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Published 03/10/2012 | 06:07
Is Jim Gavin the right man for Dublin football?
As Pat Gilroy's successor Jim Gavin prepares to name his selectors, Colm Keys asks if the former All-Ireland SFC winner can lead the Dubs to glory from the sideline?
I feel more pressure than ever - Schmidt
After a string of poor performances from his Leinster team, Joe Schmidt admits to Vincent Hogan that he "personally feels more pressure than ever" during his three-year reign.
Keane holding out for Blackburn offer
Daniel McDonnell on why Roy Keane has delayed a decision on managing Turkey's Kasimpasa after being made aware of interest in his availability for the Blackburn Rovers job.
Make mine a double . . . stars who play the stars
Meet the Irish mumtrepeneurs!
iSpy: Sick of nasty tweets? Then log off Twitter!
Education: why Transition Year matters
'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," Franklin Roosevelt told the American people when he became president in the middle of the Great Depression.
In the midst of our own economic crisis, the words still hold true which makes it unforgivable that ministers have been busy putting the frighteners on voters.
Consumer confidence had been rising steadily over the last few months despite dreadful weather and a disappointing performance by our footballers in Poland.
Figures from shops and auctioneers show consumers have been spending a little more. Retail sales are up along with house prices.
Yesterday evening, we got further confirmation that the economy is "bumping along the bottom", as the Economic and Social Research Institute said recently. With three-quarters of the year gone, the Exchequer Returns remain on target as most ministers have kept spending under control.
VAT returns are ahead of target along with company taxes, customs and excise and income tax.
The economy has a pulse once again and we will comfortably beat the troika targets barring a catastrophe.
All this makes a calamitous decline in consumer confidence last month, revealed in a separate report yesterday, more than a little annoying. It is annoying because the slump in the national mood was not inevitable.'
Why ailing Seanad should finally be put out of its misery
Romney's task? To goad Obama into a mistake