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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: From ‘Love Actually’ to political dramas

Leo Varadkar’s first visit to London as Taoiseach was an occasion on which to show authority, writes Michael Clifford

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Payback time for Enda as Leo rushes into crisis

The appointment of Máire Whelan as Attorney General was a parting shot from Enda Kenny that new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar handled poorly, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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JIM POWER: Not even Britain seems to be clear on its Brexit position

As scheduled, the Brexit negotiation process between the EU and the UK got under way this week, despite the continued political uncertainty following Theresa May’s disastrous election performance and her subsequent less-than-convincing behaviour.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Youthful Leo has old-fashioned attitude to women in politics

You cannot purport to be a modern leader, like Macron, and not prioritise women at cabinet, writes Alison O’Connor

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LOUISE O'NEILL: As a nation we are becoming more and more sleep deprived

As I have mentioned in this column before, I’ve commandeered one of the spare bedrooms in my parents’ house as my writing room.

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AIDA AUSTIN: 'God knows how anyone has an affair with a human the lying is bad enough when it’s only a bike'

MONDAY. I’ve been having a secret love affair for two weeks but have managed to keep it on the down-low. Heaven forbid my husband should ever discover that I’ve fallen in love. With an old bike.

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VICTORIA WHITE: Becoming an island full of plastic paddies is now a burning issue

That there will soon be more plastic than fish in the sea doesn’t even take into account the inevitable decline in fish stocks, writes Victoria White.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Leo Varadkar’s opening gambit left Fianna Fáil with two moves — neutral or nuclear

Gerard Howlin believes Leo Varadkar was right to know Fianna Fáil would not pull the house down over her appointment to the Court of Appeal.

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FERGUS FINLAY: We’re on the rich list but have such a poor record of caring for children

So I’m reading a report. Unicef published it on Monday, and it says a lot of scarifying — even shaming — things about how children are doing in the rich countries of the world.

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TERRY PRONE: Greens slash and burn as they propose to get tough on plastics

Never in the history of humanity has prosperity and waste danced together in such lockstep, writes Terry Prone

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: There’s no place like home — if you had one

We all know there’s no place like home — but what if there is no place to call home anymore? asks Suzanne Harrington

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COLM O'REGAN: Some Republican senators make the A-Team look like The Wire

Some Republican senators these days seem to be playing the Bad Guy in such an obvious way, they make the A-Team look like The Wire, writes Colm O’Regan

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