FERGUS FINLAY

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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FERGUS FINLAY: Fears about the traditional family unit are born of propaganda

A referendum on gay marriage won't pass easily even though it affects the happiness and security of thousands in our society, writes Fergus Finlay.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Child benefit increase and other measures offer grounds for hope

For a number of years now, I’ve gone over to Buswells Hotel near the Dáil with colleagues from our sector to listen to the budget announcement, and to respond quickly to any media requests for comment. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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FERGUS FINLAY: Today will decide whether or not Government is dead in the water

TODAY’S the day. We’ll discover if the Government has a chance of making history, and of becoming the first coalition in our history to be re-elected. Today’s Budget will be the first of two tests.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Our values are upside down if our priority is to reduce top rate of tax

YOU contacted me in your droves last week and expressed yourselves in words of one syllable — all because I queried the significance of the John McNulty debacle.

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FERGUS FINLAY: Enda apologised, so why has this sorry mess been so controversial?

IS it just me, or has the political world gone mad? I’ve never seen so much invective heaped on a political leader, from outside and inside his own party. 

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