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Hung Dail means status quo can be challenged

Hung Dail means status quo can be challenged

On the matter of government formation, there are two relevant issues: first, the question of what is in the best interests of the country, and, second, the question of what is most likely to happen. Let’s start with the country. Today we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising – a suitable day to...
5 Reasons This Budget Is Not Just Irresponsible - It's Dangerous

5 Reasons This Budget Is Not Just Irresponsible – It’s Dangerous

Last week’s Budget puts some money in most people’s pockets. But other that maximising votes, is there any serious thinking behind it? Does it set the country on a new and better path to a stable and prosperous future? An examination of five big ideas in the Budget suggests it does quite the opposite. 1....
Wicklow Broadband Speeds Below Par

Wicklow Broadband Speeds Below Par

A NEW report has revealed that Wicklow primary schools are being deprived of available broadband speeds. A study obtained by the Wicklow Voice has revealed that some primary schools in the county currently have access to only 1% of the broadband speed available in certain area. When the internet connections of the schools were measured...
The Great Divide - it's a lot worse than you think

The Great Divide – it’s a lot worse than you think

If you didn’t see David McWilliams’s Ireland’s Great Wealth Divide on Monday night, take 50 minutes out and watch it; it’s on the RTE player. It’s essential viewing and it tells us this: Ireland is a lot less equal and fair than we think it is. And it’s a lot less equal and fair than...
The Uncomfortable Truth about Irish Water

The Uncomfortable Truth about Irish Water

There are many things about water charges that Fine Gael/Labour would prefer you didn’t know. At the top of the list is this: Not one penny of the money they’re demanding you pay will be used to run, or to upgrade, the water system. In fact, even if everyone paid their water bill, every penny...
The Banking Inquiry Requires Us to Overcome Our Own Political Catch 22

The Banking Inquiry Requires Us to Overcome Our Own Political Catch 22

Holding the banking inquiry in year five of this Government means a lot of relevant information is coming to light too late. Nonetheless, testimony in recent weeks points to big lessons we can and must still learn. The challenge is overcoming our own political Catch 22. And the public nature of the inquiry might just...