Tag: Fine Gael

The Underhanded Neo-Gombeens

I had a chat once with my old landlady about the meaning of that word 'gombeen' prompted by Varadkar appearing on the telly one evening. She said “I don't think there's any gombeens left anymore.” She spoke as if it...

/ 08/04/2019

Aontú: Friend or Foe?

The Potential of Tóibín-ism: Ten years since the economic crash, Irish politics is a graveyard of parties that have attempted to fill an imagined political vacuum. Reports of the death of our two (and a half) party state have been...

/ 05/04/2019

Fine Gael’s Housing Crisis

Ireland’s ongoing housing crisis has provided a discordant note to the official government narrative that we are somehow living in a golden age. The figure of 10,000 homeless is only the tip of the iceberg. For a generation of renters...

/ 30/03/2019

Varadkar’s Globalist Vanity Project

Our globally esteemed Taoiseach has long been viewed as a reformer within the ranks of Fine Gael. In a video of his YFG (Young Fine Gael) days that surfaced on social media, he described Fine Gael as ‘liberal enough,’ and...

/ 23/03/2019

The New National Children’s Hospital Disaster

It is tempting to sigh and move on when you read about the new national children’s hospital fiasco – brushing it off as yet another mistake by an incompetent government in a country that rarely gets things right. In truth...

The Shadow of the Gunman and the Demise of Fianna Fáil

Whether it was Varadkar’s exchanges with Doherty in the Dáil or reading McCullough’s biography on De Valera, I decided to revisit my decision to leave Fianna Fáil some months ago. Having been a member of the party for several years,...

/ 06/01/2019

The Rush to Introduce Abortion Shows it Was Always About Politics

As the introduction of widespread abortion looms ever closer, the journey towards becoming this brave new Ireland suddenly appears to be fraught with difficulties. Before the referendum in May, Government politicians and pro-choice activists went to great lengths to accentuate...

/ 12/12/2018

Does Peadar Tóibín’s New Movement Stand a Chance?

New parties have not fared well in Ireland historically. All of the leading parties were established by 1933, and the impact of newcomers has tended to be slight and short-lasting. Contrast this with France, where the En Marche movement captured...

/ 01/12/2018

Why Didn’t the Irish Rebel? Explaining Post-Crash Inertia

The question of how the Irish elite avoided being overthrown, if not publicly hanged, in the aftermath of the Great Recession must surreptitiously linger in the minds of those in the corridors of power to this day. Despite the recent...

/ 22/10/2018

Simon’s Game Plan is Beyond Cynical: Make it Stop!

Simon Harris looks and acts like a man with a plan. It is not a nice plan. In fact, it is a deeply cynical plan. But the signs are that Harris’s plan is working, at least for now, and at...

/ 19/10/2018