A COMPREHENSIVE SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THIS TOPIC
A COMPREHENSIVE SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THIS TOPIC
Eamon Ryan’s recommended reading list sparks talk of book club
Thu, 22 Jun, 2017
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said he’s strongly backing Leo Varadkar and not fellow Corkman Simon Coveney to become the new Fine Gael leader because he believes that the country needs a fresh change.
Thu, 25 May, 2017
Despite sunshine, a few storm clouds rolled in from the south for Leo, writes.
Thu, 25 May, 2017
2016 has been a year to remember and not for all the right reasons. Political editorlooks back on some key events.
Thu, 29 Dec, 2016
Sat, 12 Mar, 2016
Fianna Fáil members would not accept a coalition with Fine Gael and would rather do a deal with Sinn Féin provided Gerry Adams steps down as leader.
Wed, 02 Mar, 2016
By far the biggest message to emerge from the results is simply that people are no longer willing to just go along with politics as usual, says
Mon, 29 Feb, 2016
Sat, 10 Oct, 2015
Gender quotas will see more female election candidates in the field but not necessarily in the Dáil and the woman who spearheaded the policy, Joan Burton, could lose out in the capital’s battle royale, writes
Sat, 15 Aug, 2015
The property tax is being exploited ruthlessly by politicians — irrespective of the cost to any principles they may claim to possess, writes
Wed, 24 Sep, 2014
DESPITE Joan Burton unexpectedly losing Ruairi Quinn, her education minister, she needs to do a crash course in the three Rs — reshuffle, rewrite and rejuvenate. The Tánaiste-designate is in the unusual position of having seen her three predecessors as Labour leader swept out of the Cabinet by her rise.
Sat, 05 Jul, 2014
YOU want a slice of Ireland today? Come to Carrigaline. Down on Main St, the Turkish barber has closed up and left town.
Wed, 14 May, 2014
Sex, drugs and free Swiss roll dominated the 77th Fine Gael ard fheis.
Mon, 03 Mar, 2014
In early November 1915, on the weekend of the All-Ireland final, the Tralee Republican leader Austin Stack dispatched three men disguised as Kerry football supporters to Dublin.
Mon, 23 Dec, 2013
IN a twist on the old cliché of a bull in a china shop, Eamon Gilmore has been talking bull in a ‘shop’ in China.
Sat, 03 Aug, 2013
I was at Ruairi Ó Bradaigh’s funeral ceremony at the Sacred Heart Church in Roscommon.
Tue, 11 Jun, 2013
SEX, lies and audiotape dominated a telling few days in Irish politics.
Sat, 30 Mar, 2013
With the economy sinking faster than the Titanic, Captain Noonan issued the immortal order: “Women and children first!” — but, sadly, he meant first into the financial firing line, not the economic life boats.
Thu, 06 Dec, 2012
Ah, the Blueshirts; unable to get out from under Croke Park they decide to go up Croagh Patrick instead — hoping that God will listen to them even if the unions will not.
Tue, 11 Sep, 2012
It is the badly written potboiler that everyone is talking about: Fifty Shades Of Fine Gael.
Mon, 16 Jul, 2012
Labour chairman Colm Keaveney this week opened the door on what some see as a battle for the party’s survival, says Political Correspondent Shaun Connolly
Fri, 15 Jun, 2012
Olivia Mitchell is the only person in the Dáil against whom adverse findings were made by Mahon. While she was not corrupt, the system was, writes Michael Clifford
Thu, 19 Apr, 2012
ONE is leader of the Blueshirts, the other is leader of a bunch of blue blobs, but it seems that Papa Smurf has a stronger moral compass than Enda Kenny and Co.
Sat, 07 Apr, 2012
FEAR and loathing continues to dominate Fine Gael and Labour’s pre-budget bust-ups.
Wed, 23 Nov, 2011
HOW do you get to know a nation? Taste their food? Walk their streets? Read their history? Try clicking through the nearest turnstile, follow the route on the back of your ticket to the seat. And learn.
Fri, 21 Oct, 2011
ANYBODY out there with a bit of get-up-and-go? In particular, we’re looking for somebody who’s good at selling. You will be required to spend time on the road, flogging your wares in foreign capitals.
Sat, 11 Jun, 2011
REORGANISING the government departments and combining some of them makes sense from organisational and efficiency points of view.
Sat, 12 Mar, 2011
JUST when you thought auction politics was going, going, gone — Fine Gael slams down the gavel and tries to bring the dark art back from the dead.
Fri, 11 Feb, 2011
IT was expected to be the angry taxi driver against the slick telesales guy.
Wed, 09 Feb, 2011
THE woman looked towards Enda Kenny and exclaimed: “Oh, he’s gorgeous, he’s just adorable, I can’t wait to play with him!”
Sat, 05 Feb, 2011
THE desperate events of the past 48 hours left Ireland not just a broke country, but a broken country — and now it has a broken Taoiseach too.
Tue, 23 Nov, 2010
THE Scannal programme on the 1970 Arms Crisis on RTÉ television this week began with me proclaiming that the whole thing was the most serious crisis since the civil war. It has never been properly investigated but then no one should be surprised because the civil war was largely ignored, too.
Sat, 13 Nov, 2010
ENDA KENNY is going nowhere.
Tue, 05 Oct, 2010
SO the only new job opportunities in the entire country were confined to a few multi-pensioned politicians in Leinster House.
Thu, 25 Mar, 2010
WE were promised a looser, leaner leader ready to shake things up a bit, and so the Dáil hushed as the new look “Bendy Enda” was poised for his unveiling.
Thu, 11 Feb, 2010
A CONCISE version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was about to be finalised when somebody noticed a howler. The encyclopaedia wrongly suggested that our civil war of 1922-23 was fought between the Catholics of the south and the Protestants of the North.
Sat, 06 Feb, 2010
FINE GAEL senators have been likened to “turkeys voting for Christmas” after accepting party leader Enda Kenny’s decision to call for the abolition of the Seanad.
Thu, 22 Oct, 2009
CRIMINAL activities, whether committed by common criminals or political ones, should be investigated by the gardaí.
Sat, 04 Jul, 2009
LIAR! Liar! The election finally caught fire.
Thu, 04 Jun, 2009
IT IS always tempting to begin a column about Irish politicians at this time of year by writing “as they head off for the summer”, but out of respect for Independent TD Finian McGrath I decided not to do so.
Thu, 24 Jul, 2008
THIS week Fine Gael has been remembering John A Costello and the 60th anniversary of the Fine Gael-led coalition government that came to power in February 1948.
Thu, 21 Feb, 2008
AFTER reshuffling the cards, new Labour leader Eamon Gilmore put together the strongest Dáil hand he could — despite not having a full deck to play with.
Thu, 20 Sep, 2007