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Leo needs to think again about the leaky, old FG spin machine

Leo needs to think again about the leaky, old...

posted on: 12/06/2018

Last week, a secret internal Fine Gael memo intended for limited circulation somehow managed to find its way into the public domain. It almost had echoes of Watergate. All that was missing was the darkened car park and a mysterious, shadowy...

Public Meeting in Limerick on the Housing Crisis

Public Meeting in Limerick on the Housing Cri...

posted on: 26/02/2018

Fianna Fáil is holding a public meeting on Housing on Monday, March 26th at 8pm in the Strand Hotel, Ennis Rd., Limerick. The meeting forms part of a series of regional events on the housing crisis we are currently engaged in. Willie O’Dea TD...

Curse of Brexit can’t be broken by wishful thinking

Curse of Brexit can’t be broken by wish...

posted on: 18/12/2017

Theresa May and her ministers are about to learn that the old saying ‘May you get what you wish for’ is meant as a curse, not a blessing. No sooner had the current Brexit talks started in Brussels than we saw a succession of Tories...

More than 1400 over 75s kept waiting longer than 24 hours in University Hospital Limerick Emergency Department in 2017

More than 1400 over 75s kept waiting longer t...

posted on: 20/11/2017

The abject failure of Fine Gael’s health strategy was laid bare this week with new figures from the HSE showing that 1453 people over the age of 75 were kept waiting over 24 hours in University Hospital Limerick Emergency Department so far this...

We are all counting cost of the Cabinet’s three weakest links

We are all counting cost of the Cabinet’...

posted on: 08/11/2017

In 2012, I commented in the Sunday Independent on how ministers in the Fine Gael/Labour government fell into one of three categories: high-flyers, passengers or weak links. I suggested that the weak links, specifically O’Reilly, Shatter,...

It was Fianna Fail who made real progress on pensioner poverty

It was Fianna Fail who made real progress on ...

posted on: 04/09/2017

Around this time last year Minister Paschal Donohoe became very upset at me when I called for a €5 increase in the old-age pension. He was furious. He claimed that I wanted to “…create the kind of politics that has created the cost and...

Varadkar will win but his patchy record makes it hard to predict if he will be any good

Varadkar will win but his patchy record makes...

posted on: 30/05/2017

For the past 12 months people have been asking my prediction as to who will win the Fine Gael leadership contest: Simon or Leo. I’ve been telling them all the same thing: Leo is a certainty. Firstly, Leo Varadkar has been actively...

Brexit misadventure can end only on a discordant note

Brexit misadventure can end only on a discord...

posted on: 10/04/2017

The British government’s handling of Brexit is like a comic opera but without the cheerful denouement There are moments when the British government’s handling of its Brexit misadventure seems to come straight out of the libretto of a...

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