MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Shane Ross can stroke with the best of them

We just knew that the best interests of the operation of the gardaí would conflate with those of Lord Ross, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: We need to learn from planning mistakes

A regulator could ensure that development plans complied with best planning practice, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: A good day for the justice system

The prosecution of Sean Fitzpatrick bore many elements of a stitch-up, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Charlie Walker had a deep love for the game

He was still a coach, still getting into a player’s head, determining who needed cajoling, who would be incentivised by reward, all to elicit a better account of themselves, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: No blue horizon for An Garda Síochána

Changes in the force have been at a snail’s pace, and met with a degree of resistance from members that is more associated with children, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: If truth be told, it’s time to shelve the Bible from courtrooms

There was a time when the Bible served the purpose for which it is now ostensibly still in use, writes Michael Clifford, Columnist of the Year.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: If in doubt about wasteful spending in welfare, the safe thing is to label it fraud

If in doubt about wasteful spending in welfare, the safe thing is to label it fraud, writes Columnist of the Year Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Confessions of a remorseful killer

Restorative justice can assist in healing, which is what victims need more than anything, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Gardaí should have shown some cop-on

The cultural malaise that has been exposed in recent years infects all ranks, writes Michael Clifford, columnist of the year.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Failure to embrace Ross’s plan shameful

That Ross’s proposed change (re drink driving) is not embraced by the whole body politic is an acute embarrassment to any country which describes itself as civilised, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Plenty plans just no political leadership

TOM Keane is a man to whom anybody who gives a fig about the country should listen, says Michael Clifford.

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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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