Michael Farrell replies


DR. NOEL BROWNE'S recent attack on Republicanism was doubtless fuelled by his fierce indignation at social injustices in the South, but generous indignation is no substitute for clear thinking and this was a piece of very muddled thinking leading to a thoroughly reactionary conclusion.

Jack Lynch the idol

Jack Lynch commands the almost unanimous respect of the Irish people, with 86% believing he is doing well as Taoiseach. This is the most startling result of Magill's opinion poll on Fianna Fail's first year in office.


The Fine Gael Ard Fheis was a deserved success for Garret FitzGerald, who has devoted more energy to resuscitating the party in the last 10 months than anybody has done in the last 40 years.

The Bold Martin O Donoghue

In the last issue of Magill, UCD economist, Paddy Geary, critically annalysed the Government's economic strategy. Here Martin 0 'Donoghue, the Minister for Economic Planning and Development, replies in the course of an interview with Magill.

The Split: the first item on the agenda?

THE SOCIALIST LABOUR PARTY, through a clerical error (if Noel Browne will forgive the pun), holds its connference on the same week-end as the Fine Gael Ard Fheis. And, though an estimated one-tenth of the Fine Gael attendance will turn out, the omens are that Ireland's newest and smallest political party with Dail representation will reveal significant divergences of view on key issues. By MARY MORRISON.

Garret FitzGerald - Radical intellect and cautious instinct

An analysis of the politics of Garret FitzGerald.

AT THE COMMENCEMENT of his tour of the constituencies on September 19, in Cork, Garret Fitzgerald delivered a keynote address entitled "The Role of Fine Gael". The speech summarised most of his recent political thinking on the kind of society we should be trying to create. It has been published and circulated throughout the country and thus it merits special analysis.

The making of Fine Gael

In this pre-Ard Fheis survey of Fine Gael, Vincent Browne writes about the electoral challenge, the organisational changes and policy directions.