Fianna Fail needs more conviction and less cuteness
Charles Moore's brilliant biography of Margaret Thatcher is also a manual of practical politics. It should be read by all aspiring candidates attending the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis. Here let me declare an interest. I have known and admired Moore since I first met him in 1996 when he was editing The Daily Telegraph.
What use is a huge majority if you just won't use it?
LAST Wednesday, Terri Kearney of the Skibbereen Heritage Centre saw the first swallows of summer flitting up the River Ilen, presumably showing a lot of wannabe wing as they passed the properties of Jeremy Irons and Lord Puttnam. Alas, that's all the nice news I have today.
Thatcher deserved respect for courage in face of adversity
A few hours after Margaret Thatcher's death last Monday, as Irish public figures began to cravenly support Sinn Fein's hypocritical whining about the "hurt" she had allegedly inflicted on Ireland, I dashed off this furious text to a few politicians.
The good, the bad and the ugly of our public sector
Coming to the crunch on Croke Park II. Time to take a hard look at the public sector: the good, the bad and the ugly. Teachers are emblematic of all three.
Colm O'Rourke: Old virtues marked out of game
A bright new dawn. The old game has changed. Free-flowing attacking football. Big scores with an emphasis on forward play. A move away from the sweeper system with players who are faster, fitter and more skilful than ever before.
First person: Beard that makes me look like a hipster
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It's a gripping real live thriller
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'O’Driscoll’s retirement is extraordinary for Irish rugby'
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