The chance to redeem oneself by being the ‘perfect’ grandparent

The chance to redeem oneself by being the ‘perfect’ grandparent

Quite by accident, I encountered a beloved competitor this weekend. If you think that sounds like a contradiction in terms, let me bring you in on a secret.

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Noel Whelan was a force for good and a vital part of the peace process

Noel Whelan was a force for good and a vital part of the peace process

Where it suited the cause and where it suited himself, Noel Whelan would make public his involvement in it. Why not?

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Deja vu is the key marketing device for non-reader, beach book readers

Deja vu is the key marketing device for non-reader, beach book readers

Non-readers can’t cope with brand new challenging stuff. They need that sense that they’ve been here before, writes Terry Prone.

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Three women of courage rock the male establishment in a big way

Each has shown courage, resolve, and great timing in pushing forward their very different agendas, writes Terry Prone

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A touch of chaos will not stop Boris Johnson from becoming PM

A touch of chaos will not stop Boris Johnson from becoming PM

Terry Prone It happens. It shouldn’t happen, but it does happen. It happens on a Friday evening. It’s the end of the week, a chance to unwind, get out ...

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Johnson will be next British PM because it’s not about character

Johnson will be next British PM because it’s not about character

Johnson is in the middle of a messy marital breakup and this has had no effect on his following, writes Terry Prone.

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Kiss but don’t tell: How Ireland enabled Cleary’s sexual hypocrisy

Kiss but don’t tell: How Ireland enabled Cleary’s sexual hypocrisy

Fr Michael Cleary didn’t have to cope with loneliness or celibacy, having fathered a family, writes Terry Prone

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Accounts of Martin Luther King’s misconduct are loosely supported

Accounts of Martin Luther King’s misconduct are loosely supported

When a Pulitzer prizewinning biographer produces evidence that one of the most admired men in history colluded in and even applauded a rape, it’s to be expected ...

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Greens should stick to their unique selling point of saving the world

Greens should stick to their unique selling point of saving the world

You could sum up the one recurring negative comment about the ‘Green Wave’ thus: “Oh, the Greens are going to come after us and take our cars from ...

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Employers could be named and shamed for gender pay gap breach

Employers could be named and shamed for gender pay gap breach

Shame is relative. That’s the first thing. Some shame is minor.

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The barriers to female promotion have nothing to do with language

The barriers to female promotion have nothing to do with language

Are women deterred by particular terms, masculine terms, from applying for jobs? Unlikely, says Terry Prone.

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Postering for elections combines art, science and common sense

Postering for elections combines art, science and common sense

Bigger election posters outside railway stations can get into atmospherics, but the lamppost posters have more precise and limited functions, writes Terry Prone

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Biden’s faults may not hinder him because of President TrumpThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Biden’s faults may not hinder him because of President Trump

Biden getting the Democrat nomination hinges on his capacity to grasp the soul of America, writes Terry Prone

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Why Tom Hanks is light years ahead of every other celebrityThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Why Tom Hanks is light years ahead of every other celebrity

The latest manifestation of Hanks’ goodness is a message he sent to Cork’s formerly conjoined twins, writes Terry Prone.

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Bezos’ behaviour makes the 19th century industrialists look saintly

Bezos’ behaviour makes the 19th century industrialists look saintly

In Amazon’s warehouses in the UK, ambulances were called, not 60 times, but 600 times, writes Terry Prone

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Missing boy’s impersonator only doubles pain for hopeful family

Missing boy’s impersonator only doubles pain for hopeful family

Only in the last few years have posters of missing young people been wrapped around lampposts in Ireland, accompanied by friends and family handing out leaflets ...

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With no experience of changing the world, they did it anyway

With no experience of changing the world, they did it anyway

They were certainly disagreeing with each other, but that wasn’t why two of the women spoke louder and with more precise diction than the norm in a half-filled ...

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Childhood memories worm their way into subconscious adult minds

Childhood memories worm their way into subconscious adult minds

MY DAY of childhood ignominy and shame stands out because it was exceptional. That day, if I’d developed horns and a tail, nobody would have been surprised. ...

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We’d do better to study the good guys rather than the deviants

We’d do better to study the good guys rather than the deviants

There’s the probability that the unprecedented publicity payoff delivered to bizarre killers will provoke others, writes Terry Prone.

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Judging people by appearance can be a very dangerous game

Judging people by appearance can be a very dangerous game

Tom said a killer could select a victim because Protestants and Catholics in the North look different, writes Terry Prone

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Opening a book will open up whole other worlds for children

Opening a book will open up whole other worlds for children

Nothing puts the heart crossways in a mother or father like sudden, unexplained silence

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There’s no such thing as good publicity when you win a lottery

There’s no such thing as good publicity when you win a lottery

It could have been a scene straight out of a film, except that it wasn’t, writes Terry Prone.

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Real culprit of children’s hospital debacle is the tender process

Real culprit of children’s hospital debacle is the tender process

Human beings know which side their bread is buttered on, and they rarely slap that butter side down on a dirty floor, writes Terry Prone

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The debate on alleged blackface racism doesn’t allow for grey areas

The debate on alleged blackface racism doesn’t allow for grey areas

Three politicians in Virginia have brought a new meaning to the phrase “succession planning”. In addition, they have changed the harmless school year ...

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Leaks put every patient in every hospital in real and present danger

Leaks put every patient in every hospital in real and present danger

We don’t know her name, nor should we. We don’t know anything about her other than that she terminated a pregnancy in Ireland in the first month it was ...

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Our morbid curiosity an accident waiting to happen on social media

Our morbid curiosity an accident waiting to happen on social media

Any crash on the M50 reduces all of Dublin to a near standstill, not because it’s impossible to pass the crashed cars, but because it’s impossible to ...

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Philip didn’t crash because he’s old. He crashed because he’s male

Philip didn’t crash because he’s old. He crashed because he’s male

Sorry to be sexist, but the most dangerous drivers have always been men, writes Terry Prone.

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Dementia sufferers’ spouses laying bare their lives should be stopped

Dementia sufferers’ spouses laying bare their lives should be stopped

Sharing the pain may lessen it, but Terry Prone wonders if anybody has the right to lay out a spouse’s diminished life for public consumption

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He drank, smoked, and was good fun, but Herb was still a high-flyer

He drank, smoked, and was good fun, but Herb was still a high-flyer

He drank whisky every day, and a lot of it. He smoked, ditto. He doesn’t seem to have slept a lot. And yet, when he died, last week, he was 87 years of age ...

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Even established writers rage against the bookshop machine

Even established writers rage against the bookshop machine

The two best bits of the just published State papers from the 1980s are, inevitably, sections carrying no great national importance.

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Christmas rules are embedded in us like an ingrown toenail

Christmas rules are embedded in us like an ingrown toenail

Why do we go along with the portrayal of Christmas as the equivalent of General Patton’s march to relieve the siege at Bastogne?, asks Terry Prone.

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Books are the perfect Christmas presents to cover all eventualities

Books are the perfect Christmas presents to cover all eventualities

A clever ad on radio at the moment points to a Christmas present worth giving because, even if you see someone at a party with precisely the same thing, your reaction ...

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  HSE plans to build patient relationships all well and good but essentials of respectful care never change

HSE plans to build patient relationships all well and good but essentials of respectful care never change

Much nonsense has been talked about the HSE forbidding staff to call patients “love”, writes Terry Prone.

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Libraries still lending a welcome hand to all parts of our society

Libraries still lending a welcome hand to all parts of our society

Hearing that libraries are going to be the locus for health-promotion programmes in the coming year prompted me to do a little research over the last two weeks.

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Purists may pop a vein but these penguins surely needed a pick-upThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Purists may pop a vein but these penguins surely needed a pick-up

You have to stand four-square with David Attenborough on this one.

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What the ‘Fearless Girl’ stands for, I don’t know, but it isn’t bravery

What the ‘Fearless Girl’ stands for, I don’t know, but it isn’t bravery

If I hadn’t hesitated at a crucial moment, this column might be illustrated, today, by a photograph of me with the Fearless Girl statue.

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‘Telling it like it is’ appeals to the middle-aged man of few words

‘Telling it like it is’ appeals to the middle-aged man of few words

YOU might not think that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, US president Donald Trump and Peter Casey, a former candidate for the Irish presidency, have that much in common, ...

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Glass might be half full locally but but drought remains a big issue

Glass might be half full locally but but drought remains a big issue

The weather, this weekend, and its effects on the environment, would remind you of thosehistoric accounts where someone with a fine head of auburn hair on them experiences ...

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