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What type of party should a new Fine Gael leader be asked to lead?

The by now weekly calls from various people that the talk about the leadership race is a distraction remind me of a driver in their car bemoaning all the traffic around them. It’s those very calls that keep the talk going … Continue reading

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Equal pay for equal work – really?

The slogan in use by the ASTI is “Equal pay for equal work.” Yet we all know that teachers teach a variety of class sizes, of students with different abilities and challenges, in a variety of scholastic and social environments, … Continue reading

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The Muddled Majority

Recent opinion polls in the Irish Times and elsewhere have highlighted a curious mismatch in the public discourse on the 8th amendment. The majority of people (55% according to the Irish times) seem to be of the view that sometimes, … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Michael McDowell re: use of data in Seanad campaign

Dear Michael, I had supplied my email address to Democracy Matters in order to be kept informed on matters pertinent to its ongoing campaign to retain and reform Seanad Éireann. I did not sign up to participate in or endorse … Continue reading

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Free advice to Seanad Candidates (NUI/TCD)

So you’ve gotten yourself nominated for the Seanad for either the NUI or TCD panels. Good for you! Now the bad news. You won’t get much of a chance to build your profile during the campaign itself. The media don’t … Continue reading

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Fine Gael decision making process on government formation

Were Fine Gael to make a decision on participation in government with FF – a process in which FF members would have a direct involvement, while we’ll have none - it will stuck in the craw of our members for far … Continue reading

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Dublin Bay North 1st Count Prediction

Below is my personal predictions for Dublin Bay North. 2011 Votes for DNC and DNE collected together 2011 Candidate Votes FG Terence Flanagan 12332 15.30% Lab Tommy P Broughan 10006 12.41% FG Richard Bruton 9685 12.01% Lab Aodhan O Riordain … Continue reading

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That Sunday Times BandA poll

For those that are interested the full poll pdf is here.  

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Stability + Plus

The campaign run by Fine Gael is coming in for some criticism, some of it justified, some of it not, some of it just barking. It was always going to be necessary for an incumbent government party to run a … Continue reading

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