Alcoholic households and the Irish body politic

Anyone unfortunate enough to know what it is like to live with an alcoholic might see a parallel between coping with the insanity of addiction and the dysfunctional Irish political system. In an alcoholic household, the alcoholic is often the last person to admit there is a problem. He or she engages in grandiose thinking. They fail to…

Greens should pull the plug on discredited Government today

The Greens will almost certainly be decimated in the next election but they could at least go with a tinge of integrity by pulling the plug today on this discredited Government. What other regime in the world would tolerate the multiple resignations of Cabinet members weeks before a General Election and their cynical replacement? What the…

Mary Hanafin’s GUBU reasoning

‘Unmitigated horseshit’ is the politest term that came to my mind upon hearing Mary Hanafin’s so-called reasoning for not saying before the Fianna Fail parliamentary party vote last night which way she was voting. To hear her say on the RTE News at One just now that she didn’t want to ‘influence’ her parliamentary colleagues is staggering…

Cowen and Fianna Fail in Denial

We deserve the leaders we get. If Fianna Fail vote confidence in Brian Cowen tonight, its opponents will be delighted and FiannaFail will not deserve to survive. Period. Listening to Cowen, the subtext to his every utterance is ‘denial’. How anyone with an ounce of sense could believe that Cowen is the best man for…

Is Cowen about to resign at last?

Few people will lament the resignation of Brian Cowen as Taoiseach/Irish prime minister if, as the rumour mill has it, he is about to resign. How can a man who presided over the IMF bailout, and who has dragged Fianna Fail to its lowest level in the opinion polls, have any doubt but that the…