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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GERARD HOWLIN: We enter a period where the scale of change is going to outpace events

Grand-coalition would be a selfeating ebola, and leave its advocates more discomforted than ever, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Opening presidential vote to diaspora is an exercise in comic gigantism

By engorging the presidency... it disturbs a delicate equilibrium in which the president is primarily a bulwark for restraint in the face of potential irresponsibility, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Sinn Féin must pivot from exploiting alienation to delivering cohesion

Sinn Féin is at the edge of the centre. Whether it is Promised Land or quicksand remains to be seen, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Our tax base is too narrow to support our spending profile

With income tax we are dangerously out of kilter with the tax norms of countries we want to emulate, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: It is not enough to be a safe haven for a once-in-a-generation storm

Fine Gael today has no sense of how to become competitive outside its own comfort zone, writes Gerard Howlin.

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