Mary McAleese - Strutting without Purpose

  • 26 October 2007
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Mary McAleese is the living, breathing personification of the colour pale pink – easy on the eye, unthreatening and acceptable to the fashion police. By Justine McCarthy

Constituency Shuffle

Musical Seats in Dublin

While the constituency revision affords the best politician of the last Dáil, Joe Higgins, a chance to return in Dublin West next time (it has got an extra seat), another of the Dáil's best TDs, Ciaran Cuffe, is facing a challenge in Dun Laoghaire, which has lost a seat. Either he goes or Barry Andrews of Fianna Fail goes.


Party's over for the PDs

Michael McDowell was largely but not entirely to blame for the Progressive Democrats' election debacle. Others contributed handsomely to the defeat and now there seems little point to the party's continuance By Adam Maguire

Q&A with Eamon Ryan

Eamon Ryan
Green Party TD and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources


A nice little earner

Both Fianna Fáil and the Greens promised a reduction in the overall number of ministers. Instead, the number of junior ministers has been increased yet again, now seven more than Fianna Fáil promised. By Joe O'Malley

Eamonn Gilmore promises no change

  • 6 September 2007
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The new Labour leader has abandoned the radicalism of his leadership bid of five years ago. He is following the same course as his predecesors and seems fated to fail as they did

Left unity on the Agenda

  • 9 August 2007
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Is the highly successful Seanad deal between Sinn Féin and the Labour Party a harbinger of things to come? That's the anxious question which diehard opponents of Sinn Féin – both in the media and in political life – are putting. And all the indications are that from their point of view things are going to get worse.

Eoghan Harris and The Workers Party

For over 20 years Eoghan Harris was a secret member of the Workers Party. During that time he denied his membership and threatened libel actions against those who asserted otherwise. During that time funds were solicited from the Soviet Union for a media venture involving him which was to be an opponent of the capitalist press.