How Michael O’Leary could transform Irish politics

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  By Paul Molloy Could Michael O’Leary run for the Dail, win a seat and in a short time build a Dail majority and become the Taoiseach ?. Emmanuel Macron has proved it possible; amazing, because he did so in a country with a population of 67 million. Why do I believe Taoiseach O’Leary is possible? Firstly, because he has … 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

Doubling Ireland’s ‘global footprint’ is a rash and expensive move

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Eamon Delaney Never mind the actual problems here at home – the housing crisis, with a now added student accommodation crisis, which we should have seen coming. And the ongoing health crisis, with record-breaking trolly numbers, and a Minister finally admitting what we’ve always known : that the health unions are a huge impediment to HSE reform. But no-one in … Read More

We should stop talking down Brexit plans and face reality

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By Cormac Lucey During a recent interview for his podcast The Stand, Eamon Dunphy raised the subject of vulture funds. I responded by saying that if we continually referred to a broadcaster as “a vulture broadcaster”, the well of public sentiment would soon be so poisoned that rational discussion of the broadcaster’s merits and demerits would be impossible. Something similar … Read More

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 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