With Simon and Leo in the ring, Fine Gael is spoilt for choice
Eoghan HarrisWho? Leo Varadkar or Simon Coveney?
Eoghan HarrisWho? Leo Varadkar or Simon Coveney?
Eoghan Harris Last Wednesday, I gave a talk at the Little Museum of Dublin called 'The Primacy of Plot'.
Eoghan Harris Aristotle says courage is the chief virtue. Luckily for Europe, Angela Merkel, like the late Brendan McGahon, is blessed with bravery.
Eoghan Harris Last Wednesday, St Brigid's Day, I concluded we in the West will have to decide between the dark vision of Donald Trump's chief advisor, Stephen Bannon, and the bright vision of my German friend, Britta...
Eoghan Harris Aristotle said everything to excess is wrong - which also applies to attacking Donald Trump or selling the snake oil that is the Sinn Fein peace process.
Eoghan Harris For the past week I've been filtering Irish politics through the internet and factor 30 sunscreen while soaking up the sun in Agadir, Morocco.
Eoghan Harris A famous feminist slogan says the personal is always political. This also applies to Donald Trump, Arlene Foster, Martin McGuinness, and the late TK Whitaker.
Eoghan Harris This week, in deepest winter, I want to try to lift your spirits by writing about Jurgen Klopp, about the Liverpool football team, and about life.
Eoghan Harris Aristotle is an infallible guide to good politics - witness his wise observation that the most stable societies have a large middle class.
Eoghan Harris My Christmas week column, the last for 2016, is modelled on that cheerful annual magazine, the Cork Holly Bough, with lots of positive red berries but perhaps a bit more prickly holly.
Eoghan Harris The Stack family failed to get answers from Sinn Fein while many in the media sat on the fence. Now they want to move on to the Arlene Foster story.
Eoghan Harris Monday: To Tralee, to conduct a week-long skills course at the ETB National Digital Skills Centre with film, television and radio students from all over Ireland.
Eoghan Harris William Trevor, John McGahern and Frank O'Connor are my three favourite Irish short story writers, but not simply for literary reasons.
Eoghan Harris Brexit and Donald Trump show that the British and American political and media elites have lost touch with large tranches of working people.
Eoghan Harris Last Monday, my sister Bridget, the radical socialist in the family, who recently retired to Ireland after 40 years' working as a trauma nurse alongside black and Latino staff in some of the toughest American...
Eoghan Harris The late agony aunt and psychologist Patricia Redlich (who was never late in her life - she saw habitual unpunctuality as a sign of narcissism) believed that most of the political trouble in the world was caused...
Eoghan Harris Most weeks, I settle for the sniper shot of a single-issue column rather than a shotgun spread of pellets over a wide target.
Eoghan Harris Last week, while shopping in Blackrock, I experienced two epiphanies about the next general election - neither of which were good news for Fianna Fail.
Eoghan Harris Like many Irish people, I hate the Americanised Halloween, its expensive exploitation of parents and infantilised adult antics.
Eoghan Harris The big drop in Fianna Fail support in last Thursday's Irish Times poll was a shock but not a surprise. A shock is something that happens suddenly without warning. But a surprise only jolts us for a second before we...
Eoghan Harris The Siege of Jadotville, directed by Richie Smyth, inspired by Declan Power's fine book, is the best battle film since Zulu, a powerful tribute to the courage of Commandant Patrick Quinlan and the troops of A Company, 35th Battalion.
Eoghan Harris Last week, I resolved to take a break from monitoring Gerry Adams and other green gnomes who will not go away and leave us in peace.
Eoghan Harris Last Friday, Micheal Cottrell took us from Baltimore, back up the estuary of the winding Ilen River to the stone bridge at Skibbereen.
Eoghan Harris Last Friday, I set out in lashing rain from Baltimore to Bandon, to pick up a copy of Kieran Doyle's newly published, but already out of print, Behind the Wall, The Rise and Fall of Protestant Power and Culture...
Eoghan Harris Last Tuesday, I set out on another trip to Tallow, Co Waterford, where I spent the first five years of my life, with a lot on my mind.
Eoghan Harris Trish O'Donovan thinks back to when her two sons took their first steps to Rio. "They were rowing before they made their First Holy Communion."
Eoghan Harris Friday three o'clock. From the window of Field's coffee shop in Skibbereen, I see a town totally out of its mind with pride. Lisheen is levitating, too. A lovely townland, home of the O'Donovan boys,...
Eoghan Harris Local heroes like Roger Casement can also be global heroes. That's the ambition of the three women and two men of the Skibbereen Rowing Club whose local Ilen river has carried them to Rio and the Olympics...
Eoghan Harris Shakespeare was obsessed by the problem of political order. His 10 history plays are about political authority versus political anarchy. Looking across Europe, from Istanbul to Nice, we can see why. As Yeats warned, the centre cannot hold, the best lack all conviction, and the worst are full of passionate intensity.
Eoghan Harris Regina Doherty's ultimatum to Enda Kenny, while welcomed by many in Fine Gael, was reckless in its timing and added to the sense that Fine Gael is having a nervous breakdown.
Eoghan Harris Last week, dealing with the results of the British referendum, Micheal Martin made the most important speech of his political career.
Eoghan Harris My late friend, Patricia Redlich, used to say that most trouble in the world was caused by weak people.
Eoghan Harris In a week fogged by bigotry and the murder of Jo Cox, Northern Ireland's football victory flashed like a small beacon of hope.
Eoghan Harris Sinn Fein's northern strategy is to finish off the SDLP - just as its southern strategy is to finish off Fianna Fail.
Eoghan Harris Summer is here. And just because I’m stuck in Dublin is no reason to rain on your bank holiday parade.
Eoghan Harris Confronted by a complex political problem, Lenin cut to the core by asking two questions: "who/whom?" and "what is to be done?"
Eoghan Harris Even a week abroad allows you to absorb the bigger political picture. Brian Hayes spends a lot more time abroad than me, so I'll give him first go.
Eoghan Harris Let's not be toxic like the Labour Party. Let's give a fair wind to the new Government and Dail.
Eoghan Harris Finally we will have a government. We'd have had it faster if the Pied Piper Pundits and RTE had not fed Fine Gael on fantasy.
Eoghan Harris Garbh i mi na gcuach, fearthainn agus fuacht. (Rough is the month of the cuckoo, wet and cold.)
Eoghan Harris What is the point of a free press if it speaks with one voice, like Pravda in the old Soviet Union?
Eoghan Harris Last week, President Higgins called on Irish universities to foster "a capacity for dissent". I could not agree more.
Eoghan Harris Three state actors, the Defence Forces, RTE and the Presidency, bore the primary responsibility for answering the two questions I posed in my column of February 1, 2015, a full year before.
Eoghan Harris Easter Sunday 1916. One hundred years ago today, my grandfather Paddy Harris, Adjutant of B Company, Irish Volunteers, Cork, was getting ready to fight for an Irish Republic.
Eoghan Harris Asked on any one day last week what I might be writing about on Sunday, the list would be as follows.
Eoghan Harris For the third week in a row, and in defiance of the dying media chorus calling for a grand coalition, I want to repeat two firm predictions.
Eoghan Harris Last Friday week, on the night of the General Election count, shortly after the first exit polls I filed my weekly political column.
Eoghan Harris The Oscar favourite for best picture tonight is The Revenant, the story of a man badly mauled by a bear and left for dead by his companions, who recovers and returns to visit retribution.
Eoghan Harris Five days to go. How best to use our franchise to create a flourishing and fair society?
Eoghan Harris The TV3 leaders' debate proved an old adage of mine: the national question is the only game in town.
Eoghan Harris Currently two events are engaging political anoraks: the Irish General Election and the US presidential election. And we anoraks need both.
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