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Place; yet we still seek to be a part of Europe, (the pious part, that is) but naturally, with numerous

Place; yet we still seek to be a part of Europe, (the pious part, that is) but naturally, with numerous

military opt-out clauses. Ireland still talks to others as if it is a
31 December 2009 - Irish Independent - Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
 
prosperous and fully-armed

prosperous and fully-armed

Sweden, even as, once again, we face ruin and humiliation. We saw in 2006 a template for the future. Thus the one great Irish plan for the coming decade is a majestic celebration of the centenary of the 1916 Rising, even though the paramilitary hubris following the 1966 celebrat
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on TV screens and newspaper reports, Bertie Ahern realised that power was gained and lost through meticulous planning from the

on TV screens and newspaper reports, Bertie Ahern realised that power was gained and lost through meticulous planning from the

grassroots up to the top of his party. More than any other leader he used constituency polls, focus groups, American consultants with the latest gizmos, and the careful, and occasionally ruthless, selection of appropriate candidates for elections. There was little time for local
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BRIAN MURPHY

BRIAN MURPHY

The ex-Clongowes student was 18 on August 31, 2000, when he was kicked and punched by a group of young men outside the r - Burlington Hotel nightclub, Anabel's. He was dead within hours. Four men all privately educated and from privileged backgrounds were put on trial. One of th
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THE LOSERS

THE LOSERS

NEN — Even if Ireland's footballers had quali- From Saipan to Paris. nothing fied for the 2010 World Cup, the ever seems to work out for the 23-year-old midfielder still Football Association of wouldn't have been there. Ireland. Poor Ever since his fabrications administration, a
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In its intrinsic evil to the worst excesses of Nazi concentration camps'

In its intrinsic evil to the worst excesses of Nazi concentration camps'

John Cooney on the decade in which the Catholic Church lost its moral authority
31 December 2009 - Irish Independent - Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
 
Can ally do it?

Can ally do it?

When Barack Obama was inaugurated as President of the United States, we all believed his election mantra. Almost a year in, Niall Stanage re-evaluates the world's Great Black Hope Asti ; O Irish Independent Thursday 31 December 2009 Irish Independent Thursday 31 December 2009
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a mere I.9pc to 58.2pc in the 20 years to 2006. It is still rising. Some Americans may take a kind of lukewarm comfort from the fact that their companies and their consumers are so central to China's fortunes. If nothing else, these factors make it much less likely that the Chin
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GREGORY PECK (b. 1916)

GREGORY PECK (b. 1916)

An actor of extraordinary grace and dignity, Peck was five times nominated for an Oscar before he finally won for his peerless portrayal as lawyer Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird (1962). A liberal and humanitarian, he was related to Thomas Ashe, the
31 December 2009 - Irish Independent - Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland