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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GERARD HOWLIN: Public sector pay increases are off the scale, and that adds up to trouble

A REPORT slipped out into the ether of a holiday weekend, last Friday, without fanfare, but whose impact in the long-term will be second only to Brexit, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Cynicism, not care, is the fundamental value in Ireland's health service

Let me explain a fundamental fact to the former health minister Leo Varadkar, to whom “it is not entirely clear” why overcrowding in hospitals is increasing again.

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GERARD HOWLIN: We need a politics to tell us frankly we cannot flush if we do not pay

Paying directly for water changes behaviour and by setting an example in one area, it points to better policy in others, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: The price of free speech: Keogh judgment will dampen frankness

Stepping back further from the line, as distinct from being careful not to step over will be a factor in public conversation, writes Gerard Howlin.

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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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