GERARD HOWLIN: What disturbs me is the process surrounding maternity hospital

Arguements about religion, power, and conflict of interest swirling around the proposal to build a new national maternity hospital on the grounds of St Vincent’s Hospital, which is owned by the Sisters of Charity, ignore the elephant in the room. The essential conflict of interest, one almost unmentioned, is money.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Water protestors’ case will likely have far-reaching consequences

Solidarity has succeeded in flavouring politics, and influencing major change, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Those who expect normal service to resume in Dáil will have to wait

The results of an election will not materially change the diffuse make-up of our democratic choice, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Shane Ross’s artful inaction may actually enable him to deliver on strike

Ireland desperately needs more public transport. In rural areas it’s anaemic, says Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: A decade in waiting, but no sign of ratification for UN convention

Key cultural change at stake is a preparedness to take responsibility, rather than disavow it, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: We enter a period where the scale of change is going to outpace events

Grand-coalition would be a selfeating ebola, and leave its advocates more discomforted than ever, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Opening presidential vote to diaspora is an exercise in comic gigantism

By engorging the presidency... it disturbs a delicate equilibrium in which the president is primarily a bulwark for restraint in the face of potential irresponsibility, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Sinn Féin must pivot from exploiting alienation to delivering cohesion

Sinn Féin is at the edge of the centre. Whether it is Promised Land or quicksand remains to be seen, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Our tax base is too narrow to support our spending profile

With income tax we are dangerously out of kilter with the tax norms of countries we want to emulate, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: It is not enough to be a safe haven for a once-in-a-generation storm

Fine Gael today has no sense of how to become competitive outside its own comfort zone, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Government struggles to survive one crisis as another appears

It is in the gritty detail of difficult policy decisions that lies the ultimate test of character. In that regard, there is more going on this week than the main headlines indicate, writes Gerard Howlin

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Sharon and her daughter Megan, 13, who is suffering worsening scoliosis on 'Living on the List'.

GERARD HOWLIN: Vested interests within the health system adding to pain of 'living on the list'

Vested interests within the system benefit from work practices that are costly in cash, and contribute to keeping people ‘living on the list’ in pain, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: No to arbitrary exercise of power no matter how unpopular the cause

Free speech is upheld, but political caprice is unrestrained, in an Oireachtas where voluntary restraint is in short supply, writes Gerard Howlin.

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