The Labour Party 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.
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.
The Social Democrats had their annual shindig some days ago and a casual observer could be forgiven for getting the impression that this tiny party was on the brink of coming to power, based solely on the ideas and promises spouted by their joint leaders.
Isabelle Flanagan was in the middle of her Leaving Cert year when she joined the Social Democrats at the end of 2020. She and her friends had become obsessed with Holly Cairns, the outspoken Cork South-West TD who had upset the odds to take a Dáil seat earlier that year. “Who is this woman? She's amazing,” Flanagan recalled thinking at the time.
In 2018, then taoiseach Leo Varadkar declared the housing crisis a national emergency. Four years and two governments later, we no longer have a housing crisis — it is now a catastrophe.
Have you thought about how you’ll spend your €200 electricity credit? A night away? A pizza oven for the hot summer we need to have this year? Or maybe you’re quietly terrified about the rapidly increasing cost of living ?
Justice Minister Helen McEntee secured cabinet approval on Tuesday to seek the backing of TDs and senators for an initiative designed to make hate crimes and hate speech a punishable offence at EU level. There is nothing wrong with that, its tempting to say. Hate speech and hate crime are reprehensible pursuits.
Sir — Watching Putin and the invading Russian forces on television is like seeing Yeats’s The Second Coming unfold: head of a man, his blank gaze, pitiless as the sun, anarchy loosed, innocence drowned, darkness, nightmare.
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