Pat Rabbitte

Pat Rabbitte

Articles by Pat Rabbitte

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

Burning down the house may be Varadkar’s best option

Burning down the house may be Varadkar’s best option

If this government goes to the Christmas recess, the advantage moves to the opposition

Will Corbyn step in at the 11th hour to save us from Brexit?

Will Corbyn step in at the 11th hour to save us from Brexit?

The British Labour Party leader is clear that leaving the EU without a deal would be a disaster for Britain. But is the committed Brexiteer really willing to have a people’s vote that includes the option to remain?

Report on policing offers minister historic opportunity

Report on policing offers minister historic opportunity

If implemented, recommendations made by the Commission on Policing could transform the Gardaí

How this country clawed its way back from the brink

How this country clawed its way back from the brink

After the banking crisis, presenting a united government front was essential in order to restore international confidence in Ireland – but it took its toll

Will the new Garda boss be allowed to do his job?

Will the new Garda boss be allowed to do his job?

Drew Harris may have to contend with a defend-the-citadel culture among some some senior serving members of the force

Rural post offices need to corner a new niche

Rural post offices need to corner a new niche

Ladling on the nostalgia and victimhood won’t stop the closures. We need to use the postal network to provide different services