FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan and a former IMF deputy director Ajai Chopra yesterday confirmed what has been widely believed for many years — that “advice” offered by the European Central Bank to Ireland as our banks stumbled towards collapse was a thinly-disguised, take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum.
Fri, 11 Sep, 2015
DRAG artist Panti Bliss’s speech on homophobia, in the Abbey Theatre on February 2, is one of the greats of Irish politics, up there with Robert Emmet’s parting words. For anyone who has followed Bliss’s (real name Rory O’Neill) career, this is not surprising.
Thu, 13 Feb, 2014
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wants asylum in Russia and is willing to stop sharing information as a trade-off for such a deal, according to a parliament member who was among a dozen activists and officials to meet with him.
Sat, 13 Jul, 2013
RUSSIA’S President Vladimir Putin yesterday said a convincing victory for the party he is leading in next month’s parliamentary elections would give him the “moral right” to maintain strong influence after he steps down next year.
Wed, 14 Nov, 2007
Russia’s lower house of parliament today took the first step toward approval of a bill that would prevent foreign-funded rights groups from operating in the country – a move sure to heighten criticism of President Vladimir Putin’s commitment to democracy.
Wed, 23 Nov, 2005
The court jester of Russian politics, Vladimir Zhirinovksy, led his nationalist party to a surprisingly strong comeback in the parliamentary elections with his unique mix of bad-boy behaviour, populist politicking – and support for the Kremlin.
Mon, 08 Dec, 2003