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Wednesday 16 April 2014

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Ireland still without scrum coach

Six months since advertising for a specialist scrum coach after Ireland’s dismal defeat to England at Twickenham, the IRFU have confirmed they have yet to fill the position. (picture of Declan Kidney)



Mortimer: Mayo can win without me



Conor Mortimer may not be involved in Sunday’s All-Ireland final against Donegal, but Mayo’s record points-scorer exclusively outlines why James Horan’s men can win. (picture of Mortimer)



Munster will have to feel pain before any gain



As new coach Rob Penney puts his imprint on Munster, Tony Ward explains why he feels the new attacking strategy will see some pain before they start making gains. (picture of Tony ward



COMMENT AND ANALYSIS



KEVIN MYERS ON WHY ROBERT FISK IS WRONG



HELEN MOORHOUSE ON WHY WE JUST LOVE DOWNTON ABBEY



HANDS OFF OUR PENSIONERS – Derek Davis



Shatter’s privacy threat an over-reaction – Dearbhail McDonald



Living



To L and back – a trip with Ireland’s most failed driver



iSpy: Which county is George Clooney from? Who cares?!



Bra-vo: the garment supporting women for 600 years



Digital Life: Sony’s new Ultrabook is walking on Air



Farming



EU seeks to start publishing farm payments again



Declan O’Brien reports that Irish farm organisations are up in arms over moves by the European Commission to begin publishing details of subsidy payments to farmers, despite an EU court ruling in 2010 that banned the practice



Milk price divide emerges as major dairy processers refuse to increase prices



Farmer suppliers of Kerry, Dairygold and Connacht Gold are up in arms this week as news emerges that their processors have shied away from passing on increasing world market returns for dairy products, writes Declan O’Brien. The stance being taken contrasts sharply with neighbouring dairies such as Glanbia, Lakeland, Town of Monaghan and the West Cork co-ops, who all increased prices this month.



Crimes to animality



Joe Barry wonders why people can abandon pets when it is clear that these animals suffer the same range of emotions and fears as humans

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