ALISON O'CONNOR: Abortion headache will contribute to political stability until next year

Imagine either of the two parties finding themselves with abortion as an election issue, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Responsible budget approach could still be undone by Brexit

We shouldn’t rule out the prospect of Fianna Fáil returning to power just as the economy really picks up, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Minimal change in abortion law is likely, and it won’t please either side

The committee will likely end up recommending abortion in restrictive circumstances, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: President Higgins is just too old to serve for a second, seven-year term

Reading between the lines President Higgins is actively considering running again, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Next few months will reveal if Leo is man of substance or just style

After  a summer of wetsuit posing, efforts to expand his appeal through social media and going unrecognised by Irish students on their J1 visa Taoiseach Leo Varadkar now gets down to the real business of running the country, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Difficulties for Sinn Féin to attract a coalition partner even after Adams

It is time that the Great Leader acted decisively on this generational change he speaks about and stands down to make way for Mary Lou, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Those desperate for a baby are let down by lack of state regulation

Ireland is one of only three countries in the EU where fertility treatments are not funded by the State, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Thorny women’s rights issues means all is not rosy in the garden

In the background briefings Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau received on all things Irish was there any mention of the Rose of Tralee? 

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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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ALISON O'CONNOR: Failure to vaccinate girls against HPV is a death sentence for some

If you are a parent of one of the 30,000 girls who will be offered the vaccine in September, you are right to inform yourself, but do so from trusted scientific sources, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Mainstreaming of gender pay gap issue is Kevin Myers’ gift to women

Irish women should be grateful to Kevin Myers for highlighting the misogynistic crap that has passed off for so long as legitimate commentary, writes Alison O'Connor.

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