MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Bringing delusional Brexiteers to senses

Colm Tóibín is an awful man for getting inside your head, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Oversight bodies making contribution

How much oversight is too much? One thing that has emerged from the shenanigans of the last week or so is that the gardaí and the Department of Justice could do with plenty of oversight.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Election Crisis: Only three brave TDs backed Maurice McCabe

Everybody is rushing to stand at McCabe’s shoulder. There is no risk now, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: A rough time of it for the homeless

Despite the spin, the current level of homelessness in this country is not normal, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Striking back to an uncomfortable past

The protest against South Africa’s apartheid regime was one of the most compelling stories of 1985. Workers were arrested during the strike outside Dunnes on Henry St, Dublin, says Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Gardaí continue to throw up roadblocks

Bumping up the figures for the number of motorists breathalysed constitutes one level of deception. Actually falsifying that a checkpoint took place at all is of a different order completely, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Anger won’t tackle issues or aid victims

The ultimate sentence may have been lenient, but was not outlandishly so, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Timing is everything: Tracking a scandal

The victims of the tracker scandal found themselves at the mercy of the banks when it was raining cats and dogs, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Women’s pensions were easy targets

The problem affects women who took time out of the workforce to raise children, but it is also a product of the marriage ban, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: No-drama budget does a little for everyone, but not enough

Paschal Donohoe is a new breed of finance minister who delivered a speech in his typical style: On-message, handled with care, and shot through with the odd folksy flourish, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: The murky area of the right to snoop

It is entirely unclear whether Gsoc is legally entitled to access any communication, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Serve bread ‘n butter Leo, or you’re toast

Will the real Leo Varadkar please stand up? Or at least, will he decide who he is when he gets up early in the morning?

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: A stout defence of the Public Alcohol Bill

It is the clash of big business with the common good, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Nuance is lost amid the Twitter storms

A FEW months ago in this slot I wrote the following about Nóirín O’Sullivan: “She could well argue that her biggest problem is dumb luck. If she had been commissioner at any other time in the force’s history, she might well be considered to be doing a fine job.”

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