GERARD HOWLIN: Government's postcard to those forgotten runs risk of being returned to sender

The real battleground for the next election is rural Ireland, and that’s power, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Uncharted territory as the reality of Adams stepping down sinks in

This Saturday at 8.30pm the Sinn Féin ard fheis will go live on RTÉ from the RDS. Gerry Adams will share his intentions and timeline for stepping down as party leader, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: The arts community: Where some animals are more equal than others

There is something of George Orwell’s Animal Farm about the arts — “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Growth will be derailed if we don’t sort out public transport network

What’s planned and funded won’t catch up on, let alone pass out, what’s coming, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Politics of expediency on water charges flushed a cleaner future down the Swannee

Irish Water needs €5.5bn up to 2021 and that is only to start, but the funds now will have to come from the same purse as health and education, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: China’s growing power simply restores its global economic clout

After Ophelia, and especially after a Fianna Fáil ard fheis, don’t forget that the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China opens in Beijing today. It may be more important.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Budget is in the past — now it’s time to focus on the election

There may be collaboration on the budget, but there is deadly political competition between the two big centre parties, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Budget debates are now getting down to the nitty gritty

It’s only this week that budget negotiations get seriously political, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Social democrats moved to the centre and got caught in the middle

Social democracy compromised across Europe, but the centre has swallowed it, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Gloves off as budget nears but it’s all about how game is played

In a world where figures are not facts, it is down to politics, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Opposition will miss commissioner who tried to affect change in force

The sooner we stop talking palaver about the decent men and women in the force the better. writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Coalition in Dublin would be seriously damaging for Sinn Féin

We have no ambition to be part of the system. Our ambition is to change it” was Gerry Adams’ line at the Sinn Féin think-in yesterday.

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GERARD HOWLIN: The history is stark: Talk of equality among teachers is nonsense

Services are shortchanged to retrofit post-crash public servants with boom-time expectations, writes Gerard Howlin

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