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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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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