DANIEL MCCONNELL: Impartial Public Accounts Committee badly damaged by partisanship of the worst kind

POLITICS the world over is full of guff. Full of bluster, self-serving statements, can-kicking, lies, and murky hypocrisy. Our Irish brand of politics is no different.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Curious that Michael Noonan evades spotlight in light of 'Grace' inquiries

Finance Minister Michael Noonan is the subject of, or a material interested party, in three inquires — into the Grace foster abuse scandal; into the sale of Nama’s Northern Irish loan book, Project Eagle; and the inquiry into the sale of Siteserv by IBRC. Despite this, he has not been put under pressure about his role in these affairs or made to reflect on his position, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Is it ok to have a liar as Taoiseach?

Vindicated, Shatter can carry on. But for Kenny, the damage is more significant, writes Daniel McConnell, Political Editor

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Which Leo Varadkar would we see as leader?

Varadkar is being uncharacteristically cautious which begs the question would he maintain this
stance as leader or return to his fearless and maverick ways, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Embattled Enda Kenny will step aside but appetite for a heave is lukewarm

Daniel McConnell takes a look at the potential contenders for Fine Gael leadership and who else is looking to give Enda Kenny the heave ho.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Just how many crises can this Government withstand?

Since it stumbled into office, the main hallmark of this weak minority Government has been its amazing ability to kick various cans of crisis down the road, writes Daniel McConnell

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Simon Coveney’s consistency is paying off in leadership stakes

Simon Coveney is not the whole package but, far from being written off, his performance of late has seen him claw back support and even overtake Leo Varadkar in the race to be the next leader of Fine Gael, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: We learned a little from Theresa May's visit to Enda Kenny— but not enough

Enda Kenny and his giddy advisers were on their best behaviour for the visit of Theresa May. But there was a touch of the absent landlord visiting the land, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Multimillion euro land purchase lying idle in Galway

In 2008, Galway City Council purchased land for €10.5m, over €4m more than it had changed hands for only months before, and has done nothing with it. Political Editor Daniel McConnell reports.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: A week to forget for Enda Kenny; he only has himself to blame

It’s been a week to forget for the embattled Taoiseach Enda Kenny, says Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Martin McGuinness' contribution to peace will have long legacy

Martin McGuinness turned to republicanism after witnessing the oppression of nationalists but went on to forge warm bonds with former enemies, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: 'Grace' Reports: Time to end this long and shameful saga

A year since a commission of investigation was promised into the ‘Grace’ foster home abuse scandal there has been no inquiry, and there’s no justice for the victims, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Friends in high places will let us down again

Putting our faith in our so-called ‘friends’ in Europe is a disaster waiting to happen, as they will not think twice about letting Ireland swing once more over Brexit, says Political Editor Daniel McConnell

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Blunt Shane Ross faces dilemma to keep Irish Rail finances on track

Ross either has to commit huge sums of money in order to fix the rail network or cut his losses and start closing some stations and routes, writes Daniel McConnell

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: No excuse for delay on ‘Grace’ inquiry and bill

The Government must progress the introduction of new laws to protect vulnerable adults with a much greater sense of urgency than it has shown in bringing this inquiry to life, writes Daniel McConnell, Political Editor

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Shane Ross interview: 'They regarded us as a couple of guys at the cabinet table to be bypassed'

In a rare interview, Shane Ross tells Political Editor Daniel McConnell about a fractious Coalition with Fine Gael, Enda Kenny waving the Constitution in his face, Micheal Noonan as peacemaker, and the issues that may divide the Government

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Threatened Garda strike a gamechanger for Paschal Donohoe

Why was it fair that gardaí who were outside the fold get a €3,000 plus pay increase in January when others in the deal have to wait until September to get €1,000, asks political editor Daniel McConnell

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