Enda Kenny leadership‘He’s making pure eejits out of them.’

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As certain ministerial heavyweights hold their cards close to their chests, waiting for the right play to maximise their chances of succeeding Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, three heavyweights in the field of political commentary had their say on the ongoing saga surrounding the Taoiseach’s departure. “He’s making pure eejits out of them. For anyone who wants to come after him, …

‘No need for men in grey suits to knock on the Taoiseach’s door… He knows the game is up for him’

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“It’s the little things that trip you up.” It’s a phrase that’s being repeated across print, broadcast and online media in recent days, as Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, finds himself under increasing pressure to outline a timeline for his departure. On Today was Sean O’Rourke, it was Harry McGee’s turn to pull it out of the bag. The phrase itself was …

Inviting President Trump‘It’s the Taoiseach’s decision…. But I wouldn’t be keen on it.’

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Well, Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, was asked a straight question and, in fairness, presenter, Sean O’Rourke got a straight answer. If he were in the position of Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, when he visits the White House in March, to present the traditional role of shamrock, would he invite United States President Donald Trump for a return visit to …

‘It was put to the Ard Comhairle and it was unanimously decided I should be leader.’

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It was an interesting little exchange on Today with Sean O’Rourke, as the presenter tried to get to the bottom of how Michelle O’Neill came to replace Martin McGuinness as leader of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland. “Were you elected or were you anointed, as leader?” asked the presenter. “I was chosen by the Ard Comhairle … It’s the decision-making …

Lies and statistics‘I could tell you that I have blue hair. With a margin of error of 100%. And that makes it true.’

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The Dark Ages is how historians describe a half-millennium period that followed the fall of the Roman Empire, a description implying some kind of collapse of civilisation entirely. It’s routinely contrasted with The Age of Enlightenment, beginning around the start of the 18th century, when humankind embraced reason and science over dogma and superstition. The Information Age is how many …

Ian Paisley Junior‘It’s not where a man’s journey starts, but where a person finishes.’

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Of all of the bridges built in the long process of bringing peace to Northern Ireland, perhaps the bridge that brought Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley together was the most extraordinary. Their working relationship, their personal relationship, even their friendship, which prompted commentators to name them the “chuckle brothers”, ushered in a new era of cross-community respect and understanding in …

Theresa May speech‘Like seeing your neighbour torch their house and remembering that your own roof is thatched.’

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First of all, credit where credit is due. That astute observation came from journalist, Joe O’Shea, and was quoted by Sean O’Rourke this morning on the Today programme, as he discussed the implications of yesterday’s Brexit speech by British Prime Minister, Theresa May. In the company of Fine Gael MEP, Brian Hayes, Economist and Daily Telegraph Columnist, Liam Halligan, and …

Trump was using Trump foundation money in ways that apparently broke the law. He was using the foundation to buy things for himself.

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As the countdown continues see the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20th, his reputation, firstly as a Teflon candidate, now as a Teflon President-elect, has been well and truly cemented. (Okay, it doesn’t have the same ring as Teflon Taoiseach, but Polytetrafluoroethylene President seems a little long winded.) This morning on Today with Sean O’Rourke, Washington Post reporter David …