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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FERGUS FINLAY: Brainwave: This mental health workforce experiment is the job

I’ve never met Orla Tinsley, for example, but my admiration for her is boundless, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: Figures show things are on the up for the few, but not for everyone

Why is my birthday so unpopular? It’s only the 314th ranked birthday in the country, according to the CSO.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Our children are in peril on the internet and nobody’s policing it

Parents are to blame. Children are to blame. Government, as usual, is to blame. The perpetrators, of course, are to blame, writes Fergus Finlay. 

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FERGUS FINLAY: Billions need to see fight against oppression grow — me too

Power has always been used to oppress - but it has also been used to cover up oppression, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: High time State fostered a new attitude to its Mollys and mums

Until we face revisit some of the worst legislation ever passed in Ireland, Molly and her foster mum, and all the other Mollys who need our support, will never get the justice to which they
are entitled, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: Public patients shouldn’t be forced to wait while private beds are empty

At the end of the day the needs of people who are in pain have to trump vested interests, writes Fergus Finlay.

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FERGUS FINLAY: What I remember most from the 1980s is Fianna Fáil’s hypocrisy

They publish the state papers of 30 years ago around this time every year.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Almost time to smell the roses ... and stand up and fight like hell

Fergus Finlay take some to reflect and looks forward to what could be an exciting year ... on the rugby field at least!     

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FERGUS FINLAY: It’s the secrecy, not the sources, of campaigns we should be policing

Policy makers don’t really like advocacy, it puts them under pressure. That’s why they make it difficult to fund, writes Fergus Finlay.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Hoping the magic of Christmas brings out the best in everyone

I know I’ve written a column like this before, but if there’s ever a time of year to forgive a fat old guy with good intentions, this is it, writes Fergus Finlay.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Leo stuck to the bottom line on Brexit and delivered at his end

The British, it is said, are a pragmatic people, the Irish a nation of dreamers. The British think (and govern) in prose, the Irish in poetry. The British are interested in concrete results, the Irish concentrate on process writes Fergus Finlay.

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FERGUS FINLAY: A general election nobody wants puts our Brexit negotiations at risk

I don't believe Frances Fitzgerald was, or could have been, part of the conspiracy against Maurice McCabe, writes Fergus Finlay.

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