Pat Rabbitte

Pat Rabbitte

Articles by Pat Rabbitte

Another lost decade looms if broadband plan is thwarted

Another lost decade looms if broadband plan is thwarted

The government must swallow the cost and sign the national broadband deal, despite Eir’s damaging broadside

Where now for parliamentary inquiry?

Where now for parliamentary inquiry?

The Public Accounts Committee avoided judicial strictures over preceding decades because the chair steered the committee between the ditches

It may only get worse for this government

It may only get worse for this government

Leo Varadkar could well live to regret his failure to call a general election last year

Let’s just grin and bear it

Let’s just grin and bear it

The government didn’t help itself by publishing the plan on the eve of elections, but it has made the right choice

Brexit may yet scupper Leo’s election plans

Brexit may yet scupper Leo’s election plans

Varadkar could be tempted to set a summer date after the results of the latest poll

A prime minister at war with her parliament and her people

A prime minister at war with her parliament and her people

Theresa May’s brass neck and tin ear may well do serious harm to her own country and ours

Brexit is not the only headache for Europe’s politicos

Brexit is not the only headache for Europe’s politicos

The upcoming European elections are highly likely to see every conceivable stripe of Eurosceptic get elected

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