THE appalling vista for Fine Gael is that the ultimate outcome of the debacle involving Alan Shatter, Martin Callinan and An Garda Síochána will be that it allows Sinn Féin to make its most significant, strategic electoral gains yet in the Republic. Compared to the rise of Sinn Féin, the reputational decline of Shatter is small stuff.
Wed, 02 Apr, 2014
Following their party leader’s humiliating defeat in the Seanad referendum, for the 2,000 or so Fine Gael party faithful who gathered in the modest surrounds of the South Court Hotel in Limerick, it was very much a “back to basics” weekend where Fine Gael was determined to return to its core values.
Mon, 14 Oct, 2013
TRUE to form, John O’Donoghue’s resignation speech was petulant, bitter and deeply ungracious. There was no apology for any extravagance or excess on his part, no acknowledgement of the deep anger of the public at his behaviour. This was of no great surprise.
Thu, 15 Oct, 2009
IN OUTLINING policing priorities for An Garda Síochána Justice Minister Brian Lenihan said the commissioner must tackle gun crime, organised gangs, the illicit drugs trade, public order and traffic matters as top priorities.
Fri, 02 Nov, 2007