MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Compelling case for compulsory voting

Is it time to ask whether the people have any right not to be arsed about democracy, such is the low turnouts in western democracy, asks Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: It's curtains if we don’t invest in education

Serious funding is required if the State is to produce the kind of education needed for a... dynamic economy, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Cave rescue an antidote to uncaring world

It didn’t take long for the Irish to get in on the act. 

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: We have replaced kindness with red tape

Two men on the radio during the week reminded me of Daniel Blake. Mr Blake was a 59-year-old widower and carpenter who had a heart attack that kept him out of work.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Judge’s interpretation a little taxing

We had a back-to-the-future event last Tuesday when Michael Lowry emerged from a building claiming vindication and victimhood. He had just been convicted of tax offences, escaped jail and declared that he had been hounded and vilified.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Corrupt, but time to kick that to touch

It is a triumph to either the human spirit or man’s capacity for self-delusion that the tournament continues to be the repository of dreams...tune in, tun on and drop out, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Ross determined to have ‘day in court’

Transport Minister Shane Ross wants to reform the system of judicial appointments and has threatened to block the naming of new judges, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Still room for shocks in trying tribunal

As a member of An Garda Síochána, Maurice McCabe was entitled to know he was being accused of these offences, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Stones between rock and a hard place

This column is in confessional mode today. After a trend, I wish to confess in public to having endured a traumatic experience in my past, writes Michael Clifford.

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