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Euro crisis: “categorically there will be absolutely no bailout next year in Ireland”

Mon 30 May 2011, 4:44pm
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Tweet A series of Irish government ministers have been clarifying their position after the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, appeared to suggest that a second bail-out could be required for Ireland next year. Minister for Finance Michael Noonan “The programme is due to run until the end of 2013 and the start of 2014 and there […] more »

“I hope the people of Ireland will give him a brilliant and wonderful welcome…”

Thu 31 March 2011, 11:56pm

Tweet Another post possibly related to the point Mick was making…  As the BBC notes US President Barack Obama will not cross the border into Northern Ireland when he visits the Republic of Ireland, the Irish prime minister has said. From the report The Government is gearing up for the historic May visit after President […] more »

Euro crisis: “If Portugal asks, we will be ready to intervene…”

Thu 24 March 2011, 6:59pm
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Tweet To the apparent outrage of some, last night Taoiseach Enda Kenny agreed to defer seeking a conclusion to talks on reducing Ireland’s bail-out interest rate at the two-day EU summit in Brussels.  At the IIEA blog, Karl Whelan argued After a lot of fighting talk about renegotiation during the recent election campaign, the new Irish leader […] more »

“The result is a crisis in European democracy”

Mon 14 March 2011, 4:06pm
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Tweet On the back of a survey of more than 5,000 people of working age in the UK, Germany, France, Poland and Spain, the Guardian editorialises on the future of the EU.  They’re promising a month long series of articles mapping out the social, political and economic terrain.  From the Guardian editorial The poll we publish […] more »

“Corporation tax is now mentioned as a quid pro quo”

Sat 12 March 2011, 1:15pm

Tweet Encouraging noises are one thing, but at the first EU late nighter of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s tenure the BBC reports some possibly premature tweeting from EU President Herman Van Rompuy. In a message on Twitter, Mr Van Rompuy had initially said: “We have an agreement on the Pact for Euro.” The message was later amended […] more »

Statutory debt limits a quid pro quo for easing Irish debt?

Fri 11 March 2011, 2:15pm

Tweet Arthur Beesley on Enda Kenny’s European adventure (which given the times that are in it are more important than next week’s much reduced St Patrick’s day jaunt to the States): …one of Kenny’s prime tasks today is to convince his counterparts that his Government intends to make good on its pledge to doggedly pursue […] more »

Enda Kenny: “He doth like the ape…”

Wed 9 March 2011, 12:50pm
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Rehn: “I expect this issue of pricing policy will be looked at from the overall European perspective…”

Mon 28 February 2011, 2:43pm
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Tweet The European Union’s economic and monetary affairs commissioner, Olli Rehn, has been making somewhat encouraging noises  [for the new Irish government] ahead of a series of key European meetings for the incoming Taoiseach. From the Irish Times breaking news report “We look forward to continue supporting the Irish people and the next Irish government in […] more »

Enda Kenny: “There will be no complacency from Fine Gael”

Sun 13 February 2011, 4:54pm

Tweet The latest Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post shows a little bit of movement in support for a number of parties.  From the iol report In today’s Red C poll commissioned by the Sunday Business Post, Fine Gael stands on 38%, a rise of three percentage points since last Sunday despite the controversy […] more »

Fine Gael maintain top place in latest Red C poll…

Sat 5 February 2011, 11:54pm
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Tweet According to RTE this evening: “The Red C poll in tomorrow’s Sunday Business Post shows Fine Gael on 35%, up two points since the last Sunday Business Post Poll one week ago. “Labour is on 22%, up one. Fianna Fáil is up one to 17%, Sinn Féin unchanged on 13%, the Greens also unchanged […] more »

Enda Kenny to Gerry Adams: “no party require[s] an army council in a time of peace”

Mon 21 June 2010, 6:22pm
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Tweet Having survived an attempted leadership coup last week, Enda Kenny was in Belfast today.  The BBC reports that the Fine Gael leader again ruled out any possibility of his party forming a coalition government with Sinn Féin because the Provisional IRA army council has not been ‘stood down’.  Gerry Adams is “hugely” offended.  From the BBC report The Fine Gael leader […] more »

Kenny survives confidence vote

Thu 17 June 2010, 5:11pm
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Tweet As RTÉ reports Enda Kenny has survived the vote of confidence as leader of Fine Gael. Fine Gael parliamentary party chairman Padraic McCormack said the motion was carried after a very thorough and full debate. He said the decision had been made not to disclose the vote results and that the ballot papers would […] more »

What is the contest in Fine Gael about.

Thu 17 June 2010, 10:55am

Tweet The contest in FG is not urban or rural as Elaine Byrne suggested but between the politics of “what” and “how” as compared with the politics of “who, and where and when”. There is not inconsiderable number in Irish politics across the party divide for whom the intoning of the party name is the […] more »

Fine Gael must find a story and stick to it…

Thu 17 June 2010, 10:16am
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Tweet Enda has pulled out a lot of stops including, perhaps, pulling in the odd favour from an old friend. His big mistake was trying to take out his capable deputy, Richard Bruton (though to be fair, he may not have had much choice by that stage). In parts it carries the smack of desperate injustice, or at […] more »

What are the prospects for a smooth change in FG?

Mon 14 June 2010, 12:14pm
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Tweet I suspect that it is obvious at this point that the possibility of a change at the top of FG has increased in the last 48 hours and I suspect, despite the way things are being played in the media, the likelihood of this change over being a smooth and relatively bloodless one has increased […] more »

Fine Gael’s impending crisis of leadership…

Mon 14 June 2010, 11:29am
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Tweet For understandable reasons tomorrow’s news in Northern Ireland and Britain will be dominated by the long awaited arrival of Lord Saville’s long awaited (and stashed for politically motivated reasons) report on Bloody Sunday. We will no doubt be doing our best to  bring you the coverage. But the big events in Irish politics may […] more »

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