Brexit the panto: bad acting, flimsy plot

We know that Christmas is a time for pantomimes and this year our nearest neighbour is mounting the greatest political panto of modern times in the guise of the Brexit decision at Westminster. As pantos go, the Westminster panto leaves the Gaiety, Olympia and Cork Opera House ones in the shade. It has all the

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O’Dea publishes new bill to remove EPA absolute immunity

Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick City, Willie O’Dea TD has today published a draft bill that would remove the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) absolute right to immunity. The Environmental Protection Agency (Amendment) Bill 2018 seeks to delete Section 15 of the 1992 EPA Act and amend Section 67 of the 1996 Waste Management Act that

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Begrudgers wrong to bemoan generosity of JP McManus

Ireland thrives on foreign investment, so why criticise a donation from one of our own. In his 1986 book, The Begrudgers’ Guide, the late, great Irish social critic and writer, Breandan O hEithir described begrudgers as the nation’s largest faction. Mercifully, their numbers have declined in the decades since, but the handful that are left

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FG’s spin on cutting poverty is an exercise in delusion

All five of the Fine Gael/Labour budgets actually widened the gap between rich and poor. In Leo, their new biography of An Taoiseach, the INM Group Deputy Political Editor, Philip Ryan, and Government adviser, Niall O’Connor, tell the story of the Taoiseach advising a Fine Gael TD to ‘create anonymous accounts online to make positive

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WHO I AM AND HOW YOU CAN CONTACT ME? Please take a few minutes to read over this notice.  Your privacy is important to me, Willie O’Dea TD.  This Privacy Notice sets out what may happen to any personal information you give me.  My constituency address is 2 Glenview Gardens, Farranshone, Limerick, and I have

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Healthy economy like ours can afford to hike welfare payouts

Protecting those people most in need should be a priority for politicians in a compassionate society, writes Willie O’Dea In an extraordinarily blase series of remarks after a pre-Budget forum with NGOs, the Minister for Social Protection dropped the strongest hints yet that she was not prepared to fight for increases in welfare in the

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

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 source inside the administration determined to get the truth out there. Except, there was

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Public Meeting in Limerick on the Housing Crisis

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 said, “While the meetings are being held by Fianna Fáil,

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Curse of Brexit can’t be broken by wishful thinking

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 demanding that negotiations proceed as speedily as possible to Phase

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