“School’s out for Summer Schools”: The Week In Irish Politics

So that’s it. The political term over and done with. Politicians off on their holidays and the lights all off in Leinster House. They’re all in Marbella, Magaluf or Corfu. At least that’s the impression you get any time you read the papers upon the rising of the houses of the Oireachtas for any recess. In reality, the political world keeps turning and politicians are still at work, be it in the constituency, developing policy, meetings with various groups, or … Read more

“Rainy Days Back In Fashion”: The Week In Irish Politics

Another week, another glimpse of ‘new politics’ at work in Dáil Éireann. The Green party’s Waste Reduction Bill, (co-sponsored by Labour as the Greens are short on number in the chamber), passed to committee stage late last night. It did so with the support of Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, the Social Democrats and a host of Independents. Its supporters argue that it’s by far the best way to reduce waste by putting the onus on companies to reduce packaging while … Read more

“What a load of rubbish”: The week in Irish politics

“What a load of rubbish!” – This is a common refrain from many a voter when listening to politicians rattle on. This week though, there was no denying that their assessment was on the money, literally. Talk of waste charges dominated the political dialogue in and around Dáil Éireann in recent days. Talks of increased charges for an estimated 50% of people had echoes of the water charges fiasco. The usual suspects were out early calling for bin collection charges … Read more

The Week in Irish Politics

After a roller-coaster first week in office, the new Varadkar administration would have viewed their second week as a cake walk by comparison. With both sides of the house still smarting from a row over judicial appointments, they were all keen to move on. “We definitely do not want to cause a needless election” seemed to be a common refrain in the corridors of Leinster House in the aftermath. It’s possibly more accurate to say that no one wants to … Read more