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Cartoon – Liquidity crisis

Tue 11 February 2014, 8:30pm
Enda Kenny cartoon, Brian John Spencer

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How Stands the Republic? Grim verdicts at the MacGill summer school

Tue 30 July 2013, 5:57pm

Tweet   During a visit to tropical Donegal a couple of weeks ago I picked up from Johnny Boyle in the Highlands Hotel this year’s programme for the Patrick MacGill summer school in Glenties, now just under way.  Instead of the usual summer school  diet of history, literature and nostalgia, for several years now,  in […] more »

Abortion legislation: Enda Kenny has much to learn about party management when in government…

Mon 8 July 2013, 4:59pm

Tweet One of the tricks of remaining in government under the STV PR system (only used in Ireland and Malta national parliaments) is not a applying the party whip too hard across the board… ‘Gene pool Fianna Fail’ is a term that once rolled off the RTE tongue to describe those who’d lost the party whip but […] more »

“during the Derry visit, Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson were nowhere to be seen, surely mindful of their upcoming trade mission to China.”

Wed 8 May 2013, 6:27pm

Tweet According to an Irish News report today …OFMDFM has refuted any suggestion that the Stormont leaders snubbed the Dalai Lama when he visited Derry last month. A spokesperson for OFMDFM said the ministers were unable to attend “due to prior diary commitments”. Which is fine…  After all, “diary pressures” was the same excuse Tony Blair […] more »

#Magdalene: “When the dark midnight is over, watch for the breaking of day”

Wed 20 February 2013, 11:44am

Tweet Enda Kenny may not be the most whip smart of politicians. He was for the longest time a whipping boy for the ward boss Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern… Most of the comment afterwards was unmanned, literally, by what is a very direct communication with the women themselves… he welcomes them to your parliament, your Dail […] more »

Taoiseach is ‘diluting the impact of the alleged charges against Adams by cynical and lazy repetition’

Mon 17 December 2012, 1:31pm

Tweet Eilis O’Hanlon is not so much coming to the rescue of Gerry Adams, as upbrading the Taoiseach for using the abduction and murder of a Belfast housewife to punctuate his own inability to answer fairly straightforward questions from the Opposition: In the right context, the charges against Gerry Adams carry considerable weight. Last week, […] more »

Gerry Adams ‘stung’ in the Dail by Taoiseach over his past…

Tue 11 December 2012, 11:51pm

Tweet Okay, leaders Questions did not go to plan today. The subject under discussion was Welfare Reform. The Taoiseach had just taken a bit of roasting at the hands of Micheal Martin (over a planned 20% cut in the respite care grant). Then it was Gerry’s turn with the Taoiseach (who was probably already in […] more »

Enda makes Time, but will it last?

Mon 8 October 2012, 10:33am

Tweet Well, fair play to Enda. Front page of Time and a big set piece interview with that paper’s European editor is not to be sniffed at. Some may begrudge him the attention, and indeed Fintan O’Toole has suggested that of course he’s only doing what Fianna Fail would have done (H/T Niall). Of course, […] more »

“Enda sounded like Fr Ted trying to explain to a baffled Fr Dougal the difference between “small” and “far away”.”

Wed 14 March 2012, 1:55pm

Tweet In the Irish Times, the peerless Miriam Lord on the latest shenanigans in the Dáil Meanwhile, the saga of the Promiscuous Notes rumbles on. It was Gerry Adams’s turn this time to wave them provocatively at the Taoiseach. The Spanish have the right idea, said the Sinn Féin leader. They took the toro pos […] more »

You are not responsible for the crisis (Oh yes you are)

Fri 27 January 2012, 10:04am

Tweet Whoever it was aimed at, Enda Kenny’s performance in Davos doesn’t seem to be going down well back home. The Irish Times reports that he said: “What happened in our country was that people simply went mad borrowing,” Mr Kenny told a meeting at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland. “The extent […] more »

Austerity in two halves: #Budget2012

Sat 3 December 2011, 11:32pm

Tweet Early next week will finally see the introduction of #Budget2012 to the Dáil, in a novel format with two speeches, one by Brendan Howlin on Monday and one by Michael Noonan on Tuesday. The budget has been heavily trailed, with endless kite-flying over the last few weeks. A brief guide to (some) of the proposed changes was given by Caroline Madden […] more »

Unionists highlight Troubles border murders

Sat 19 November 2011, 7:42pm

Tweet The Belfast Telegraph is reporting that at the meeting of government ministers from Northern Ireland and the RoI in Armagh, Arlene Kelly and Danny Kennedy presented Enda Kenny with details of more than 150 republican murders in border areas during the Troubles. They have called on the RoI government to apologise for the fact […] more »

Did Taoiseach submit #Budget2012 to Berlin for approval?

Thu 17 November 2011, 8:14pm

Tweet The Irish government is under pressure this evening as it is having to deny Press Association reported rumours that it has allowed the German government to inspect the budget before it is brought to the Dáil next month (i.e. well before the democractically members of Oireachtas get to see it). The Irish Independent says […] more »

Are the Fine Gael donors the bondholders?

Fri 11 November 2011, 12:34am

Tweet Fine Gael won’t reveal who fund them or the identity of the bondholders who received a $1 billion payout last week. With a further unsecured, unguaranteed, bond due early next year and some major cuts coming in the December budget, surely it is time for Fine Gael to come clean about the identities of it’s donors? The ban on corporate […] more »

I share the Irish public’s dismay at the cost and unfairness of this policy

Thu 3 November 2011, 12:21am

Tweet In this morning’s Irish Times, the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, offered everyone the wisdom of his thoughts on the payment of a €700m unsecured unguaranteed Anglo-Irish Bank bond. The whole piece is worth a read. He states that: Part of the existing agreement with our external partners is not to allow any Irish bank, including […] more »

Taoiseach’s speech: An end to ‘Never explain, never apologise’?

Thu 21 July 2011, 11:42am
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Tweet The papers are full of the taoiseach’s speech to the Dail yesterday. Rightly so. It was an audacious speech, and one made in stark contrast to the parliamentary mumbling and stumbling of the two previous taoisigh. And, importantly, it was a defence of thousands upon thousands of ordinary Catholics, ‘who have been shocked and […] more »

Taoiseach’s speech: This is not Rome… this is a republic of laws

Thu 21 July 2011, 1:55am
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Tweet A sea-change in Irish government-Catholic Church relations took place yesterday. In the government’s official response to the Cloyne Report, Taoiseach Enda Kenny gave an unprecedented speech to the Dáil, excoriating the Vatican for its efforts to block co-operation with the investigation by civil authorities of clerical child abuse: … for the first time in […] more »

Judge Smithwick: “I think this was singularly ill-advised.”

Thu 30 June 2011, 8:34pm

Tweet I had mentioned the apparent disagreement between the chair of the Smithwick Tribunal, Judge Smithwick, and the Irish Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, over the latter’s proposed ‘deadline’, of 30 November, for the Tribunal’s final report. And in correspondence from the time, just released to the Oireachtas along with the Tribunal’s interim report [pdf file], Judge Smithwick made clear the […] more »

Government actions so far do not inspire confidence

Fri 17 June 2011, 10:18am

Tweet Well, Enda hyped it himself and gave us a checklist to play with. Dan O’Brien, for one, isn’t too impressed… Can anyone spot anything they DID actually do? more »

Smithwick Tribunal: “It is understood the tribunal chairman is concerned about the deadline”

Tue 31 May 2011, 9:55pm

Tweet According to the Irish Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, speaking to the BBC on Thursday – about the Irish Government setting the Smithwick Tribunal a ‘deadline’ of 30 November for its final report. [Irish Justice Minister Alan] Shatter said the November deadline was not set in stone. “We’ve been informed by the tribunal chairman that he believes the tribunal […] more »

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