GERARD HOWLIN: China’s growing power simply restores its global economic clout

After Ophelia, and especially after a Fianna Fáil ard fheis, don’t forget that the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China opens in Beijing today. It may be more important.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Budget is in the past — now it’s time to focus on the election

There may be collaboration on the budget, but there is deadly political competition between the two big centre parties, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Budget debates are now getting down to the nitty gritty

It’s only this week that budget negotiations get seriously political, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Social democrats moved to the centre and got caught in the middle

Social democracy compromised across Europe, but the centre has swallowed it, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Gloves off as budget nears but it’s all about how game is played

In a world where figures are not facts, it is down to politics, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Opposition will miss commissioner who tried to affect change in force

The sooner we stop talking palaver about the decent men and women in the force the better. writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Coalition in Dublin would be seriously damaging for Sinn Féin

We have no ambition to be part of the system. Our ambition is to change it” was Gerry Adams’ line at the Sinn Féin think-in yesterday.

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GERARD HOWLIN: The history is stark: Talk of equality among teachers is nonsense

Services are shortchanged to retrofit post-crash public servants with boom-time expectations, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Leo has three big issues and any number of things could go wrong

The prospect of a budget coinciding with a presidential election is alarming for Leo, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: From Charlottesville to direct provision, racism still persists

In President Donald Trump, they have a surrogate. It is unclear how far they may go, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Impasse and stasis in the US is in Ireland’s economic interests

Impasse is an undervalued resource. This is a great time for not getting things done. In our always-on world, inactivity isn’t a value that’s believed in. We know of no usefulness except the doing of things.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Tattoos, like fashion, are self-conscious displays of identity, but contradictory in being so common

The farce is that the increasing number of indelibly marked bodies are essentially the same, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: The bigger picture is the survival of an independent Irish media

It's an odity in this country that we insist on universal entitlements but bristle at universal charges, writes Gerard Howlin

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