Archive for the Politics (Ireland) Category

Hiatus!

In case you hadn’t noticed, this blog is on hiatus. It will, in all likelihood, not return until 2011. This is mainly due to the workload involved in the MBA I’m doing at the moment (at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia in Vancouver). In the meantime, get your Irish politics fix […]

Minister for Public Service Reform

In case you missed it, Ruairi Quinn called for the establishment of a Minister for Public Service Reform the other day. I’m going to claim partial credit for that idea.  I can’t remember whether I actually said it to Ruairi himself, but I was punting the idea around the Labour Party backrooms for a couple […]

An Bord Snip – It’s All or Nothing

FF must now implement all or none of An Bord Snip Nua’s recommendations Fianna Fáil, and the Government as a whole, now has two stark choices in front of it following the publication of the report of An Bord Snip Nua. Ministers can implement it word for word, cut for cut, job loss for job […]

Two Seanad By-Elections, Two new FF Senators

Apart from the speculation on who will be Fianna Failure‘s nominees for the two Seanad by-elections (caused by the death of Senator Tony Kett [FF] and election to the European Parliament of Senator Alan Kelly [LAB]), a few people have been asking about the numbers, and whether Fianna Failure are really sure of victory in […]

Return to Normality

I’m back.  I’m alive.  The election was won. (Thanks, Avril). Took a bit longer to get back to blogging than expected, due to a bug in the upgrade of WordPress, but all sorted now. A few online things to note from the campaign – Liveblogs and Twitter really came to life during the counts & […]

Election Button

In the tradition of recent online campaigns, here’s a button for the Irish local/European elections this Friday. Medium size (which seems to work best for Twitter profile images): Small: Feel free to use as you wish.  This is a copy of something someone else did, remade with the higher res versions of the logo. Update: […]

May Day

A quote for MayDay: “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” No, it’s not Marx, it’s the Father of Capitalism, Adam Smith, in ‘The Wealth of Nations’. It’s here in context (para […]

In Poland, Nobody Likes Libertas…So They Find A Way Around Funding Rules

Very interesting news from Poland, (thanks to a source who shall remain nameless for pointing it out), which follows earlier blogger interest. First up, the results of a new poll (English translation) undertaken in Poland on the European Elections campaign.  This was carried out by the local branch of TNS/MRBI (TNS/OBOP in Poland), so we […]

Pat Rabbitte always eats his Greens

Brilliant video from yesterday’s Dáil debates on the Budget.  Pat Rabbitte tears into the Greens, who claim their fingerprints are “all over” the Budget. Neil has more.

Eamon Gilmore Video

The famous Eamon Gilmore video, which was shown at the Labour Party Conference on Saturday, and has received quite a bit of comment in various places, is now online.  You can see it here.

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