Fine Gael is an Irish political party.
Former RTÉ political correspondent Liam Cahill, who died suddenly at his home in Drumree, Co Meath, last Monday at the age of 72 years, played a significant role in Irish society over the years as a journalist, historian, civil servant and professional public relations consultant.
Leo Varadkar and Chief Whip Jack Chambers were sent angry letters from constituents who claimed a new 30kmh speed limit in Dublin’s Phoenix Park was damaging their cars or forcing their vehicles to cut out altogether.
One month after the introduction of a traffic-free scheme on Capel Street in Dublin city centre, even its most ardent supporters concede there have been “teething problems” and believe some adjustments will be required.
In this era of populism there is always one easy answer to all our problems, and the latest easy answer became clear midweek as we listened to Sam. Sam was the young Dubliner who got pulled up on stage to play with popular beat combo The Killers in Malahide on Tuesday night. As Sam did the rounds of radio interviews, one thing became clear. He was the only truly happy person in Ireland. He was the antidote to the cost of living, the protocol, the return of Covid. The rest of us, in our negativity, were tempted to say: “Enjoy it while you can kid. It’s all downhill from here.” But still, you couldn’t take it away from Sam. He was purely, simply, joyfully happy.
There was a time when politicians went to extraordinary lengths to protect the image of the president. While working for Magill magazine in 1983, I wrote a lengthy, irreverent piece about President Paddy Hillery of Fianna Fáil. Thirty years later, the state papers from 1983 were opened and the Irish Times revealed how the Fianna Fáil leader of the time — a Mr Haughey — discussed my irreverent article with the leader of Fine Gael, a Mr FitzGerald.
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.
Fine Gael politician Mary Jackman, who died last Monday at the age of 79 , served two terms as a Senator, stood as a candidate for the Dáil in four general elections and one by-election and was the first woman Cathaoirleach (chair) of Limerick County Council.
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