Above: Corbyn speaking at a leadership election rally to his supporters in August 2016. Photo by paulnew. Source: Flickr. With the recent renewal of the Labour Party in the UK reigniting the politics of hope, Patrick McCusker takes a look at how the Irish political system has perfected its barrier against the influence of the grassroots. The almost inevitable rise of Leo Varadkar to the office of Taoiseach was understandably overshadowed within a fortnight by events in the UK. Suprisingly for some, Jeremy Corbyn defied all but the most blindly optimistic prediction by not only avoiding disaster, but increasing Labour’s seat … Read More
Above: Simon Coveney at a defence symposium in 2015. Finally, after months of dithering and hanging on like a bad dose of the clap we picked up when we were in a bad place and made some bad decisions back in 2011, Enda Kenny has finally decided to step down. Tomas Lynch takes a look at the heirs to the Blueshirt throne. There’s not much to choose between Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney, the bookies’ favourites to be the next Blueshirts to lead this country. While the newspapers get themselves into a tizzy with polls and favorability ratings … Read More
A quick look at probable casualties of the election. Whose demise will have you diving into a bowl of jelly and ice cream?
As Ireland goes to the polls we link the last ten days of Irish Independent coverage and an unprecedented front page in 1997 that made it all possible.
That “whingers” statement was the latest in long line of Alan Partridge style screw ups from a lacklustre Taoiseach that gets kept well out of public earshot by his handlers. One of our readers has jumped into the archives and come back with a string of further “Endaisms” to jog your memories ahead of the election. A dirty task, but sure someone has to do it.
The ICTU asked TDs if they’d sign up to a charter for fair conditions at work. Fine Gael, Renua and some Shane Rossites said no.
Anyone whoever daydreamed through a Leaving Cert history class might have some recall of Fine Gael’s origins in the fascist fancying Blueshirts. Well, here’s a selection box of five recent moments that show today’s apples haven’t fallen all that far from the xenophobia tree… 1. Emer Higgins. P.R. graduate and Rathcoole Councillor Emer Higgins of Fine Gael badly misjudged public opinion when she dropped a leaflet announcing that she was “delighted to announce that the Council are no longer considering purchasing houses off [sic] the developer for development as a Traveller Accommodation Scheme”. A close colleague (she claims) of … Read More
Mikey was a player once. He rolled with the big guys before everything went South. But even then, even when the high rollers wanted nothing to do with him, Mickey couldn’t be touched. He was a made man, a Wiseguy, a Goodfella and no matter what he does, you can’t touch a made man.
Fine Gael have chosen a photograph of a “ghost estate” to attack Fianna Fáil but they’ve shot themselves in the foot. Again.
Lucinda Creighton writes: I received a letter delivered by hand from Denis O’Brien effectively asking me keep to quiet and laden with strident attacks against my character.