Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper

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

Matt Cooper: The past-life struggles of Adams and Ahern

Matt Cooper: The past-life struggles of Adams and Ahern

Both Adams and Ahern made their mark with the Good Friday Agreement, but forgiveness has come more easily for one than the other

Matt Cooper: Fidel Castro - revolutionary or opportunist?

Matt Cooper: Fidel Castro - revolutionary or opportunist?

Yes, he was an undeniably charismatic orator, yet Castro also trampled on rights and freedoms

Matt Cooper: We need to let go of the 2008 fantasy figures

Matt Cooper: We need to let go of the 2008 fantasy figures

There was nothing normal about the public sector pay levels of eight years ago - and there’s no point aspiring to them

Matt Cooper: The Art of a Coup

Matt Cooper: The Art of a Coup

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign drew much from the harsh world of big business

A man unfit to hold any office has his finger on the nuclear button

A man unfit to hold any office has his finger on the nuclear button

Don't mistake Trump's boorishness and inarticulacy for unintelligence