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The response to Irish Water inside and outside Leinster House

The response to Irish Water inside and outside Leinster House

The difference in how Irish Water was handled inside and outside Leinster House last week shows just how out of date and out of touch our national parliament has become. On each side of the Merrion Street railings, attempts were made to remedy Irish Water. Inside the gates, TDs debated the latest legislation, attempting to...
Irish Water: It's time to flush away Coalition bunglers

Irish Water: It’s time to flush away Coalition bunglers

The changes to Irish Water announced this week not only fail to meet the concerns of parliament and the public, they make it impossible to see any reasonable case for continuing with metering and domestic water charges. You’d think, with all that’s happened, the Government would have listened – to the public, and to their...
Traditional Parties Have led Ireland Into the Abyss- A New Party Can Help Rescue It.

Traditional Parties Have led Ireland Into the Abyss- A New Party Can Help Rescue It.

The Irish political system is broken – and those in the establishment are unable or unwilling to fix it. Half the country now believes there’s a need for a new political party or parties. The opportunity – which has been the main topic of discussion to date – is firmly established. For something worthwhile to...
We're stuck with Irish Water so here is how to fix it

We’re stuck with Irish Water so here is how to fix it

If we’re going to rescue the fiasco that is Irish Water, we need to understand what it is, what it isn’t, and how to make it work for us rather than against us. By now, most people are either angry with or scared by Irish Water – or both. Many on low incomes know they...
Budget 2015: The Next Generation Lost Out to the Next Election

Budget 2015: The Next Generation Lost Out to the Next Election

Last Tuesday’s Budget was politically cute but economically foolish, and felt very like Fianna Fail budgets of old. It might be the last one before the next General Election, so Fine Gael and Labour could be forgiven for a little self-interest. But not for being quite so politically motivated, and quite so irresponsible. Just six...
Budget 2015: will Fine Gael and Labour bribe us with our own money?

Budget 2015: will Fine Gael and Labour bribe us with our own money?

The signs aren’t promising. Due to a well sanctioned series of statements by Government TDs, everyone’s expecting a reduction in their taxes. The conversation isn’t about whether it’ll happen, it’s about the form the tax break will take. The obvious rhetoric is being employed liberally by junior ministers giddy with the prospect of good news....