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Comparisons are odious – just don’t tell the Spice Girls, because they’re about to hear a lot of them

If inflation hits, quality bluechips are the best investment bets

If inflation hits, quality bluechips are the best investment bets

Price rises haven't been an issue for a decade or two, but nothing stays the same forever and it makes sense to buy your umbrella while the sun is still shining

Give us an ombudsman to stand up for taxpayers

Give us an ombudsman to stand up for taxpayers

Brexit confusion highlights the need for a US-style figure within government structures to fight our corner when political decisions are being made

Róisín Burke on Business

Róisín Burke on Business

Bullets and bras: the Ann Summers boss remembers the rare old times in Dublin

What the state is doing right: Part one

What the state is doing right: Part one

There are many, many reasons to hold the state to account for its failings. But for once, let’s not do that. Let’s look carefully at the parts of the state quietly working to make life better for everybody. We take the state, and the people who make it work, for granted too often

Forget the soundbites, focus on the core of what O’Brien said

Forget the soundbites, focus on the core of what O’Brien said

Politics still holds sway over policy when it comes to our healthcare system

World War I's critical role in the success of the movement for Irish national self-determination

World War I's critical role in the success of the movement for Irish national self-determination

Within six weeks of Armistice Day, 100 years ago today, Irish history was changed forever by the result of the 1918 general election

The carpenter from Carlow who walked through hell

The carpenter from Carlow who walked through hell

My great-grandfather joined the Dublin Fusiliers and survived a gas attack on Easter Week 1916 which killed 538 Irishmen. He was wounded at Ypres. And when the war ended he never came home

The PAC should not be a platform for witch-hunts

The PAC should not be a platform for witch-hunts

Slipping standards after the 2008 crash have allowed this vital tool of state to descend into a free-for-all for anyone with an axe to grind

For Travellers, prejudice is an insidious killer

For Travellers, prejudice is an insidious killer

The fact Peter Casey, a presidential candidate, was able to resonate so widely by trading in prejudice should surprise no one

Tony O’Brien’s forced exit was about politics, not accountability

Tony O’Brien’s forced exit was about politics, not accountability

A ‘someone has to go’ sacking is not the same as holding people and structures to account

How politics makes the  Irish health service unwell

How politics makes the Irish health service unwell

The HSE was set up to remove political interference from the health service. It hasn’t worked, either at local or ministerial level

SBP editorial: The health service must function outside politics

SBP editorial: The health service must function outside politics

SBP editorial: We finally have the outline of a Brexit solution at hand

SBP editorial: We finally have the outline of a Brexit solution at hand

Rugby is at a crossroads of its own making

Rugby is at a crossroads of its own making

Ireland v New Zealand will be the highlight of autumn friendlies. But might it be the last hurrah?