Have a drink at Christmas – but take it easy in front of the...

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I was in the pub with my daughter over the weekend enjoying my Christmas pint. I had spent the afternoon at the playground and...

Terrorists won’t keep us from Europe’s Christmas markets

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Right or wrong should never come down to fashion

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Best gift you can give your kids this Christmas is not to spoil them

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Barbara McCarthy: ‘I love America – but its attitude to guns is terrifying’

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Gender pay-gap myth ignores personal choice of women

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'Women of Ireland. I call upon thee to down tools from November 13 for the rest of the year." Stick it up to the...

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I’m somewhat of an anti festive dissident grinch, hence I’ll be glad to see the backend of Halloween. I’m not sure whether it was the...

If you hate men so much why marry them?

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I don’t want to rain on the repeal parade, but I just can’t celebrate...

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Read original article in the Belfast Telegraph here “Ireland is still the same country today as it was before, just a little more tolerant, open...

Women don’t need celeb sob stories

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“I’ve gained four stone in a year and walk around in a bin liner convinced  I have  AIDS and clubfoot. I’m mad. Please buy...

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