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‘Hard sacrifices’ pay off for Donegal – Liston
Kerry legend Eoin ‘Bomber’ Liston hails Donegal’s success – saying it demonstrates what can be achieved when players are willing to make ‘hard sacrifices’.
Tompkins: Mayo will have regrets about this one
Former Cork captain and manager Larry Tompkins outlines in his exclusive column why he believes Mayo missed the boat once again in an All-Ireland SFC final.
McGuinness adventure may be ‘only beginning’
Eugene McGee says that if Jim McGuinness opts to let his imagination challenge more aspects of football, there could be more adventures ahead for Donegal.
Players must put Ireland before their province – O’Driscoll
In an exclusive interview with Vincent Hogan, Brian O’Driscoll has urged the country’s top players to put Ireland success ahead of Heineken Cup glory.
HEALTH & LIVING
Forget Botox – why we’d rather grow old gracefully
David Coleman: I’m worried about my vicious six-year-old
Parenting: how to tell a child a loved one has died
‘At least 27 members of the Oireachtas employ members of their own family as secretaries, personal or parliamentary assistants: some, such as Brendan Griffin TD, employs both his wife Roisin and his cousin Tommy, and some, such as Michael McGrath, Fianna Fail finance spokesman, has three members of his family on his payroll.
Deirdre Keaveney, the wife of Labour chairman Colm Keaveney has been particularly criticised because she has worked for her husband as his parliamentary assistant for 11 years.
My question is – what's exactly wrong with hiring family members to help out with a TD's or senator's administrative work? If it is all above board, and the family member – be it wife, husband, sister or kinsman – can do the job competently, I can't understand why it should be considered unethical, or why the political parties are in principle opposed to it.’
Far from home – but close to a mum’s heart
Obama was wrong to say sorry for anti-Islam video
Why Phil Hogan needs to get serious about local government reform