In the Republic the PD’s are under fire, not least from a supposedly unpublic bust up between Mary Harney and the party’s Justice Minister Michael McDowell. Harney’s been engrossed in what is argueably the toughest job in the cabinet, health. It can’t help that in a consumer survey of European health services, the Republic comes 26 out of 26 (PDF). Though I have seen the trollys at the Ulster Hospital, the expansion and modernisation of the Republic’s infrastructure are of a different order.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty