GERARD HOWLIN: Parties playing politics in bid to stay under the public spotlight

Electioneering is best done with a scalpel, not a shovel, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: #Budget19 keeps strategic options open as date at polls looms large

Raising expectation ahead of delivery, and way ahead of what should be delivered at all, is taking a toll, writes Gerard Howlin.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Narrow margins could push Leo to call general election after budget

Things have changed, apparently unexpectedly. The resignation of Louth TD Peter Fitzpatrick from Fine Gael on Monday does not automatically change events, but it may do so dramatically. 

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GERARD HOWLIN: Parity of coverage essential for the public to make an informed choice

Trump would be envious of the untouchable status of a president from criminal indictment, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Land for peace is fool’s gold when it comes to the Middle East

Today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement for Jewish people. It is 45 years since the war which bore its name.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Ballot paper competition rightly makes for wide-open competition

Presidential elections are that rare example of turkeys voting for Christmas, in the sense that except for a single bird destined to nest in the Áras, the others will be roughly stuffed before being roasted.

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GERARD HOWLIN: This may be the last presidential election decided on these shores

 

Fast-forward seven years from now and candidates who clinch a nomination for the presidency are travelling not just the country, but touring the world.

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GERARD HOWLIN: The big question for Labour won’t be answered by a change of leader

The plight of the Catholic Church in Ireland, beset by scandal, dwindling numbers, and rapid change in the surrounding culture, is an ironic juxtaposition — in terms of timing and context — with the Labour Party.

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GERARD HOWLIN: It’s a new era and the scrutiny will inevitably politicise the presidency

Gerard Howlin believes a major cultural change is coming to Áras an Uachtaráin in September.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Does Fianna Fáil’s leader have the nerves to keep Fine Gael in office?

The time to go is gone. If it were ever a plan in the Government to cut and run for a general election the moment has passed.

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GERARD HOWLIN: Visit of Pope Francis heralds the end of the Church as we know it

There is no blame as articulate as the accusations of the implicated, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Cynical outrage over self-promoter Duffy seeking to challenge for Áras

The double standards and discomfort of Michael D Higgins’ self-appointed adherents is comedy gold, writes Gerard Howlin

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GERARD HOWLIN: Martin must bide time and not jump gun on election calls

Fine Gael enjoys watching Micheál Martin hop on hot coals, and foolishly he gives it the pleasure, writes Gerard Howlin.

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