I won't apologise for voicing the public's anxiety over garda claims
I WAS interviewed on Morning Ireland last week about the controversies surrounding the garda cancellation of penalty points, whistleblowers and the alleged bugging of the GSOC offices.
My old neighbour Linda's bark is worse than her bite
J IS THIS the Late Late or the Jeremy Kyle Show? That's what I was thinking last Friday night when I witnessed Linda Martin taking on Billy McGuinness during the Eurosong competition.
When 'mortgage approved' doesn't mean what it says
WITH the banks not paying out on up to a fifth of approved mortgages, can would-be home-buyers trust their bank to come up with the money, even if they do get the nod?
Time to admit we love Eurovision
IT'S that time of year again. Like the coming of summer, the return of the Eurovision Song Contest is imminent – or the selection of the Irish song at least.
Debate on parade ban about Irish identity, not homophobia
I DON'T understand the brouhaha surrounding this year's St Patrick's Day Parade in New York.
The day I collared a bloodied Pale Miley after his fight with famous musician
I COULDN'T believe my eyes. There I was last week, leafing through the Herald, when I saw him.
How many jobs will our jolly 28 politicians bring back on March 17?
WHILE the cat's away the mice will play.
Christy's return an inspiration to us all
Weather whingers haven't the foggiest idea
J WHO'D be a weather forecaster? That's what occurred to me when I read about the variety of complaints sent to Met Eireann over the past year.
Aer Lingus action won't hit fliers, but cash must be found
FIRST, the good news. This week's vote for strike action by Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport staff is unlikely to result in much more than minor disruption.
Any income tax cut will be diluted by water charges
AFTER seven hairshirt Budgets in less than five-and-a-half years, the Government is now dangling the prospect of tax cuts come October.
Crimefighting pal PJ made streets of the capital a safer place
J I COULDN'T let this week's column pass without a mention of my old pal and ex-colleague PJ Browne.
Distressed Davina is a real fitness victim, it's crazy
JIS IT just me or has a fitness craze swept over us in the past couple of years?
Other banks must follow AIB's example
AIB HAS become the first of the major banks to announce that it is prepared to write down some homeowners' mortgages. However, with more than 240,000 distressed loans, much more, needs to be done to solve the mortgage arrears crisis.
Idiotic booze dare isn't fuelled by Facebook but by our drink culture
THERE can hardly be anyone who hasn't heard of NekNominate. The idiotic internet phenomenon reached our shores in recent days with tragic consequences, being linked to the deaths of two young men.
If whistleblowers are 'disgusting' why should public give crime tip offs?
AND so the penalty points controversy speeds on.
Gerald's plenty of get up and go in his fifties
J FAIR play to Gerald 'six hours' Kean. That's the amount of time it took the celeb solicitor and his girlfriend Lisa Murphy (left) to get down to trying for babies after Kean spoke with his ex on the phone and patched up their relationship.
New breed of gang psychos are murdering with impunity
A GANGLAND murder is always shocking.
Coalition stuck between rock and a hard place
THE unlikely alliance between Fine Gael and Labour was always going to be problematic.
Murder scenes are nightmare that stays with you forever
WHAT DOES it take to be stabbed to death in Dublin nowadays?
J ANOTHER week, another good move by the ever more popular Pope Francis. He told 32 mums at the Sistine Chapel that they should breastfeed their babies if they needed to. What a progressive move – fair play.
Dunne's Green Card bid is no American dream
J I WAS hopping mad when I read that failed developer and erstwhile 'Baron of Ballsbridge', Sean Dunne, has applied for a Green Card to gain permanent residency in the United States.
It takes courage to get fit in front of whole nation
J MAYBE it's because my interest in exercise is confined to simple walks on the beach – but I must say that I've never been a huge fan of Operation Transformation.
My childhood TV chef dreams all melted away
WHEN I was a young girl, I used to think I was a TV chef. Every Sunday after dinner, I would sit at the kitchen table and wait until everyone had left. Which was quite a long time, as I have five sisters and one brother.
Twitter plot spoilers should focus on the show, not ruin the outcome for others
DID you meet The Walshes last week? I did. About 24 hours after everyone else.
No easy answers to a sad and tragic tale
A SEARCH FOR JUSTICE: DEATH IN BRAY (TV3)
Vincent gives thumbs up to Nicky's debut
Model Hannah is feeling the love as boyfriend jets out for Face time in Paris
THEY call it the city of love so it's hardly surprising that Dublin beauty Hannah Devane has already been taken in by the charm of Paris.
feeney FINDS A NEW VOICE WITH HER FIRST OPERA COMPOSER: Julie Feeney
IRISH singer Julie Feeney is going through an "intense" time in her life – but only because she is up to her eyes with her first-ever opera production.
At €302 you'll need a celebrity's bank balance to buy IFTAs ticket
THEY'RE hailed as Ireland's answer to the Oscars, but anyone wanting to rub shoulders with A-listers including Jamie Dornan and Saoirse Ronan at the Irish Film and TV Awards (IFTAs) had better have a celebrity-sized bank balance.
Nadine is set to bag €290k as Girls Aloud company wound up
NADINE Coyle will share in an estimated €1.45m windfall after the company behind Girls Aloud was put into voluntary liquidation.
Amy's Stag is going to the States with different title
AmY Huberman's career has been given a big boost with the news that her latest movie is to be screened in the US.
Tributes as Fair City's Esther dies, aged 80
FAIR City actors and leading directors have led tributes to Eileen Colgan who died yesterday.
Cheryl returns to The X Factor panel
Cheryl Cole has signed a deal to return as a judge on The X Factor for a reported £1.5m (€1.8m), it has been revealed.
Sixth season of Love/Hate will be the last
THE award-winning cast and crew of RTE gangland hit Love/Hate will reunite to start filming the fifth season next Tuesday.