JIM POWER: Ireland right to aim for the stars as Brexit drags

Last week my work took me to the very rural part of the southern regions of the Netherlands, close to the German border.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Ethics of abortion must include ethics of a woman’s right to choose

If I live to be 100 I will never forget that first time hearing my baby’s heartbeat while having a scan. It was, and remains, the best sound ever.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I am trying to connect to a power higher than me and I am dismantling the blocks that stand in my way

Today, the 24th of February, is my birthday. I’m turning 33 and there’s something special about a double digit birthday, writes Louise O’Neill

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VICTORIA WHITE: Chapter closing on independent shops is a bad deal for everyone

Local shops are every bit as important as parks, waterways, raised bogs and woodlands, writes Victoria White

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GERARD HOWLIN: Repeal campaign lacks people of a similar outlook to convince

Dissatisfaction with the status quo is a convincing campaign short of assent to actual change, writes Gerard Howlin

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FERGUS FINLAY: Irish-language dispute is just an excuse not to talk to the other side

A tribe derives its identity not just from its own culture, but from opposing the culture of the other, writes Fergus Finlay 

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TERRY PRONE: Good communications advice is all about common sense, not spin

Oxfam admitted it made ‘a serious error” by hiring a man who previously been dismissed over sexual misconduct allegations, writes Terry Prone

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Time really is up for these predators

Rose McGowan, presented as everything from a difficult woman to an unhinged harpy, has burned through such shaming, shouting her anger from the rooftops, writes Suzanne Harrington

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COLM O'REGAN: The snow of 1987 has been followed by nothing but disappointment

The 1987 snow ruined me. Because it raised expectations that there would be similar snow every year. But most snows since then have been, quite frankly, crap, writes Colm O’Regan

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