Majella Moynihan was punished because we wanted her to be

Gerard Howlin The deeply moving case of Majella Moynihan, predictably channelled public anger towards a “them”, but away from us. This is a recurring ...

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Political shenanigans, not careful economics, drive public spending

The hard-hitting report from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council was written as economics but should be read as morality: “The pace of annual spending growth ...

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Love him or hate him, Trump has made sure you can’t ignore him

Donald Trump’s own landing on the Normandy beaches to commemorate D-Day will be launched from the links in Doonbeg, Co Clare.

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Sinn Féin pays a hefty price for its pseudo-revolutionary bogus leftism

The Irish people can no longer be bought with their own money. That’s a “take-away” from last Friday’s poll.

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Clune in danger as Cork vies for three seats from five in election

There are two sleeps left to local and European elections on Friday.

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Timing is everything in politics and Fine Gael’s timing is all wrong

Timing is everything in politics. There are signs that Fine Gael has got its timing badly wrong again in the run-up to local and European elections, now only nine ...

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Lords of the natural world we survey, there may soon be little left

In every generation there is a new Frankenstein.

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Fine Gael talks in an accent that doesn’t resonate with everyone

The Government is meeting this morning at City Hall, in Cork, but the symbolism of that venue would not protect it from a determined protest by farmers.

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The coalition against carbon changes goes beyond the pale

On the issue of climate change, the Extinction Rebellion exposes much of the Irish left, usually first up on the barricades, as a vanguard for counter-revolution.

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There is a time for everything, unless you’re delaying an election

Time and the exactitude of timings are often the defining elements in politics.

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New politics of nativism is just the bitter defence of a few bleak acres

We can have a sense of pride and realise that what stymies us isn’t outsiders — it is insiders, writes Gerard Howlin

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The people have failed politicians, who are just trying to appease us

Finian McGrath is an able cynic, not an amiable fool, writes Gerard Howlin

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Leo’s Ireland is a blank slate on which his success may be emulated by all

Fine Gael came out of its national conference on Saturday night into the last lap of this Government’s life span, writes Gerard Howlin.

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Mr Speaker has had his say and it is revenge for failed ‘assassination’

There is nothing worse in politics than a failed assassination, writes Gerard Howlin.

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A refuge from accountability and a bulwark against transparency

Robert Watt, secretary general at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, made headlines last week when he appeared first before the Public Accounts Committee ...

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Elections are shaping up and they may reshape the European Union

Macron’s economic remodelling of Europe is... partly a threat to our national interest

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If not now, then when? But only Leo knows the route to 60 seats

Some of the most sensitive papers the Taoiseach sees, which few of his colleagues ever do, are Fine Gael’s polling data on a constituency-by-constituency basis. ...

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Less a split than a splintering but conundrum of Corbynism remains

His strategic aim, in defiance of his own party conference position, is to enable a Tory Brexit, writes Gerard Howlin

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Playing politics not so easy for the ‘Wets’ in our Government

I can’t remember the Barber Boom, but I do remember our last building boom getting boomier, writes Gerard Howlin

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Children’s hospital overrun: Key ministers on thin line between being characterised as fools or knaves

THE single issue arising for the Government from the nurses’ strike and the rolling debacle of the National Children’s Hospital is competence, writes ...

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More pay for nurses means less investment in the health service

Since the 1990s, and a series of astonishingly generous pay increases, the new arrival was repeatedly, but discreetly, shafted.

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Fianna Fáil bill is dunce diplomacy wrapped in human-rights clothing

The unfolding farce of British exceptionalism, unmoored either to actual British interest or any plan for practical application, will be imitated in miniature today ...

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Nobody wants to be left standing when the Brexit music finally stops

Last night at Westminster saw the end of the beginning of Brexit. The beginning of the end is not in sight yet, however.

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The plot thickens as our national theatre faces some serious drama

Theatre is a place where power is distributed very unevenly, writes Gerard Howlin.

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Abortion is the final nail in our old identity’s coffin. Who are we now?

Until recently, we equated values with religion, but have swapped all that for public opinion, writes Gerard Howlin.

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Time to give serious consideration to cancelling Christmas in future

Turning a blind eye to homelessness and drug addiction is not Christian behaviour, says Gerard Howlin

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Campaigns and causes are just tactics in legislative game of dice

United we stand, divided we fall, writes Gerard Howlin

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Social media a pied piper leading users to latest cause célèbre

The ultimate weakness of every authoritarian state is that its leaders have no exit strategy, writes Gerard Howlin

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George HW Bush has died and with him the ‘American century’

What Bush, the 41st US president, lived long enough to see is the end of the post-Second World War era, writes Gerard Howlin.

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McDonald’s Sinn Féin stands at a complicated crossroads

For Sinn Féin, the terrain is far more complicated. Its identity is at stake as it seeks to adjust and expand, writes Gerard Howlin.

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As wary Martin dithers, Fine Gael and Varadkar can make luck count

As lucky generals go, Leo Varadkar is lucky out.

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Sanitation of time and memorial — this is Hell reinvented as Disney

LAST Sunday, the 100th anniversary of the armistice of the war to end all wars, our news was full of quasi-religious, militaristic memorialising, writes Gerard Howlin. ...

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Either you sit in inquisitor’s chair, or you become the object of inquiry

By accusing Health Minister Simon Harris of being a ‘little boy’ during the CervicalCheck scandal, Tony O’Brien placed himself in the schoolyard, ...

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Brexit could be the makings of a Corbyn primed to lead nation

It is an extraordinary comment on the Conservative Party that they have made Jeremy Corbyn electable.Brexit could be the makings of a Corbyn primed to lead nation

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