ALISON O'CONNOR: Brian Hayes’ early retirement shows how brain drain is undermining politics

It can bore the pants off many but for a considerable number of people politics is an addiction, says Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Media needs to change as old rules fail to keep up with different times

The media, in certain instances, need to accept that ‘both sidism’ is simply a broken concept when dealing with someone like Trump who will lie and spread false facts like soft butter, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Horrific tales of domestic violence being told across the country

Sometimes you have to write it down in a type of list format to make the point, even to yourself. 

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Casey scrapes bottom of the barrel being bottom in race to Áras

HADN’T anticipated taking much comfort from this tepid shower of a presidential campaign but that’s what has happened. Peter Casey is the man responsible for it, writes Alison O’Connor. 

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Mind your language: Words really matter in the world of politics

Alison O’Connor argues that Simon Coveney, through his words, is pointing the blame for homelessness not towards him or his Cabinet colleagues but to ‘the State’ — to all of us.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: A little bit of boom keeps us caught in the old cycle

OUR budgets are nothing like they used to be. We have much to be thankful for in that. But, like an addict that keeps putting off full sobriety until tomorrow, we remain somewhat in la la land if we think we’re fully paid up members of the fiscal reality club.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Questions need to be asked of journalists’ love-in with Michael D

Journalists should remember that it’s part of the job to treat everyone equally in this campaign, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Eoghan Murphy in firing line for Government’s failure on housing

Promises, promises. It the sense of déjà vu that does it really. 

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Mary Lou wants to be a modern leader but is hobbled by the past

It was the day after the first RTÉ Claire Byrne debate on the abortion referendum, which had turned into a shouting match: The anti-abortion side had hijacked the programme.

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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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