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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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: State must answer fire safety questions

The case for a widespread audit of Celtic Tiger-era buildings has never been as strong, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Not even government wants to govern

The real divide in Irish politics is the artificial one, writes Michael Clifford.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Informer took murder secrets to grave

Seán O’Callaghan was never brought to account for the murder of John Corcoran, most likely because the State may well have found itself in the dock beside him, says Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: ‘If in doubt, spin it out’ sums up approach to crisis

If in doubt, spin it out. So appears to be the primary approach of the Government to the housing crisis and homeless emergency.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Scale of housing crisis has not hit home

Maybe the theme of embarrassing the Government really is the way to go, writes Michael Clifford

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Frank Mullen dies trying to clear his name

He was left with a conundrum: How do you disprove an allegation of historic sexual abuse, writes Michael Clifford

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