“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 …

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Left parties (AAA-PBP) propose a unity government with Sinn Fein only…

Fascinating twist in Dublin as speculation intensifies over a November election… TDs Richard Boyd Barrett, Paul Murphy and Ruth Coppinger attended a press conference in a Dublin city centre hotel on Thursday, saying they were preparing for a November election. The new grouping, to be known as Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit (AAA-PBP) plans to contest 27 constituencies. Also at the top table at the event were Dublin Councillors Bríd Smith and Gino Kenny, along with Cork Councillor Mick Barry. Outgoing …

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Balls should have told Osborne that MIRs are all b**** anyway..

One of the great services the credit crunch is the revelation that Market Implied Ratings (as plied by Moodys, Standard and Poors and Fitch) are a reactive instrument, followed by a wet thumb in the air before telling us what the markets already know. Not exactly a load of balls, but something Ed Balls who picked a fight with the Chancellor because, erm, he got a black mark from Moodys ought to have treated with his own professed contempt. Here’s …

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