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OPINION

Some should stop lying, others should just stop talking

SO, do politicians become liars, or do liars become politicians?

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Put humanity before extreme beliefs By Michael Clifford

MICHELLE Mulherin is to be congratulated for her honesty.

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Time to change tack in battle on smoking?

Some months ago the Department of Health accepted that the smoking ban has not had any real impact in reducing the number of people who smoke in Ireland.

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Real cost of water

Though it's been five years it's hard to forget the earnest individual manning the protest line at Croke Park when the English rugby team played there in what has become to be recognised as one of the great milestones in our recent history.

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"That's right. Sang like a bird in the school show…"

SOCIOLOGISTS employ all sorts of clever-sounding techniques in order to determine how social systems, such as small rural communities for example, function.

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LETTERS

Refusing to comment

For 15 years we listened to politicians refusing to comment on those under investigation by the Mahon Tribunal on the grounds that such comment could undermine the work of the tribunal.

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Government needs to sell Nama properties fast

In Apr 2009 Nama, Ireland's largest property portfolio, was conceived by experts and approved by the Government of the day as a modern 'toxic bank' for the disposal of all the bad debt that swamped us at the time.

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China horse welfare fears

Last weekend the pundits, bookies and people involved in horse racing celebrated their winnings literally on the backs of horses in the Grand National.

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Labour should follow principles

It hardly came as a surprise that senior Labour party member, Cllr. Seán Counihan, (Irish Examiner, Apr 17) is calling for a merger with Fianna Fáil.

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Heads in the clouds

I would like to point out to the economic gurus like Jim Power who support the household charge that Cork County Council has a range of charges for the various services they provide; for example, there is a charge for joining a library or calling out the fire brigade.

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Hierarchy forgets nothing, but learns nothing either

I thought that on the anniversary of the excommunication of Martin Luther it would be a good time for me to add my tupennyworth regarding the silencing of dissent amongst Irish clergy by the Vatican.

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The Church and change

The deluge of ill-informed comment on the Catholic Church's actions in holding the line on its core teaching shows no signs of abating.

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