GERARD HOWLIN: Repeal campaign lacks people of a similar outlook to convince

Dissatisfaction with the status quo is a convincing campaign short of assent to actual change, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: A return to the noughties, when enough was never enough

Motorways are ramparts from which surrounding pastures can be pillaged for votes writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Sinn Féin’s McDonald has been a good soldier, in civilian clothes

By teatime on Saturday, Mary Lou McDonald will be president of Sinn Féin. It will have been 35 years since Gerry Adams took over from Ruairí Ó Brádaigh.

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GERARD HOWLIN: What would radically change events is defeat at the polls

The stakes could not be higher for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: We are eating more, for less — but the cost displacement is enormous

The ultimate cost of every product includes the financial and environmental cost of disposal, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Tired opposition need to come from behind to catch revitalised Fine Gael

Fianna Fáil began the New Year behind. The difference is more important than the five seats that separate the two main parties in the Dáil.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Sutherland, and his ideas, on the same level as Dev and Robinson

In Burying Peter Sutherland tomorrow, we lay to rest one of very few who rose out
of this State into the first rank of global influence. Many were influential in their time and used office adroitly to effect events beyond the scope of a small country.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Why try to change an institution that does not need to be fixed?

Last Thursday theMinister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney announced on Twitter that he is “looking forward to finalising” a proposal “allowing Irish citizens all over the world have the option to vote in presidential elections — it will change and broaden the nature of the presidency for the better...”

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GERARD HOWLIN: Electronic confetti is no substitute for the human experience

I’d put cutting out social media on a par with giving up smoking. The fruit of putting the gadget down is reading, enjoying live shows, and participating in real life, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: The Dáil we have isn’t perfect — but it’s better than what we had before

This Dáil, with input from senators, is driving debate and to some degree actual decisions to an unprecedented degree, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Essential national infrastructure forgotten about in Brexit border talks

On the North-South Interconnector, the fact is that we have outdone David Davis on backsliding, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: May day for DUP as party caught in a mass of contradictions over Brexit

In embracing Brexit, the DUP has placed itself and the union in hock to London, to an unprecedented extent, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: FG has been held hostage by institution it was meant to manage

Micheál Martin was born under a lucky star. It’s called Fine Gael. He inherited a once-great political edifice in ruins and his own reputation in tatters. Nothing survived the deluge, writes Gerard Howlin.

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