Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper: Evasions and excuses won’t cut it from Cowen

Matt Cooper: Evasions and excuses won’t cut it from Cowen

Brian Cowen doesn’t want to be held responsible for the crash, but history shows that he went along with all the worst excesses of Bertie Ahern’s reign

Bono: Trying to throw his arms around  the world

Bono: Trying to throw his arms around the world

U2 are one of the most important things to have happened in 20th century Ireland - but they have a tortured relationship with many of us

Paul Murphy was threatened with jail over pre-trial PR campaign

Paul Murphy was threatened with jail over pre-trial PR campaign

In late February Murphy hosted a press conference promising a major demonstration in favour of the defendants at Liberty Hall

Matt Cooper: Getting a handle on social media

Matt Cooper: Getting a handle on social media

The Jobstown online campaign shows the possible impact social media can have on the administration of justice

Matt Cooper: A delicate balancing act

Matt Cooper: A delicate balancing act

By virtue of his position, Varadkar may find the attention on his personal life more than he might find appropriate

Matt Cooper: 30 things Enda Kenny got right . . . and wrong

Matt Cooper: 30 things Enda Kenny got right . . . and wrong

Kenny’s time as taoiseach is a curious mixed bag of striking successes and wasted opportunities

Matt Cooper: Do-little government feeling the one-year itch

Matt Cooper: Do-little government feeling the one-year itch

Kenny’s on the brink, Noonan’s on the wane, and ministers are trying desperately not to scare any horses

We have the land. What we don’t have is the planning

We have the land. What we don’t have is the planning

Local authority bosses and planners remain a hindrance to the proper development needed to solve the housing crisis

Matt Cooper: 'It's easy to knock the government's Brexit preparations'

Matt Cooper: 'It's easy to knock the government's Brexit preparations'

The barrage of criticism that the government has faced for allegedly doing nothing and being ill-prepared is wrong

Matt Cooper: Bishop Casey, money, morality and the making of Ireland

Matt Cooper: Bishop Casey, money, morality and the making of Ireland

No one could have predicted the long-running, far-reaching repercussions of the news of Bishop Casey’s secret lover and child

Matt Cooper: What next for Limerick’s Robin Hood?

Matt Cooper: What next for Limerick’s Robin Hood?

After €100 million in charitable donations from the local boy made good, few in his native county begrudge JP McManus his fortune

Matt Cooper: Noreen O’Sullivan’s victimhood rings hollow

Matt Cooper: Noreen O’Sullivan’s victimhood rings hollow

The Garda Commissioner is the subject of legitimate and important questions as to what she knew of the efforts to undermine and destroy Sergeant Maurice McCabe

Owen O’Callaghan: A hometown hero dogged by controversy

Owen O’Callaghan: A hometown hero dogged by controversy

O’Callaghan’s reputation was marred by his dealings with Bertie Ahern, but few people in Cork cared about that

Matt Cooper: Dennis Rodman, North Korea and me

Matt Cooper: Dennis Rodman, North Korea and me

Could Dennis Rodman's ill-fated trip to visit dictator Kim Jong-Un provide clues as to how his famous friend Trump will deal with North Korea?

Outlook 2017: If you thought 2016 was bad...

Outlook 2017: If you thought 2016 was bad...

Matt Cooper takes a look at what the new year has in store for us