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Jason O'Mahony

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A facade of democracy: the Irish local elections. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Day, 23 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
If you were an evil pair of billionaire brothers who wanted to create a fake democracy, that seemed to check all the boxes but still didn’t quite work, you’d be hard pressed to do better than the Irish local elections. On the face of it,...
Why the Fine Gael/Labour government embodies the values of 1916. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Week, 21 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Nobody but nobody does guff like the Irish. Meaningless symbolic blather totally free of any concrete action? We’re your people. As the centenary of the 1916 Rising approaches (Always with a capital R!) we’ll see our national guff product...
Life under the I’m All Right Jackboot: The UKIP government of 2016-2017. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Week, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
The British general election of 2016, held after the collapse of the minority Cameron government of 2015-2016, is recorded in history alongside the 1945, 1979 and 1997 general elections as an election of major historical significance. In short,...
Tip-toeing around the Travellers. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Week, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
I, like most Irish settled people, have an inbuilt prejudice against Travellers. From a revulsion to my perception of what their lifestyle is, to their rejection of that most sacred of Irish sacred cows, owning property, it’s hard-wired in me.
Would the Irish vote for an income tax cap in the constitution? NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Week, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Everybody (save for a few ideologues) is in favour of lower taxes and value-for-money spending. Until, of course, it comes to a bit of public spending they actually approve of or benefit from. It’s this argument which has prevented most modern...
Is Nigel Farage the unwitting tool of Ernst Stavro Blofeld? NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 17 Minutes ago
Supposing you wanted to secretly take over Britain? How would you go about it? Well, one step you’d almost certainly take would be to disarm Britain’s ability to prevent you carrying out your diabolical plot. That could involve elimi...
Cult TV: 1990 NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 46 Minutes ago
One of the curiosities about recent TV and movie drama set in tyrannical futures is that they tend to be set in an overhyped right-wing future, dominated by fascism, the religious right, or big business. It’s quite rare that, with the exce...
Given a choice between fake Fianna Fail and the real one, why are we surprised that voters turn to the genuine article? NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Fianna Fail are back, at least if today’s Irish Times opinion poll (here) is to be believed. I can’t claim to be surprised, because within mere weeks of Fine Gael and Labour taking power they started doing an poor impression of Fianna Fai...
Shock as politicians discover link between election promises and being in government. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Chaos broke out in Leinster House this morning as deputies and senators collectively realised that they were actually expected to implement stuff promised before the general election. “It came as a shock to me,” one unnamed deputy said, &...
Dublin Mayor: Fine Gael & Labour show their true colours. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
The decision by Phil Hogan to put a bizarre obstacle in front of a referendum for Dublin Mayor shows us that Fine Gael and Labour are no longer the second-class masters of the political side-step. It’s a savvy move, which will allow Hogan to pr...
Great comedy: Cabin Pressure. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
There’s a small but committed group of people who when they hear the name “Benedict Cumberbatch” don’t automatically think of “Sherlock Holmes” but instead think of  ”Captain Martin Crieff”. Cumber...
Be nice to canvassers! NEW
Jason O'Mahony 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Repost from 2011: Was very annoyed recently to hear a woman I know recounting her boyfriend’s glee at being rude to canvassers. He wasn’t against any particular party or candidate, just thought he had a right to abuse them. I always find...
Some questions about Gardagate. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 20 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
1. At some point, a decision had to be made to install these recording tapes. Where are the minutes of the meeting, or who authorised the tender to buy the equipment? Did any of the previous ministers know about it? Will we ever find an actual name?
Tories ally with Turkish Twitter Ban Party. Really? NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Month, 1 Day, 6 Minutes ago
The UK Tories quit the European People’s Party, and their allies in Irish Fine Gael, the German CDU, French UMP and most of the EU’s centre-right parties because they alleged they didn’t share their values. Instead, they joined an a...
Can Fianna Fail resist temptation? NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Month, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
One of the things that always surprises me when I talk with Fianna Failers is that I tend to be much more upbeat about the party’s election prospects than they are. I have no doubt that Fianna Fail will at least double its seats at the next ele...
Ireland 2020: Live! From Leitrim! NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Month, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Dateline June 2020. Leitrim. Counting is continuing in the county plebiscite to legalise prostitution and gambling in the county, following a turnout of 72% in the vote yesterday. Opinion polls have shown the result will be very close, but Mayor of L...
The Diary of Arthur Henchy TD Part 7. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Month, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
So, after much political peacockery, thrust-out chests and indignation in the chamber over GSOC, do we actually know if GSOC was bugged or not? Do we in our shite. We might as well all have been playing the banjo in the chamber. Sad thing is that I l...
News from Ireland 2020: Surprise Yes vote on Nuclear Plant. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Month, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Wexford 2020: Despite a series of opinion polls predicting defeat by a 10 point margin, Wexford County today voted by 57.1% in favour of the ESB proposal to build a nuclear power plant at Carnsore Point. Leaders of the NO campaign were quick to conde...
What about a Netflix for newspapers? NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Month, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
As newspapers and magazines vanish behind paywalls, I find myself in a conundrum. See, I understand the economics, and it’s one of the few areas I agree with Rupert Murdoch. Quality journalism can’t be free: someone has to pay for the jou...
News from Ireland 2020: Uproar in Mayo as govt spending in Mayo linked to taxes collected in Mayo. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Month, 1 Week, 13 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Mayo 2020: Large protests led by local county councillors and TDs have marched in Castlebar and Westport after it emerged that the County Council may have to raise a local council tax to fund local services. The row emerged after the d...