Friday 18 August 2017

THE FLOATING VOTER PODCAST: Will Irish politics end up with its own version of Trump?

Doonbeg Lodge, with Donald Trump (inset). Composite Image (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Doonbeg Lodge, with Donald Trump (inset). Composite Image (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

On this week's show, Kevin Doyle was joined by Nicola Anderson and Niall O'Connor as they look back on the week in Irish politics from Enda eyeballing Trump to the Tories on the border in the North.

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As politicians sought to turn up the heat on Enda Kenny and the government over the visit to the White House on St. Patrick's Day, others were asking if we're in danger of an Irish version of Trump emerging if the political rhetoric continues with empty promises? 

The Floating Voter also heard from a group of primary school-kids who were asked for their views on Donald Trump - and they provided probably the most honest and insightful comments of all.  But after only two weeks of chaos and cluelessness, can the media and public handle an entire four years of the Trump presidency?

Plus it was the week that saw the visit of British PM, Theresa May, but, asked INM's Group Political Editor, Kevin Doyle, was it just another PR stunt? And does anyone really have a clue what a border with Northern Ireland will look like post-Brexit? 

The Tories certainly don't get it, they don't understand the symbolism of what a return to border control would mean to the Irish people, argued Niall O'Connor, before bizarrely commenting on May's sartorial choices as PM......

Each week on the Floating Voter, INM's political team discuss the main issues affecting Irish politics, bursting the bubble around Leinster House.  New episodes on Independent.ie every Thursday.

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