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… Continue reading Leading the Charge

De Mare

Dublin is to get a new directly-elected mayor within a year. The first directly elected city leader will be chosen by the capital’s citizens next summer. ‘2010 will see the direct election, by the people of the Dublin region, of a highly-visible and accountable Mayor who will have the authority and powers to deliver real… Continue reading De Mare

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

My father showed me the brochure when I got home for the weekend. It looked well, very professionally produced, four A4 pages with full colour on glossy paper, good photographs, well lit, clearly taken by someone who knew their craft. The accompanying copy was well designed, not too wordy, but hit all the important bullet… Continue reading Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Celebrity Games

Fianna Fail are set to trump the Fine Gael coup in landing George Lee as an election candidate, announcing the Seoige Sisters as MEP candidates in the Ireland Northwest constituency. Stung by the news that one of their harshest economic critics is set to take the hustings for the opposition, party mandarins immediately met in… Continue reading Celebrity Games

Class Act

Government ministers have increased pressure on Beverly Flynn to give up her €41K independent’s allowance. Speaking on The Last Word with Matt Cooper on Today FM Éamon Ó Cuív said Beverly Flynn’s decision to continue claiming the independent TDs allowance was unwise. ‘I think she’s foolish.’ ‘I heard the technical point that she has made… Continue reading Class Act

Opinion Piece

Can a politician — particularly a member of a governing party — truly have a personal opinion? Earlier this summer, Dick Roche announced that Ireland should hold a second referendum on the Lisbon treaty — in his personal opinion. There’s no date for the re-vote yet, but that particular personal opinion seems to be almost… Continue reading Opinion Piece

The End Of History

Lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas, goes the conventional wisdom. As with many things though, the conventional wisdom is mistaken. Lie down with dogs and, as the Progressive Democrats found to their cost, the dog will most likely eat you. It’s easy to point to the last election as the moment when… Continue reading The End Of History

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