Gardai need to lose their special victim status and modernise

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By Eamon Delaney One extraordinary aspect about the ongoing crisis in our Gardai force is the fixation on management and the eagerness to exempt the Garda rank and file from being part of the problem. Our politicians rightly praise our Gardai for their service and frontline bravery, but let’s be honest : it wasn’t Noirin O’Sullivan who willingly did all … Read More

The unthinkable alliance looms – a Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein Government

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Eamon Delaney    Irish Independent So Conor McGregor defied the critics and lasted ten rounds with the skilled Floyd Mayweather. The Crumlin man made the transition to ‘respectable’ boxing and came out of it enriched (in all senses) and wasn’t broken or humiliated. What would happen if Sinn Fein made a similar transition to ‘respectable’ politics and got into the … Read More

RTE should live by the market and not subsidies and a TV Tax

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Eamon Delaney      Irish Independent Are you enjoying RTE’s quality coverage of the big events at the moment, like on TV’s Prime Time or Claire Byrne Live or the Late Debate over on radio. No, me neither. I haven’t seen their coverage of possible war over North Korea, or analysis of Trump’s antics or debate about whether Leo’s taking … Read More

Ibec’s strange call for increased government spending

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By Cormac Lucey In its pre-budget submission for next year, the Irish Business and Employers Conference (Ibec) has called on finance minister Paschal Donohoe to include the whopping 2015 GDP growth rate in the way he calculates permitted spending under European Union fiscal rules. This would allow the minister to spend an additional €7.2bn between 2018 and 2021. Government’s own … Read More

State control is holding back our Third Level Education

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Below is an edited version of the speech read by Cillian Fleming representing the Hibernia Forum (pictured above) in a discussion on third level education at the Young Fine Gael Garret Fitzgerald Summer School on 15 July 2017. Today I have a quite a difficult challenge, that is to convince – if I may so assume – mostly middle class … Read More

The intergenerational divide in Ireland is growing and dangerous

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Eamon Delaney An interesting proposal was recently made at the Citizens Assembly by UCD economist Micheal Collins. In a discussion on the elderly, Collins suggested that people of a senior vintage with assets of over 200,000 euros should be levied a special tax so as to contribute more towards the public purse, and including presumably their own care. This is … Read More

The Government did a good job on AIB’s share sale

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By Cormac Lucey There was plenty of huffing and puffing over the fact that AIB’s share price traded above the government’s sale price last week. Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy TD said: “These shares went on sale at €4.20, which is the midpoint in the range. Within hours they were selling at much higher price, trading at €250m more than … Read More

When it comes to tax, Sinn Fein is the worst option of all

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By Cormac Lucey When I fill out my vote at elections, I follow an unusual procedure. Having filled in my initial preferences, I count the number of candidates and then identify my least favourite and work backwards towards those contenders in the middle where I am less sure. In every Irish election that I have voted in, I have ranked … Read More

DUP’s windfall can kickstart power-sharing in Northern Ireland

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By Cormac Lucey There has been plenty of negative reaction to the outcome of Britain’s general election, caused in no small part by the political fiasco of Theresa May’s campaign and the shambolic result it delivered. Lusting for political domination, the prime minister transformed a tight, but workable, parliamentary majority into a minority position where the Conservatives will have to … Read More