FERGUS FINLAY: My friend was sexually abused in childhood by a priest. I never knew

“I am 8 years old
My cassock and surplice
Unfolded in my Quinnsworth bag
Swing by my side.
The handles twisted tight
Turning my fingers blue

I am waiting for him to come.
I am waiting for him to collect me.”

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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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COLM O'REGAN: There is a new threat from social media. It’s videos of super hero parents

Our daughter has finally been ensnared by The Force. 

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Intoxicated England needs to sober itself up

DEAR England, I’m worried about you, writes Suzanne Harrington.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Ministers’ confidence in supply of tea and biscuits

“Ah, we are not doing much, only seeking to determine the future course of our country” — a quip from one senior politician when asked how the talks have been going, amid chatter that the two sides are simply sitting around drinking tea all day. The routine has become the same, writes Daniel McConnell.

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MICHAEL CLIFFORD: Our prosperity’s foundation is precarious

ARCHAEOLOGISTS went digging for decency last Thursday. That’s how they describe it anyway. Their campaign is called Dig4Decency. It’s all about seeking proper terms and conditions in their place of work, writes Michael Clifford.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: How could we stop caring when we're taught that a woman’s inherent value is tied up in her physicality?

I am going to Copenhagen this weekend for a book festival.

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JIM POWER: Brexit imports hitting new car sales head on

The motor industry provides a very good barometer for the overall economy, and particularly how business and consumers view the world, writes Jim Power.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Brian Hayes’ early retirement shows how brain drain is undermining politics

It can bore the pants off many but for a considerable number of people politics is an addiction, says Alison O’Connor.

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VICTORIA WHITE: Greatest systems failure in cancer care, healthcare is in political system

The question must be asked of Fianna Fáil how, after 61 years in charge of the health service, they did not leave us a single-tier public health care, writes Victoria White

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GERARD HOWLIN: Either you sit in inquisitor’s chair, or you become the object of inquiry

By accusing Health Minister Simon Harris of being a ‘little boy’ during the CervicalCheck scandal, Tony O’Brien placed himself in the schoolyard, writes Gerard Howlin

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