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VICTORIA WHITE: Review of birth outcomes will change nothing in maternity care

Midwife-led care which allows normal labours to take their own course are as safe, and cheaper, than consultant-led care, writes Victoria White.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Leadership race provides chance for Fine Gael to set new direction

Around the country members are meeting the two men who want the privilege of being Taoiseach, writes Gerard Howlin.

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FERGUS FINLAY: If elected, Leo, you’ll need to be more than taoiseach for early risers

Set out to break down barriers. Not the trendy ones, but the really insurmountable barriers, says Fergus Finlay.

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TERRY PRONE: Putting Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran in a box because of his education is a terrible mistake

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran listens with a ferocious level of concentration. He has some memory. Because he cares. Because he works, writes Terry Prone.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Who needs facts when we have social media?

Hello and here is the fake news. Well, some of it is fake, and some of it is not. You’ll just have to figure it out – using your emotions. Because that’s what we do now. Who needs facts and experts when we have feelings and social media? asks Suzanne Harrington

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COLM O'REGAN: The epiphany I had most recently is that I can’t relax

Every so often I’ll have a small epiphany, writes Colm O’Regan

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Charlie Walker had a deep love for the game

He was still a coach, still getting into a player’s head, determining who needed cajoling, who would be incentivised by reward, all to elicit a better account of themselves, writes Michael Clifford

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Paschal Donohoe solidifies key position in the party

Donohoe has solidified his position as a central player in Fine Gael and is now in pole position to be a contender the next time a leadership contest is held, writes Daniel McConnell

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LOUISE O'NEILL: There’s still an idea in Irish culture that having a therapist is ‘very American’, and something that is best avoided here

I have heard people express bitterness towards those who have taken their own lives, I have heard others ask sufferers ‘why’ they’re depressed considering how privileged they have been in other aspects of their lives, writes Louise O’Neill

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ALISON O'CONNOR: History books will treat Enda Kenny more fairly than the current commentary

Without doubt he damaged the party further by staying on too long in an act of self indulgence, writes Alison O’Connor

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VICTORIA WHITE: If this bill becomes law we’ll get a ‘menu’ of services for ASD people

Our mixed bag of State and charitable services has been criticised but it is typical, writes Victoria White

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