TERRY PRONE: ‘Telling it like it is’ appeals to the middle-aged man of few words

YOU might not think that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, US president Donald Trump and Peter Casey, a former candidate for the Irish presidency, have that much in common, but they frequently attract the same compliment: They tell it like it is, writes Terry Prone.

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TERRY PRONE: There’s an art to making sure tattoos don’t limit your future

She had a complete mental meltdown in public, went into treatment and disappeared off stage for two months, did Sheridan Smith.

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TERRY PRONE: Chuckling Gavin Duffy knew the price of milk but had long lost public’s interest

‘THAT was Gavin Duffy,” came the back announcement from Pat Kenny, mid-morning on Saturday. “Eloquent and generous in defeat”, writes Terry Prone.

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TERRY PRONE: Spotting strengths in people is the ultimate measure of leadership

The fuller than full house made the whole thing worse. More than three hundred guests were gathered in a massive dining room in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, at lunchtime last Friday, for the inaugural Women of Concern awards.

These awards have been operated by Concern Worldwide for 16 years in the United States, with former secretary of state Madeleine Albright one of the recipients.

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TERRY PRONE: Early adopters of new technology bear the brunt of system outages

This is not a complaint. Outages happen. Particularly in the wake of bad storms, outages happen. Eir puts its vans on the road after bad weather and tries to get everybody back online as soon as possible.

Everybody, that is, who was online to start with, which necessarily excludes the hundreds of thousands whose deprivation led to Denis Naughton dining for Ireland.

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TERRY PRONE: It’s bad news for Boris Johnson: The time’s running out for clowns

The problem was that Boris has absolutely no idea what would work in practice, writes Terry Prone

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TERRY PRONE: Presidential candidates should get ready for campaign of nasty business

Presidential elections now come with two great myths attached to them, writes Terry Prone

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TERRY PRONE: Odour of cover-up hangs around Thalidomide tragedy 50 years on

The majority of families who had babies damaged by Thalodimide have never been recognised, writes Terry Prone. 

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TERRY PRONE: Cervical cancer report shows some consultants live up to old caricatures

You’re too young to have seen the movie. Of course you are. 

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TERRY PRONE: Being a ‘genius’ now seems also a licence to be badly behaved

Lady Caroline Lamb would have loved social media. She would have been a highly-paid fashion influencer, offering tips like “spray a fine mist of water on your gauzy gown, before you go out for the night, because the mist will make it cling to your body in a way that’s to die for”.

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TERRY PRONE: If you need a caffeine ‘fix’ every day, you might be a drug addict

Most readers of this newspaper get their fix before they tackle the front page.

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TERRY PRONE: Ex--nuncio’s j’accuse further rocks the Church’s shaky foundations

It’s over. Two thousand years of power and authority, of intellectual superstructure designed to continuously create learned helplessness and obedience may not have ended during the papal visit to Ireland, 2018, but the decline accelerated.

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TERRY PRONE: Senior citizens don’t have the same rights ‘but it’s for their own good’

Imagine this. You go to your GP with something like a sore throat. Nothing that’s going to immediately kill you, you understand.

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