Time to choose a side: truth or cover-up
Gene KerriganWhat did the Garda Commissioner know, and when did she know it?
Gene KerriganWhat did the Garda Commissioner know, and when did she know it?
Gene Kerrigan So, how's it going, then - the 'New Politics'? Politicians have listened to what the people have said and they've resolved to "do politics differently". None of the old self-serving manoeuvres, none of the old party-first cynicism.
Gene Kerrigan Clare Daly was driving in an unfamiliar part of south Dublin and took an illegal turn. The gardai stopped her and decided to breathalyse her.
Gene Kerrigan The odds are you didn't even notice - but last week, they did a job on you. Some very smart people did a job on your perception of what's been happening.
Gene Kerrigan The Fine Gael/Fianna Fail Alliance, after spending two whole months forming a government, is agreed on the continuation of the Irish Water project.
Gene Kerrigan Way, way back, when I was more easily excited about these things, a newspaper gravely reported the discovery of "a new erogenous zone". Boy, were we feverish.
Gene Kerrigan The first thing that has to be said about the Panama Papers is that this is a wonderful example of thorough journalism. It took a year to bring it to print and it cost a fortune, with about 400 journalists involved, in 76 countries. Well done to all involved and may we see a lot more of this kind of thing.
Gene Kerrigan Is Enda Kenny lying about what happened at his disastrous meeting with Micheal Martin? Or is Micheal Martin lying? Or was it all a devious plot?
Gene Kerrigan Let's try what they call a "thought experiment". That's something that used to be called "blue sky thinking". Before that the cool people called it "thinking outside the box". Back in my day, we called it "thinking".
Gene Kerrigan Charlie Saurin was 18 and he'd a choice to make and I think he made the right one. He joined the Irish Volunteers in 1914, with about 180,000 others.
Gene Kerrigan Where's Charlie Haughey when you need him? Crooked? Yeah, Charlie was crooked. Shake hands with Charlie, afterwards you had to count your fingers.
Gene Kerrigan Official Ireland has long appeared to be terribly nervous about commemorating the 1916 Rising. There's widespread public enthusiasm for the cultural and historical events, particularly among the young, but the Government can't shake off the impression that it feels obliged to do this, and may even benefit politically from it, but its heart...
Gene Kerrigan There are lots of dots around - let's try to connect some of them. The necessity to do this occurred to me when I read that Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Transport, is upset.
Gene Kerrigan What are they up to? The two biggest right-wing parties have wasted a week staging meaningless talks that can't lead to anything. Panic? Indecision? I don't think so.
Gene Kerrigan One: The two largest right-wing parties have won the General Election. Between them, they have more than enough seats to form a stable government. But that would permanently end the Punch and Judy act that has sustained them for decades.
Gene Kerrigan The 2011 general election result was pretty good; this one is even better. It's as good as could reasonably be expected - given that we're witnessing the slow collapse of institutions that served us badly for generations.
Gene Kerrigan It was the night of the general election, 2011, the polls had closed and there was a poet on RTE.
Gene Kerrigan There are, of course, other things going on in the world, apart from the general election. And some of them will have a greater effect on our lives than the outcome of that election.
Gene Kerrigan After just two days of the general election campaign, Fine Gael's strategy collapsed. The party is running on its alleged economic expertise. It would "keep the recovery going". That supposed expertise has been irretrievably destroyed.
Gene Kerrigan This week, at no extra cost, we bring you the Soapbox Political Translation Service. Without it, you won't understand half of what the politicians say in the weeks ahead.
Gene Kerrigan From time to time, we indulge in moral panics. Usually, this follows a startling scandal unearthed by the media - and often it's RTE that does the spadework.
Gene Kerrigan Joan Burton's week (as imagined by Gene Kerrigan)
Gene Kerrigan You've probably avoided reading any of that stuff in the business pages about the faltering Chinese economy. And about the falling price of oil. Quite right. Me too.
Gene Kerrigan Deep in all our hearts, we know the floods will come again, and again, down through the years to come.
Gene Kerrigan It isn't really about 1916. Much of the argument you'll hear over the next few months will be dressed up in the regalia of 1916, but the argument is really about politics today. And about the direction we take into the future.
Gene Kerrigan It was around this time last year that Sinn Fein TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn used Twitter to describe Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, as a c*nt. As a result of this, I'm sure you remember, Mac Lochlainn came under sustained attack from Fine Gael, Labour and the media.
Gene Kerrigan For just a while, I thought we'd found a new hero: councillor Hughie McElvaney, star of the RTE Investigates programme. You had to admire his total commitment to unashamedly playing the role of a greedy bastard.
Gene Kerrigan Last Tuesday evening, Judge William Hamill addressed the Law Reform Commission. In another part of the capital city, Mick Wallace TD was enjoying his final evening of freedom. Hours later he was incarcerated in Limerick prison for a grand total of - eh, two hours.
Gene Kerrigan Money is appearing, as if by magic - billions of euros. The people who govern us aren't sure where it's coming from, or who's responsible. And they don't seem terribly curious. They hope it continues, but - to quote one of their leading experts - they're "flying blind".
Gene Kerrigan For the political parties, 2016 won't be about the centenary of the Easter Rising. It won't be about the economy, stopping the growth of homelessness or ending the chaos in the hospitals.
Gene Kerrigan Here we go again. Into one of our periodic eruptions of moral indignation. Just because an Irish Farmers' Association bigshot had a bumper harvest of lovely money.
Gene Kerrigan Last Tuesday, the Dail put time aside for lengthy statements on the Paris atrocities. The speeches got hardly any coverage. But they said a lot about our parliament - some of it good, and some of it depressingly bad.
Gene Kerrigan Wasn't it fun? All those weeks of playacting, with Fine Gael making nasty remarks about Alan Kelly, the Minister for Prolonging the Housing Crisis.
Is ANYONE paying attention? Even those of us who know little about economics have a sense of smell. And, right now, there's a smell of 2005 off this country.
Gene Kerrigan Say the word Stardust in my neighbourhood and it still produces pain, almost 35 years after the terrible fire that killed 48 people.
Gene Kerrigan We know we're being manipulated. But financially we're somewhat better off. So, we live with the manipulation.
Gene Kerrigan What a treat awaits us when we step into the polling booth. From Enda to the Sensodyne Man. Truly, we're spoiled for choice. And to enhance that choice, I'm seriously considering joining Lucinda Creighton's mini-party, Renua.
Gene Kerrigan Remember Tom McFeely? The guy who built Priory Hall? If ever there was a ready-made villain, it was Tom. An ex-Provo, a millionaire builder who went broke with all the other millionaire builders.
Gene Kerrigan We noticed three fellas doing a bit of complaining last week. Paddy Cosgrave, Johnny Ronan and Mick Wallace.
Gene Kerrigan Help me, please. Tell me I'm imagining this stuff. It would be a relief to find out that the mental strain of living in Endaland had caused a temporary hallucination. It would be truly worrying to discover that these things really happened last week.
Gene Kerrigan Was Brian Lenihan really a liar? Whose word can we trust? Why the silence? Does the Dail have any function any more?
Gene Kerrigan The Fennelly Commission Interim Report lays out what Enda Kenny said and what he did, and it's damning.
Gene Kerrigan About a year ago, Enda Kenny visited Roscommon town. Local party members awaited his arrival. As the Taoiseach's car drew up, a man named John McDermott stepped forward, hoping to speak to Mr Kenny.
Gene Kerrigan So, now we know. It's Fr Peter McVerry's fault. And the fault of another homeless charity, Focus Ireland. And other, unnamed, homeless charities - all of them, they've failed to "step up to the...
Gene Kerrigan It's eight months now since this Government solved the problem of homelessness. Jonathan Corrie died sleeping in a doorway across the road from the Dail. A homeless person dying in the open on a...
Gene Kerrigan It's like someone farted in a lift. Everyone knows it happened, but they're pretending otherwise. They hold their breath and look at the floor, the walls, the ceiling.
Gene Kerrigan The general election campaign is under way, yet the election date remains undeclared. It might not happen - God help us - for the best part of nine months. We're in suspended electoral animation - the...
Gene Kerrigan We like our little political dramas. Now and then, our politicians and the media create an eruption of amateur theatrics. So, when one of Enda Kenny's underlings made a remark about how long Enda intends...
Gene Kerrigan The Government has been caught out - Irish Water has failed the Eurostat test - devastating news for the members of the Cabinet. In deep, deep trouble, the Government responds with a mixture of guile, panic and outright denial.
Gene Kerrigan Last week I realised I know very little about John Perry. Ex-minister, TD for 18 years. I've been keeping an eye on these matters since shortly after de Valera decided to give up the teaching and chance...
Gene Kerrigan Yes, it's encouraging that despite all the threats and the bribes only 43pc have paid the Water Tax. And there's great entertainment to be had in listening to Irish Water's head of communication, Elizabeth...
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