MICHAEL CLIFFORD: No blowback from breathalyser scandal

Each and every station superintendant has been out on the beat and should be able to recognise bogus figures, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Time for Enda Kenny to play trump card and quit

Enda Kenny’s visit to the White House was necessary - his invitation to Donald Trump to visit this country wasn’t, writes Michael Clifford.

 

 

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Our populism is not rooted in racism but water charges

It’s all designed to boost the entity purveying the populism rather than the cohort it’s aimed at, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Dublin's refugees living outside society’s lines

There is something incongruous about people living in tents in this affluent enclave, en route to nowhere, as life passes by on a city-bound train, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Maurice McCabe and his family have paid a terrible toll for his bravery

The most ludicrous utterance from a politician about the McCabe affair this week was also the most representative, says Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: O’Higgins commission key to any probe regarding alleged smear against Maurice McCabe

The events of recent days have thrown into sharp relief an earlier alleged attempt to smear Sgt Maurice McCabe at the O’Higgins commisison.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Culture is the aspect of life that is suffering most

Writer Donal Ryan has had to go back to the day job in order to make ends meet. Michael Clifford says that ‘culture is the aspect of life that is suffering most because it can’t sustain those who want to make a living in some of the art forms’.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Black rumour and gossip could damage An Garda Síochána

Unless everything is a ball of smoke, then it’s not just the upper echelons of An Garda Síochána that will be damaged by Judge Charleton’s inquiry, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Potential inquiry into Nama’s Project Eagle presents many political footballs but few final results

We may need an inquiry into Nama’s Project Eagle sales in the North, but why is the State run in a manner that necessitates inquiries to get at the truth, asks Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Mock-yah democracy still rules waves

Back in the days when Britannia ruled the waves, the party of government had a unique method of selecting a new leader, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Church teaches Education Minister Richard Bruton a lesson on divestment

Richard Bruton plans to divest patronage from Catholic primary schools. We’ve been here before and the Church still holds all the cards, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: The trauma of sexual violence is compounded by failure of public systems

Anna Ilnicka was beaten and sexually assaulted but the health service, gardaí and justice system failed her. We need an inquiry to find out why, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: After a 36-year quest, families hope for truth

The Stardust fire was worst tragedy of its kind to hit the country, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: How eager is the commissioner to hear from whistleblowers?

The Garda commissioner has plenty of questions to answer, even after a detailed interview on RTÉ Radio yesterday, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Blacklisted workers run up against a brick wall

Bricklayers took drastic action when they found themselves in a dispute on a site. Now they find themselves frozen out by the industry, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Global elite unconcerned with rest of us

Billionaires view the world through eyes that see only what they regard as entitlement, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Has-bean cafes win hands down for me

A conspiracy theory claims names mis-spelt in Starbucks are a marketing tactic, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Five artists of the Apollo were the ones who got their hands dirty

The celebrities brought the media, but they also brought the activists, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Cloud set to grow darker over gardaí

We may soon find out the truth of how the force deals with whistleblowers, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Donald doesn’t duck. He gets it done

A failure to get things done is a reason why liberal democracy is in the doghouse, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Meet the volunteer bikers who transport medical supplies and files across the country

Michael Clifford meets the bikers who give up their time to assist the health service in transporting supplies and files

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Trump and Brexit loom over year ahead

Let’s hope the coming year brings better tidings than those received from the one we’re leaving. Twas a year to remember and a year to forget.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: The ultimate A-Z of 2016

Michael Clifford takes a look back at the past 12 months and all the ups and downs that came with it.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Family of eight living on the edge as squatters

Children and parents could be split up if precarious existence in squatted property comes to an end, says Michael Clifford

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