FERGUS FINLAY

FERGUS FINLAY: What Irish voters and politicians will learn from the British election

DON’T you just love a neck-and-neck election? That’s what the general election in the UK is shaping up to be. It offers all the potential excitement of our favourite spectator sport. It’s just a month away, and already it looks like it will be a really tough and bruising encounter.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Sometimes, acting on conscience is another form of discrimination

I SET OUT to write about Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, and about conscience and marriage, writes Fergus Finlay

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Munster's Donal Canniffe and Brendan Foley in the game against the All Blacks at Thomond Park, Limerick, on October 31, 1978.

FERGUS FINLAY: My rugby career is a game of two halves: bad player and ardent fan

IT wasn’t a funereal atmosphere on the ferry on Sunday, but it was sad and solemn. 

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Voting for same-sex marriage will end inequality and the lonely stigma of being gay, and perhaps atone for past injustices.

FERGUS FINLAY: It’s time to be straight and just by saying ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage

Gay people have suffered, not because of what they’ve done, but because of who they are, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: The traditional family and a loving, safe environment are not the same

THE sky cracked over Leinster House last week.

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The economy is gradually improving, even as child poverty is worsening.

FERGUS FINLAY: ‘F’ for fail: Government has a very poor grade in fighting child poverty

THAT was a good speech by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the weekend. 

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The regulatory measures minister Leo Varadkar is introducing are part of the answer to our drink culture and the problems it causes.

FERGUS FINLAY: Time to stop papering over ‘craics’ and tackle corrosive alcohol abuse

MY HEART went out to Terry Prone when I read her column yesterday. And even more to the man in her life. Mind you, I always envy Terry’s ability to make me smile about something that I’m certain was a scary experience.

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Ailbhe Smyth of the Coalition toRepeal the Eight Amendment,Independent TD Clare Daly, andIndependent TD Richard Boyd Barrettat a press conference in Buswell'sHotel, Dublin, calling for that repeal.Picture: Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland

FERGUS FINLAY: Two disastrous policy decisions, both of them born of ignorance

The bank guarantee and the eighth amendment were born of ignorance and we are still rectifying the damage, argues Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: We have to mind the boys and girls who suffer mental health issues

Boys take their own lives twice as often as girls. Girls hurt themselves twice as often as boys. Two simple, and frightening, facts.

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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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FERGUS FINLAY: ‘Charlie’ is riveting TV viewing, but history will not ‘view’ Haughey well

Sunday night has become Charlie night for me. What will I do without it, asks Fergus Finlay.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Say what you want, but I support the right to freedom of speech

Fergus Finlay asks is it possible to be profound about free speech when we take it for granted.

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FERGUS FINLAY: New party needs a reboot already: it’s devoid of passion or purpose

Fergus Finlay says Reboot Ireland needs to take a strong political stance on the issues facing Ireland today

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