GERARD HOWLIN: Summer economic statement is a scene-setter for October’s budget

For all its posing as prudent, Fine Gael’s fiscal knicker elastic is not nearly as tight as its talk, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Supports for artists’ R&D will see Ireland reap benefits globally

Using arts to support Ireland is fine. Ireland supporting the arts is different, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: English nationalism is the real threat to British unity and identity

What for Ireland, after Brexit, will dominate the political horizon?

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GERARD HOWLIN: Morals didn’t change last week, but power certainly did

The assent of the people to the social contract between Church and State is now withdrawn.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Referendum has moved Sinn Féin ever closer to the centre of power

Unless it’s squeaky tight, and it may be, we’ll know by lunch time on Saturday how Friday’s referendum went.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Playing blind man’s buff with the country’s most complex organisation

It is three weeks today since the judgment in the Vicky Phelan case sparked off the CervicalCheck scandal. Sadly, because of the seriousness of the issues, there is scaremongering about the safety of the cervical screening programme.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Captaining the Titanic a more appealing option than Health

Those bubbles might once have been sound bites, now they are the foam formed by a minister gulping for air, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Legislation — as promised — is the only way for open disclosure

Legal change wouldn’t ever have come in time for Vicky Phelan, but its implementation, when promised, may have influenced the handling of her case, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Lack of investment will sound death knell for future of orchestra

Listening, especially listening live, to a symphony orchestra moving through waves of music at full sail is to be borne by sound to another world, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: New session but some old issues will frame the next election

The Dáil in session is a major platform for the opposition, which otherwise struggles for advantage over the Government, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: We need real action on climate change, not gesture politics

There is a lack of serious engagement with how we could swiftly transition to renewable sources, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Mob mentality: Once words are weapons, life becomes cheap

On Easter weekend I was taken aback by two episodes of nastiness on social media, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Tánaiste’s about turn has only served to create more confusion

By early yesterday afternoon, the Tánaiste’s proposal for a two-thirds majority to protect in perpetuity changes he has influenced in the Government’s proposed abortion legislation lay tossed aside with the remains of lunch and the Strategic Communication Unit.

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