ALISON O'CONNOR: Mary Lou wants to be a modern leader but is hobbled by the past

It was the day after the first RTÉ Claire Byrne debate on the abortion referendum, which had turned into a shouting match: The anti-abortion side had hijacked the programme.

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VICTORIA WHITE: Women are part of the community and the ICA has always known this

At the heart of the Ploughing Championships, the largest rural festival in Europe, is the stand of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. And if the Ploughing has forced a rethink of the national relationship with rural life, maybe it’s time ICA forced a rethink of feminism.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Land for peace is fool’s gold when it comes to the Middle East

Today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement for Jewish people. It is 45 years since the war which bore its name.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Astute, talented, Howlin deserves to be supported not sniped at

I joined the Labour Party as an ordinary member in my early 20s, and I’ve been a member now for not far short of half a century.

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TERRY PRONE: Cervical cancer report shows some consultants live up to old caricatures

You’re too young to have seen the movie. Of course you are. 

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COLM O'REGAN: Next year, Met Offices, put Colm on the list

The Atlantic storms name list is out. This year could be a turning point. A sea-change, if you will.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Trump visit would have stretched our hospitality

So King Baby isn’t coming. We can all, starting with Leo Varadkar, exhale as one.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Homeless crisis goes on thanks to illogical left parties

The grand hypocrisy of the so-called hard left in Ireland was exposed this week, suggests Daniel McConnell.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: History shows that coming down hard on people highlighting social injustice is a mistake

Masked policemen facilitating men in balaclavas envokes authoritarianism, writes Michael Clifford.

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JIM POWER: Some tax concessions but plug budget deficit first

It is mad that Ireland should still be running budget deficits at this stage of the economic cycle, writes Jim Power

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Plain-speaking Dr Scally is just the man for our ailing health system

Dr Scally has produced a report that sets a standard. It is most unIrish in that it does not obfuscate, writes Alison O’Connor

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