POLITICS can be a sad business, and I don’t just mean for the electorate. There was a palpable air of sadness in Iveagh House last Monday as Eamon Gilmore announced that he was going to stand down as leader of the Labour Party.
Fri, 30 May, 2014
DOG years are the best measure in government for counting the budgetary cycle. In human years this Government is not yet at the mid-life cycle. But come budget day on October 15 its third budget will be done and dusted.
Wed, 28 Aug, 2013
IT was reported recently that Stephen McNamara, Ryanair head of communications, was left to do what our Munster representatives were seemingly not interested in doing, and that was to enquire about the traffic figures for Shannon and Cork from the DAA.
Fri, 26 Aug, 2011
AS a mother and grandmother, what I want to know, in the aftermath of the abuse reports, is that children are safe, that abused children, many now adults, are given the supports they need to heal and that abusers are brought to justice.
Tue, 02 Aug, 2011
POLITICIANS cannot resist expediency. Urgent takes precedence over important. Years of demographic analysis, a Green Paper in 2007 and the launch of the National Pension Framework in March of last year set out our looming dilemma of unfunded pension obligations. By 2050 the ratio of workers to retirees will be 1.8: 1. Currently that ratio is 5.6: 1.
Thu, 26 May, 2011
IS THERE anyone else who just wants to stand up and scream “stop” at the top of their voices? Anyone else who wants to walk into a room of politicians, bankers and trade unionists and tell them enough is enough — we won’t be taken for mugs anymore?
Thu, 14 Apr, 2011
The future narrative of national politics seems foreseeable. The FF/Green government will circle the wagons and limp on in a weakened state. With each unpopular measure, the clamour for change will escalate. Eventually they will buckle on some specific issue
Thu, 11 Jun, 2009
Every forecast he and the Government have made over the past three years has been laughably wrong. The forecasts of the live register of unemployed and tax revenues have been so erroneous that ordinary people just don’t believe the Government has a proper grip on the deteriorating economic situation
Thu, 14 May, 2009