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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FERGUS FINLAY: Sorting truth from contradictions of Adams may take generations

While intensive and daily negotiations about peace were going on, the IRA planned and executed a terrible atrocity. Adams honoured the bomber, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: We’ve put their rights into law but are not taking childhood seriously

Every child born here on November 10, 2012, was born full of potential but about 30 of them will an entire lifetime where discrimination will be the thing they’re guaranteed, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: First anniversary of day when the world turned dark and rich profited

Powerful interests that stand with Trump believe in one thing - the ability to bend the free market to their purposes, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: Both sides, men and women, need to recognise what a creep is

I didn’t know, to my shame, that the experience of women being degraded at the hands of men was so universal, writes Fergus Finlay

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FERGUS FINLAY: No sinister plot in method to deliver more efficient state services

Am I the only one in Ireland who believes that we are going to bizarre lengths over the whole issue of privacy? Am I the only one who thinks that a national identity card is, in principle, a bloody good idea, and the sooner we all have one the better?

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FERGUS FINLAY: Donohoe failed to put personal stamp on maiden budget speech

Back in 1967, on April 11 to be precise, the then minister for finance delivered a very long and very remarkable budget speech. 

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FERGUS FINLAY: For all our sakes, democracy must always trump nationalism

Fergus Finlay has never come across nationalism that seemed essentially to be based on snobbery. If there is one in the world, he thinks Catalan nationalism might qualify

 

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FERGUS FINLAY: In troubling times globally let’s focus and budget for our children

Early education is seen internationally as one of the keys to breaking the cycle of poverty — wouldn’t you think that a country that has one-in-nine of its children living in consistent poverty would finally start to put a value on the things that can break that cycle, writes Fergus Finlay.

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FERGUS FINLAY: One’s flying a steady course, the other is flying solo into turbulence

I hope O’Leary comes through this crisis... But I also hope he learns some humility, writes Fergus Finlay

 

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FERGUS FINLAY: The rebirth of rural Ireland is down to the hard work of women

One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is the drive and the creativity of people living and working in rural Ireland, writes Fergus Finlay

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