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Questions I’d like an Irish pollster to ask. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 7 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Every time there’s an opinion poll published a certain type of poll-junkie comes rushing out of the bushes to throw massive extrapolations on the results. But what I find interesting is just how uninformative the actual polls are. They tend to...
How People Will Gain By Having Party T-shirts For Saint Patricks Day NEW
WeAreProEU Community Blog 1 Year, 7 Months, 4 Weeks, 11 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
March 17, every year, there is a commemoration of the death of one of the holiest people in Ireland: Patrick. It is a day of celebration for most Christian denominations especially the Catholic and their Anglican brothers. The Eastern Orthodox Church...
EU Reduces Irish Economic Outlook NEW
WSJ: The Eurocrisis 1 Year, 10 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 10 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
The European Union Wednesday reduced its economic outlook for Ireland, saying that slowing demand from Europe for its exports and austerity at home are weighing on the country's prospects for a strong recovery.
Limited Bank Debt Deal Would Help Bailout Exit, says OECD Economist NEW
WSJ: The Eurocrisis 1 Year, 10 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
A limited refinancing deal covering about half of the €64 billion Ireland pumped into its stricken banking system should be enough to help the country dig itself out of its debt crisis and emerge from its international bailout, the Ireland expert a...
Irish Services Data Hits Five-Year High NEW
WSJ: The Eurocrisis 1 Year, 10 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Business activity in Ireland's services sector surged in October, another indication that despite a fifth year of austerity the nation's economy may be set to grow more rapidly than those of other euro-zone members.
Abortion Laws in Europe NEW
The Eblana European Democratic Movement 1 Year, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 18 Minutes ago
For the past few weeks, another great debate has griped Ireland; the issue of abortion. The debate is not new in Ireland and in fact it has intensified for the past few years. Both camps, the "pro-choice" that supports the practice to be legalized in...
Irish October Unemployment Rate Steady at 14.8% NEW
WSJ: The Eurocrisis 1 Year, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 10 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Irish unemployment stood at 14.8% in October, unchanged from the previous month but still close to the record high reached in the wake of the country's worst-ever debt crisis, data showed Thursday.
Are Irish politicians too dumb to realise that political reform is also economic reform? NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
One of the more curious attitudes to come out of the FF/FG/Labour political establishment is the idea that political reform is some sort of fancy concept that has nothing to do with real life. If anything, that attitude shows how archaic and insular...
Irish Consumer Sentiment Unlikely to Recover Any Time Soon NEW
WSJ: The Eurocrisis 1 Year, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Irish consumer confidence remains fragile in October and is unlikely to recover any time soon, a survey by KBC Bank and the Economic and Social Research Institute showed.
"A Growth Strategy for Ireland " by Tom McDonnell NEW
Social Europe 1 Year, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 18 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
The aftershocks of Ireland’s property crash continue to reverberate through the economy. The sharp decline in construction activity and property prices from their respective peaks has devastated the construction sector and seriously undermined the...
Imagine tax was voluntary. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Here’s a mad idea. Absolutely loopy. Crazy. There is an air of  The Emperor’s New Clothes about a lot of what is debated in this country. Many demand that the government fund additional spending on various worthy causes, yet there is lit...
Herr Pringle geht nach Luxemburg… NEW
Verfassungsblog 1 Year, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Von EVIN DALKILIC, STEFAN MARTINI und HANNES RATHKE Auf mitgliedstaatlicher Ebene hat der Europäische Stabilitätsmechanismus (ESM) schon die Justiz beschäftigt. Aber eine europarechtliche Prüfung steht noch aus. Erst Thomas Pringles Klage gegen d...
“Borgen” and Irish politics. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 1 Minute ago
I’m currently watching a box set of Danish political drama “Borgen”, which tells the story of fictional Danish PM Birgitte Nyborg Christensen. It lacks the charm of “The West Wing” but is curiously watchable, especially...
Irish Politics Today: A thumbnail guide to the parties. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Fine Gael: It is hard to grasp how quickly Fine Gael turned into Fianna Fail in government, turning from a party advocating political reform to a party now blocking any meaningful sharing of power with the little people who pay for it all. Should  w...
Irsk traktat-sag for EU-retten NEW
Folkebevægelsens Fælles Blog 1 Year, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
NYT FRA EU-FRONTEN: Fredag gav irsk højesteretsdommer medhold i at EMS-traktaten er ulovlig - Nyheder / Irland, Søren Søndergaard, Nyt fra EU-fronten, ESM...
After Weekend of ‘Hysteria’, Calm is Restored on Irish Debt Deal NEW
WSJ: The Eurocrisis 1 Year, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
A joint statement issued late Sunday by Dublin and Berlin saying that Ireland deserves some sort of "special" treatment for its huge bank-related debts capped another extraordinary weekend in the euro-zone's long running debt drama, writes Eamon Quin...
Agreement to agree on maybe agreeing. Perhaps. NEW
The European Citizen 1 Year, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
The European Council once again agreed to agree on a Banking Union. It says a lot about the state of EU politics that this is a positive sign. The Guardian commented:"What we are left with is a political fix which remains vulnerable to the fiscal eq...
The kiss of life, or of death? NEW
Charlemagne's notebook (The Economist) 1 Year, 10 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 9 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
The EU summit ends amid bickering over the terms of the euro zone's proposed banking union...
Once a week, let’s give a single taxpayer back her money. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 11 Months, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Let’s be honest. In Ireland, if you obey the law, pay your household charge and road tax and TV licence, you are regarded by many as a bit of a mug. Yet without those people, this country would not function, so here’s a thought. Let’...
Fine Gael and Labour show us their real (and ugly) face on political reform. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 11 Months, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
If I were a member of Fine Gael or Labour today I’d be resigning on hearing Phil Hogan local government “reforms”. Both Fine Gael and Labour in opposition called for an elected executive mayor for Dublin, yet now in power they have...
A Fianna Fail with guts could be the party of change. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 11 Months, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
For most of my life, Fianna Fail were the baddies. This was the party of Charles J. Haughey, of tapping phones and beating up political opponents, where corruption was the norm. This was the party where Ray Burke and Pee Flynn and Liam Lawlor were re...
The Invisible Referendum. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 11 Months, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Am I the only political hack who just isn’t registering the Children’s Rights referendum? I keep forgetting that it is actually on, and to be honest, without checking, I have no idea when polling day is. Maybe it’s because it is so...
An oil bonanza, but not for the Irish people | Michael Burke NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Year, 11 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 16 Minutes ago
Britain's North Sea oil boom was hardly a model of sustainable growth, yet Ireland looks set to make the same mistakesDiscovery of oil off the southwest cost of Ireland has prompted talk of it being great news for the Irish economy. It could certainl...
New constitutional rights? Sure. Just put new taxes in too. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 11 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
There have been some calls recently for socio-economic rights, like the right to housing or education to be inserted into the constitution. As it happens, that doesn’t actually bother me that much, save for the fact that the same people who ten...
Notes from the frontline: a report from the Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael presidential dinners. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 11 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 4 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
In the last two weeks, I have attended, as a guest, both the Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael presidential dinners, both held, incidentally, in the same room in the Burlington hotel. I took the opportunity to talk to quite a few members and thought I’...
No chillers needed with Irish weather NEW
European Public Policy Blog (Google) 1 Year, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
For once, Ireland’s fickle weather is proving a good thing. Our new data centre in Dublin benefits from an advanced air-cooling system that uses cool Irish air to keep our computers running smoothly - and removes the need for costly and power-hungr...
An Occasional Guide to Irish Life: The guy they just keep giving TV shows to. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
By all accounts, he’s a lovely fella. He’s good looking, slim, tall, well spoken, intelligent. On paper he should be a huge success. Except…what is it? He just doesn’t have it. In short, he’s the Mitt Romney of Irish tel...
The Seanad: Some interesting ideas. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 4 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Some interesting ideas on Seanad Reform from a group of our more thoughtful politicos here. Don’t agree with everything, especially not keeping seats for county councillors, which is just a legalised form of corruption, and I’m not too ho...
An Occasional Guide to Irish Politics: The wronged Fianna Failer who is not going to take it anymore. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
The Hebrew word for it is chutzpah, but to the Irish it’s simply “neck”. She’s Fianna Fail, and she’s put up with enough shit about being Fianna Fail for the last three years. Enough is enough! As far as she is concerned...
Another pointless week of faux politics in Ireland. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
The Labour Party activist Michael McLoughlin once described most Irish politics as “all theatre now”, and it was a phrase which stuck in my head, especially watching the last week. Take the whole James Reilly thing. Firstly, the primary c...
An Occasional Guide to Irish Politics: The Shameless Panderer. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 3 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
He would be an absolute pain in the arse to have as friend. Always agreeing with you, nervously listening to what you say is your favourite film so that he can agree. He will go to pub you want to go to, support the team you support, always agreeing,...
Economic regeneration is happening. Sort of. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Year, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
It would be silly of me to say that recovery is underway. The unemployment figures prove that. Having said that, economic activity, regeneration, is occurring. Take the Stillorgan shopping centre near my house. In the last 18 months, three new busine...
Pirates gardez-vous ! Les rangers wing (irlandais) arrivent… NEW
Bruxelles2 2 Years, 17 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
(BRUXELLES2) La décision a été gardée au secret. Et les préparatifs ont été on ne peut plus discrets. Mais il semble bien que l’unité d’élite de l’armée irlandaise, les Ranger wing (ARW) vont bientôt gagner l’Océan...
Political nerd heaven. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 5 Days, 30 Minutes ago
Sometime in the mid-1980s, this (then) teen-aged nerd stumbled across IT: the Holy Grail of political toys. In short, “Westminster: The Election Game”. I lost it in one of many house moves years later, and mourned it occasionally, until f...
Fallende Hauspreise in Europa Teil 2: Irland NEW
Egghat's not so micro blog 2 Years, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
-57% in Dublin vom Hoch im Herbst 2007 aus gesehen. Landesweit etwa 50%. Die Gesamtverschuldung der Bevölkerung mit Immobilienkrediten am Höhepunkt lag bei 120 Milliarden Euro, wie das Handelsblatt anmerkt. 40 Milliarden davon haben die Banken inzw...
European Commission Seminar, UCC, 2 October NEW
Stephen Spillane 2 Years, 1 Week, 9 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Interesting things often pop into my inbox, so here is one for all of you with interest in the EU and Economic Policy. I will be there, so do say Hi if you attend! The European Commission Representation in Ireland… Read more ›...
We Do Need a Referendum on Children’s Right NEW
Stephen Spillane 2 Years, 1 Week, 9 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
  Today former Supreme Court Justice Hugh O’Flaherty wrote in the Irish Independent that we do not need a referendum on Children’s right’s. As Justice O’Flaherty points the aim of this referendum is what an Oireachtas com...
Breaking a sovereign-bank loop NEW
FT Alphaville 2 Years, 1 Week, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
Chart du jour from the IMF staff’s Article IV report for Ireland — forecasting the path for Irish debt to GDP if a deal is reached with the ECB to reschedule those promissory notes,...
What on Earth does “vulnerable” actually mean? NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 1 Week, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
There is a tedious Groundhog Day style repetition about Irish politics (and at times on this blog about writing about it. But I’ll go on.) when we debate “social justice” and the need to protect “the vulnerable” from cut...
A senator speaks sense (shock horror!) NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 1 Week, 2 Days, 7 Minutes ago
I was at a social event recently where I met a veteran senator who was railing against the unfairness of the proposed property tax. I was ready to dismiss him as yet another populist panderer when he shocked me by suggesting, quite unprompted, an alt...
Ryanair’s O’Leary has the measure of the Irish people. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 1 Week, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Ryanair’s foulmouthed CEO Michael O’Leary gets savaged at least once a year when Ryanair treats a customer “unfairly”. This is where someone usely misses one of Ryanair’s many conditions and it ends up with the customer...
Ireland’s similar case for banking treatment NEW
FT Alphaville 2 Years, 1 Week, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
After taking a look at Spain’s yearning for some debt relief we thought a look at Ireland was only fair.For reference, the numerous capital injections made into Ireland’s...
Imagine this crowd had debated the 1921 treaty. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
One of the more striking factors about the Irish Civil war is that it happened at all. When one thinks about the fact that a group of men (and some women), many quite young (Collins was 32), who had served as comrades in arms, broke up over matters o...
Fine Gael & Labour: Ten years later. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 24 Minutes ago
It is 2021, ten years after Fine Gael and Labour swept to power in the 2011 general election promising to change the face of Irish politics. How have they done?  The Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Future of the Seanad is nearing completion of its...
An Occasional Guide to Irish Politics: The pundit in the wrong country. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
He’s intelligent, articulate, witty and has an ideolgical point of view. Which explains why he is struggling in Ireland, where there is a deep suspicion of people who “believe” in things. He finds himself gnashing his teeth when on...
Never mind voting. Get yourself a good accountant instead. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 35 Minutes ago
If someone had told me that it would be the Labour party that would finally put the seal on my political cynicism, I would have disagreed strongly. Take political reform. No one believes Fianna Fail’s commitment to radical political change beca...
Irsk fokus på EUs kampgrupper NEW
Folkebevægelsens Fælles Blog 2 Years, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
NYT FRA EU-FRONTEN: Fredsorganisationen PANA har udgivet ny pjece om EU's kampgrupper, som 150 irske soldater i disse måneder deltager i - Nyheder / Irland, Militær...
An independent Scotland is not in Ireland’s national interest. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 1 Month, 14 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Most Irish people I meet automatically support Scottish independence, as if sticking two fingers up to the English is hard wired into our political DNA. Yet, if they actually think about it, a Scotland outside the UK but presumably within the Europea...
How to export to look less peripheral, by Ireland NEW
FT Alphaville 2 Years, 1 Month, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
It feels increasingly weird to include Ireland in “the periphery”. It’s obviously not in “the core” or even “the soft core” because we’re...
An Occasional Guide to Irish Politics: The Nervous Labour Handwringer. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 1 Month, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
It didn’t take long, and that was the first thing that made her cheeks redden slightly. Fresh from Labour’s greatest every victory, winning seats in places undreamt off, and knocking Fianna Fail (Fianna Fail!) into third place, it was Chr...
Birthday Constituencies: an interesting idea. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 1 Month, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
For the past two weeks The Irish Times has been running a series covering the new Dail constituencies. It’s informative but depressing stuff, because in its accuracy it confirms everything that is wrong with Irish politics. The series highlight...
The Andrews Twitter affair says a lot about how Fianna Fail runs its own affairs. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 1 Month, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
I ran against Chris Andrews in 1999, and found him to be a warm and decent guy who I can only imagine must be mortified at where his actions have led him. But what fascinates me more about this whole affair is the background to it, which seems to be...
The Occasional Guide to Irish Politics: The “Compassionate” Racist. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
“Of course,” They blurt out, like a verbal innoculation, “I’m not racist. I don’t care whether someone is red, yellow, black, brown or blue. But we need to look after our own first!” They then expand on their deep...
Irish MPs are more in favour of European integration than their voters, which may be a result of the under-representation of certain social groups in parliament. NEW
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy 2 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Using recent survey data, Michael Courtney illustrates that Irish MPs exhibit significantly higher levels of support for European integration than their voters, particularly those in the governing Fine Gael-Labour coalition. This may be due to the di...
The end of Catholic Ireland | Mary Kenny NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Many Irish people have ditched the religion of their ancestors, but the generous impulses of faith live onIn the historic sense, Ireland's long love affair with the Catholic church was, as Ella Fitzgerald once sang, "too hot not to cool down". Cathol...
The Quinns? Irish Oligarchs? mafiosi? Business people? Scum NEW
Libertas Nein Danke 2 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 6 Days, 18 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
For my two cents the Quinns stink like Colm O Rourkes dingle berries. Daddy Quinn should be in jail with his son and Peter the former GAA boss should have his car stopped and searched every 100 meteres in case his on the run son is in the boot.The Qu...
Why do Irish governments always sabotage themselves? NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
From 1969 until 2002, no sitting Irish government had been reelected. Then along came The Man From Drumcondra who basically threw money at everybody until they gave in and reelected him. But generally, as a rule, Irish voters tend to be dissatisfied...
Who Really Will Meet the Criteria for an Irish Debt Relief Certificate? NEW
WeAreProEU Community Blog 2 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 4 Hours ago
A Debt Relief Certificate (DRC) is just one of three brand new procedures contained in the first draft of the Personal Insolvency Bill that was published by the Irish Government at the end of January 2012. The draft bill will probably be changed cons...
An Occasional Guide to Irish Politics: Treasonous Potato Syndrome. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
It’s the potatoes, and you can see it when there’s a public demo in favour of a nominally disgraced public figure. Many of the people who march in favour of disgraced TDs or businesspeople are decent, good and honest people. Moreover, th...
An Occasional Guide to Irish Politics: The Naysayers. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
It’s a hard wired genetic response, whether it is to exploiting natural resources offshore or fracking or even postcodes. A section of the country just can’t help itself, and comes out in opposition to everything. There is even a standar...
Irish Minister: Confident of Euro-Zone Bank Debt Deal NEW
WSJ: The Eurocrisis 2 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Ireland's Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton said the government's plan to hold its first bond auction since its international bailout in 2010 shows growing confidence it will get some sort of break from the euro-zone to refinance its hu...
Prediction: His trial will collapse because he can’t get a fair one in Ireland. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
If I were the defence counsel for a certain high profile business person, I would try the Haughey Defence, that my client has been so demonised in the media that a fair and impartial jury is impossible to assemble. That’s why the government sho...
The difficult way out for Ireland's economy NEW
The New Federalist 2 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 14 Minutes ago
Five years after the financial crisis started in Ireland, the country successfully returned to the financial markets for financing some of its debt. Although the country is duly following the recovery programme of the European Union (EU) and the Inte...
Sorry, but most Irish people are not against abortion. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 4 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
On the 25th November 1992 over a million Irish voters, 62% of those who voted, voted Yes to the 13th amendment to the Irish constitution. This was to give the right to travel to Irish citizens, which in the context of the day was primarily a right...
10 (relatively cheap) things that would make Irish politics work better. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 4 Hours, 1 Minute ago
1. Abolish the Seanad, reduce the Dail from 158 to 120 seats, and reduce every county council to between 7 and 15 members, depending on population. We can use the money we save to fund the following: 2. Elect a full-time executive mayor and County...
Will the failure of the political system lead to a new form of “moderate” terrorism? NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Yesterday’s terrorist, the old adage goes, is today’s statesman. From Martin McGuinness to Mandela to Michael Collins to the recently deceased Yithzak Shamir, non-conventional warfare has a long and not necessarily disgraced history. Were the pat...
Irsk traktatsag for EU-retten NEW
Folkebevægelsens Fælles Blog 2 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
NYT FRA EU-FRONTEN: Den irske landsret har afvist, at ESM-traktaten er i strid med den irske forfatning, men sender sagen til EU-retten. Sagsøgeren overvejer, at appellere sagen til den irske højesteret - Nyheder / Irland, Søren Søndergaard,...
Calling all mods on politics.ie NEW
Libertas Nein Danke 2 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 9 Hours ago
mods on politics.ie talk herehttp://www.politics.ie/forum/feedback/192381-dear-politics-ie-9th-july-2012-special-david-mancub-cochrane-tyrannical-new-media-mogul-edition-5.htmlThe people talk in public placesPolitics.ie is a cabal manipulated by a we...
We are being run by monkeys. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 3 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
What happens to young first term deputies, when they enter Leinster House on their first day? They go in, in many cases, with sincere hopes about changing the way things are done, and within weeks they’ve been changed into ”Same as it...
Politics.ie at it again with hideous bias and manipulation NEW
Libertas Nein Danke 2 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 10 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Smug? David Cochrane of Politics.ie It seems  Libertas founder and former employee of Declan Ganley,  David Cochrane... and the crew or moderators on his wesite politics.ie are at it again pushing their right wing agendas and...
The reasons Irish politics are so boring. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
1. Our electorate are policy averse, leading to politicians who also avoid stating positions that involve taking a side in a political argument. I have canvassed thousands (I’m not exaggerating) of houses over my political life. The vast, vast
A glimpse into the Irish psyche this week. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 5 Minutes ago
Four stories this week, nominally unconnected at first, gave an interesting look into how the Irish psyche works. The first was the news that the FAI pay John Delaney €400k a year (AFTER a pay-cut, still more than President Obama) whilst cutting gr...
Just how good was summit deal for Ireland? NEW
Brussels Blog (Financial Times) 2 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Ireland's Enda Kenny, right, with German counterpart Angela Merkel at the EU summit. It’s been a good week for Ireland. Not only has last week’s EU summit deal on bank recaptalisation pushed benchmark borrowing rates down to pre-bailout leve...
Miracolo irlandese NEW
Il lato €. 2 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Miracolo irlandese. Dublino ritorna sul mercato dei bond per la prima volta da due anni, con un’emissione di titoli a tre mesi con la quale punta a raccogliere 500 milioni di euro. «Si tratta di un tappa importante nel  nostro ritorno progressivo...
Ireland’s ‘triumphant’ return to the markets NEW
FT Alphaville 2 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Ireland is heading back to the debt markets. It plans to recommence Treasury Bill auctions on Thursday 5 July 2012 by offering “€500 million of Treasury Bills with a...
Eircom desigated as universal service provider till 2014 NEW
Electronic Communications Regulation Update 2 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
ComReg "issued its decision to re-designate Eircom as the Universal Service Provider (USP) for a 2-year period to June 2014, following a public consultation" (see the media release).
In Fine Gael, no one can hear you scream. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Simon Harris TD: Defended as a man but not as an officeholder. Going by various messages to me about this  piece about Simon Harris TD, I seem to have struck a nerve with some people in Fine Gael. Quite a few FG people contacted me to defend the Wic...
Accommodation, Eating Out And Places To See In Limerick, Ireland NEW
WeAreProEU Community Blog 2 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 13 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
The five star Adare Manor is the ultimate in luxury for the visitor to Limerick. The on site Oakroom Diner is respected far and wide for the quality of its dishes, which are made exclusively with fresh, seasonal produce sourced locally. It's also got...
Croke Park Agreement? Massive severence packages for early retiring civil servants? It’s all Simon Harris TD’s fault. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Not happy with the Croke Park Agreement? How about extra pay for special advisers to ministers? Huge severance packages for retiring civil servants? Reducing the Dail by a minuscule 8 TDs? Letting civil servants retire early on gold plated pensions a...
By shaking the Queen's hand, Martin McGuinness accepts her sovereignty | Anthony McIntyre NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 18 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
He is not just compromising core principles of republicanism, the former Provisional IRA chief of staff is abandoning themThe former Provisional IRA chief of staff Martin McGuinness will shake hands with the British Queen at the Lyric Theatre in Belf...
On the efficacy of internal devaluations: answers to the questions of Kevin O’Rourke NEW
Bruegel blog 2 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Authors: Zsolt DarvasKevin O’Rourke kindly drew attention at http://www.irisheconomy.ie/ to my recent Bruegel Policy Contribution titled “Compositional effects on productivity, labour cost and export adjustments” and asked four questions. In my...
The last few weeks confirmed it: most Irish politics is a complete and total waste of time. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 3 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Maybe it’s my inner Victor Meldrew speaking, and I’m finally turning into a cranky contankerous curmudgeon (Turning into, you say?) but the last couple of weeks have for me displayed Irish politics at its worst in terms of pointless showy...
Senators do realise that they don’t own the Seanad, don’t they? NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 4 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
It’s 6am in the morning, and I should be getting ready for work, but I’m so livid with this report in The Irish Times that I had to write this. Senators complaining about taxpayers, the people who actually PAY for the Seanad, being allo...
Does Ireland need a Social Contract? NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
The terms “fairness” and “equity” appear regularly in Irish political debate. This does not mean, of course, that they actually mean what most people think they mean, because in Ireland, most political decisions that matter in...
If there was just one thing the Constitutional Convention were to do… NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
There’s a funny scene in Woody Allen’s “Bullets over Broadway” where John Cusack’s character, a playwright, is distraught at selling out commercially and opens a window in the middle of the night to scream out “I a...
Are Irishwomen leaving Irishmen behind? NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
I’m not, as I have stated previously on this blog, big on nightclubs. I did, however, have reason to be in the Velvet Room nightclub in Sligo this weekend, and was struck by a number of things. The first is that Irish women are as comparable, b...
Ireland votes yes NEW
European blogger 2 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 3 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
In the recent vote on the fiscal pact Ireland voted a resounding yes with over 950,000 votes as opposed to the no vote polling 650,000. In an unusual move to hold a referendum middle class voters ticked yes, whereas in the main working class voters t...
A Yes vote for the Fiscal Treaty was the cheaper and safer option for Ireland. NEW
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy 2 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Last week, Ireland voted ‘Yes’ to the European Fiscal Stability Treaty, despite some predictions that the country would vote No. Michael Courtney argues that Irish voters knew that voting Yes was the only way to secure future bailouts, should the...
Irlande : un « oui » sans enthousiasme NEW
Le Taurillon 2 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Christophe Caresche, député de Paris et vice-président du groupe socialiste en charge des questions européennes, s'est rendu en Irlande pour assister au déroulement du référendum sur le Traité budgétaire européen. Il revient dans cette trib...
ESM-traktat for irsk højesteret NEW
Folkebevægelsens Fælles Blog 2 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 13 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
NYT FRA EU-FRONTEN: Kampen fortsætter, siger irske Peoples Movement efter sidste uges folkeafstemning om finanspagten - Nyheder / Irland, Søren Søndergaard, Nyt fra EU-fronten, ESM...
Two Downside Only Elections NEW
Financial Guy 2 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
In the end, a vote in favour of the Fiscal Compact of just over 60% looks like Ireland was almost in agreement. If nothing else, the vote shows just how far the eurozone crisis has come and how meaningless many of the measures to date have been. When...
Irlanda approva il Patto di bilancio NEW
Gli Euros 2 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Il trattato sul Patto di bilancio Ue è stato approvato in Irlanda con 60,3% dei voti favorevoli. La vittoria del 'si'' e' stata accolta da un coro di soddisfazione al Parlamento europeo e nellle istituzioni Ue. Il presidente Martin Schulz parla di '...
The Week in Bloggingportal: We are all Aussies and Greek! NEW
bloggingportal.eu 2 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
A whole blogging continent tumbled in shock this week when the Irish referendum on the new EU fiscal rules received a YES in the first round – and not just a reluctant one. From past experience we know that Ireland always has two referenda and tha...
Irlanda, voto del referendum approva il Fiscal Compact NEW
Skapegoat - il blog di Aldo Ciummo 2 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 56 Minutes ago
Dalle urne emerge una netta maggioranza favorevole alle politiche di risanamento, ma rimane un significativo disagio segnalato dalla bassa affluenza Un altro sì all’Europa dall’Irlanda, dopo il referendum che alla fine del 2009 aveva pos...
EU Referendum Passes by Comprehensive Margin NEW
The EUDO Café 2 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 3 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Article by Kilian Doyle, Mary Minihan and Steven Carroll published on The Irish Times, 1 June 2012 Taoiseach Enda Kenny said this afternoon that Ireland’s comprehensive Yes vote on the EU fiscal treaty has sent a powerful signal around the worl...
Zone euro : une bonne nouvelle venue d’Irlande NEW
Coulisses de Bruxelles (Libération) 2 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
Le résultat est sans appel : 60,3 % des Irlandais ont approuvé, hier, par référendum le traité créant une union budgétaire (traité « sur la stabilité, la coordination et la...
Ireland's fiscal stability referendum: a yes for recovery | Eamon Gilmore NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Ireland's affirmation of the treaty is not a vote for austerity, but a call for a joint European growth strategyYesterday, in a referendum, the Irish people voted yes to the European fiscal stability treaty. There should be no misunderstanding:...
Protest votes and constructive campaigns NEW
The European Citizen 2 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Yesterday I voiced my reluctant support for a Yes vote in the Irish referendum over on the Guardian's Comment is Free website. Vincent Browne, an Irish journalist and broadcaster, contributed to the argument for a No vote. Perhaps it's unfair of me t...
Braucht Irland neue Hilfe? NEW
Lost in EUrope 2 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Eine Grafik aus der guten alten Zeit Während die Iren über den Fiskalpakt abstimmen, braut sich neues Ungemach über ihrer Insel zusammen. Offenbar ist das Land, das in Brüssel... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi...
A thoughtful Irish take on the EU Fiscal Treaty on referendum day NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 2 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
Conor Slowey is one of the most interesting EU bloggers out there, and I agree with his take on things more often than not. He’s also Irish, which means he’s had to form a solid yes/no take on the EU’s … Continue reading ͛...