ALISON O'CONNOR: Plain-speaking Dr Scally is just the man for our ailing health system

Dr Scally has produced a report that sets a standard. It is most unIrish in that it does not obfuscate, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Leo finally wants to roar and win his own general election mandate

THE manouvere that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pulled on Fianna Fáil this week was straight out of the latter’s own playbook on how to treat your political enemies, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Everything is basically as it was before the Pope arrived here

Pope Francis came and he went. In terms of the past sins visited on the Irish population by the Catholic Church, not a lot of difference was made.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Just imagine if the Pope stood in Phoenix Park and told the truth

Who is in charge of the Catholic Church? asks Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Our ailing health service needs more of a miracle than a ‘vision’

The minister for health, Simon Harris, published a strategy document — a 10-year plan to reform the health service — last week. 

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ALISON O'CONNOR: It will be a tragedy if our screening programmes do not survive

It was early May during the abortion referendum campaign and a Together for Yes information meeting was taking place in UCC.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Irish abuse survivors deserve top billing during Pope Francis visit

It was only in the years afterwards that the burden of the project really became apparent. 

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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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