Guardians of the peace?

Would the gardaí have been as relaxed as they appeared to have been about the emergent mayhem in Tallaght if it happened in Dublin 4? By Vincent Browne.

There was a disturbing insight into the character of An Garda Síochána last week, and it concerned the murder of 16-year-old Melanie McCarthy-McNamara in Tallaght last Tuesday night.

Labour's dangerous paralysis

With the collapse of the Celtic tiger, there was a chance for Labour to change minds radically by arguing for a society fired by social solidarity rather than profit and narrow self-interest - but the party flunked it. By Vincent Browne.

On RTÉ Radio 1's Liveline programme last week, a woman was excitedly demanding that everyone should share the pain of the budgetary adjustment, and that complaints about the reduction in the First Communion allowance were absurd.

Enda's handsome contribution to the Celtic Crash

If the Taoiseach does not understand his own contribution to this crash, we are in greater trouble than we think. By Vincent Browne.

In a few years’ time, when asked how the Celtic Crash occurred and how Ireland, once a nation, became a province once again, a future taoiseach may reflect that the fiscal treaty of 2012 was a turning point.

Kenny's big gaffe was in the Dáil, not in Davos

Fine Gael made a commitment before the election to at least attempt to renegotiate the debt, but last week Enda Kenny told us "We have never looked for a debt writedown". By Vincent Browne.

A comment that Taoiseach Enda Kenny made in the Dáil last Tuesday was even more stunning than the airhead "people went mad borrowing" remark, which he made in front of the masters of the universe at Davos.

Sheer bloody cheek

The troika's almost contemptuous dismissal last week of the concerns of the Irish people gives a good insight into the mentality of our EU overlords. By Vincent Browne.

It was the insolence of the troika members that was the most striking feature of their dreary press conference in the bleak European Commission offices on Dawson Street last Thursday. Polite insolence, but insolence nonetheless.

Our irrelevant Dáil

For all their talk of reform, Labour and Fine Gael are as committed as their Fianna Fáil predecessors to maintaining the Dáil as an tool of the government of the day, accountable to no one. By Vincent Browne.

The Dáil met at 10.30am on Friday last with the usual affront to those who do not share a Christian belief, in the form of the “Paidir”, and, immediately, Éamon Ó Cuív sought to raise an issue to do with misleading information that had been given to the Dáil before a vote was taken on the Water Services (Amendment) Bill.

Our sovereignty is gone, never to return

The Government’s confidence that a second bailout will not be necessary is far-fetched. By Vincent Browne.

28 November, 'Dependence Day', should be commemorated each year as the most crucial date in the calendar of the Irish state since independence.

We're in denial about our dysfunctional society

The large and ever-growing gap between the richest and the rest is not talked about enough here in Ireland. It should be. By Vincent Browne.

If any readers stayed up last night to watch the post-New Hampshire primary candidate prayer meetings, they probably will have been struck by the banality of the rhetoric and the disconnect between the Republican candidates and the state of America.

Who knew what and when about the Anglo affair?

Who outside of Anglo Irish Bank knew the full details of the Maple Ten business in 2008, and what culpability do they have in relation to it? By Vincent Browne.

Many people reasonably wonder how it is that, more than three years after we discovered what appears to have been illegality in Anglo Irish Bank, nobody has been charged - let alone convicted or sentenced.

It is regularly said that if this had happened in America, a parade of suspects would have done the infamous perp walk in handcuffs by now, much to the delectation of the baying masses.