MICHAEL CLIFFORD: There are lies, damn lies, and rumours

Everybody knew that the famous sports figure had abused the child. Everybody knew he was the man at the centre of the X case, in which a 14-year-old girl was initially stopped from travelling to the UK for an abortion in 1992.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: There is no acceptable level of road deaths

Danny Healy Rae is merely articulating what many rural politicians say in private. They hide behind his colour and give thanks that he’s willing to go out and hurl for the cause, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Páirc Uí Chaoimh's Field of Dreams lets the side down

My hopes and dreams were wrapped up in the prospect of bringing my son to the big game in the bright, new shining Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The County Board put paid to that, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Murky reflections from the water trial

Paul Murphy has been the poster boy for the water charge protest, which has seen main parties twist in the wind for two years, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: From ‘Love Actually’ to political dramas

Leo Varadkar’s first visit to London as Taoiseach was an occasion on which to show authority, writes Michael Clifford

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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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