MICHAEL CLIFFORD: A stout defence of the Public Alcohol Bill

It is the clash of big business with the common good, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Nuance is lost amid the Twitter storms

A FEW months ago in this slot I wrote the following about Nóirín O’Sullivan: “She could well argue that her biggest problem is dumb luck. If she had been commissioner at any other time in the force’s history, she might well be considered to be doing a fine job.”

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: State must answer fire safety questions

The case for a widespread audit of Celtic Tiger-era buildings has never been as strong, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Not even government wants to govern

The real divide in Irish politics is the artificial one, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Informer took murder secrets to grave

Seán O’Callaghan was never brought to account for the murder of John Corcoran, most likely because the State may well have found itself in the dock beside him, says Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: ‘If in doubt, spin it out’ sums up approach to crisis

If in doubt, spin it out. So appears to be the primary approach of the Government to the housing crisis and homeless emergency.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Scale of housing crisis has not hit home

Maybe the theme of embarrassing the Government really is the way to go, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Frank Mullen dies trying to clear his name

He was left with a conundrum: How do you disprove an allegation of historic sexual abuse, writes Michael Clifford

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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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