Saturday 23 June 2018

Jody Corcoran

The maverick Conservative MP Enoch Powell Photo: PA

Which conservative brand will the new leader of Fine Gael follow? 

The maverick Conservative MP Enoch Powell is often quoted when a politician is at his or her end: "All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of all human affairs." Has Enda Kenny's political life ended in failure? It is too early to say, not least because it has not yet ended. The late Conor Cruise O'Brien's observation on Charles Haughey is relevant: "If I saw Mr Haughey buried at midnight at a crossroads, with a stake driven through his heart - politically speaking - I should continue to wear a clove of...

Minister: Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Tom Burke

Notebook: A look at the week that was 

I awake on Sunday morning with the anxiety that follows having said too much. Overnight I have received a text message from Eoghan Harris which refers to as "astonishing" my article in last week's newspaper. Astonishing could mean anything - extremely surprising or impressive; amazing. I feel neither impressive nor amazing, but I have surprised myself. Did I really need to tell the country that the Vatican has refused to absolve my sins, of which there are many? Yes, I did. Call it my penance.

The full effects of Brexit have yet to be felt in Ireland Stock photo: PA

It is time for fresh elections before the country is brought to its knees 

In the last 10 weeks, two of the most significant events in a generation have taken place at a time when the country is governed by what is turning out to be one of the weakest administrations in the history of the State. The time has come to shout loudly and clearly: enough is enough. The next election, whenever it comes, cannot come quickly enough. But when it does, will the country come to its senses? We had better hope so.