Saturday with Claire Byrne‘Without the capital base that the multinationals have given us, we would simply be Albania with brutal weather.’

As heard on Claire Byrne

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The economist David McWilliams has a history of correctly predicting the dire things that will befall Ireland if corrective or defensive action is not taken, so when he joined the panel on the first of a new series of Saturday with Claire Byrne at the weekend, there ought to have been plenty of politicians taking notes. Asked by the host …

Naomi Klein's vision for change ‘The majority is out there. It’s just a question of activating them.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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What will break the stranglehold of the extreme right wing in American politics and elsewhere? The elevation of corporate power to the offices of state, as witnessed in the formation of Donald Trump’s Cabinet, for example. And how can the people, the ordinary citizens who have been left behind, respond and put forward a viable alternative? These are some of …

What stops women going for election?‘Cash, Candidate Selection, Culture, Childcare and Confidence.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Dublin, and certain segments of the population are, no doubt, swooning already. He’s many people’s ideal Renaissance man, educated, erudite, committed to tackling climate change, welcoming Syrian refugees, a loving husband and father. And, as pointed out by Kate Feeney on the Today programme, a man who has achieved an exactly gender-balanced cabinet …

Leo Varadkar’s junior minister lineup‘A disappointing day for women.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It’s been a curious few days for new Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. Twitter has been doing what Twitter does best, yesterday flooded with comments reacting to his “Love Actually” comments from Downing Street. But simultaneously, and overnight, a second flood, this time with criticism of the fact that he has now appointed fewer women than Enda Kenny to junior ministry roles. …

Olivia O’Leary Column ‘What he brought to the job more than any other Taoiseach was optimism.’

As heard on Drivetime

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In her column for Drivetime this week, Olivia O’Leary looked back on the leadership of Enda Kenny and what she will – and will not – miss about Fine Gael’s longest serving leader. “What he brought to the job more than any other Taoiseach was optimism. That was vital at a time when Ireland was in its post-bust doldrums, and …

Niamh Lyons on Sinn Fein‘A complete dereliction of duty… strengthening Theresa May’s hand, due to their abstentionist policy.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It was another famous Conservative MP, Enoch Powell, who came up with the dictum that all political careers end in failure. This morning, in the wake of the seismic result of the UK general election, some of the most trusted political clichés are being dusted off, including those words of Enoch Powell. But as Theresa May looks to form a …

Olivia O'Leary‘He belongs to a generation for whom loyalty to a brand has little meaning. Loyalty is a collective notion. And this generation are individual consumers.’

As heard on Drivetime

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In her radio column for Drivetime this week, Olivia O’Leary gave her own view of the generational shift underway at the top of Irish politics and what it means beyond the simple reality of the number of years a politician has clocked up on this earth. If he becomes Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, at 38, will be the youngest leader in …

Fine Gael Leadership Debate “This was an auld scrap. A rumble in the red cow.”

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It was all about the mojo last night, as the Fine Gael leadership battle swung into gear, courtesy of a fuel-injected first hustings at Red Cow Hotel in Dublin. Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, prompted a few smiles when he referred to getting his “mojo back” last September. But last night, according to journalist, Alison O’Connor, it was Simon Coveney’s turn to …