ‘fallen below the high standards’, ‘difficult conversations’, ‘face your missteps’, ‘been made aware’, ‘crossed the line’, ‘how benign my intent’, ‘caused upset’, ‘see things differently now’, ‘up until now’, ‘ebullient behaviour’, ‘examining my own behaviour’, ‘no time intended to upset anyone’.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Government can’t wish away the homeless crisis this Christmas

Government has zero legitimacy in criticising the commentary around housing, until real improvement can be shown, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: There's little succour for women who’ve been harassed in the workplace

Alison O’Connor worries about the women who work in the background of Leinster House.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Availability of abortion pill means the genie is out of the bottle

THERE are more than 1,000 abortions taking place in Ireland each year. Yes, they are happening every day, right under our noses, and as time goes on that figure is going to rise substantially, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Our Taoiseach really needs a lesson in checking his privilege

Surely there was someone somewhere, a man even, willing to point out to the Taoiseach that he’s big time storing up trouble with Irish women the way that he’s going on.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Abortion headache will contribute to political stability until next year

Imagine either of the two parties finding themselves with abortion as an election issue, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Responsible budget approach could still be undone by Brexit

We shouldn’t rule out the prospect of Fianna Fáil returning to power just as the economy really picks up, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Minimal change in abortion law is likely, and it won’t please either side

The committee will likely end up recommending abortion in restrictive circumstances, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: President Higgins is just too old to serve for a second, seven-year term

Reading between the lines President Higgins is actively considering running again, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Next few months will reveal if Leo is man of substance or just style

After  a summer of wetsuit posing, efforts to expand his appeal through social media and going unrecognised by Irish students on their J1 visa Taoiseach Leo Varadkar now gets down to the real business of running the country, writes Alison O’Connor.

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