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Heavy Teanga.

In Blog, Politics by Patrick McCuskerLeave a Comment

Above: A photo from Dublin’s Pop Up Gaeltacht. Taken from their Facebook page. Elsewhere this headmelt of a shot made its way to us from the same night. The Taoiseach posing with his illustration in rabble. Bit like that time Marty McFly was flirting with his own ma? Leo Varadkar’s cameo appearance at Dublin’s Pop-Up Gaeltacht last Thursday on November 30th seemed like a good photo op and PR exercise … Read More

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Leo, Actually.

In #rabble14, Blog, Illustration, Politics, Print Edition by Sam NoonanLeave a Comment

Above: This one ended up on our front page. An illustration by Mice that eviscerates our glorious leader. Her best yet?   The Blueshirts anointed a new party leader recently and that man is a master of the spin game. Sam Noonan slips on a pair of waders and takes a poke around the slurry pit of our new Taoiseach’s career so far. You’ve heard about the government’s new Strategic Communications unit … Read More

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Keeping The Grassroots Under The Boot.

In Blog, Politics by Patrick McCuskerLeave a Comment

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 … Read More

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What Simon Says.

In Blog, Politics by Tomas LynchLeave a Comment

  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 … Read More

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No Enda Bluster.

In Blog by Rashers TierneyLeave a Comment

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.

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Under The Blueshirt Tree.

In #rabble11, Blog, Print Edition by rabble4 Comments

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 … Read More

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Michael Lowry, Good Fella.

In Blog by FedaynLeave a Comment

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.