If your weekend became an involuntary sun-related roll-over, get yourself a choc ice this morning and catch up with the week in politricks as seen by Ragbags. Then return to the existential debate about whether it’s ever really t-shirt weather in Ireland. The never-ending media managing of government formation and Irish Water finally came to something of a conclusion. The super-multi-arse has risen, the ‘Fianna Gael Alliance’. Kenny and the Endapendents – but Fianna Fail really. The agreement, a semi-detailed list of principles and a “confidence and supply” arrangement is exactly how Willie O’Dea proposed a stitch-up would work weeks … Read More
Photo: On the march. Sean Martin took the photo used above at a water charge protest back in January. Like the Angel of History, weeks ever pile upon weeks propelling us backwards into the awful, awful future. You can faceswap people with Slavoj Zizek these days, that’s where we’re at. As a civilisation. Progress is a lie. Still, infernally, making the news this week is the fact that we are now at 58 days since the election. 100 years to the day of the Easter Rising too. There’s still no government and these weeks keep on coming. By the … Read More
While you poke around the fridge and takeaway menus to stave off hunger and the Sunday night fear, our man Ragbags takes a look at the latest Punch and Judy show over on Kildare St. Let’s see if we can cut through the bullshit in double-quick time while you juggle between the flashbacks and brave yourself for another week of it. Today is 51 days since the election. To recap, the old Civil War political system of swapping tweedle-dum Fianna Fail (plus mudguard) for tweedle-dee Fine Gael (and a Labour Party footstool) every 5 years got the Nelson’s Pillar treatment … Read More
For Sale: Shrunken Political Party, a poem by Kevin Higgins
Comedian Des Bishop took to social media this morning to complain about RTÉ censoring his material.
Here’s the helicopter view of what’s happening this morning regarding the last few seats in the 2016 General Election.
A quick look at probable casualties of the election. Whose demise will have you diving into a bowl of jelly and ice cream?
Eoghan H donned his miners hat and headed off down the data shafts once he heard politicians feet pounding the pavement three weeks ago. The coder based down in Cork has this to say: “On the 7th of February 2016, at 7:03am, I launched a twitter dataminer which began logging tweets in relation to the 2016 Irish General Election. This was done with the intent of providing an unbiased, purely data-based view over what the public talk about, what politicians talk about, and what the media talks about. Over 320,000 tweets were logged between the launch time, and the chosen … Read More
Election material, kinda, spotted this morning on Townsend Street around Constance Markiewicz neck.
Three Donegal little people share their thoughts on this upcoming Election. Proud mammy Taryn Gleeson mailed us saying she’d made a wee video asking her kids about some key election issues. ” Since they can’t vote my kids made a short, sweet and funny video on their thoughts about the election.” Out of the mouths of babes etc.