Off Message: Christmas will be just fine, actually
There’s a sense that the only Christmas the Irish public will accept is the Love Actually definition of it. But people are far more practical and resourceful than we give them credit for
When it comes to organising my social life, historically I’ve never been much of a planner. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that I’ve long been slightly suspicious even of the merits of planning.
Yes, I know there are certain events you have to plan – foreign holidays, weddings and festivals among them – but much of the rest of the time, planning seems to me...
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Susan O'Keeffe: This week showed the absolute need for lobbying when it serves the public interest
The best lobbying is upfront, sometimes naïve, always passionate and rooted in an injustice, as opposed to the type performed by David Cameron in defence of 'his' bank
Nadine O’Regan: The Gates announce divorce and we’re utterly gobsmacked
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Emer McLysaght: Getting down and dirty with outdoor living
It’s all great outdoors until the ground gets too hard, the bins start overflowing and the loos are nowhere to be found