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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ALISON O'CONNOR: Could Enda Kenny be staring down at us from posters at the next election?

The leadership contest has effectively been going on for over a year, points out Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Politicians and public bury their heads in the sand on alcohol abuse

Our streets host fabulous parades by day, but scenes of vomiting, urinating, and fighting by night, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: The 8th: Toxic shame continues to haunt women years after Tuam horrors

As a woman listening, it was so wounding to realise what little value your country has in you, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Assembly on eighth amendment will scrutinise input of women who had abortions

They’ve been chosen to give a ‘range’ of the experiences which can be undergone by women, rather than an absolute balance of pro and anti abortion, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Fine Gael leadership race could hinge on sexual orientation issue

A result where holy Catholic Ireland has elected a gay prime minister would make international news, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: It is finally time to move on, but without this bumbling Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny’s approach has been to treat the whistleblower as if he had the equivalent of a political plague, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Female health ranks abysmally low at Cork University Hospital campus

CUMH was ‘an exemplar of how maternity services should not work and how they don’t work well’, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Credit where it’s due... and that’s to 99 members of Citizens’ Assembly

The 99 citizens who represent us all at the Citizens’ Assembly gather once again in Malahide in Co Dublin this weekend.

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