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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: ‘If in doubt, spin it out’ sums up approach to crisis

If in doubt, spin it out. So appears to be the primary approach of the Government to the housing crisis and homeless emergency.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Student loans for higher fees encourages elitism in education

Every third level college in Ireland keeps the points for a number of their courses artificially high, with the points system nothing more than a rationing process, writes Fergus Finlay.

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COLM O'REGAN: We will see more of this Neo-Nazi stuff in Ireland soon

When the neo-Nazis get organised here in Ireland it’ll be some cod-Celtic nonsense like the Sons of Balor or Tuatha De Dannann Purity. Thankfully it won’t be Irish Pride because that’s a sliced pan, writes Colm O’Regan

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Likeaholism — the curse of our times

My name’s Suzanne and I’m a likeaholic. I never thought it could happen , but it has. Like street opiates, for years I managed to avoid it — I’ve seen what it has done to others.

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TERRY PRONE: The ordinary, working American man in support of Donald Trump

“Nineteen hyenas and a broken vacuum cleaner control the White House.”

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Scale of housing crisis has not hit home

Maybe the theme of embarrassing the Government really is the way to go, writes Michael Clifford

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: The centre is finding it pretty hard to hold

It has been far more difficult for my generation to get on the property ladder, we have no hope of having a pension like those of the baby boomers, writes Daniel McConnell

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Are unsolicited photos the price women are expected to pay on social media?

It was a Wednesday when I saw it. Wednesday afternoon, to be precise, broad daylight, so I really wasn’t expecting it. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: So I bought vegetables and for 27 years I made my offspring eat them

My children had all sorts of lofty ambitions when they were little: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, doggy rescuer, famous gymnast, Georgie Best. “Vegetable Eater” never got a mention. 

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Belfast is so very near yet still seems as far away as ever

I’d like to see another border poll. This time the question to be asked of inhabitants north and south is how often, if ever, they have visited the other side of the border.

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VICTORIA WHITE: Pádraic Fogarty not crying wolf as he warns that we are wrecking our landscape

The lesson I take from ‘Whittled Away’ is to make this country a hostile environment for politicians of every hue who fail to protect our environment, writes Victoria White

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GERARD HOWLIN: From Charlottesville to direct provision, racism still persists

In President Donald Trump, they have a surrogate. It is unclear how far they may go, writes Gerard Howlin

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FERGUS FINLAY: Presidents should fight for their right to hold highest post in land

It may, right now, seem a bit inconsequential, but we are going to choose a President
of Ireland next year. It will — at least it ought to — matter at the time.

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