Pat Rabbitte

Pat Rabbitte

Articles by Pat Rabbitte

Independent review of nurses’ claims is vital

Independent review of nurses’ claims is vital

The government needs this dispute like a hole in the head, but it had better not make the same mistakes it made with the Garda pay debacle

Partnership will help neither FF nor SDLP

Partnership will help neither FF nor SDLP

Joining forces in the North won’t help Fianna Fáil ward off the threat of Sinn Féin, nor will it address the SDLP’s fundamental problems

Don’t throw Garda baby out with the bathwater

Don’t throw Garda baby out with the bathwater

Charlie Flanagan must resist the temptation to abolish the Policing Authority, and with it genuine independent oversight of the guards

Poor planning kept an area poor

Poor planning kept an area poor

Housing policies have been a major factor in concentrating disadvantage and poverty in certain areas. Today’s policymakers should learn from the mistakes of the past

There’s method in Martin’s supply deal madness

There’s method in Martin’s supply deal madness

FF-ers may not be thrilled by their leader’s unilateral decision to extend confidence and supply, but it makes sense for the party

Les gilets jaunes get revolutionary with the elite

Les gilets jaunes get revolutionary with the elite

The protests in Paris may seem quintessentially French, but the underlying causes are also present in other EU states and in the US

Parliament will veto  a British crash-out

Parliament will veto a British crash-out

The chaos in Westminster makes it difficult to predict the outcome of the Brexit crisis, but a second referendum may be the only way to avert a no-deal disaster

Bruton has work cut out to steer a course through broadband mess

Bruton has work cut out to steer a course through broadband mess

The issue now for the minister is whether the consortium can deliver the plan – and at a reasonable cost to the exchequer

Varadkar’s pledge on tax  cuts is a calculated risk

Varadkar’s pledge on tax cuts is a calculated risk

The Taoiseach can always ditch his cuts later if he has to in order to form a government, just like Fine Gael did with the promised USC repeal in 2016

Accidental Brexit could end in disaster

Accidental Brexit could end in disaster

The penny has dropped for the DUP that it cannot depend on the Tories, and the fallout from that could be catastrophic for the North

The PAC should not be a platform for witch-hunts

The PAC should not be a platform for witch-hunts

Slipping standards after the 2008 crash have allowed this vital tool of state to descend into a free-for-all for anyone with an axe to grind

Recognition of ethnicity is not an end in itself

Recognition of ethnicity is not an end in itself

They may have been recognised as a separate ethnic group, but Travellers still face the same old challenges

Why this presidential election was a pointless exercise

Why this presidential election was a pointless exercise

The five also-rans are no doubt patriotic, well-intentioned citizens. But why they want to start in the Phoenix Park is puzzling

The lost decade of broadband investment

The lost decade of broadband investment

The process of bringing broadband to sparsely populated areas of rural Ireland has been tortuous

Resignation of Naughten injects new dynamic

Resignation of Naughten injects new dynamic

The government is more vulnerable than ever, but there are obstacles in the way of an early election