Sunday 28 May 2017

THE FLOATING VOTER PODCAST: Make Ireland Grand Again

Union president Jack O’Connor Photo: Tom Burke
Union president Jack O’Connor Photo: Tom Burke

Does everyone deserve a pay rise and is the alt-right on the rise in Ireland? It's another week in Irish politics on the Floating Voter podcast.

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After Jack O’Connor’s call for a private sector pay rise, the question now is, can the country afford it and where will the money come from?  On this week's Floating Voter, Kevin Doyle, Niall O'Connor and Philip Ryan discuss the week in Irish politics including the ongoing row over pay talks.

"The avalanche has started," says Philip Ryan.  "It's seems to be a case of let's see what's in the kitty and divvy it up accordingly." 

But are the unions trying to make themselves relevant again and sense blood on the trail?

Elsewhere in the show, the panel questions whether, in the wake of Trump's election, a far-right is on the rise in Ireland.

"Why isn't the centre holding?  Maybe because people haven’t seen their lives improving," says Niall O'Connor.

"We should be more worried about the rise of the far left, but we're still essentially a conservative country" argues Ryan.

Each week on the Floating Voter, INM Group Political Editor, Kevin Doyle, is joined by political correspondents, Niall O'Connor and Philip Ryan, as they discuss the main issues affecting Irish politics.

The Floating Voter bursts the bubble surrounding Leinster House.

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