The Conor Project

Last week Conor Lenihan planned to launch an anti-science screed. Then the taoiseach had a bad night, and the story died. But I was curious, so I sent an email to every sitting TD. Quoting the Project Steve statement, I asked three questions: Do you agree with the statement? Should evolution be part of the […]

Design

Logos (singular) is a Greek word meaning, roughly speaking, the word of God. Logos (plural) is a word meaning opportunities for pointless productivity. Last month, Brian Cowen announced a fairly minor reshuffle of his cabinet ministers. Perhaps aware of how underwhelming the changes were, the Taoiseach also juggled a few words. Enterprise, Trade and Employment […]

Trick of the eye

You know how sometimes,  your eyes expect to see something, so it takes you a while to see what’s actually there. Well this morning, I glanced at this headline in the Sunday Tribune: But this is what my eyes insisted they were seeing for a few moments: Strange how the brain works sometimes, isn’t it?

Making the Cut

When is a complaint not a complaint? When RTÉ broadcast a lighthearted complaint in March about a portrait of Brian Cowen hung in that national gallery, they received nine calls complaining the item was in poor taste. It’s not clear if the nine includes a call from Eoghan Ó Neachtain, who rang RTÉ director general […]

The Final Word

Remember #picturegate? As described in a complaint to the broadcasting complaints commission, RTÉ showed two portraits of the taoiseach, one ‘in a pregnant situation’. RTÉ News later apologised ‘for any personal offence caused to Mr Cowen or his family or for any disrespect shown to the office of taoiseach.’ But in response to a complaint […]

Two Hundred Words to John Gormley

Dear John, Right now, you’re probably wondering where to begin. Half your membership wants you to pull out of coalition on Tuesday, the rest want you to stick the course. The wiser course is probably to knuckle down and get on with it. But to make that work, you need to change some things. First. […]

What Dan Boyle really meant in Tralee

Dan Boyle went down to Tralee last week to say ‘something controversial’. Boyle must have been aware of poll findings, and told his Kerry audience it was time to review the programme for government. ‘Most of the Green Party elements of it have now been implemented,’ Boyle said. ‘It is a document that is in […]

Leading the Charge

If I was Enda Kenny, I’d be worried. He rescued his party from political oblivion in 2002, bringing them back from 31 to 51 seats in 2007. Thanks in part to Biffo’s cluelessness, he now finds himself at the head of a party with 38% support in the latest poll, about to deliver a historic […]