Our Chairman talks to Eamon Dunphy about Conservatism and international affairs

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In a wide ranging and absorbing discussion, Hibernia Forum Chairman Cormac Lucey discusses the philosophy of modern Conservatism with the veteran broadcaster Eamon Dunphy. What are the big issues in the world today? Why are so many people in the West discontent despite rising prosperity and longevity ? Is the EU a German project, even by accident? Why does the … Read More

The plague of the career politicians

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By Cormac Lucey One of the plagues of modern life is the career politician. This is somebody who aspires to a political career from an early age, and then realises that goal with spells in student politics and as a political adviser before being fast-tracked to political success. In most cases, these people arrive in office without having had much … Read More

TD Mick Barry’s juvenile Marxism makes Green Ciaran Cuffe sound rational

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By John Lalor On the Matt Cooper Show recently, there was a discussion on Minister for the Environment Denis Naughton’s confusing comments about whether or not we will have to pay by weight for refuse. Green Party Councillor Ciaran Cuff argued for pay-by-weight, and that it’s “fundamentally unfair that people would not pay slightly differently, depending on the amount of … Read More

Irish Water report shows the cowardice of our political culture

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Eamon Delaney in the Irish Daily Mail (longer version here) This week we saw the publication of reports by two different State-created bodies. One was the Fiscal Advisory Council which warned about increases in public sector pay and about the Government running out of money for capital investment and tax cuts. The other report was from the Expert Commission on … Read More

Italian vote can push EU closer to the edge

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By Cormac Lucey Since 2007 the world has experienced several economic crises. First we had the global financial crisis that erupted in 2008 with the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Some years later, the eurozone crisis unfolded in its full fury across the periphery of the common currency area, eventually engulfing Ireland. More recently, economic crises have plagued developing world countries … Read More

Somebody dropped the ball on Nama’s Project Eagle

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By Cormac Lucey Yesterday’s report by Seamus McCarthy, the comptroller and auditor-general, into Nama’s Project Eagle has prompted the government to concede that some form of formal inquiry will now be required. The cabinet and leaders of the opposition parties just have to decide on the most appropriate nature and terms of reference for such an investigation. The C&AG’s report … Read More

The government receives two budgetary warnings

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By Cormac Lucey Behind the scenes, the government is busy preparing Budget 2017, which will be presented in just over three weeks’ time. Michael Noonan, the finance minister, and his colleague Paschal Donohoe, the minister for public expenditure and reform, face a multitude of challenges. Internally, the cohesion of this government looks weak, as its delay in deciding to appeal … Read More