Eamon Ryan is an Irish Green Party politician.
THIS weekend marks two years since the ‘grand coalition’ of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party came to power. Micheál Martin’s Cabinet picks brought together a mix of very experienced ministers and rookie TDs. With a reshuffle scheduled for later this year, Political Correspondent Senan Molony assesses who is swimming and sinking.
Unaffordable housing, insecure energy supplies and rising debt interest cloud the economic outlook. Soft options have been exhausted, spin and counter-spin substitute for analysis and public discontent flourishes.
A huge majority of the public believes there will be an economic recession in the next 12 months, according to the latest Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks opinion poll.
Remember the pandemic bonus announced in early January for workers on the Covid frontlines? Tens of thousands of people were due to get it, tax-free. Last week, RTÉ’s News at One reported that — five months later — only one in eight of those due between €600 and €1,000 each have so far seen any cash.
TÁNAISTE Leo Varadkar has defended his decision to meet with the company behind the proposed Shannon Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal while the planning application for the controversial project is live.
If we could turn back time, the latest forecasts for the country’s greenhouse gas emissions would not look so grim. In fact, if we ploughed on with our sluggish roll-out of climate action measures, we might even manage to almost comply with our mandatory EU target.
Eamon Ryan would normally be about as welcome down the farm as the Pope at a DUP conference, but this was different. When the Minister for the Environment turned up in a Wicklow field, it was all smiles from two enterprising farmers who are all set to harvest the sun.
Katie Taylor is a world-class athlete. Congratulations to her on her unique achievement and for waving the flag for Ireland. However, when it comes to boxing – particularly the professional game – the general public, sports commentators, journalists and politicians have a collective blind spot that I find difficult to understand.
You could get to love all those troublesome rural TDs. Last week, they gave our smug urban powers-that-be a bloody nose. Or, as they would say, a lesson in democracy. Poor Eamon Ryan, just back from his Easter break, decided to beard the Fianna Fail and Fine Gael backbench lions in their dens. He would sort them out, persuading them that his anti-turf crusade was in their best interests.
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