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Why the great school 'baptism barrier' debate will be long fingered again

Why the great school 'baptism barrier' debate will be long fingered again

Bruton wants to end the controversial admissions policy - but getting everyone's blessing will be difficult, writes Hugh O'Connell

Michael Brennan: 'Big Phil’s Brexit intervention is aimed at Brussels - not Ballyjamesduff'

Michael Brennan: 'Big Phil’s Brexit intervention is aimed at Brussels - not Ballyjamesduff'

Hogan has always known the importance of keeping people you work with onside

Are hospitals overcrowded? Oh, yes they are

Are hospitals overcrowded? Oh, yes they are

Government surprise at the latest health crisis is just the usual post-Christmas panto

Michael Brennan: 'Tough questions surround the rise of special needs assistants'

Michael Brennan: 'Tough questions surround the rise of special needs assistants'

Has the astonishing growth in the number of SNAs improved the education of children?

Public pay disputes loom large on the horizon for the government

Public pay disputes loom large on the horizon for the government

New politics has the Dáil in a state of chassis

Politics this year was all about clinging to power

Politics this year was all about clinging to power

Escapology was the recurring theme of 2016, with everyone from Gerry Adams to Micheál Martin confounding expectations

'Apple tax is a nightmare before Christmas for government'

'Apple tax is a nightmare before Christmas for government'

Controversy is bad for investment and complicates public sector pay row

Rent cap: 'We are putting a bridle on an out of control horse' - Simon Coveney

Rent cap: 'We are putting a bridle on an out of control horse' - Simon Coveney

Will Housing Minister's grand scheme shorten his odds in race for FG leadership?

Hugh O'Connell: 'Bertie is not the only one seeking a Fianna Fáil comeback'

Hugh O'Connell: 'Bertie is not the only one seeking a Fianna Fáil comeback'

The party is now an attractive brand for many - including those who left in acrimonious circumstances

Michael McDowell: Adams bounces along in our post-factual world while the Stack family suffers

Michael McDowell: Adams bounces along in our post-factual world while the Stack family suffers

There is a parallel universe in which Gerry, a pioneer of a the 'post-factual' world, lives

Elaine Byrne: Earnest Simon’s simply playing the long game

Elaine Byrne: Earnest Simon’s simply playing the long game

Those predicting that Leo Varadkar has the FG leadership sewn up are wide of the mark

Political man cannot live on law alone

Political man cannot live on law alone

The public want TDs to kick up about local problems – to ignore this is the kiss of death for a career politician

Michael Brennan: 'Roy Keane would never tolerate the lack of trust in our politicians'

Michael Brennan: 'Roy Keane would never tolerate the lack of trust in our politicians'

TDs settling for a rating of 29 per cent is the equivalent of saying a 2-2 draw with Holland was a good outcome

The experts have spoken, now the politicians must act

The experts have spoken, now the politicians must act

The expert group on the future of water charges has found a way to scrap the charge without the government losing face

Irish Water: Liquid assets still in the balance

Irish Water: Liquid assets still in the balance

The latest report on the country’s water supplies is so vague in nature that no one is really sure what will replace the old, dead system of charges