Kevin Rafter

Kevin Rafter

We deserve more than political soap opera

We deserve more than political soap opera

There’s no drama in policy – that’s why Michael McGrath gets free press with coalition talk.

Pragmatism pumps through Sinn Féin’s veins

Pragmatism pumps through Sinn Féin’s veins

The party suffers from an absence of a truly defined ideological edge

The smartest guys in the room. Really?

The smartest guys in the room. Really?

Special advisers to ministers need credibility and authority. Recent policy debacles suggest Ireland could be doing a lot better in this regard

Kevin Rafter: A new book that aims to rehabilitate Brian Lenihan falls short of its target

Kevin Rafter: A new book that aims to rehabilitate Brian Lenihan falls short of its target

I first met Brian Lenihan on a wet Sunday morning outside a church in Ballyfermot in 1996.

Blurring the media lines

Blurring the media lines

Recent debate has highlighted issues of editorial independence, ownership and media diversity in the digital age. But there are no easy answers, writes Kevin Rafter.

Kenny's RTE exit shows Newstalk is ready for battle

Kenny's RTE exit shows Newstalk is ready for battle

Pat Kenny's departure is a signal that RTE faces a real challenge from Newstalk. But it also gives the national broadcaster a real chance to change, writes Kevin Rafter.