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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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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