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Stepping together into the minefield of 2017

  THERE are two ways of looking at where and how we are – the W way and Y way. The W is for Walt (Disney), and it involves looking at a happy world awash with balloons and smiling people and adorable puppies. In this world the politicians resemble our favourite uncle who always had […]

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Worlds apart

  SOMETIMES it’s like we live in parallel worlds… The first world is one where an RHI scheme can grow to become this monster of a financial scandal because of – at best – lack of attention to detail or scrutiny of its outworkings, failures in good governance and scrutiny of governance, and lack of […]

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M’learned friends and not refs will soon make rugby calls

JUST before the start of the GAA Championships it is customary for the President or one of his acolytes to call a press conference to gravely inform the public that the Association are determined to eradicate foul play. Last year we were told that referees were going to concentrate on “cynical fouling” which was a […]

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You just can’t please everyone

  Sometimes you have to laugh. And often, I find, a fit of the giggles comes on just at those moments when it would be highly inappropriate to let them out. But this is not one of those occasions. This time, giggles and guffaws and near-painful belly-laughs are the only sane response. The man to […]

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Return of the native as a pine martin is spotted

  Dúlra’s heart missed a beat when he got the anonymous text from a reader – “I saw a pine martin in Colin Glen – have video”. The pine martin is perhaps Ireland’s rarest animal. It was going the way of extinction like the Irish wolf, the lynx or the boar but just managed to […]

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Real delivery

  JENNIFER McCann MLA has stepped down. This marks a significant moment in the world of women in politics. It’s possible we are witnessing a generational shift that, had it involved a man, might have been commented on more widely. Orlaithí Flynn has the confidence of her party – and those who know her well […]

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