Colette Browne: 'Brexiteers are learning their stereotype of the Irish as drunken, idiotic apes is somewhat off the mark'
The press conference between Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson in Dublin on Monday underscored...
The press conference between Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson in Dublin on Monday underscored...
There were those who predicted in advance of Boris Johnson becoming UK prime minister that he...
'Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then...
Lies are the essential currency of Brexit. They have engendered its birth, fed its growth and are...
Anyone who still harbours optimistic delusions about the capacity of the British body politic to see...
The scale of the rental cri sis was underscored yesterday when 19 new locations were designated rent pressure zones (RPZs) - meaning 65pc of rented accommodation across the country is now in an area with unsustainable increases.
Boris Johnson is about to become prime minister at a time of immense crisis for the UK, so what is the media currently obsessed with? A picture of him and his girlfriend.
The premiership of Boris Johnson represents a serious threat to this country - a threat that was outlined in an IMF report this week. According to it, Ireland is "uniquely vulnerable to a no-deal Brexit" and a fiscal stimulus may be required "depending on the severity of the downturn in the broader economy".
Who better to explain the dispute between the UK and Ireland over an uninhabited rock in the North Atlantic than the Wolfe Tones, who released the rousing 'Rock on, Rockall' in 1973.
The ego has landed. US President Donald Trump arrives in Ireland today on what amounts to nothing more than a marketing trip for his golf resort in Doonbeg.
Lyra McKee, who will be laid to rest in Belfast today, represented the best of Northern Ireland...
While John Delaney was staying at the Ritz Carlton in New York and Dubai, the Irish women's team...
Today, the nine members of the Oireachtas Committee on Sport will have an opportunity to...
If the current state of British politics were personified, its exemplar would be Tory MP Mark...
Now we know. A disorderly Brexit could be worse than anyone had ever imagined, costing 80,000...
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a novel way of approaching Brexit negotiations with the EU - holding a gun to the UK's head and threatening to shoot unless he gets everything he wants.
Boris Johnson and his cabinet of Brexit Death Eaters are determined to drive the UK out of the EU and over a cliff. The man tasked with stopping them is Jeremy Corbyn. Truly, we are all doomed.
Former French president Georges Pompidou once said: "There are three roads to ruin: women, gambling and technicians. The most pleasant is with women, the quickest is with gambling but the surest is with technicians."
Be honest. Admit it. Did your eyes glaze over when you heard Ireland is in the midst of a sexual violence epidemic?
If there was ever any doubt that politics in Northern Ireland exists in some kind of bizarre twilight zone, the controversy over Tyrone GAA players singing a rebel song on their team bus should put that to rest. DUP leader Arlene Foster (below left) felt so strongly about the footage of some players singing 'Come Out Ye Black and Tans' as a band parade passed their bus in Aughnacloy on Saturday...
'He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy" - the quip from Monty Python classic 'Life of Brian' could serve as a pithy critique of Leo Varadkar's inflated reputation as a vote winner following Fine Gael's lacklustre performance in the local elections.
Pollsters asked to identify the biggest concern for voters usually say, "it's the economy, stupid". But, in Friday's elections, it will likely be "housing and the environment, stupid", and bigger parties may come to rue their complacency on these issues.
The introduction of domestic homicide reviews is long overdue - but they will only be meaningful if resources are put in place to implement their recommendations.
New guidelines to make nursing home contracts more transparent, and prevent charges being hidden from elderly people, are welcome - but do little to address the fairness of those top-up charges.
It is not good enough for the Government to continually bleat that gardaí have sufficient resources when basic tools to do the job are often denied to members.
Theresa May's Brexit shambles has now become so bad she can't even put her deal to a vote - never mind win one.
In the end, even Theresa May's voice abandoned her. Her deal is now dead and buried, along with her political career. Mrs May was undone by her own intransigence, dogmatism and divisiveness. Having opted to pursue the hardest Brexit possible, she relied on the fanatical right wing of her party and the DUP for support.
This time next week we will know if Prime Minister Theresa May has managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and secured the support of the House of Commons for her Brexit deal - but the omens are not good.
Speaking at the party's ard fheis on Saturday, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told delegates "we have to get through Brexit first … and then we must focus on showing the Irish people that there is an alternative".
There is an incoherence at the heart of the Irish negotiating position on Brexit that is becoming increasingly untenable with every passing day.
The success of a young Democratic congresswoman in the United States has taught us how politics can be done, but will anyone in this country listen?
Theresa May travelled to Northern Ireland yesterday to deliver a set-piece speech, reiterating her commitment to avoiding a hard Border, and she will leave today with no one any the wiser about how she plans to achieve this.
How best to explain the madness that has gripped the House of Commons in recent weeks? Maybe we should look to the Middle Ages and the mysterious case of the meowing nuns for some answers.
To truly understand the level of disinterest in England when it comes to Northern Ireland, one only had to glance at the front pages of leading British newspapers on Monday.
Brexit is a cult supported by fanatics so zealous they would sacrifice Britain's cohesion, security and prosperity at its altar. The only question that remains is, will parliament allow them?
It's just one week into the new year and there have already been attempts to normalise our homeless crisis - we cannot let it happen.
For individuals, the new year is an opportunity to usher in a 'new you'; but it's a case of 'same old' for the Government which will spend 2019 grappling with endemic problems which have bedevilled it for years.
It's the season of goodwill - but sometimes, goodwill isn't enough. Sometimes, people need more than charity and kindness. They need change.
With the Tories fighting like rats in a sack over how to deliver Brexit, what the British people need is a political Pied Piper to chase them from government. Regrettably, what they are stuck with is a tone-deaf Jeremy Corbyn who prefers to stick his foot, and not a pipe, in his gob.
The panto in the British parliament may be providing some Irish schadenfreude, but if Britain crashes out of the EU with no deal, the laughs will be short lived. If the Brits go down, they're taking us with them.
The Government is due to sign a UN migration pact next week - despite increasingly delusional criticism of the plan from hard-right factions.
In order to fully understand the utter devastation caused by sexual violence, the harrowing victim impact statement of Leona O'Callaghan is essential reading. In it, Ms O'Callaghan, who was first raped in a graveyard when she was aged just 13, describes the myriad ways in which her rape and sexual abuse destroyed her confidence, her self-worth, her family relationships and very nearly...
'She asked for it. The way she was dressed with that skirt you could see everything she had. She was advertising for sex - we felt she was up to no good by the way she dressed, she was obviously dressed for a good time."
We have a crisis of recruitment within the Irish health service, so what does the Taoiseach decide to do? Attack those already toiling within the system.
Yesterday we learned that the HSE's winter plan has not yet been finalised. How can we be expected to have faith in a health service that can't even plan for the seasons? Winter rolls around at the same time every year.
Peter Casey is not a radical new alternative on the Irish political landscape - but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a future.
The Government needs to adopt a more radical approach if it wants to solve the homelessness crisis, according to Juha Kaakinen, the chief executive of the Y Foundation, which owns a stock of 16,700 low-cost social housing units in Finland.
Candidates for the presidency were supposed to set out their vision for Ireland using soaring language on the national stage, but instead the campaign has descended into a theatre of low farce.
IN the wake of the not-guilty verdicts that were handed down in Belfast Crown Court this week, there is a real danger that victims of sexual violence will opt not to report those crimes.
No, you're not suffering from déjà vu. Those comments you heard from Health Minister Simon Harris last week about the trolley crisis sounded familiar because you've heard them all before.
Been caught speeding recently? If Shane Ross has his way, your name could soon be added to a list of other offenders and posted publicly for the delectation of your nosy neighbours.
The Government's botched attempt to introduce pay-by-weight bin charges will inevitably end in a huge public revolt. It only has itself to blame for this impending disaster.
Upon being elected Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar promised to create a "Republic of Opportunity" - but failed to clarify that the primary beneficiaries of this glorious new era would be his friends and colleagues.
The decision by the Order of the Sisters of Charity to relinquish control of the St Vincent's Healthcare Group (SVHG) is a victory for protesters - and an indictment of the Government.
The level of smug condescension directed at the Healy-Raes reached epidemic proportions last week when the Kerry TDs had the temerity to question the effectiveness of new drink-driving legislation proposed by Transport Minister Shane Ross.
Keep calm and carry on doling out cash to first-time buyers, was the message from Housing Minister Simon Coveney yesterday when it was revealed that house prices surged in the first quarter of this year.
How many times will the Taoiseach and the Justice Minister be forced to express confidence in the Garda Commissioner before that confidence evaporates?
Enda Kenny is receiving international acclaim for lecturing US President Donald Trump on the value of immigration, but his fine words ring hollow when his Government continues to warehouse asylum applicants in institutions for years.
It's bad enough the State has picked up almost the entire €1.5bn tab for the redress scheme; is it too much to expect politicians to learn any lessons?
Can we dispense with the expressions of shock please? There may be revulsion, yes; disgust, certainly; but not shock.
Obesity expert Professor Donal O'Shea has taken to the airwaves recently to warn of an existential crisis facing the country - fat people with self-confidence.
The omnishambles that has engulfed Fine Gael for the past two weeks has saved the Independent Alliance from some much-needed scrutiny of its members' pathetic grandstanding.
In rushing headlong into setting up a tribunal of inquiry into the Maurice McCabe scandal using outdated legislation, the Government is acting in its own interest and not the public interest.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil may yet agree some formula of words to save the Government and prevent an election, but the utterly shambolic handling of the Maurice McCabe controversy suggests it's time for this administration to slink from office.
Unacceptable. That is the word most commonly used by Health Minister Simon Harris to describe the service that he oversees.
Serious people who work for serious media in America are in something of a crisis. Donald Trump repeatedly, blatantly and unapologetically lies, and they don't quite know what to do about it.
Who knows why Education Minister Richard Bruton has belatedly decided to do something about the baptism barrier, which excludes children from schools on the basis of their religion?
The resignation of Martin McGuinness as deputy first minister has plunged politics in the North into chaos - and caused a major headache for the British and Irish governments.
'New Year, new you" is the mantra of self-help gurus and there are a number of members of Cabinet who desperately need a reboot. Always eager to help, this column has taken the liberty of suggesting New Year's resolutions for some of our more underwhelming ministers.
Establishment politicians lost control of the political narrative this year and have decided to blame populism for their weakening grasp on power.
The European courts may ultimately decide that Apple doesn't owe Ireland €13bn plus interest, but what's not contested is that this country has knowingly facilitated tax avoidance on an industrial scale.
There should be just one item on the agenda of the Oireachtas Committee into water charges when it meets for the first time today - how to emerge from the Irish Water debacle with the least cost to the Exchequer.
Donna Foster's former partner stabbed her so viciously that her airway was exposed through her neck and her small intestine was visible through her abdomen.
The Ireland that Pope Francis visits in 2018 will be vastly different to the theocracy his predecessor John Paul II toured in 1979, but the Catholic Church's grip on education and healthcare remains as tightly clenched as before.
Enda Kenny's mixed messages about the country's economic fortunes are throwing petrol on the dumpster fire that is the Government's industrial relations strategy.
Ancestry obviously trumps ethics for some in Ireland as an unseemly rush to brown-nose the odious new American administration begins in earnest.
It was supposed to be a day in which history and justice aligned - where the US elected its first female president, not because she was a woman but because she was the most qualified for the job.
All the indications are that Donald Trump will lose today's US election, but the malign influence of Trumpism will endure far longer than its namesake's presidential ambitions.
With only days to go before more than 12,000 gardaí go on an unprecedented strike, a realisation of the chaos that now looms has only just dawned on the Government.
The knives are out for Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor for the crime of being a woman in politics.
Last week, as my bus stopped in traffic outside Leinster House, I watched a young garda on duty at the gates and wondered what he must think of the politicians pontificating inside. With just his high-visibility jacket and cap protecting him from the torrential rain, the garda was standing bolt upright, not betraying any discomfort, apparently impervious to the appalling weather.
The Republican Party has unleashed a monster with Donald Trump. Now, they must take responsibility for him. It's hard to know why Trump's grotesque comments about groping women disgusted the Republican leadership so much that many renounced their endorsement of him en masse at the weekend.
Think how much happier we could all be if we were half as confident as Brexiteers, whose preening self-regard continues to reach dizzying levels despite the fact that they have yet to define what Brexit means.
The success of Saturday's march for choice is the latest sign that the momentum for repealing the eighth amendment is becoming an unstoppable force. But what does repeal the eighth actually mean?
What better way for the Government to demonstrate its commitment to new politics than for Finance Minister Michael Noonan to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)?
John Halligan is being pilloried for doing what politicians have done for decades - using ministerial power to direct additional investment into their own constituencies.
The outraged response to the European Commission ruling against Apple is reminiscent of the reactionary hysteria that led to the Brexit vote in the UK. Listening to it would be disastrous.
Irish workers have shouldered a hugely increased tax burden since the financial collapse in order to keep the country afloat. The least we should expect is that companies operating in this country pay their fair share.
Lawyers will be the only ones to benefit from yet another toothless inquiry into allegations of corruption among Ireland's elite.
The insanity that masquerades as policy in the health service was perfectly exemplified in the plight of one 92-year-old woman trapped in an acute hospital bed for almost a year at a cost of €7,000 per week because funding of €400 per week for a home-care package was unavailable.
Some of you ingrates doubted the ability of new politics to deliver, but our born-again politicians have tirelessly laboured to secure its first major victory. After months of tense negotiations, the seating arrangement in the Dáil has finally been confirmed.
European stress tests that rated AIB and Bank of Ireland among the weakest financial institutions in the region have served at least one useful function - they've started a renewed debate about the huge levels of non-performing loans on the banks' balance sheets.
The revelation that Michael Healy-Rae submitted 115 parliamentary questions in one day will do nothing to hurt his political career. That, not him, is an indictment of our political system.
Liberal free-speech purists have gotten themselves in quite a tizzy since Twitter banned right-wing hero Milo Yiannopoulos for his role in orchestrating the harassment of 'Ghostbusters' actress Leslie Jones.
Young people today are derided by older generations as being entitled brats, but the truth is that it is the middle-aged and pensioners who are spoiled rotten in our society.
Fianna Fáil is a political scorpion that is eventually going to lash out and put this Government out of its misery.
Brexit has delivered Britain into the hands of Eurosceptic Tories, and those on the left who championed the referendum are complicit in this lurch to the right.
There is no plan. Let that sink in for a moment. The UK, in opting to leave the European Union, took its most significant political and economic decision in decades and there is no plan, only chaos.
Judging from the media coverage of Labour MP Jo Cox's murder, terrorism is now a word that is confined to describing violence committed by brown-skinned Muslims.
On Sunday, for the 15th time in his presidency, a stony-faced Barack Obama addressed his nation after a mass shooting. The only thing that was different this time was the body count.
When it comes to priorities for a new Education Minister, one would have thought a law that discriminates against children on religious grounds would be first on the agenda. Apparently not.
The excoriating statement released by the Policing Authority after its meeting with the Garda Commissioner is a hopeful sign that the new body will effect real change in the force. However, An Garda Síochána has weathered blistering criticism before without meaningful reforms being instituted.
It is now more than a week since Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan issued a clarifying statement on her attitude to whistleblower Sergeant McCabe that, in actual fact, clarified nothing.
Desperate attempts by a succession of Fine Gael ministers to downplay the current controversy embroiling the Garda Commissioner are pathetic and suggest that new politics is nothing but an empty slogan.
Under fire from the UN yesterday over the State's failure to adequately address racism, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said her department was reviewing hate crime legislation. Presumably, this review will be quite short because, alone in the Western world, we don't have any.
The battle between St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) and the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) boils down to one thing: should a religious order have ultimate control over the State’s maternity services?
JobBridge was introduced as a temporary measure in 2011 at the height of the economic crisis. But why is it still in existence now that Ireland has the fastest growing economy in the EU?
It appears that the geniuses in Labour who oversaw the loss of 30 seats in the General Election are determined to finish the party off. Instead of taking the hint from its mauling by the electorate and slinking quietly into opposition to try to rebuild, kites have now been flown about Labour returning to government with Fine Gael.
Welcome to the new era of responsible governance in Ireland, where parties baying for the abolition of Irish Water appear to have no idea how much it would cost but are determined to plough ahead regardless.
Michaella McCollum committed a serious offence - but managing to endure nearly three years in the Peruvian prison system without turning into a haggard crone seems to be her biggest crime, as far as some people are concerned.
The best way to commemorate the 1916 Rising is not through military parades or flag waving but by remembering that we, the Irish people, are the custodians of the Proclamation and the egalitarian ideals that inspired it.
Faced with an unprecedented homeless crisis, our TDs have vowed to take decisive action to alleviate the problem - by making statements in the Dáil today, before they all adjourn for another couple of weeks.
The prospect of hundreds of evictions from one estate in Tyrellstown is a manifestation of the country's housing crisis writ large - and a portent of things to come given the huge influence vulture funds now wield in the Irish property market.
If Fianna Fáil is willing to prop up a minority Fine Gael government from the opposition benches, what's stopping it entering a formal coalition and wielding some real influence over policy?
Descriptions of last week's General Election as an earthquake are overblown, but if it results in a realignment of Irish politics along ideological lines, the next one could be seismic.