ALISON O'CONNOR: Varadkar must surely be tempted to call a snap general election

Alison O’Connor believes he showed belated wisdom in not going to the country back in December. But all he needs at the moment is a valid, or valid enough, reason to throw us all into a general election campaign.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: McDonald must work to ensure her legacy stands the test of time

Marking the 100th anniversary of the introduction of voting rights for women and their right to stand in parliamentary elections Culture Minister Josepha Madigan singled out the legacy of Countess Markievicz.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Abortion debate is far from over as it now spreads into normal life

Abortion is not as black and white as people might portray it, and ‘there is a lot of grey’ in this profound, complex moral issue, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Dáil debate on repeal of Eighth was balm for the female soul

This was a debate about women’s rights and healthcare and about giving women equal opportunity, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Mary Lou will always be shackled to Sinn Féin’s sectarian baggage

There was no getting over the oddness... of her being elected unopposed, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Massive year ahead for Micheál Martin and his Soldiers of Destiny

Has Fianna Fáil become too domesticated? Has the party changed from a wily electoral beast, with a sixth survival sense, to one that is content to sit in front of a warm confidence and supply fire, and lap on the saucer of warm milk kindly supplied by Fine Gael? This year will give us the answer to that, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Lewis Hamilton forced to make a quick U-turn after post about nephew

The speed in which Lewis Hamilton felt the ire of the digital world was something to behold, writes Alison O’Connor

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Better control at RTÉ is probably poor comfort to Sean Gallagher

Sean Gallagher waited a long time for his case to conclude, with his life, no doubt, in some ways on hold, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Committee members’ exemplary conduct brings referendum closer

Wednesday’s votes felt like a massive step forward for Irish women’s reproductive rights, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: You’re barking up the wrong tree if you get a dog for Christmas

It’s a regular complaint in our house. “You’re much better off being a dog than a husband here,” my spouse will grumble at least once a week, writes Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Frances Fitzgerald may have departed but this issue is far from buried

It took an extraordinarily long time, in political terms, for Frances Fitzgerald to finally announce that she would resign, suggests Alison O’Connor.

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ALISON O'CONNOR: Saying sorry is easy but saying it like they mean it seems impossible

‘Learn about myself’, ‘learn from my actions’, ‘conquer my demons’, ‘a wake up call’, ‘pursuing shared feelings’, ‘was mistaken’, ‘fallen below the high standards’, ‘difficult conversations’, ‘face your missteps’, ‘been made aware’, ‘crossed the line’, ‘how benign my intent’, ‘caused upset’, ‘see things differently now’, ‘up until now’, ‘ebullient behaviour’, ‘examining my own behaviour’, ‘no time intended to upset anyone’.

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