FERGUS FINLAY

FERGUS FINLAY: ‘Charlie’ is riveting TV viewing, but history will not ‘view’ Haughey well

Sunday night has become Charlie night for me. What will I do without it, asks Fergus Finlay.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Say what you want, but I support the right to freedom of speech

Fergus Finlay asks is it possible to be profound about free speech when we take it for granted.

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FERGUS FINLAY: New party needs a reboot already: it’s devoid of passion or purpose

Fergus Finlay says Reboot Ireland needs to take a strong political stance on the issues facing Ireland today

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FERGUS FINLAY: Crystal ball predicts some political surprises and shocks in 2015

EVERY year at this time I go to very considerable lengths to tell you what you can expect in the coming year.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Fergus Finlay: Santa Claus’s great gift is his ability to make a child’s hope and joy real

IT’S been that time of year when I’ve been donning my red suit, seeking to deputise for the big man. I wear a short beard all year round, but over the last couple of weeks I’ve been adding a big white fluffy one. My visiting beard, I call it.

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Mary Garvan, one of the Áras Attracta residents.

FERGUS FINLAY: No more reports on intellectual disability — it’s time to finally act after Aras Attracta

How can we take to the streets to fight for water charges but not to support Áras Attracta residents, asks Fergus Finlay.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Enda, if you want to be re-elected then do as I say, and do it urgently

SO, Taoiseach. You have the worst opinion-poll ratings in your history. Thousands of people will march tomorrow against the water tax. And there’s a row among your most senior ministers about the repayment of the Anglo debt.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Remember Ben at Christmas, but don’t forget him the rest of the year

I WORE a white ribbon on my coat last week. I was asked to do it by the Men’s Development Network, a small, mostly voluntary organisation dedicated to building confidence and self-esteem in men.

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FERGUS FINLAY: New party or alliance on the cards for the next general election

I’M TOTALLY flummoxed. I keep meeting people who are utterly fed up with the government, and determined never to vote for them again.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Opinion: Protest is democratic, but tactics of fear and intimidation are not

A REPUBLIC is no longer a republic if democracy does not matter. Democracy stops mattering if the right to dissent, and to protest, is not protected, if the rights of minorities are ignored, if government does not listen to the people. A republic stops being a republic the day fear is used to manipulate public discourse.

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FERGUS FINLAY: If the Government is a movie, will it have a sequel or a sad ending?

Will the Government last? That’s the issue on everyone’s mind right now.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Despite hopeful budget, it’s likely a watery grave for the Government

DEAR TAOISEACH, Do you know the old joke about the cruise ship magician whose act was always being ruined by the clever parrot?

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FERGUS FINLAY: Adams says ‘justice for all’ and then denies it to anyone who’s in his way

I THINK there might be more merit in supporting Maíria Cahill than in attacking Gerry Adams. I’ve two reasons for saying that, and I realise that people who read that sentence might see it as the beginning of an apologia for Adams or Sinn Féin. I don’t mean it that way, and hope to make that clear.

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