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Micheal Martin: “For things to change in the North they require greater generosity and restraint”

Micheal Martin

Fascinating debate in the Dail right now. The Tainiste kicked off statements on the current situation in Northern Ireland by identifying three points he wants to see progress in: re-implementation of the Civic Forum; bringing forward the Bill Rightsl and the implimentation of an Irish language act. Here’s selections from Micheal Martin’s draft speech: On more…

Polls-How have Irish political parties done throughout 2013 ?

It has been an eventful year in Irish politics as the country emerged from the bailout programme, held a referendum on the abolition of the Seanad and introduction of legislation on abortion rights. So, how have the parties been performing over the past year? I took a look at the various RedC polls that have been more…

Former Labour Party chair applies to defect to Fianna Fail…

Interesting developments in the south. East Galway TD Colm Keaveney, the former chair of the Labour Party, has applied to join Fianna Fail (whose parliamentary are currently invovled in rapidly prepared meeting to discuss his application). Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has expressed disappointment at news. Mr Quinn said the move was a personal decision more…

#Seanref and Northern nationalism’s missed opportunity.

Today voters in the Irish Republic will head to the polls to decide whether to abolish their second chamber, the Seanad. This issue has dominated political debate in Dublin. The Fine Gael/Labour coalition, in alliance with Sinn Fein, has come out for abolishing Ireland’s second chamber. While the main opposition party, Fianna Fáil have come more…

Wither the SDLP-Have they a future?

Conall McDevitt’s resignation from the assembly this week has provoked some debate about the future direction of the SDLP. With this in mind, I thought I would take this issue head on and ask the crucial question do the SDLP even have a future? When you take a look at the figures of every assembly more…

“…ridiculous for Sinn Fein to tell people they have a strategy but it’s, y’know, nod, nod, wink, wink?”

Brian Feeney is on form today in the Irish News (£). He’s taken the time to read Micheal Martin’s long (and policy detailed) speech at the Merriman School. His conclusions are less than complimentary… At various times Sinn Fein ministers have been in a position to present an agenda for all Ireland development and they more…

Alex Kane on how Unionism can learn from Sinn Féin

Are we seeing more signposts to the future of unionism today? The Newsletter’s Alex Kane has a piece out on “Unionism can learn from Sinn Féin” while it appears to suggest that, in reality, it is currently trying to learn from Fianna Fáil. Kane trots out the same line about ‘cultural war’ that was raised more…

Conned

Bertie Ahern

Unnerving. This is a must read in today’s Irish Times. It was originally printed last week in the German newspaper ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’. Entitled, ‘Conned’: a German view of Ireland, it gives an insight into the ‘conning’ of Ireland – over several decades – by its political masters with some added comment and footnotes by Derek more…

Why any near term coalition between FF and SF is unlikely…

World By Storm has come to the following conclusion… …it is very very unlikely that while the FF party has a heartbeat, so to speak, that it will enter into a unity government with FG. Indeed the very most that might occur would be a sort of reverse ‘Tallaght strategy’. And as demonstrated by FF more…

Eighty years later Sinn Fein belatedly attempts Dev’s transformation

Great piece by Harry McGee in the Irish Times which raises some critical questions that may be exercising Sinn Fein delegates in Castlebar today.. Sinn Féin is not experiencing a New Departure, rather a long drawn-out process of change – mainstreaming, as we inelegantly describe it. As evidenced by the rapid growth of Fianna Fáil more…

Millward Brown Poll: Scary buns for Fine Gael?

Millward Brown

No polls for a while then three or four come along at once. News broke tonight of the Sunday Independent’s Millward Brown poll.. MB have done a few polls on politics for the Sindo, but the last comparative poll that I have figures for was last May… These figures are proportions of voters after eliminating more…

Fine Gael drop back towards Ireland’s large political peloton

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Let’s get one thing straight, polls do not increase or decrease the size of a political party. They are nere snapshots of opinion, not predictors of the future. So whilst Sinn Fein was never the second largest party in the state, neither is Fianna Fail currently the largest. Of course both, if trends continue, are set more…

Zombie Republic of Ireland (2010-2013)

Tonight, on #promnight, the winding-up has been announced of the Zombie Republic of Ireland, formed in 2010 when the former sovereign state became a ward of the Bundestag’s finance committee. The end-of-life processes of the former Republic were accompanied by rushed late night decision-making and ill-considered legislation. The death notice, issued from ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet, has never been made public. The zombie successor state was artificially kept in an animated state as more…