Even the most vivid champions of this still-evolving Republic, even those Teflon-cloaked bankers who so disastrously “wore the green jersey” to try to pull the wool over investors’ eyes — your pension providers possibly — cannot but feel a sense of embarrassment, a sense of betrayal, that at least 42 schools must be reassessed, years after they were built, to establish whether they are safe places for our children.
When a candidate to be the next president of France thinks it’s appropriate to tweet gruesome images of Islamic State killings, it’s time to admit we are in an era where words and images have lost all meaning, writes
Bertie Ahern has been the second longest head of government since the foundation of the State. Eamon de Valera was head of government for 16 years from 1932 until 1948, and also two other periods as taoiseach in the 1950s. The next longest serving taoiseach was Jack Lynch, whose two terms extended over almost nine years with a four-year break in between.
ISSUES revolving around Bertie Ahern’s acceptance of money from business friends are not likely to be resolved by a mere five-minute statement by the Taoiseach and short debate in which party leaders are confined to speak within a similar timeframe.