Pat Rabbitte

Pat Rabbitte

Articles by Pat Rabbitte

Time to gather round the table, again

Time to gather round the table, again

Many regard social partnership as an industrial disease. But with pay pressure growing, it could be the answer

What will all the new parties actually do

What will all the new parties actually do

Independent TDs can barely agree on speaking time as it is, so why should voters trust them with reforming the political system?

Cooperation and conciliation

Cooperation and conciliation

In order to forge ahead in 2015 and regain voter confidence, the coalition needs to agree on specific objectives on which it can deliver

No place like home - if you have one

No place like home - if you have one

Housing has been the crisis nobody expected when this government came to office – but it is ours, however difficult, to deal with

Where is the ‘don’t pay’ posse leading us?

Where is the ‘don’t pay’ posse leading us?

When the protest leaders fold up their tents, the homeowner is left holding the parcel, writes Pat Rabbitte.

Independents do not offer a real alternative

Independents do not offer a real alternative

Today’s independent TDs don’t want to govern, or even bring down the government

Pat Rabbitte: Are these people at all fit for government? The Mairia Cahill affair shows Sinn Féin hasn’t changed its spots

Pat Rabbitte: Are these people at all fit for government? The Mairia Cahill affair shows Sinn Féin hasn’t changed its spots

The coalition must reconnect

The coalition must reconnect

Pat Rabbitte: if current trends continue, we’ll be back to the early-1980s lunacy of three general elections in 18 months

Independents do not offer a real alternative

Independents do not offer a real alternative

Today’s independent TDs don’t want to govern, or even bring down the government.

The art of burying political bad news

The art of burying political bad news

Report on small rural schools was buried because it feared the political consequences.

A budget marked by sound judgment

A budget marked by sound judgment

Government must consider more than just textbook economic advice

Centre wobbles in protest by-election

Centre wobbles in protest by-election

The by-election campaigns have been negative to the point of nihilism, reflecting the electorate's angry mood.

Advisers should solve problems, not create them

Advisers should solve problems, not create them

Enda Kenny is entitled to expect routine competence from the people around him, writes Pat Rabbitte.

Panic reigns in the scramble for Scotland

Panic reigns in the scramble for Scotland

We could have told the Scots that referendums are unpredictable, writes Pat Rabbitte.

Test for coalition is to hold its nerve

Test for coalition is to hold its nerve

With domestic indicators improving, and the eurozone's stagnation being addressed, the government has to stay the course, writes Pat Rabbitte.