Enda Kenny Leadership‘If Varadkar doesn’t jump, the momentum may be gone’

As heard on The Late Debate

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Enda Kenny overtakes John A. Costello today as the longest-serving Fine Gael Taoiseach, with 2,234 days in office. But his record-making moment has prompted new calls for him to step down. On The Late Debate last night Fine Gael’s Noel Rock explained why he thinks Kenny should go now but, as he stressed, he’s not a stalking horse nor is …

‘She can dress it up any way she likes, but this is for naked Tory advantage.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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There are times, producing a live radio programme, when you look at your running order for the day ahead and you think to yourself, at any moment, this document could be going in the bin. Anything could happen in the next two hours. Today was one of those days on Today with Sean O’Rourke. As news emerged that the British …

The Late Debate ‘Cynicism is endemic in our society and some people thrive on that’

As heard on The Late Debate

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Things got a little personal on The Late Debate last night. In a discussion on Irish Water, Paul Sommerville accused Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan and his political counterparts of appearing on programmes and “explaining to the ‘dumb people’” that systems – like Irish Water – will work better and be more efficient than the alternatives. “People like you,” countered …

Irish Water‘We’ve seen hypocrisy piled on hypocrisy from all of the parties’

As heard on The Late Debate

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After an acrimonious ten days, filled with accusations of populism, u-turns, and misrepresentation, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil finally reached agreement on water yesterday. On The Late Debate last night, Cormac O’hÉadhra asked Stephen O’Byrnes of MKC Communications how one might spin the recent manoeuvrings between the two main parties. “You couldn’t,” he said. Also joining Cormac were Fine Gael …

Olivia O’Leary Column‘If ethnic bullying is how we go about achieving a united Ireland, I would prefer to do without it’

As heard on Drivetime

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Last month’s Northern Ireland elections, in which unionists lost their majority in Stormont for the first time, was hailed as a watershed moment by nationalists. Combined with the possibility of a hard Brexit, it brought the united Ireland debate back into the political mainstream. Sinn Féin called for a border poll. Fianna Fáil announced it would publish plans for a …

The Fennelly Report ‘Almost total ignorance that the main phone lines were being recorded’

As heard on The Late Debate

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Back in 1995, An Garda Síochána purchased a new recording system for Divisional Stations to record 999 calls. In the process, the senior Garda who approved the new system, “failed to understand” that he was, in fact, approving the recording of the main landline number for each Divisional Station. And so, it came to pass that thousands of phone calls …

Irish Water‘This is politics in its purest, most refined and poisonous form’

As heard on The Late Debate

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It was too good to be true. Just when it looked like a deal on water was finally in sight, the Oireachtas water committee tripped over one of the final hurdles yesterday. The row between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael has to do with people who use excessive amounts of water. Fine Gael wants the final document to say that …

The Late Debate‘We have to be more aggressive to get the share-out of what Britain is leaving.’

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In the words of Theresa May, there’s no turning back now. In the words of Donald Tusk, we miss you already. Nine months after the historic referendum in which Britain decided it was better off outside the European Union, the British Prime Minister yesterday began the process of withdrawal. The UK is now facing two years of complex and contentious …