GERARD HOWLIN: Leo Varadkar’s opening gambit left Fianna Fáil with two moves — neutral or nuclear

Gerard Howlin believes Leo Varadkar was right to know Fianna Fáil would not pull the house down over her appointment to the Court of Appeal.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Varadkar shouldn’t call a vote, he should just get on with the job

Leo must go on. He must risk events, prove his capacity to handle them... convince of his credibility, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Indifference and detachment will be key to Leo’s success as Taoiseach

In the great film The Last Mitterrand the dying protagonist and president of France identifies indifference as the critical quality required for leadership. It’s the necessary detachment — especially from friends and former causes.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Appropriating the Palestinian cause does a disservice to interests of all sides

Palestinian flag flying atop our municipal buildings is about attaining the summit, in a hierarchy of victims, says Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Leadership race provides chance for Fine Gael to set new direction

Around the country members are meeting the two men who want the privilege of being Taoiseach, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Fine Gael will be left only with hard choices even after Enda Kenny departs

It could seek a coalition with Sinn Féin but that would require Napoleonic verve, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Indignation over Stephen Fry’s alleged blasphemy coming from one side

THE first victim of truth is language. Once words are suborned, anything is possible, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Complex issues will make political landscape uncertain for all parties

Gerard Howlin thinks ahead about politics in Ireland.

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GERARD HOWLIN: What disturbs me is the process surrounding maternity hospital

On the basic issues of property and profiteering, it seems the Sisters are doing some good, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Water protestors’ case will likely have far-reaching consequences

Solidarity has succeeded in flavouring politics, and influencing major change, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Those who expect normal service to resume in Dáil will have to wait

The results of an election will not materially change the diffuse make-up of our democratic choice, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Shane Ross’s artful inaction may actually enable him to deliver on strike

Ireland desperately needs more public transport. In rural areas it’s anaemic, says Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: A decade in waiting, but no sign of ratification for UN convention

Key cultural change at stake is a preparedness to take responsibility, rather than disavow it, writes Gerard Howlin.

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