GERARD HOWLIN: Waste trickles through as no end in sight to water charges fiasco

It is not about learning from mistakes. It is not about cultural change. It is about public humiliation, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Change is as much about the electorate as it is the government

It’s an odd thing that on the one hand everything proceeds on from the enormous fact of the economic crash but, conversely, almost nothing has changed, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: As happy as pigs we sit in our own squalor, stubborn as mules to change

On waste collection, our choice as a country is to sit in our own squalor or change. Every time we put out the bin, we are doing the equivalent of peeing in the public swimming pool.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Depoliticising judicial appointments fundamentally delegitimises them

Shane Ross’s Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2016 is part of a broader agenda, writes Gerard Howlin.

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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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