DANIEL MCCONNELL: Ministers’ confidence in supply of tea and biscuits

“Ah, we are not doing much, only seeking to determine the future course of our country” — a quip from one senior politician when asked how the talks have been going, amid chatter that the two sides are simply sitting around drinking tea all day. The routine has become the same, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Donohoe hoping the middle ground will hold

In a recent compelling but largely ignored speech, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe made a strong claim to the political centre ground, heralding, in his view, the rise of the moderate.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Why do women still face paternalismin politics?

Such hostility is predictable when you remember that just 19 women have sat at the Cabinet table, the top table in Irish politics, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Numbers no longer add up as Government unravels

JUST how long can this farce continue? This is a Government struggling for life and no longer able to guarantee the passage of its legislation.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Business as usual in arrogant banking sector

A decade on from having to be bailed out, the Irish banking sector remains unchastened, arrogant, and completely oblivious to the needs of the country and its own customers, writes Daniel McConnell

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Byrne stayed put but should be sacked anyway

Last Monday, word emerged that Fine Gael junior minister Catherine Byrne was on the verge of voting against the Government.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Nothing to fear if Áras has nothing to hide

WHAT a bun fight it has turned out to be.

The extraordinary row this week over whether the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has a right to or should seek to examine the expenditure of the President’s establishment has been fascinating, writes Daniel McConnell

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