‘In 10 months’ time, Oscar Pistorius  will be 28, probably fit enough and gritty enough  to resume competitive running. Will he be embraced as someone who has done – or is doing — his time or will he be shunned?’ Above, Pistorius is led to a prison van after his sentencing in Pretoria yesterday. Photograph:  Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Opinion: In 10 months’ time, he will be 28, probably fit enough and gritty enough to resume competitive running

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Family time: three out of every four people surveyed about their end-of-life wishes said they would like to die at home, surrounded by loved ones. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty

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‘If Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane (above, in 2007) were women, how would the reaction to all the “snidey” point-scoring in their book-selling blitzes differ from that accorded to the men?’ Photograph:  Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images

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Sale of Co Kildare property follows €22m court judgement

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‘Politicians do not exist in isolation from society. How many people have never sought special consideration from a politician or a “contact” for example? When it works for them, it’s called having a “good constituency worker”. When it works for someone else, it’s called cronyism.’ Photograph: Getty Images

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Conor Brady: his judgment on the force    now is implicit in his decision not to seek reappointment to GSOC. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Brady’s disillusionment with limitations of office prompted his decision not to seek reappointment

‘While endless columns and air time are sacrificed to fulminations over the McNulty fiasco, the would-be stroke that has reduced the Oireachtas to an orgiastic lather can be reduced to one small and boring fact: Enda Kenny’s contempt for the Seanad.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

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