ALISON O'CONNOR: Varadkar comments align him with an enemy of democracy

How would any right-thinking person make this comparison, a week after five people were shot dead at the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, writes Alison O'Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Our moment has arrived and we need to grasp it with both hands

The wimmin’ are gone entirely mad. Losing the run of themselves. Nothing will ever satisfy them now. 

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Immoral behaviour trumps all else and it’s time for us to take a stand

I recently made a return visit to the US. The purpose was a vacation, as the Yanks would call it. I couldn’t quite believe it had been around 14 years since my last trip there. I was genuinely curious, given all that has happened, how different it might feel.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Varadkar hasn’t done much in first year yet he’s still ahead of the rest

Exactly what it said on the tin — that’s what Leo Varadkar has done in the year since he was elected as our Taoiseach, give or take a few diversions. He has delivered for parliamentary party colleagues who elected him on the basis that he would increase Fine Gael’s popularity, broaden the party’s appeal, and bring a good dollop of that elusive X factor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: We will all end up paying the price for severely diminished Irish media

Are you a soap fan? Fair City, maybe? Did you know it costs around €130,000 per hour for RTÉ to make it? 

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Bishop Doran has valid point but where does that leave ‘cultural Catholics’?

As things stand, the bishop remains correct in the letter of the law, if not the spirit that currently appears to prevail with this Pope, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: We must take full ownership of what it is we’re voting for

YOU know when you put something away carefully and you did such a good job of it that you can’t find it? Well that happened to me this week. It drove me nut, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Sympathy? Redemption? What now for Jackson and Olding?

Should these two men, found not guilty by a jury, be consigned to the fringes of society, unable to get work for the rest of their lives asks Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: It’s time to end the litany of horrors imposed upon women in Ireland

Can we name any medical/social scandal that has affected only the male gender?

 

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Government deserves kudos for dealing with Brexit fallout nonsense

Institutional memory such as this, which carries the wisdom of reflection, is not valued as much as it should be in politics, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Yes campaigners find positivity on the doorsteps but doubts too

Even an experienced postman would be fearful of this dog. He was big, black and barking loudly. But despite her fright the canvasser stayed put until the door was opened.

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