Tuesday 24 October 2017

THE FLOATING VOTER PODCAST: Borrowed time for the Garda Commissioner, Howlin's howler and céad mile fáilte to Trump

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan Photo: Arthur Carron
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan Photo: Arthur Carron

On this week's show, Niall O'Connor was joined by Philip Ryan and Niamh Horan as they look back on the week in Irish politics, from the future of the Garda Commissioner, to Brendan Howlin's Dail privilege, and a Trump visit to Ireland.

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Should Noirin O'Sullivan step aside while an investigation is ongoing and is the Commissioner on borrowed time?  There were diverging views across the table on the Floating Voter this week as Philip Ryan argued she was due 'proper process during the investigation and shouldn’t step down.'

"But, there is little confidence left in the Garda Commissioner," countered Niall O'Connor.  "And she should step down.  If she is found innocent then all is fine."

Turning their attention to the issue of Brendan Howlin's use of Dail privilege, Niamh Horan questioned a politician's motives behind such acts.

"This is the third time in a short time when Dail privilege has been used to drop bombshells," she told O'Connor.  "With great power comes great responsibility, but how much is it to do with their own interests and political careers?"

"What Brendan Howlin said is all based on hearsay and Labour is all at sea over Howlin’s actions," said Ryan.  "Howlin himself has not done himself any favours at all.  If this was Mary Lou McDonald people would be castigating her for it."

And let's not forget, Labour is on 4% and now everybody is talking about them, Niall O'Connor reminded the panel.

Finally on this week's show, the team asked whether Trump should be invited over for an Irish State visit? 

"Why not?," wondered Ryan.  "We can invite Putin and Kim Jong-un over as well and use it as an opportunity to discuss their policies and get our point of view across.  What's the harm in that?"

"Yes we should invite him over," agreed Horan.  "It’s about the economy, jobs and American investment and not for keeping liberals happy."

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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