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OPINION

A reflection on my dental woes

I flicked through magazines on the table.

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Fruit for thought in almost vegan-free France

My sister tells me the French for 'vegan' is 'fou', but I don't believe her.

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We may price students out of college

Now the Leaving Cert results and the first round of CAO offers are out and all the teens-turned-adults are trotting off to college, parents are probably beginning to feel the pinch already.

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Political unity - A formal proposal

Yesterday's oration at Béal na Bláth was given by Bill O'Herlihy.

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Protecting our bogs - Principle must prevail over pressure

If the fact that our fifth attempt at enacting a climate protection bill is winding its way through the Oireachtas at a glacial pace does not portray a dysfunctional, dangerous attitude towards environmental protection or social responsibility, then yesterday's symbolic protest by around 150 turf cutters — cheered on by two Dáil deputies — at Kerry's Moanveanlagh bog, highlights the cultural ambiguity that sustains this prevaricating, responsibility-dodging foolishness.

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We prefer to be fooled than hear the truth, and opportunists take note

We lie about ourselves because we prefer the version we make up to the one we grew up with.

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LETTERS

Vow of silence over Magdalene redress

I recently received a letter from Justice Minister Alan Shatter's office, following a query I made about the Magdalene Laundries and about financial contributions by the religious orders.

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Nothing clear about fundamentalism

Apparently, Irish citizens aren't afforded the same rights as the general population if they have a different religious or ethnic background.

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Waste of time

I recently contacted the Financial Ombudsman regarding a life policy issue.

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Park this whinging about the Maze

I'm sick of the whinging from both sides about what should happen to the site of the Maze Prison.

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Best left to the schools

I am bewildered by the involvement of Richard Boyd Barrett TD in a school issue.

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Kilmichael monument debate

There are historical commemorations all year round.

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