Today is Brian Cowan’s 300th day as Taoiseach. It’s symptomatic of his reign that today, the door fell off a minister’s helicopter as it left a tourism conference. Brian Cowen’s reign just can’t seem to achieve takeoff. He was elected, as far as I can tell, because he was great crack altogether. He became the… Continue reading 300

Gis A Job

Drip. Drip. Drip. Government ministers must have wondered what was coming next as they watched the slow drip of revelations about FÁS travel expenses. Rody Molloy, the director general of the State training agency, has been in the firing line for the past few days as details of spending on transatlantic trips emerged. The story… Continue reading Gis A Job

Lump It

Fine Gael’s Leo Varadkar wants to give unemployed immigrants a lump sum if they agree to leave the country. Fianna Fáil TD Thomas Byrne was delighted to pounce on the idea, from a member of the same party that last week called for ‘segregation‘ in schools, denouncing it as a policy ‘in the dishonourable tradition… Continue reading Lump It