All politics is local

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All politics is local, the late Tip O’Neill reputedly said. That’s especially true in a country as small as Ireland.Local concerns often influence the national debate at least as much as what happens in the Dáil affects life on...

Tiocfaidh do lá

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Is dócha go bhfuil tuairmí dóchasacha mar sin ag druidim isteach is amach in aigne na bpolaiteoiri faoi láthair agus iad ag siúl na sráideanna, bóithre, bóithríní ag gríosadh an phobail maidir lena roghanna vótála ar an Aoine seo....
The Twomeys’ last memory before the fatal moment might have been the sound of sirens and the flashing of police-car lights. Then 26-year-old Marek’s car hurtled onto the wrong side of the dual carriageway, and crashed headlong into them...

Grand Coalition

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The 32nd Dáil meets for the first time this Thursday and – a fortnight after the election - it seems impossible to discern the shape of the next government.In our wisdom, we’ve elected 50 Fine Gael TDs, 44 Fianna...
Ceapann gach préachán gur gheal a ghearrcaigh fhéin...Is dócha gur sin an scéal le muintir Chiarraí leis na blianta anois mar tá an clann cháiliúil sin atá lonnaithe i gCill Garbhán, chomh suntasach i gcúrsai polaitiochta;  is léir go...
When Christian leaders, handcuffed and chained, appeared before Cold War courts in Eastern Europe – we were often reminded that they were experiencing exactly the same fate as Jesus Christ himself on the first Good Friday: suffering persecution, because...
Today we celebrate the feast-day of our national patron, Saint Patrick.As we do every year, let’s go through the motions of pretending to think about Saint Patrick and – in a broader sense – the notion of what it...
Is leor don dreoilín a nead...  (The wee wren only needs her nest ... it's her world)  Bhí deireadh seachtaine aoibhinn ag grúpa in Mount Melleray ag críochnu ar an Domhnach seo caite agus b’é an tideal seo thuas téama an...
Maybe we do too much ‘patting ourselves on the back’ around St. Patrick’s Day – but I still think that we in Ireland actually have at least some quite valid reasons for national pride. At times, we have even managed...
The contrived controversy about Gerry Adams failing to get into the White House Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations highlights the self-pity and naked opportunism at the heart of Sinn Fein’s “Hit me now with the Peace Process in me arms”...

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