The Labour Party is an Irish political party
A central concept in international politics is that of ‘resolve’. It is the theory that if both sides in a conflict are aware of each other’s levels of motivation, then the less resolute side is often likely to back down even when materially more powerful. Napoleon himself suggested it was three times more important than material might.
Frank Clarke, who was formerly the most senior judge in the country, has resigned from the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) courts after Labour leader Ivana Bacik said it was not appropriate for him to hold the job while he is president of Ireland’s Law Reform Commission (LRC).
The Government will win and argue that its position has been strengthened. Sinn Féin will claim a “moral victory” on upping the tempo of opposition and point to numbers of Independent TDs abandoning Government support.
Nobody shouted stop during the budgetary madness of the Celtic Tiger years. Nobody. Not ministers, not the opposition, not the Central Bank, not the Department of Finance (though some on Merrion Street did try), not economists and certainly not the media — though we were pretty quick to attribute blame and fuel the anger afterwards.
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.
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