Michael Clifford: Preparing for a return to normality

Michael Clifford: Preparing for a return to normality

Is it time to revert to democratic norms in which elected representatives govern?

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Caherciveen revelations undermine public apology

Caherciveen revelations undermine public apology

The controversial direct provision centre in Caherciveen was originally scheduled to open on November 4 last and was to accommodate 300 asylum seekers rather than ...

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Michael Clifford: Trust has been eroded in how State operates

Michael Clifford: Trust has been eroded in how State operates

The mishandling of the Caherciveen centre has been exacerbated by misinformation, deflection, and at its most charitable, a deficit of knowledge, writes Michael ...

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Michael Clifford: Hot under the collar over shirtless Leo

Michael Clifford: Hot under the collar over shirtless Leo

Briefly, in the last 24 hours, it looked as if some intrepid politics watchers may have collared their very own Dominic Cummings, as photographs circulated of the ...

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Michael Clifford: We must resist attempt to rewrite history

Michael Clifford: We must resist attempt to rewrite history

Alan Shatter is entitled to have passages in the Guerin Report referencing him redacted, but removing it from the Oireachtas library would be a travesty, writes ...

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McCabe wants to get back in his stride after travelling the hard road

McCabe wants to get back in his stride after travelling the hard road

Maurice McCabe has stepped back into public view as patron of an anti-corruption body, writes Michael Clifford

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Complaint made over Healy Rae link to direct provision hotel

Complaint made over Healy Rae link to direct provision hotel

A complaint has been lodged with the clerk of the Dáil over the failure of Michael Healy Rae to declare his interest in the company that ran the hotel in ...

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Michael Clifford: Dazed and confused in the Trump world

Michael Clifford: Dazed and confused in the Trump world

It’s one thing to have a sociopathic buffoon running the most powerful country in the world, but quite another when everybody around him pretends that he is, ...

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The Michael Clifford Podcast: Life after whistleblowing for Maurice McCabe

The Michael Clifford Podcast: Life after whistleblowing for Maurice McCabe

Maurice McCabe spoke to the podcast about how he’s getting on with life, how Transparency International helped him and what he does when whistleblowers from ...

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Many Caherciveen direct provision staff not Gardaí vetted; Minister's statements - fact or fiction?

Many Caherciveen direct provision staff not Gardaí vetted; Minister's statements - fact or fiction?

More than half of the staff at the controversial direct provision centre in Caherciveen, Co Kerry, had not been Garda vetted by May 7, almost two months after the ...

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Michael Clifford: Residents right to hold out for the full facts

Michael Clifford: Residents right to hold out for the full facts

There are still more questions to be answered about the Caherciveen Direct Provision centre - and the Department's handling of it, writes Michael Clifford

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Charlie Flanagan apologises to Kerry people over controversial direct provision centre

Charlie Flanagan apologises to Kerry people over controversial direct provision centre

The Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has written an unprecedented letter to the people of Kerry apologising for what has unfolded at the controversial direct ...

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Michael Clifford: Minister’s apology fails to address key issues in Caherciveen

Michael Clifford: Minister’s apology fails to address key issues in Caherciveen

The letter of apology from the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan concerning a Direct Provision centre in Cahirciveen avoids the real issues that have left people ...

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Michael Clifford: Bailey hearing shows stakes are high

Michael Clifford: Bailey hearing shows stakes are high

Yesterday in the High Court, there was a small vignette in relation to the long saga of Ian Bailey and the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

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Michael Clifford: Use of language as a political football

Michael Clifford: Use of language as a political football

Language is important when it comes to the politics of this island - traditions here and traditions in Northern Ireland place huge store on it, writes Michael Clifford. ...

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The Michael Clifford Podcast: fighting the virus in Direct Provision

The Michael Clifford Podcast: fighting the virus in Direct Provision

The spread of the coronavirus has led to major problems in particular settings, one of which is direct provision centres. One centre that has experienced an outbreak ...

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Justice department rejects alternative accommodation for Cahirciveen asylum seekers

Justice department rejects alternative accommodation for Cahirciveen asylum seekers

The Department of Justice has rejected an offer of alternative accommodation for asylum seekers who want to be moved from a controversial direct provision centre ...

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Michael Healy-Rae had shareholding in hotel at centre of Direct Provision controversy in Caherciveen

Michael Healy-Rae had shareholding in hotel at centre of Direct Provision controversy in Caherciveen

Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae had a shareholding in the company that sold the lease in the hotel in Cahirciveen to the businessman now running it as a Direct Provision ...

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Michael Clifford: Kerry hotel should never have been a direct provision centre

Michael Clifford: Kerry hotel should never have been a direct provision centre

The Skellig Star hotel should never have been a direct provision centre, given the questions as to the basis on which it was accepted as one, says Michael Clifford

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Michael Clifford: Children with special needs left in quiet desperation since school closures

Michael Clifford: Children with special needs left in quiet desperation since school closures

Some vulnerable pupils have been left without contact from teachers or SNAs and have had vital supports withdrawn, writes Special Correspondent Michael Clifford

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Michael Clifford: Only 'unpalatable truths' set out by Greens can ensure a bright future

Michael Clifford: Only 'unpalatable truths' set out by Greens can ensure a bright future

In recent days, as the possibility of the Greens entering government materialises from over the horizon, some of the old shibboleths have resurfaced.

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Mick Clifford Podcast: When one size doesn’t fit all in locking down

Mick Clifford Podcast: When one size doesn’t fit all in locking down

While the western world has faced major upheaval in dealing with the pandemic, the developing world has a whole set of different, and largely more dangerous problems. ...

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Suitability of Kerry Direct Provision centre questioned after a quarter of residents test positive for Covid-19

Suitability of Kerry Direct Provision centre questioned after a quarter of residents test positive for Covid-19

The central heating system in the Kerry direct provision centre where at least 25 people have tested positive for Covid-19 has been in disrepair since last December. ...

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Michael Clifford: Gemma O'Doherty and John Waters believe they are oppressed in their own country

Michael Clifford: Gemma O'Doherty and John Waters believe they are oppressed in their own country

There were garda checkpoints on three different approach roads to the Four Courts in Dublin, in advance of the hearing.

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Michael Clifford: Garda superintendent bids to lift suspension after late-night arrest

Michael Clifford: Garda superintendent bids to lift suspension after late-night arrest

Almost a year after his arrest, Eamon O’Neill is fighting to have his suspension lifted, writes Michael Clifford

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Mick Clifford: We must rethink how we treat migrants

Mick Clifford: We must rethink how we treat migrants

ON April 13, 189 migrants from Bulgaria were flown into this country to work for Keelings, the Dublin-based fruit farmers. Following publication on social media ...

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Mick Clifford: Caherciveen the latest tip of the Direct Provision iceberg

Mick Clifford: Caherciveen the latest tip of the Direct Provision iceberg

The system in place for asylum seeker continues to be unfit for purpose, writes Mick Clifford

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Michael Clifford: Arrested development - How are our jails run?

Michael Clifford: Arrested development - How are our jails run?

With just one governor on its executive management team, control of the Irish Prison Service has switched to civil servants, writes Special Correspondent Michael ...

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Michael Clifford: Lamenting loss of a sporting summer

Michael Clifford: Lamenting loss of a sporting summer

The role of sport in society got two outings during the week, writes Michael Clifford

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Mick Clifford Podcast: Anne Ryan - when enough is plenty

Mick Clifford Podcast: Anne Ryan - when enough is plenty

The public health emergency and lockdown has for many people provided space to reflect on how we are living as a society.

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Michael Clifford: A referendum to cap land prices - you're having a laugh

Michael Clifford: A referendum to cap land prices - you're having a laugh

Have the civil war parties gone though a sea change in one of the most contentious political issues, the price of building land? Or is it a question of spin de jour? ...

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Michael Clifford: Town’s anxiety over hotel goes viral

Michael Clifford: Town’s anxiety over hotel goes viral

The handling of an outbreak of Covid-19 in a direct provision centre in Co Kerry has been heavily criticised by asylum seekers and the community, writes Michael ...

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Prison service U-turn on protected disclosures

Prison service U-turn on protected disclosures

A decision by the director general of the Irish Prison Service to suspend investigations into protected disclosures has been reversed, following publication of the ...

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Michael Clifford: Caretaker Cabinet must be accountable

Michael Clifford: Caretaker Cabinet must be accountable

The stewardship of the State right now should be a matter of grave concern. Yet it is attracting little attention, writs Michael Clifford.

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Mick Clifford Podcast: Autism campaigner Adam Harris - As he is

Mick Clifford Podcast: Autism campaigner Adam Harris - As he is

Adam Harris was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum at the age of five. He spoke to Michael Clifford.

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Michael Clifford: Nursing homes needed much quicker response during Covid-19

Michael Clifford: Nursing homes needed much quicker response during Covid-19

The unfolding tragedy in the State’s nursing homes was foretold writes Michael Clifford.

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Prison service boss suspends protected disclosures probes

Prison service boss suspends protected disclosures probes

The director general of the Irish Prison Service has ordered that all investigations into protected disclosures in the service be suspended during the health crisis. ...

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Michael Clifford: Lockdown interrupts lock-up probes

Michael Clifford: Lockdown interrupts lock-up probes

The decision by the director general of the Irish Prison Service (IPS) to suspend investigations into malpractice raises a number of serious questions.

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Michael Clifford: Is one-tier health system here to stay?

Michael Clifford: Is one-tier health system here to stay?

ON Monday, August 26, 2019, a government-commissioned report was published with minimum fanfare, writes Michael Clifford..

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Mick Clifford Podcast: Catherine Shanahan's profile of Tony Holohan

Mick Clifford Podcast: Catherine Shanahan's profile of Tony Holohan

One figure who has emerged in the current pandemic to provide reassurance about the direction of the country is Tony Holohan.

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Mick Clifford Podcast: Keeping fear of Covid-19 in perspective

Mick Clifford Podcast: Keeping fear of Covid-19 in perspective

The changes imposed by the onslaught of the coronavirus have affected all areas of society but most particularly those who work in the healthcare system.

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Michael Clifford: Time to press the reset button

Michael Clifford: Time to press the reset button

A traumatised country will need an administration that has a sound mandate and the confidence to carry it out, writes Michael Clifford

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Michael Clifford: Give us the story with testing, warts and all

Michael Clifford: Give us the story with testing, warts and all

The first week has gone well. The latest restrictions introduced eight days ago by Leo Varadkar appear to have been borne stoically by nearly everybody. It’s ...

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Mick Clifford Podcast: Slow bicycle race to Government

Mick Clifford Podcast: Slow bicycle race to Government

Nearly two months after the general election and in the midst of an existential crisis we still don’t have a government. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are ...

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Mick Clifford Podcast: Living and dying in a time of Coronavirus

Mick Clifford Podcast: Living and dying in a time of Coronavirus

Alison O’Connor has like many people been reflecting in recent weeks on the nature of life and the nature of death as the country endures what amounts to lockdown ...

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Michael Clifford: Greens wash their hands of responsibility

Michael Clifford: Greens wash their hands of responsibility

Material for columns pop up in various places and this week it came from a tweet posted by Irish Examiner fellow columnist Alison O’Connor the other day.

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Holly Cairns: Gender stereotypes are still there in politics

Holly Cairns: Gender stereotypes are still there in politics

A female TD whose partner is also a member of the Dáil was told that “being a politician’s wife is no life for you”.

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Boston Scientific supporting project to build multiple ventilators in Covid-19 effort

Boston Scientific supporting project to build multiple ventilators in Covid-19 effort

Medical device company Boston Scientific is supporting a project started by an engineer to design and build multiple ventilators to deal with expected demand from ...

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Michael Clifford: Hopefully this time our leaders will mean it when they invoke 1916 ideals

Michael Clifford: Hopefully this time our leaders will mean it when they invoke 1916 ideals

Sinn Féin, the parties of the left, and to a lesser extent Fianna Fáil, all embraced the so-called mandate for change after the recent election, writes ...

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Mick Clifford podcast: The battle is on to ensure Ireland has enough ventilators for Covid-19 crisis

Mick Clifford podcast: The battle is on to ensure Ireland has enough ventilators for Covid-19 crisis

The onslaught of the Covid 19 virus is expected to put our hospital service under severe pressure, writes writes Mick Clifford.

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