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IN PICS:'s winners and losers of 2012

Who came out on top, and who was bringing up the rear? Here are our picks for the winners and losers of the year.

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WELL, IT’S BEEN a busy year around the world – the Olympic Games, a US Election and a continuing debt crisis in the EU.

And it hasn’t been quiet in Ireland either with much wrangling over the nation’s abortion laws, a controversial Budget and the ever-dramatic fallout from the Quinn Group’s business dealings.

For some, it was a year they’ll look back on with happiness and pride. For others, it was a twelve months they’d probably rather forget. takes a look at the winners and losers of 2012:

IN PICS:'s winners and losers of 2012
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  • GOOD YEAR - Michael D Higgins

  • BAD YEAR - Labour

  • GOOD YEAR - Olympians and Paralympians

  • GOOD YEAR - London

  • BAD YEAR - Seán Fitzpatrick

  • GOOD YEAR - Hillsborough Activists

  • BAD YEAR - David Petraeus

  • GOOD YEAR - Boris Johnson

  • BAD YEAR - Minister James Reilly

  • GOOD YEAR - Barack Obama

  • BAD YEAR - The BBC

  • GOOD YEAR - Channing Tatum

  • BAD YEAR - the Apple Maps Team

  • GOOD YEAR - Niall Horan (and the rest of One Direction)

  • GOOD YEAR - Nate Silver

  • BAD YEAR - Seán Quinn and Family

  • GOOD YEAR - Carly Rae Jepsen

  • BAD YEAR - Mick Wallace

  • GOOD YEAR - Psy

  • MIXED YEAR - Instagram

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